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Swiss/German itinerary - is it reasonable


I have 8 days to plan for in Switzerland and Germany and have come with following. With all the experience on this board, is it reasonable and does it allow for us to see what is worthwhile?

Day 1 Geneva
Day 1 night Travel to Bern
Day 2 Bern (stay in Bern)
Day 3 Bern and train to Interlaken (or should I go straight to Murren) - Stay in Interlaken or Murren
Day 4 Murren (visit the mountains)
Day 5 Murren (visit the mountains
Day 6 Train to Baden Baden - stay in Baden Baden
Day 7 Train to St Goar - Stay in St Goar
Day 8 Train to Amsterdam

If there are better options to reorganize the itinerary, I would welcome your suggestions.


Posted by
8889 posts

Sounds basically OK.

Day 1 Geneva
Day 1 night Travel to Bern
Day 2 Bern (stay in Bern)

Does this mean you are arriving in Geneva and going on to Bern the same day?
Depending on what time you arrive, and how tired you are, you may want to spend a few hours looking round Geneva, first night in Geneva and go on to Bern the next morning.
Geneva ("Genève, Cornavin" station) to Bern takes 1 hour 50 minutes.

Don't bother with a night in Interlaken, go direct to Mürren and stay the extra night there.
Bern to Interlaken is 55 minutes, Interlaken ("Interlaken Ost" station) to Mürren is 50 minutes, so you have plenty of time to spend a few hours in Interlaken en route.

Mürren to Baden-Baden is 4¾ hours by train, change at Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken Ost and Basel SBB.
Baden-Baden to St. Goar is about 3 hours.
St. Goar to Amsterdam is about 5 hours.

Posted by
4353 posts

Hi, can you explain if you will be continuing your trip for several days at Amsterdam? Otherwise, I would recommend flying out of Frankfurt instead of ending your trip with hours of train travel. St. Goar to Frankfurt airport is ~2 hours by train.

Posted by
16 posts

Yes, we are flying out of Amsterdam after spending three days in Amsterdam. I have 2.5 days to get from murren to Amsterdam and need advice on what is best to visit along the way or the route that will provide the best sites to visit. This part of the itinerary can be changed based on feedback that I get.

Posted by
6536 posts

I would skip Bern, and spend the extra time in Geneva (or Lausanne) and Mürren. Although the weather needs to be considered.

Posted by
650 posts

I recommend spending the first night in Lausanne or even better Montreux. From Montreux you can easily take the Goldenpass train to Interlaken. Then train to Lauterbrunnen and cable car to Murren. All of this runs very smoothly on the excellent Swiss train system. Skip Bern and spend 3 nights in Murren. You will love it!