7 days´Switzerland round trip
View of Eiger and Kleine Schediegg from Grindelwald
This round trip by train takes you from Zurich to Luzern and to the impressive Jungfrau region that is the most perfect place for day hikes. On your way back to Zurich you make a stop in the capital of Switzerland, Bern.
Highlights on this round trip by train
7-days´ round trip in Switzerland
Arrive in Zurich Airport
Train to Luzern (1 hour)
Train to Grindelwald (2,5 hours)
Day hikes in the Jungfrau region
Train to Bern (1,5 hours)
Train to Zurich (1 hour)
Arrive in Switzerland
Switzerland is a great country if you like going by train. There are trains almost everywhere, they are always on time and the views are amazing. From the airport there are direct trains to Luzern, Zurich city and Bern. If you want to visit Interlaken in the Jungfrau region or Zermatt you have to switch trains once or twice but the connections are great.
This itinerary starts at the airport of Zurich. From there are direct trains to Luzern and the trip will last for 1 hour. Luzern is a lovely city by the lake Vierwaldstätterzee with the famous wooden bridge Kappelbrücke.
Arriving in Luzern, lock in your luggage at the train station and spend a few hours walking through Luzern. The city is not that big and you will easily cover the center of the city, the Kappelbrücke and get a glimpse of the beautiful lake in a few hours.
Then get on the train to Interlaken and change trains and continue to Grindelwald. From Luzern to Grindelwald it is about 2,5 hours.
For timetable and price of tickets for the train click here.
Where to stay in the Jungfrau region?
We chose to rent a house in Grindelwald. The reason we chose to stay there is that the village is a litter bigger than the other villages in the region. Also, there are several hiking trails within easy reach and we really wanted to see Bachalpsee and hike the Eiger trail. From Grindelwald there are several gondolas and a train taking you to the most epic spots.There are some hotels in Grindelwald, check here.
Besides Grindelwald, Mürren is a spectacular village on the edge of a cliff but a lot smaller and since you are up on a cliff you have to go down to get to the other villages. Also Lauterbrunnen is lovely situated at the entrance of the valley.
Grindelwald, main street
Day hikes in the Jungfrau region
Probably the most scenic hike starting in Grindelwald is Bachalpsee. The great thing with this hike is that you have several options depending on how far you want to go. You either just walk to the Bachalpsee which is perfect for small kids. You can also continue along the Flower trail all the way down to Grindelwald.
Another option is hiking the Eiger trail, a scenic hike below the impressive north side of the mountain Eiger. A third option is going along the beautiful Schynige Platte. Check out more about these lovely hikes including how difficult they are and how to get there.
Besides hiking you might want to explore the other villages like Lauterbrunnen or Mürren. Depending on how much you want to travel by gondolas and train it might be a good idea to buy a Jungfrau Travel Pass that gives you unlimited travel by train between the villages and on the gondolas.
Check out more about prices and options here. A 3-days pass costs from about 135 CHF whick is about the same in Euros. Buying a ticket for just one trip will cost you around 30 Euros.
The capital of Switzerland, Bern, is only about 1,5 hours from Grindelwald and within easy reach by train. It is a lovely city to spend a few hours in.
Arriving in Bern there are lockers for your luggage. You can also choose to send it directly from Grindelwald to Zurich Hauptbahnhoof for about 20 CHF a piece.
The train station in Bern is in the middle of the town so you reach everything by foot.
The main attractions of Bern are walking through old town with its lovely arcades and checking out the Zytglogge, one of the oldest clocks in Switzerland. It is also really nice to walk through the rose garden passing by the bear park.
If the weather is warm it is really tempting to swim in the river. A lot of people do that and it seems like a great thing to do. Check out more about floating along Aare river here.
In the late afternoon or evening take the train to Zurich (1 hour) for your final two nights.
Where to stay: We stayed in Hotel Glärnischhof in Zurich. It is perfectly situated close to Bahnhofstrasse and Lake Zurich. The hotel also has family rooms which was one reason we chose it.
Where to eat: There are lots of restaurants in old town. We made it simple and had a pizza in the evening.
Zürich is the largest city of Switzerland with a little more than 400,000 inhabitants. There are lots of museums to visit but we did nothing of that.
Instead we walked through the narrow streets in the old town, along the Lake Zürich and the river Limmat. In summer time you can swim in the lake and rent a boat.
From Zürich main railway station it is only 10 minutes by train to the airport.
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