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
Day 1: Arrive in Zurich Airport and take the train to Luzern (1 hour). Then continue to Grindelwald (2,5 hours)
Day 2-4: Day hikes in the Jungfrau region
Day 5: Go by train to Bern (1,5 hours). Continue to Zurich (1 hour)
Day 6: Zurich
Day 7: Leaving Switzerland
Arrive in Switzerland
Arriving in Switzerland it is so easy to go by train to almost any city or village in the country. From the airport there are trains to Luzern, Bern and Interlaken connecting to the Jungfrau region.
After arriving, take the train (1 hour) straight from the airport to Luzern, the lovely city by the Vierwaldstätterzee with the famous wooden bridge Kappelbrücke. Lock in your luggage at the train station and spend a few hours walking through Luzern.
Then continue to Grindelwald (2,5 hours). You change trains in Interlaken.
For timetable and price of tickets click here.
Where to stay: We chose to rent a house in Grindelwald that is a litter bigger than the other villages in the region. Also, there are several hiking paths are within easy reach going by gondola, train or hiking from Grindelwald. There are some hotels in Grindelwald, check here.
Grindelwald, main street
Day hikes in the Jungfrau region
Probably the most scenic hike is going to 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 some 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 Múrren. Depending on how much you want to go around 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 can 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 you last two nights.
Where to stay: We stayed in Hotel Glärnischhof that 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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