Tivoli Hotel

Zurcherstrasse 26, Schlieren, Zurich, 8952, Switzerland
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Switzerland Itinerary set - Would love your thoughts!

by RachelFersh

So the plan is now:

Friday through Monday morning in Zurich
Monday and Tuesday nights in Lucerne (and go up Mount Pliates)
Wednesday night in Murren
Thursday night in Montreux (and see Castle Chillon)
Friday morning see Gruyere and then go to Bern
Friday through Monday or Tuesday in Bern
Back to Zurich through Friday

We are spending lots of time in Bern and Zurich to stay with family and friends, for visiting as well as saving money, but can take daytrips during that time.

What do you think? Do you have suggestions of the nicest train routes to take or sites along the way not to miss?

Thank you!

Re: Switzerland Itinerary set - Would love your thoughts!

by swissfondue

Your itinerary sounds great. Much of Switzerland is very scenic, even Zurich. I particularly liked strolling around the old town and when I was there it was snowing. Cold but very pretty.

The train ride from Zurich to Lucerne is short and nothing special but Lucerne - Interlaken - Zweisimmen - Montreux is a lovely trip and the areas around Montreux and Gruyere are pretty. Try to choose a clear day to go up Mt Pilatus if possible.

I suppose the most famous of the "scenic train trips" is the Glacier Express but you will definitely see plenty of Alpine scenery around the locations you have chosen.

Travel Tips for Zürich

The mountains

by Toyin

The obvious place to go is one of these mountains.Parsenn (Davos & Klosters), Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn, Pischa and Madrisa. All grades of pistes, long descents of 12km, friendly, family areas, floodlit sledge run and ski-pistes, modern transport and a uniform price structure makes Davos a suitable region for sport fan.

Tourist Information

by bugalugs

The Tourist Information Office is situated on the railway station.

Tickets for buses/trains/cable cars/ferries and excursions can be bought here. Also maps and travel related books are on sale, as are postcards.

Stamps however are not sold at the tourist information but you can buy them next door at the 'kiosk' which is a sweet shop/newsagents.

Opening times are:

Nov - March Mon-fri 08.30-19.00
Sat-Sun 09.00-18.30

April - Oct Mon-fri 08.30-20.30
Sat-Sun 08.30-18.30

website: www.zurichtourism.ch Sorry I did not have a picture of the tourist information but thought you might like this one of the swans and ducks, who certainly knew where they were headed, when someone was feeding them!

Traditional Rowing Boats

by Kathrin_E

These boats can sometimes be spotted on Limmat river, so keep your eyes open for them. They are less elegant than Venezian gondolas but are operated in a similar way by a person standing in the rear of the boat and rowing with one single oar.
Unfortunately all I have is a bad night shot but it will give you an idea.

Swiss National Day, 1st August

by yumyum

Swiss National Day is on the first of August which is a holiday. In Zurich there is an official part with a small cortège through part of Bahnhofstrasse where you may see people in traditional costumes, big cowbells etc. and then there is an official speech at Buerkliplatz.

In fact the official part starts very early in the morning around 7 am with the salute shots at Kolbenhof underneath Uetliberg. Depending on where you live, you will hear the shots across town. There are 38 of them apparently, although I didn't count that many. 26 for the number of Swiss cantons and 12 for the various parts of Zurich.

In the evening, you could for instance go to the local festivities in Seebach at the Buhnrain school. In front of the school building you will find a typical local 1st August party where families eat a Bratwurst or Cervelat, have a drink, buy raffle tickets and let their firework go off. A highlight is the big traditional bonfire which is looked after by the local fire brigade.

Exiting Zurich by car

by smirnofforiginal

We left Zurich (by car) to drive to Lichtenstein - hardly off the beaten track but you try finding what should be an obvious Principality! Armed with a detailed, up to date atlas of Europe and a road map of Zurich we spent a good few hours o a magical mystery tour.
Eventually, having driven for what seemed an eternity, we arrived at a large lake somewhere not far outside of Zurich. Unfortunately it was not the enormous lake on our map that we had been trying to aim for. In fact, in comparison it was such a small lake it was barely visible on our map! With no signs anywhere that meant anything to our AA atlas or us we declare ourselves slightly lost and asked for directions (to Lichtenstein) from a van driver. We even got him a beer for his help.... and he sent is on a wild goose chase!
Declaring ourselves even more lost we stumbled upon a rambler with his son who spoke fluent English and even better knew the way to Lichtenstein.

My tip is : .........I have no tip... other than perhaps find yourself a friendly rambler!


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