Great trip with perfect weather. Rare occasion to see Jungfrau and the other peaks
all at the same time in glorious sunshine. Should not miss this trip but go in summer.
The day schedule was very tight, doing too many things in 6.5 hr excluding the return
coach ride, Zurich to Jungfrau. Shopping in Interlaken was just long enough to buy eg
a watch or Swiss knife. The tour guide was good and made every one kept to the tight
schedule. The cogwheel mountain train ride was excellent with fantastic views of the
mountains and the valley. Highly recommended.
Doing what: Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
As Mr. Matt Lauder helicoptered over Jungfrag as part of his "Where in the World" I immediately began to plan my trip. The Jungfrag summit located in the Swiss Alps holds Europe's highest travel station, the train cuts inside the mountain, now a 100 year old line. The beautiful scenery makes you regret the return. My recommendation if you can choose the season is to go in the summer - only because you can now enjoy "Winter Sports" aka you can slid down a mountain while looking at a glacier. If you are limited on time I recommend the Zurich trip but if you have time to spare I definitely recommend staying in the Valley below and connecting via Interlaken. It's absolutely breathtaking and I wish I would have stayed at least a week in the surrounding area.
Bus Station in Zurich: The bus station for the tour was a little hard to find but if I can suggest a Starbucks to Starbucks route. Find the Starbucks in front of the main train station in Zurich. With that Starbucks behind you walk into the station and cut directly through it - making no turns. As you exit make a left and follow the road to the next Starbucks. Across the street from that is the travel bus station. Almost New York like, no?
Enjoy your trip!
Doing what: Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
The tour was conducted by the tour company in Zurich and they did a great job. My mum and I had an amazing time staying on the top of Mt. Pilatus, the air was so fresh and our view was breathtaking. Because we stayed the night, we were able to see the mountain later at night when most of the tourists had departed, otherwise it can get quite crowded in the general area. The three course dinner was fantastic as well with great service staff. Breakfast was also excellent. The trip down from the mountain would have been better if we could ride the steep train instead of the cable cart. We had to take the bus from the bottom of the mountain to the rail station and the walk between the bottom of the mountain and the bus station was actually quite a walk so make sure you don't have heavy luggage with you. Mt. Titlis was amazing but would have preferred if Viator told us to dress appropriately for the snow that we were not expecting during even during summer time (apparently it snows all year round, so dress appropriately to actually do the activities which are outdoors). Overall, we had an amazing time visiting the mountains and was well worth the expensive tour money that we paid.
This is the best tour I have enjoyed during our 4 weeks in Europe. The guide (Heinz) was very professional, informative, humours, and friendly. My wife and I enjoyed every movement of the trip even though we wish the tour could have started earlier in European summer. We have seen the most beautiful parts of the Alps. I would strongly recommend my friends to join this tour when they are in Zurich.
Doing what: Swiss Alps Small Group Day Tour from Zurich
Rhine Falls is a must do. It's like Niagara on a smaller scale. Loved it. The scenery on the way was nice too. A bonus was travelling back to Zurich where we actually crossed the border briefly into Germany so now we can say we've been to Germany!
The afternoon trip around the city was very good too with a very informative guide. I was very disappointed with the chocolate tour as all we did was visit a shop near the factory and the chocolate may have been fresher but it wasn't any cheaper than the supermarket. I thought the tour of buildings on the way there was very boring too. If you are doing this tour in summer be warned that you are not delivered back to where the tour starts from. We found ourselves doing an hour on the lake and finding our own way back to the starting point (thankfully with help on how to do this from our guide Trudy).
If you are just after the chocolates (as I was) save time and go to the supermarket to buy them.
Lucerne is beautiful, but we were very disappointed in Engelberg. The monastery does not allow you to go inside; we were fortunate to arrive at the same time as a private group that was going into the cathedral for a private visit, so we got to take a peak inside the church and it is truly beautiful. Other than that, there is nothing to see on the grounds outside the large monastery. The tour of the cheese factory advertised in the tour brochure, is nothing more than a man in a glass booth in the middle of a tourist shop, pressing the milk curd into trays. Everyone else on our bus got off at the cable car to go up to the glacier, which we should have done, as the town of Engelberg was pretty much a ghost town, due to it being the end of ski season, and not yet summer (end of April). 90 % of the shops, hotels and restaurants were closed for the season.It was difficult for us to find a restaurant to get something to eat; but when we did find one open, it was a very good lunch!
We were stuck in Engleberg for 3 hours to kill time until the rest of the group came down off the glacier and the bus picked us up to return to Zurich. Engelberg may be great "in-season", but I recommend that Viator not offer a tour to Engelberg during the offseason, nothing to do there when everything is closed. There are many other tour packages for Lucerne, so I would recommend choosing another one than this if your primary interest is in seeing Lucerne.
Doing what: Day Trip to Lucerne and Engelberg from Zurich
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