Old Jul 10, 19, 3:04 am
Join Date: Jul 2019
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3 weeks Switzerland / Netherlands Trip Report

This is my 1st post here and i would just like to share a trip report and hopefully some information that i share could benefit those who read.

This summer we chose Switzerland and Netherlands for our summer trip which include Zurich, Zermatt, Lucern, Bern, Basel and Amsterdam (with nearby Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken)

Important information for those who will travel in Switzerland.

All train in Switzerland are run by SBB so book directly at https://www.sbb.ch. No need to buy through 3rd party website.

Please also consider to buy half fare ticket directly at https://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holida...al-guests.htmlor you can buy the various days of Swiss Pass. You need to calculate yourself on which one save you more money.

In my experience, those who like to travel in packed schedule will benefit from the Swiss Pass but those who travel longer time in relaxing pace will benefit from the Half Fare Card.

For a family with children, family pass is free when you purchase the half fare card so for example family with 3 kids only need to buy 2 half fare card for adults (CHF 120 each) and children can use family card to travel for free.

My flight for this trip is by Singapore Airlines which always give the best minimum connection time for all flight from Indonesia.
For the flight itself, as usual, Singapore Airlines gave the best service with new modern A380 flight to Zurich and A350 back from Amsterdam to Singapore. The A380 was the brand new one with new first class suites. Business class seat is consider quite an upgrade from the previous version.

Arrive Zurich Airport in the morning and go directly to Zermatt.
Train from Zurich airport to Zermatt is around 3 hours with 1 connection / change of train.

Places to visit in Zermatt:
Sunnega is a short easy funicular from Zermatt. The station is called Sunnega Valley Station. To go to the station, you can either walk or use the free shuttle bus that goes around Zermatt town.

View from Sunnega Lake

Gornegrat is easy to reach by train from Zermatt. The train station for Gornegrat is right in the city across the main Zermatt Station.
The train will stop in various stop where you can hop on and hop off.

Rotenboden Train Stop

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the highest among the 2 places that i mentioned before and the most expensive one to purchase the ticket.
This is the place to do summer skiing.

View of Matterhorn from the cable car

Special place for those with small children:
There is 1 park/playground near the town called Spielplatz. Very good and fun place for children.

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