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3 weeks Switzerland / Netherlands Trip Report

3 weeks Switzerland / Netherlands Trip Report

Old Jul 10, 19, 2:04 am
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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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Last edited by rianto14; Jul 10, 19 at 2:14 am
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Old Jul 10, 19, 9:35 am
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Great start! Looking forward to the rest.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 8:53 am
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We did something very similar with our kids a couple years back.

Lucerne and Bern were unforgettable highlights for us. Curious to hear if you guys had a similar experience!
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Old Jul 12, 19, 3:10 am
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After 4 nights in Zermatt we visited Lucerne. Stayed there for 4 nights and I feel that Lucerne is a good base for a day trip to Bern, Basel.
We didn't go to Mt.Titlis this time because we had enough of Swiss alps experience in Zermatt.

Train to Lucerne from Zermatt is not really ideal because we need to change train at 2 different stops and the connecting time is very little. For those who travel with family/ a lot luggages it's a bit hard but still doable.
My suggestion is to purchase the flexible / day trip train where you can use any train at any time. With discounted fix ticket, if you miss the connecting train then you have to purchase a brand new ticket.

For those who stay in a hotel, do not forget to ask the hotel for the tourist pass where you can use bus for free during your stay.
I stayed at Radisson Blu Hotel and it's about 5 minutes walk from the main train station.
Hotel itself is good, clean and modern rooms with connecting door if you book 2 rooms for the family.

Things to do in Lucerne:
Stroll around Lucerne old town which is very nice with a lot of good restaurants / Cafe next to the chapel bridge.

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Old Jul 12, 19, 1:01 pm
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I did only a short trip to Lucerne and it was raining all day. Bit I remember something from your pictures👍
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Old Jul 30, 19, 5:44 am
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Great report

What a great report and your photos are fantastic. I just got back this week from Interlaken and Zermatt. Hadn't visited Zermatt in 25 years. It was wonderful. I'd never seen Interlaken. I forgot that the first time I went I had a Swiss Travel Pass and that makes it more affordable and convenient for trains, public transportation but most importantly, the rides up to the Gornergrat, Sunnegga and the boat on Lake Brienz. You can take the Glacier Express with this pass. Even covers some museum entrance fees.
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