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5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

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5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

We have planned 5 day anniversary trip to Switzerland. Have to be in and out from Geneva, so picked Montreux as the base as comments in the forum suggested. We also would love to avoid checking in-out multiple hotels, which could be stressful...so we booked the flight and also 5 day stay in a hotel 5 min away from the train station of Montreux and plan to do day trips to see the country.

It is our first time visiting the Switzerland, we would love to visit the cities around lake area, but also do not want to miss Jungfrau. We are thinking of a day trip to Interlaken via golden line in the morning, get there around 1pm, then take the mountain train to get to Jungfrau for about 4-5 hours for a round trip (2hrs each way)then have dinner, back to montreux with any train at night, should be back by 10pm. Is this feasible? Could anyone give suggestion?

Also, any other cities we can do a day trip? Probably not as crazy as the Jungfray plan...

Thanks a lot for any suggestions!

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1. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

Jungfrau is just too far away from Montreux for a day trip. It takes around 3 hours to get from there to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, and then another 2 hours to the top. That's a ten hour trip. And unfortunately even if you pick a clear day (not worth going if it isn't) there's always a good possibility of clouds rolling in early afternoon, making visibility zero.

This question gets asked a lot, but usually it's the day trip from Lucerne. The answer is always the same: it's too far. Montreux is even further away.

Edited: 09 July 2013, 06:40
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2. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

If you want to be on the Jungfrau at 3 pm, in most cases you do not need to bother. On summer afternoons clouds gather around the peaks and you will have a very expensive look inside the cloud. Best views are in the morning.

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3. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

Thanks everyone for the suggestion! Too bad, we might have to give up Jungfrau. How about just take the golden line to Interlaken visting surrounding area? worth a day trip? Any alternative to Jungfrau? Would love to see some snow covered Alps.

Edited: 09 July 2013, 14:42
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4. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

How about give up the golden line, just take regular train to Interlaken in early morning.. just checked the schedule... can take 7:00 train and get there around 9:00, and then up the Jungfrau at noon time?

Edited: 09 July 2013, 15:16
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5. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

That 7:00 train is actually 6:53. And it arrives at 9:28, not 9:00. There are others leaving at 6:06 and 6:40 that are slightly faster. From Interlaken there's a train to Lauterbrunnen at 9:35 that will have you at Jungfraujoch at 11:52. So it's still 5 hours no matter how you look at it.

Problem is, leaving that early you'll have absolutely no idea of the weather conditions at the top until you get to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen. And as Altamiro and I have both pointed out, Jungfraujoch does tend to have cloud roll in early afternoon, making it a very long and expensive trip to see nothing.

If you really want to see it, and it's definitely worth seeing, why not stay a night in Wengen, Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen and if you get clear weather hop on the first available train up the mountain. There's still no guarantee that you'll get good weather, but it's just too hard and risky from a base in Montreaux.

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6. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

Thanks a lot for answering my question with such detailed description. Very helpful! The problem is that we have booked hotels for 5 nights at Montreaux, which is hard to cancel...and we are "lazy" person to switch hotels. I did a lot search last night on the forums. Yes, it is quiet risky to get to Jungfrau in the early afternoon and there is no guarantee for the weather. We just don't want to miss the nice interlaken area and the chance to get up high and close to the snow covered Apls for this trip. I found another options might be better, but please tell me if it is not right.

1. Pick the best weather day of my 5 day stay in Montreaux

2. Get on Golden Pass in the morning, enjoy the view, be there by 1pm

3. Get to Schilthorn: in this way, we can experience train, cable, hike...villages... maybe dinner at the top?

4. Get back around 7pm and be back to hotel on regular train by 9pm.

If we get swiss pass, this will not be as expensive as the Jungfrau trip, right?

Does this sounds like a reasonable plan? Really appreciate suggestion!

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7. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

Why not do Zermatt and the Matterhorn? Much closer as a day trip than Jungfrau, and only 2.5 hours from Montreux.

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8. Re: 5 day vacation use Montreux as base (Jungfrau day trip?)

Yes, you can then get up the mountain in the morning. The big advantage of Zermatt is that it's all views, no long stretch in a tunnel.

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