And there comes the end of our Switzerland trip. It was time for us to leave this lovely place in search of many other beautiful places that were waiting to greet us. We were to leave to Italy.We could not see many places in Switzerland as we had other places on the list as per our tour package. But whatever we could see, we truly cherish it.The journey from earth to heaven and back on earth!!And now some tips about this trip:If you liked reading my article, viewing those beautiful pictures above and enjoyed the visual tour of Switzerland, I am sure you would have already added it to your wish list of upcoming trips. To make your dream come true here are a few pieces of information that I remember to the best of my memory. Something that you may wish to consider.Trip advisor: Cox and Kings (Duniya Dekho)Package: European glimpse - Summer 2014 (10 days, 9 nights)Places included: France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria.Price (then): Approximately 1.5 lakhs per person (It was a group package)The above mentioned price is all inclusive. Flight tickets, hotels, food, bus tour everythingIn short, you will only need to spend or take your money out if you wish to carry back some souvenirs from your trip.I am thankful to Cox and Kings and my husband for giving me this lifetime experience. And to the people of Switzerland for making us so comfortable on their land.P.S: The best part of a foreign tour is that you be rest assured that the public toilets will be clean by default. Also, plan your next vacation to Switzerland on a group package. It will be more fun-filled.
The most visited place of the Alps, Jungfrau holds the title for being the top of Europe at 4150 m , is a world heritage site from 2001. The idea to construct a cogwheel railway to the Jungfrau summit was from Swiss industrialist Adolf Guyer-Zeller and in 1912, Europe had the highest altitude railway station opened. From Lauterbrunnen railway station(796m) to Jungfrau, en-route there are a few stopovers at Kleine scheidegg(2061m), Eigerwand(2865m) and Eismeer(3160m) where the trains halt for the visitors to have a panoramic view of the Bernese Alps.On top Jungfrau, there is a tour through the Alpine sensation, Ice palace and Sphinx observatory. There is an outlet of Lindt Swiss chocolate and few restaurants with interesting menus. Not to miss the immense fun you can have in the snow with skiing.
No other mountain stands apart from the rest like the way Matterhorn does. One of the most majestic mountains, Matterhorn lies at the foot of Zermatt, a car free village in the canton of Valais. We traveled on Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt. It was a clear day and we couldn’t stop photographing and gazing at this striking mountain all throughout our trip. Up on the mountain you’ll get sweeping views of the surrounding Alps with Matterhorn standing proud and tall among them. Cogwheel train also known as rack railway takes you to Gornergrat railway station in about thirty minutes. It is said that it is best to take the trip during sunrise and sunset.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Day 5: Next day had clear sky so we decided to go for Matterhorn ,Zermatt the most gorgeous and scenic train ride, one could experience. Just two hour train journey with glacier express. Reached Zermatt station and marched towards cable car point for Matterhorn. Though weather was clear but it was too windy and cold up there. Made kids to stay at restaurant which was little cozy for them. After that we also did some acitivities and came back to Zermatt.
Furka Pass, SwitzerlandOne of the most striking mountain passes in the world, the Furka Pass is at an elevation of 7,969 feet and connects Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri, in the Swiss Alps. If panoramic green, rolling hills and pretty snow-capped mountains are what you’re looking for during your journey, the Furka Pass will deliver! The drive offers some gripping photo opportunities so don’t forget to carry your camera!
3. Gemmi Pass : The classic trailLeukerbad - Gemmi pass - Daubensee - Schwarenbach - Spittelmatte - SunnbüelHiking duration~ 4 hoursThis mountain pass, located in the Valais region of Switzerland, lies about 2350 metres above sea level and connects Leukerbad to Kandersteg, both picture-perfect locations.Sherlock Holmes fans might remember this pass in association with the story 'The Final Problem', when the protagonists crossed it to eventually meet Professor Moriarty at the Riechenbach Falls.You will start your hike at Leukerbad, climb up the long and steep trail in the direction of the Gemmi Pass, from where you can enjoy the views of the DaubenSee. You can then go down to reach the Spittelmatte plateau and climb again to reach the Sunnbüel cable car station. If you like, you can proceed towards Kandersteg taking a cable car and then a bus to spend time at the enchanting Lake Oeschinen.How to get thereTake the train to Leuk and then get a bus to reach Leukerbad.ActivitiesLeukerbad is known for its thermal baths. So, you can certainly consider indulging in wellness if you visit this region. You also have the option to take a cable car from Leukerbad to Gemmi Pass or to DaubenSee.