If you want to “enjoy” a peaceful place, Switzerland will be the dream vacation for you. Traveling to Switzerland, you can immerse yourself in endless green fields, marvel at the majestic Alps, explore ancient towns with a long-standing culture.
Let’s explore Switzerland with me by this article a 3-day Switzerland backpacking road trip itinerary in 2023
Transportation in Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the countries where the cost of using transportation is quite expensive. So you have to calculate carefully so as not to be “Over budget”.
From Paris, I take the eurolines bus (30€) to Basel, transit at Strasbourg, if you have not been to Strasbourg and Colmar, you should go from Paris -> Strasbourg there to stay 1 day and night and then from Strasbourg -> Basel. I didn’t stop by Strasbourg because I went to Strasbourg last year, so I went from Paris to Basel.
The main means of transport in Switzerland: trains, boats, buses, tramways, taxis.
Types of travel tickets in Switzerland:
👉 Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited travel for 3, 4, 8, and 15 days for all types of public transport throughout Switzerland. In addition, free admission to nearly 500 museums, 25%-50% discount on special tickets to mountain peaks such as Jungfraujoch (25%), Titlis (50%). This pass gives free access to Mount Schilthorn, Stanserhorn, Brunni and Rigi.
👉 Tellpass: Unlimited travel for 2-3-4-5 for up to 10 days on trains, buses, boats and hanging foxes, but can only go to 1 central area including Luzern state, Uri state, and reach home Interlaken’s West station, but couldn’t hang out in Interlaken. If you go to Titlis or Rigi it is ok with Tellpass but if you go to Grindelwald or Jungfrau it is not.
👉 Swiss Half Fare Card: Use this card to buy tickets with a 50% discount from the original price. The price of this card is: 120 CHF.
👉 Tageskarte or Cart Journaliere Commune: This card is used to take all public transport in Switzerland in 1 day, unlimited number of times with quite cheap price, about 50CHF. If you have friends in Switzerland, you can ask them to buy it.
👉 Super Saver Day Pass: 1 day travel ticket, unlimited means of transportation. Buying this ticket to go to places as far as Geneva to Bern and back in the same day will be extremely convenient and save money.
👉 Supersaver Ticket: Retail ticket with 50% discount without Half Fare Card, this ticket must be purchased in advance and must be on time on the ticket. If you buy tickets on dates that are too close, they are no longer available. You can check and buy on the web.
Tips: After calculating the way to go, I chose to buy a Swiss Travel Pass ticket to travel for 3 days. Buying this ticket is extremely convenient, no need to worry about buying a time-consuming ticket, it’s cheap. . This ticket does not need to be validated at the machine, get on the train and give the code to the train station staff to scan.
Things you should know when travelling to Switzerland for the first time in 2023
What to do in Switzerland?
Three days in Switzerland is exactly 3 days of great experience because the weather favors me.
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Day 1: Lake Blausee – Swiss Pearl Eye
Blausee is a small lake, in the Kander valley above Kandergrund at an altitude of 887 meters, near the Kander River. Administratively, it belongs to the Bernese Oberland. The lake has an area of 0.64 ha.
Actually, the original schedule did not include Blausee, but went to Bern and then returned to Spiez to walk around Lake Thun. But by chance I saw a clip about Blausee of a guy on the travel association, I immediately ignored those places and just went to Blausee. It’s really not a waste to go to Blausee, the scenery here is really called “sentient”, the lake is so clear that you can see the bottom lying in the heart of the green forest, schools of fish jumping, birds chirping, in the distance. are majestic snowy mountains, just see the lake peeking through the path.
To go to Blausee from Bern, take the train to Frutigen station, get off Frutigen station you go out there will be a bus stop, take BUS 230 (Direction Kandersteg, Bahnhof), this bus will stop in front of Blausee. Buying an adult entrance ticket is 8 CHF, with a student card reduced to CHF 5, the entrance card includes boating on the lake, remember to take the boat, the bottom of the boat is made of glass so you can see the fish on the bottom. The boatman speaks good English, is friendly, and takes pictures for Kiri too hehe. After playing Blausee, go back to Interlaken to sleep.
Day 2: Grindelwald -> Lauterbrunnen -> Murren
Mürren is a traditional Walser mountain village in the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland, at the foot of the Schilthorn and snow-white mountains. People compare Murren to fairy-tale villages, indeed, when witnessing firsthand the lovely little houses in brown wood color with orange-red doors, it is even more prominent when there are a few lilies. tiny, under the snowy sky. This is really a fairy village in my dreams.
To get to the village of Murren from Interlaken, take the train to Interlaken Ost bound for Lauterburnen. After exiting Lauterbrunnen station go about 50m to Lauterbrunen cable car station to go up Murren, up to the cable car station, you have to transfer via a small train to go into the village, the route to the beautiful village of Murren if it snows. You can use the Mobile CFF app to track the way, very convenient and easy, just go on time and on the right platform, not too complicated like in Paris.
The villages of Grindelward and Lauterbrunnen are also a beautiful little village located in the mountains. The way to go is similar, you search on the app will be very easy to go, not very difficult.
In this region, there is also a famous mountain, Jungfrau – considered the roof of Europe, but tickets to Jungfrau are very expensive at 214 CHF / person / round trip, with a Swiss pass, you get 50% off. I think it’s still too expensive, so I’ll make an appointment with Jungfrau next time.
Tips: There is a Coop supermarket in Murren village where you can buy cheap food and drinks. I bought baguette bread to eat with pate, baguette is really good. The restaurant in the mountain is quite expensive, I see Switzerland everywhere, everything is expensive.
Day 3: Lucerne -> Mount Rigi
Luzern is a city in the Lucerne district, Luzern state, in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking region. The original schedule would be Luzern -> Mount Titlis, but I changed the schedule to take a boat ride on Lake Lucerne and then go to Mount Rigi, actually on the 2nd day I’ve gone to Murren and also played with the snow, so I didn’t want to go to Titlis again.
One of the landmarks and is considered a symbol of the city of Luzern is the wooden Kapellbrücke bridge that crosses the Reuss river, the original bridge was built in 1333, according to the story, the reason was because a tourist smoked and was When it was ignited in 1993, parts of the bridge and most of the paintings were destroyed. In 1994, the bridge was restored, old paintings were restored and some paintings were replaced or copied because they could not be restored. Today, when walking on the bridge, you can also see paintings that are burnt black because they cannot be restored.
Lion Monument: A famous stone dying lion honoring the heroic sacrifices of 800 Swiss soldiers.
Court Church of St. Leodegar: Catholic church built in 1633, featuring 2 parallel towers.
Cruise on Lake Lucerne and trekking Mount Rigi
To buy a ticket to Mount Rigi, go to Ferry Terminal Pier 1 right opposite Luzern Hbf train station. The fare to go up Mount Rigi from Lucerne is 95 CHF, which includes a boat ride on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau Wharf, and from Vitznau a train ride to Mount Rigi Kulm. If you already have a Swiss Pass or Tegeskarte, that includes boating and boarding to Rigi.
What to eat Switzerland?
The specialty dish in Switzerland is cheese fondue, which consists of melted cheese and will be used topping toppings such as bread, potatoes, this dish I find salty and a bit difficult to eat for my taste. .
Tips: If you stay at an Airbnb or host with a place to cook, just go to Coop supermarket to buy delicious and cheap food, eat at a restaurant, the price is quite high. In Switzerland, most stations have lockers to keep things automatically during the day, the price is around 5-7CHF, I find it very convenient if you bring a lot of bulky items, just leave all the things you don’t need in the locker and then go out. for comfort.
In Interlaken there is a Casino, which looks like a presidential palace, a political district. There are game machines in there, it’s also fun to try, 10CHF entrance ticket and free drinking water.
Switzerland is truly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, especially in the summer. The mountains still sparkle with snow even on the sunniest days of summer, the turquoise lakes, the alpine flower fields… and so on. Whether you’re opting for a luxury stay in Switzerland or trying to experience the country on a budget, the best part is that many of the most stunning views in Switzerland are completely free.
All Photos by Mai Hoang Dat. You can follow him at : https://www.facebook.com/dat.kiri.1996
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