Topic: Switzerland Holidays
The tour started with flight from Bangalore to Doha (State of Qatar). Qatar airways flight to Doha; transit and flight to Zurich were easy and comfortable. We reached at Zurich at approx 14:00 hrs. We were transferred to immigration terminal through an underground train. After getting through immigration formalities, we reached to Zurich Flughafen, a railway station located within airport terminal. Here I purchased Swiss francs (CHF) and got our Swiss Pass validated. The Swiss Pass, I asked my travel agent to purchase, was valid for any 4 days from the day of validation. The Swiss Pass holder is eligible for unlimited travel in Switzerland in trains, buses, boats/cruises and is also eligible for good discounts on mountain excursions and other attractions.
Our first destination in Switzerland was Interlaken. In Switzerland, trains to each destination are available within/less than an hour via different routes. The train enquiry operator suggested us to take the train to Interlaken via Luzern which pass through very scenic route between Luzern and Interlaken. Although this route takes one hour more than other routes; we preferred to take this to enjoy scenic shots.
We boarded a train to Luzern. The train passed though Zurich HB (most important train station in Zurich), and reached to Luzern in an hour. We changed train at Luzern destined to Interlaken Ost (most important train station in Interlaken). In Switzerland, 5 minutes are usually enough to change trains but you must keep 10 minutes gap for busy stations like Zurich, Luzern etc. We had 6 minutes to change the train at Luzern, and we managed it within 5 minutes although in a little hurry.
This train passed by snow covered mountains, beautiful & neat lakes, green plains and small hamlets. The scenes are pleasure to eyes and dreams to mind. The peace and calmness as if present in atmosphere make you feel in heaven. It was intermittently raining making scenes picturesque The train reached to Interlaken Ost at around18:30 hrs. It was still good sunlight, a welcome change for tourists. My hotel, City Hotel Oberland, was located close to Interlaken West, and therefore we boarded a shuttle and alighted at Interlaken West. We walked down 200m to hotel and checked-in. The room was good with views towards snow covered mountains. Hotel offered free pass to be used in any of buses within Interlaken. Although useless for me (I already had Swiss Pass), this was a good service from hotel for their customers.
We used some of snacks items for dinner which we brought from India, and went to sleep.