I. Plan of Excursion.
Season of the Year. Companions. Distribution of Time.
The traveller will effect a considerable saving of money and time
by preparing his plan for a tour before leaving home. With the aid
of the following pages it will be easy to determine precisely the
number of days an excursion will occupy, the most convenient
resting places, and in fact how each hour may be disposed of to
the best advantage, provided always the elements favour the travel¬
ler. The latter contingency is unfortunately not always to be relied
upon, for in no country is the weather more capricious than in
Switzerland, and rain is particularly annoying on a tour where
large towns with their in-door attractions are rare.
Season. The most favourable time for a tour in Switzerland
is from the middle of July to the middle of September, and for
expeditions among the higher Alps the month of August.
It sometimes happens in summer that snow accompanies rain
in high regions, and renders the mountain-paths impassable ; but
these are exceptional occurrences. In ordinary seasons the snow
disappears from the Rigi and the route through the Bernese Ober-
land at the beginning of June, but not till later on the Furca,
the Grimsel, and the Gemmi, where it sometimes lies throughout
Companions. A party of two can be accommodated in a one-
horse carriage or in the same room at a hotel, whilst a third
would often be found 'de trop'. The more the number is ex¬
tended, as a general rule, the greater are the inconvenience and
the certainty that many of the true objects of travel will be
sacrificed. The single traveller who has attained some pro¬
ficiency in the language of the country will most speedily become
acquainted with the people, their characteristics, and their scenery,
as he is necessarily compelled to seek such society as the occa¬
Distribution of Time. Four Weeks, as the annexed plan
shows, will Suffice for an energetic traveller to visit the most in¬
teresting parts of Switzerland.
By the first steamer in l1^ hr. from Friedrichshafen to Constance , by Days
railway (R. 9) in 13|4 hr. to Schaffhausen, by railway in 10 min. to
Dachsen. Walk in >|4 hr. to Schloss Laufen, visit the Falls of the
Rhine; cross the Rhine below the falls, ascend to Nevhausen (R. 11),
return by the railway - bridge to Dachsen, and proceed by railway
to Zurich in 2 hrs...................1
Bjeuekek, Switzerland. 6th Edition.