I. Plan of Tour.
Season of the Year. Distribution of Time.
The traveller will save both time and money by planning his tour
carefully before leaving home. The Handbook will help him to
select the most interesting routes and the pleasantest resting-
places, and point out how each day may be disposed of to the best
advantage, provided the weather be favourable.
Season. The great majority of tourists visit Switzerland between
the middle of July and the end of September; but to those who
wish to see the scenery, the vegetation, and particularly the Alpine
flowers in perfection June is recommended as the most charming
month in the year. For expeditions among the higher Alps the
month of August is the best time. Even in summer snow occasion¬
ally falls among the higher regions, rendering the mountain-paths
impassable; but in ordinary seasons the snow disappears from the
Rigi, the routes through the Bernese Oberland, and most of the
higher Alpine carriage-routes at the beginning of June. On the
other hand snow sometimes lies throughout the whole season on
the Furka, the Grimsel, the Gemmi, etc.
Distribution of Time. One Month, as the annexed plan shows,
suffices for a glimpse at the most interesting parts of Switzerland.
Bale, where the scenery is least interesting, is a good starting-
point, but the traveller may find it more convenient to begin with
Geneva or Neuchatel.
By railway from Bale to Neuhausen; visit the Falls of the Rhine; by
railway from Dachsen to Zurich (RR. 1, 8, 9, 12).......1
Zurich and the Vetliberg (R. 13)..............1
From Zurich by railway to Zug; by steamboat to Arth; by railway
to the Rigi-Kulm (RR. 23, 28, 26)............1
From the Rigi by railway to Vitznau (or on foot to Waggis); by
steamboat to Lucerne, and one day at Lucerne (RR. 26, 25, 24) 1
By steamer on the Lake of Lucerne to Brunnen; visit the Riitli,
Axenstein, etc. (R. 25).................1
By steamer from Brunnen to Flilelen; by the St. Gotthard Railway
to GSschenen; by omnibus or on foot to Andermatt (RR. 25, 30,31) . 1
By diligence over the Furka to the Rhone Glacier (R.33); walk over
the Grimsel to the Grimsel Hospice (R. 52)..........
Walk down the Haslithal (Handeck Fall) to Meiringen (RR. 52, 49) 1
Walk from Meiringen (Falls of the Reichenbach) through the Ber¬
nese Oberland, by the Scheideck, to [the Faulhorn (RR. 49, 48) . . 1
Descend the Faulhorn to] Grindelwald (Grindelwald Glaciers) (RR. 48,
Walk from Grindelwald over the Wengernalp to Lauterbrunnen
(Staubbach) (RR. 47, 45)................1
Walk or ride to Miirren and the Schmadri Fall and back; drive to
Interlaken (RR. 46, 45)................(1)