Feb 3, 2018

Our Epic Europe Trip, thanks to Lufthansa's Open Jaw Itinerary

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17 days, 6 cities, 2 countries and infinite memories to last a lifetime.

That was what we got up to during the December school holidays last year. The monkies have already dubbed it as the most EPIC trip ever - even if it means lugging their heavy bags between cities - so I'm pretty sure it'll be hard to top this... especially since ALL of us got to see, touch and taste (!) snow for the very first time in our lives!

Personally, I was extremely stoked to see the delight on the monkies' faces as snow fell and this is one memory that will stay with me forever.

We spent a total of 17 days in Switzerland and Germany, where we visited the Swiss cities of Zurich, Engelberg, and Lucerne, and then traversed the German cities of Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

It felt particularly magical too, as December was also the month of Christmas and the major towns came alive with Christmas markets adorned with fairy lights.

And yes, Gluhwein if you have been following my Instagram. Heh.

And for all of these, I have Lufthansa and SWISS to thank.

For not only have they put everything together, they have connected me with Swiss Tourism and German National Tourist Board... both of which have been so accommodating in making our trip an experience we will always remember fondly.

I will be blogging in detail about the various family-friendly activities we enjoyed during our trip in the weeks to come but here is our itinerary that we followed over the 2 weeks:

Day 1:
- Singapore to Zurich on Swiss International Airlines
- FIFA World Football Museum
- Zurich Old Town tour
- Candle-making at Bürkliplatz

Day 2:
- Zurich to Engelberg via train
- Check in to Titlis Resort
- Engelberg town tour

Day 3:
- Ascent from Engelberg to Mt. Titlis
- Titlis Cliff Walk and Titlis Glacier Cave

Day 4:
- Skiing at Mt Titlis Snow Experience Park

Day 5:
- Engelberg to Lucerne via train
- Lucerne sightseeing
- Flight to Munich

Day 6:
-  Allianz Arena
- Munich Airport Tour

Day 7:
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
- Munich Marienplatz Christmas Market

Day 8:
- Munich Old Town tour
- Nymphenburg Palace
- BMW Welt & Museum

Day 9:
- Deutsches Museum

Day 10:
- Munich to Stuttgart via train
- Stuttgart Town tour

Day 11:
- Wilhelma Zoo
- Mercedes-Benz Museum
- Esslingen Medeival Christmas Market

Day 12:
- Stuttgart to Frankfurt via train
- Frankfurt Town tour
- Römerberg Christmas Market
- Frankfurt Historical Museum

Day 13:
- Day trip to Rüdesheim

Day 14:
- Senckenberg Natural History Museum
- Frankfurt to Singapore on Lufthansa German Airlines


The great thing about our trip is we had the flexibility of flying into and out of Europe via two different cities, otherwise known as an open jaw itinerary.

In case you do not know, an open jaw is when you fly home from a different destination compared to the one you flew to at the beginning of your trip. Much like how we flew into Zurich and returned home from Frankfurt.

For us, an open jaw is ideal because we were planning to cover a lot of ground during our trip - because it's Europe! - and we sure did not want to waste time returning to the original airport. We were not bound to do a circle trip and we ended up discovering so many more amazing places during our journey.

BUT IS IT CHEAPER than a normal round trip?

Well, you will be surprised.

The good thing about flying with Lufthansa Group is they own several airlines of which Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines are two of their premium carriers flying out of Singapore. By flying with them, you have the flexibility of configuring and visiting different European cities.

Say if you were to go on the classic return trip to Zurich in April this year, it will cost S$1,393.10.

A trip to and from Frankfurt will cost S$1,481.50.

However, should you book an open jaw ticket that allows you to fly into Zurich on SWISS and out from Frankfurt on Lufthansa - which was exactly what we did - the cost is $1,458.50.

This is only marginally more expensive than the round trip to Zurich and even CHEAPER than the round trip to Frankfurt!

The point is, you are able to save more money if you want to visit several more destinations in Europe by purchasing an open jaw ticket. And it is also usually cheaper than purchasing two one-way tickets. So if you are planning on an equally epic trip to Europe with the family, it is definitely worth considering booking an open jaw ticket with Lufthansa to fully maximise your trip!

As mentioned, I will be sharing more about our trip as well as our flight experiences with SWISS and Lufthansa over the coming weeks so do stay tuned!

To book your next trip to Europe, head to SWISS' or Lufthansa's website for fare offers!

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