4 days in Switzerland
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jun 18, 2013 12:11 PM Last Post By: meckerdv
Jun 16, 2013 8:47 PM
4 days in SwitzerlandI'll be leaving Italy either Saturday night or Sunday, and making my way up to Zurich for a Thursday morning flight. I'd love to maximize my time in Switzerland, but everything looks amazing. Can anyone give any advice of where to go and how much time to spend there? I'm totally fine with going to only 1 or 2 places for a couple days each, if people think that's the best way to maximize my time. I'd probably want to spend at least 1 day in Zurich - that being said, I literally know nothing about the city and if it's worth going to. I also need to stay on the cheap side, as I'm a lone student.
Thanks a lot!
Jun 16, 2013 11:35 PM
1Bernese Oberland. Get a train to Interlaken and then head into the hills to one of the villages. Fab treking, rack railways, cable cars, gondolas, amazing scenery, etc etc. I stayed at the Valleyhostel.ch in Lauterbrunnen and loved it but it's steep valleys are not for everyone, so consider some of the hostels in Grindelwald. Alternative options include Murren, Wengen or Gimmelwald. The Valais region next door is equally pretty. See also http://www.myswitzerland.com for further inspirational ideas.
Jun 17, 2013 2:07 AM
2Impossible to give an answer as long as we don't know your interests:
What do you want to visit:
Historical museums, art museums, watchmaking museums, transport museum, ethnographic museums, red cross museum, olympic museum, medieaval towns (with and without citywall walks), medieval castles, gothic cathedrals, baroque churches and monasteries, roman theatres, celtic lake dwellings, menhirs, modern buildings (Mario Botta, Calatrava, Jean Nouvel, Herzog&Demeuron, Diener&Diener, etc.), lakes with historic steamboats, underground lakes and waterfalls, summer ski areas, the highest wineyard of Europe, the highest village of Europe, the longest glacier of Europe, the steepest (highest gradiant) cog railway and cable car lines of Europe, the highest cableway station of Europe (3800 m), scenic hiking trails, Islands with palm trees and tropical plants (Brissago), scenic mountain railways, concerts, theatres .....
If we know what you are interested in, we can make a proposal.
If I had only 4 days, I would never spend more than 1 or 2 hr at Zurich, unless you are particularly interested in the fine Zurich museums.
Jun 17, 2013 7:17 AM
Jun 17, 2013 7:20 AM
In deed nice to b able to reply to you
had been in touch many years back in your avatar of Neckervd for a trip to Switzerland and you had given a detailed answer, somewhat what you have advised to Seanhab.
Thanks for your patience and lengthy inputs. Wanted to reply to you with thanks and gratitude but they have blocked personal emails. It was indeed very help ful and helped in finalising Tasch, Zermatt and Gornergrat as places to vist.
Did a road journey with German family friends from Gerany to salzburg, Venice, florence, Pisa, Tasch ( Zematt/Gornergrat), Lucerne and Black forest . Had the time of my life.
Jun 17, 2013 7:24 AM
I stayed in Tasch and visited Zematt ( the car free town0 where I experienced my life's first snowfall and from there proceded to Gornergrat ( over 10300 ft above sea level) for view of the Alps esp Mt matterhorn. You can stay in Zermatt or even Gornergrat.
Plan to go there again too, cost and time permitting.
Switzerland is beautiful
Fwoggie and Meckerdv are giving great advice
Jun 18, 2013 12:11 PM
6Thanks for your feedback, annoop. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Zermatt/Gornergrat, one of my favourites too.
Thre are basically 2 itineraries from Milan to Zurich:
A) Milan - Stresa/Lake Maggiore - Domodossola - Brig - Spiez - Berne - Zurich
B) Milan - Capolago/Lake Lugano - Melide - Lugano - Bellinzona - Fluelen/Lake Lucerne - Zug - Zurich.
Variants and sidetrips:
boat to botanical gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre and back to Stresa;
boat from Stresa up to Locarno and then either scenic Cetovalli railway to Domodossola (itinerary A) or commuter train to Bellinzona (itinerary B). Locarno has a scenic medieval city center as well as cableway and bus lines into the Alps.
Bus ride over Simplon Pass (2000m, view to many snow mountains and glaciers, among them the famous Aletsch glacier) to Brig.
visit of the Stockalper castle at Brig;
short train/bus and cablewyy run to Aletsch Glacier (either via Moerel - Riederalp or via Blatten - Belalp view from Riedralp to Matterhorn etc. too);
day trip to Saas Fee and the glaciers, ;
day trip to Zermatt-Gornergrat and the glaciers;
train and bus to Loetschental;
short bus ride from Visp to Moosalp (in front of Mischabel group and it's glaciers, view to Kleinmatterhorn).
cruise on Lake Thun, visit of Oberhofen castle, Thune castle and Beatus caves;
train/cableway to a viewpoint in the Jungfrau area: Schynige Platte, First, Maennlichen, Kleine Scheidegg;
train ride to Jungfraujoch (horribly expensive);
Spiez - Zurich via Brienz (Ballenberg open ai museum, cog steam train to Brienzer Rothorn) - Meiringen (Aar Gorge, cableway to Alpen Tower view point, Lake Gelmer (steepest cablecar line of the world)) - Lucerne.
from Berne (medieval Unesco world heritage city center with gothic cathedral, city gate/towers, etc.):
train to Murten (small walled medieval city) - boat - Neuchatel (other small medieval city, vineyards);
day trip to Gruyeres castle, medieval city, cheese diary and nearby Cailler chocolate factory at Broc;
half day trip by bus to Bueren (tiny medieval city) and Aar river boat ride to Solothurn (medieval city center, baroque cathedral).
cog railway journey to Monte Generoso (view point over all the lakes and up to Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Ortles);
visit of the prehistoric Unesco world heritage site Monte San Giorgio;
visit of the medieval battistero of Riva San Vitale.
visit of Swissminiatur;
visit of the scenic village of Morcote.
cablecars to Monte Bre and Monte San Salvatore (viewpoints);
boat rides to Gandria and the places mentioned under Melide;
visit of Tamaro fun Park.
visit of the 3 medieval castles and the small medieval city center;
commuter train to Locarno and Lake Maggiore (see above).
steamboat ride up to Lucerne.
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