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You guys are always so wonderful about helping fellow bee’s out, so thought I’d ask around.
Hubby and I are leaving Aug 30 for Switzerland and Austria, returning Sept 16. We are flying in and out of Geneva, arriving in Geneva Aug 31 AM and flying out the afternoon of the 16th.
I have been to Switzerland once before (not with DH), but only to Interlaaken and Bern (did Jungfrau, which we’ll do together this trip). So far, we are aiming for Geneva, Lausaane, possibly Lucern, Interlaaken/Bern, St.Moritz, Montreau and possibly Ticino.
As for Austria, aiming to spend less time here and do Vienna, Salzburg and maybe one other city. The plan is to take a quick flight back to Geneva on our last day/day before.
So, for those of you who have been to Switzerland or Austria… where did you go? Most memorable places, trips, hotels? We are adventurous, however… we are trying for a baby, so if our wish comes true and I am pregnant before then, some of the adventurous things may be out. We love hiking, biking, sight seeing, all that tourist stuff.
Suggestions? Thank you in advance!
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Make sure to visit the amazing Schönbrunn palace and gardens when you are in Vienna!
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@MrsJoyful80: oh wow, that looks beautiful! Thank you!! Adding to the list! 🙂
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Do you need hotel recommendations too for Vienna and Salzburg?
What price range?
I am in love with both cities….
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@MrsJoyful80: Oh I would absolutely love any recommendations! Price … let’s go with “average” range? We don’t want to stay in hostels but can’t afford the Ritz… a happy medium 😉 Looking probably for the $100/night (Cdn funds) or less if we can swing it 🙂
Post # 7
I am more than happy to help!
Hotels I would suggest are
–Pension Helmhof (my favorite!)
These are all unique hotels. Super romantic without breaking the bank.
Post # 8
Hello, I live in Austria/Vienna and would also reccomend to visit Salzburg and Vienna.
Or Graz and Vienna.
Special places to see in Vienna are:
– Castle Schönbrunn with Palmhouse: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en.html
– Vienna City Centre with “Hofburg (Imperial Palace)”, “Ringstreet” (go by ring tram or fiaker), “St. Stephens Cathedral”, “Spanish Imperial Riding School”
– visit one typical Viennese coffeehouse. I would suggest Cafe Sacher: http://www.sacher.com/de-sacher-cafe.htm
or Cafe Central: http://www.palaisevents.at/cafecentral.html
– Kunsthaus Museum Hunderwasser (freaky modern art): http://www.kunsthauswien.com/
– A trip with the ship on the danube river through the city: http://www.ddsg-blue-danube.at/eng/cruises_vienna_grand_danube_river_cruise.php
– Visit a typical viennese winetavern (Heuriger) located in the wineyards of Vienna:
Hotels with good prices and good standard:
ROOMZ VIENNA: http://www.roomz-vienna.com/en (a bit outside from Citycenter)
HOTEL DANIEL: http://www.hoteldaniel.com/en/vienna.html (near Castle Belvedere)
Generally spoken all “Austria Trend Hotels” are very good (for all cities of Austria): http://www.austria-trend.at/
If you are looking for a hotel, avoid following districts of Vienna:
These districts are near to city center and very nice:
If you need more recommendations for Salzburg or Graz, just write me.
Greetings from Vienna
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Hi Stacey, I have a rec for you for the Montreux portion of your trip. When Hubs and I were there in April, we stayed one night at the Rivera Lodge in Vevey, which is one town over from Montreux. We found that housing was pretty expensive in that area, and ended up at the Rivera, which is actually a hostel. Having never stayed in a hostel before, I was a bit apprehensive. But it was totally great! We had a private room with a view of the lake & mountains, and it was perfect for our one night stay. I think it was about CHF120. Might not be what you are looking for, but, then again, maybe it is!
Anyway, even if a hostel isn’t your thing, you might want to consider staying in Vevey. It’s absolutely doable to stay there and enjoy Montreux and the surrounding area. The lakeside towns are connected by the most beautiful walk on along the lake, which is lined with gorgeous flowers and art sculptures every 100 feet or so. The Lodge provided us with a free bus pass that allowed us to hop on/off the bus at our leisure (I think most of the hotels provide this pass). We easily bussed from the Lodge over to Chateau de Chillon (must do!) and then enjoyed a long, lovely walk back along the lake as the sunset. Maybe the best day of my life. 🙂 Vevey is a little sleepier than Montreux though, so you must take that into accout. Montreux has the casino, bigger hotels, shopping,restaurants while Vevey is more residential. I really wanted to take the train up to Gruyeres to taste some cheese, but alas, we ran out of time. Also, if your not preggers (which I hope you are!), then there wine tasting in the hillsides of Lausanne! Aww, you’re going to have an amazing time.
Post # 10
Hmmm. I think they changed the name? I guess it’s Vevey Hotel & Guesthouse now. Weird.
Post # 11
Are you still looking for suggestions?
Darling Husband and I did our two week honeymoon in Switzerland and we have been there several times before that and also to Salzburg.
Let me know if you have any questions about Switzerland especially, because I was lucky enough to live there many years ago.