Post # 1
Hey Bees! After learning about so many of you that have traveled, I wanted to see if anyone had any specific recommendations of places to visit in Switzerland?
We will spend 2 days in Paris (already been, mainly going to party on NYE and relax) but in Switzerland we want to take 3 or 4 trips to different cities, or 2 trips and stay 2 days in each destination. So what places are must sees?
Has anyone been to the hot springs Therme Vals, Switzerland? I read it is about 200KM outside or Zurich and sounds awesome!
What about foods that are must eats?
Post # 3
I’ve been to Lucerne which is a lovely city on a lake and I’ve been to Mt Jungfrau which boasts the highest cog railway in Europe so I would recommend them! You can take the railway up Mt Jungfrau and then have a meal or picnic up the top in the snow
Post # 4
@ Kemma : That sounds awesome! Thanks!!
Post # 5
I also vote for Lucerne and Montreux. Montreux has places to ski, its by the lake and great dinning options. It also has a very popular summer jazz festival depending on when you are going.
Post # 6
My friend has been living in Switzerland for over a year now and he has travelled all over the country, he has mentioned Lucerne & the Therme Vals a few times– I can try and touch base with him and get some info, but it really depends on what you want to do.. ski? relax? dine? nightlife? the best location really depends on what activities you want to do!
Post # 7
I just got engaged in Switzerland. We stayed in a small town outside of Interlaken called Beatenberg, best hotel ever. Instead of taking the train to Junfrau, we took the lift up on the Neiderhorn and hiked around so you can have full views of Junfrau instead of being on Junfrau (Neiderhorn is across the lakes from Junfrau, so you get AMAZING views of the three peaks across the way, including Junfrau, Eiger, and Monch). Interlaken is between two lakes (hence the name, Interlaken) and you can take boat cruises in the lakes and go paragliding off the surrounding mountains landing in the center of town. There are tons of waterfalls and caves and other things too. You can PM for more info on the area. It was so amazing. You can PM if you want more specifics.
We were driving, so getting to the smaller town on the mountain, was super easy. You’d have to take the train into Interlaken and then catch the bus up to Beatenberg (20 mins). But lots of people stay in Interlaken when they visit the area (that’s where my Fiance stayed the first time he went and he insisted he had to take me because it was the most beautiful place he’d ever been, he was right).
This is the hotel we stayed at, we have a high up room and it made a huge difference:
Post # 8
oh just saw you also asked about food! definitely fondue, raclette and rosti!
Post # 9
I was just in Switzerland in May (and I got engaged there too!) I would recommend Lucerne, with a day trip to Mt Pilatus. I enjoyed it more than the Jungfrau because it was A LOT less crowded. Also, Interlaken is beatiful and you can do a bunch of day or half day trips from there- waterfalls, hiking, boat scenic cruises, etc. It is so easy to get around everywhere without a car- the train and bus system runs like clockwork.
One downside about Switzerland- it can be very expensive, especially eating. I would recommend picking up food at a supermarket and having lunch picnics instead of eating every meal out- this helped us to save a bunch of money. Finally, don’t forget to try all of the chocolate!!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I was there ages ago during the summer and really loved Interlaken. I also went to Bern, but it was just ok compred to Interlaken. If you like extreme sports and nature, definitely spend some time in Interlaken.
Post # 11
If you are an avid Rick Steves watcher and reader like I am you know about Gimmewald! If not just go to ricksteves.com he even has his shows on hulu so you can watch all the Swiss and Alps shows. I know I would love to go to Geneva and Lausanne near the French border.
Post # 12
I’ll be honest – if I ever make it to Switzerland, one of my day’s activities is going to be the Goldeneye 007 Bungee Jump off the Verzasca Dam! It’s in Ticino.
But that’s the adrenaline junkie in me! 🙂