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3 nights in Switzerland

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3 nights in Switzerland

Hi,

Next year we will fly into Zurich to catch a river cruise in Basel. We would like to spend a couple of days in Switzerland before catching the boat. What would be a good place spend our time? I am looking at lucerne at the moment. Is this the best option or any other suggestions.

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Sue

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1. Re: 3 nights in Switzerland

For a true Swiss experience, you might want to go deeper into the Alps than Lucerne. Also Lucerne is a bit similar to Zurich, both being a swiss city at a big lake.

The ultimate Swiss experience imo you will get in Zermatt. A pretty mountainresort, authentic old village, mixed with 19th and 20th century hotels with great views of the Matterhorn, possibly the most beautifull mountain in the world. Dependant on season you will be among many skiers or mountaineers.

You can get to Zermatt from Zurich completely by train. The train-trip is ultimate Swiss by itself

Edited: 5:05 am, October 23, 2013
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2. Re: 3 nights in Switzerland

Much depends on the time of year of your cruise. While Zermatt is amazing it is not practical to try to go there, for example, when the ski season is on (Dec-April). And nowhere in the mountains is a good bet in November. In May the weather is better BUT most mountain resorts' hotels and restaurants are closed for the time between the summer and winter seasons...

Luzern however is available year round and is a small city - large town really! - on a very beautiful lake. You can easily get into the mountains from Luzern on a day or even a half day trip basis. Not really the High Alps that surround Zermatt here in the Valais but nonetheless beautiful and nonetheless very Swiss. Luzern is more of a Swiss city than Zürich which is (as you likely know!) a business and banking centre. It also has the plus of being close to Basel (just over an hour on the train) whereas Zermatt is three hours+ from Basel...

So - when is the cruise? And what, roughly, are your interests. Once we know that maybe we can help better.

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3. Re: 3 nights in Switzerland

Thanks for the replies.

We will be there in august. We are not into skiing but are looking for a Swiss experience, some great scenery and lots of Swiss character.

It's my husbands first European trip and many many years since I have been so looking for an easy enjoyable couple of days before the cruise

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Sue

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4. Re: 3 nights in Switzerland

Just as well you don't want to ski because there isn't much summer skiing and what there is, is not really worth it in August!!

Why don't you think about one of the smaller villages on the shores of lake Luzern? Places like Weggis and Vitznau. Really pretty with access to Luzern by boat and with Mt Rigi right behind you. From there you can also very easily visit Zug and its pretty old town. You would get a real feel for central Switzerland by staying in one of these two places and there are some rather nice hotels there too.

Zermatt is, of course, quite possible in August. And would provide a good contrast to the places you will visit on the cruise. But if you are flying in Zürich it is twice as long to get to Zermatt as to Weggis or Vitznau... if that matters and then of course more than twice as long to get to Basel and the boat!!

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