I'm planning a 11-12 day trip to Switzerland, in the first week of May. I have a ton of questions and I've been reading up extensively as well. Can you help please? Here's what my preference, city of entry and requirements are. Would love to hear your expert views!
Entering and exiting from Zurich
Family trip with 7 people of which 2 are kids (aged 6 and 11)
What I've gathered so far from speaking to people is that must-see places are Jungfrau, Geneva, Montreux, Zermatt, Lucerne.
Specific sights to see are the Matterhorn (which I totally want to do), Rhine Falls, the Golden Line train (which also sounds damn good) and Mt. Titlis.
We're planning to spend a few nights each in Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt and Geneva.
Are any of these places over-hyped? If the sights and smells are going to be same across any of these places, then should I drop some of this? If yes, then what?
Any chance of catching any snow around this time?
Any cool zoos that are a must-see? The 6-year old boy travelling with me is quite big on animals.
We don't want to do an extra strenuous trip. Ideally, I'd like to have 1 day of nothing, so that just in case we miss a few items on our itinerary, I have some backup time to work with. Also, in general, we're not the ultra adventurous types, so something light, easy, well-paced out would be ideal.
How's Glacier 3000?
Is there any other city I should consider? Is the list of overnight cities okay (Lucerne, Zermatt, Geneva, Zurich, Interlaken)?
What's the best place for biking? Again, not too strenuous, but just for the experience.
Lastly, do you think there is any merit in cutting short the time in Switzerland and in place of that, throwing in some time in either Austria, France (Paris), or then Slovenia? I'm in a dilemna right now because I do not want to cut away from the Switzerland experience and at the same time, I'm also very tempted to do atleast part of another country as well.