My family will be traveling to Switzerland next July. We will have a 2 year old and a seven year old with us - both experienced travelers. We typically make our stays of this length in order to become familiar with an area and feel like we have really lived there! We are looking for a town to base ourselves in for the month and need advice.
We generally prefer towns with a population between 5000-12000 people. We have found that is a good size to get to know people and still have tons to keep us busy for the month. We like to be able to walk everywhere: groceries, entertainment, restaurants, to see the beautiful views, etc. We also enjoy hiking in the mountains.
We have lived in St Andrews, Scotland; Vail, Colorado; Canmore, Alberta, Canada; Port Douglas, FN Queensland, Australia to name a few that were perfect for us.
Of course we will want to travel around by train a bit, so somewhere with a convenient train station would also be nice.
I have considered Interlaken, Spiez, and a few others, but need advice. PLEASE send any information and opinions to help with this decision. A good home base makes all the difference for a longer trip.
Thanks so much!