Impossible to tell - what do you want to do in each? I would have said if you are doing these visits then perhaps a single place to stay in Switzerland is best.
in Vienna We were planning to see the museums, palaces, and going to Salzburg being one of UNESCO heritage places. In Switzerland to base our selves in Bern or Interlaken and do day trips to cover near by places.Definitely want to do Titilis or Jungfrau, Some paragliding, Seilpark Interlaken to add a little adventure. Add a Glacier Express or any othe such train . In Paris Eiffle, Louvre,Luxemborg garderns .
Would like recommendations on
1. Additional things to see / do
2. Accomodations ($100- 150)
3. Base in Switzerland
4. Laundry Facilities. - Want to travel light.
Vienna: I did a lot of research on hotels for my trip in May 2013 and liked the Marriot Hotel (12a Parkring) as the best accommodation choice for location and price. Vienna sites: Schonbrunn Palace, Imperial Palace (Hofburg), The Imperial Crypt Beneath The Capuchin Church (1618), Vienna Opera House tour, Naturhistorisches Museum, Lipizzaner Stallions and a day trip out to Melk Abbey by train and a return via boat on the Danube River Cruise.
Salzburg: Been several times and enjoyed the Hohensalzburg Castle (very nice) on the hill, Maribella gardens (Sound of Music fame), perhaps a "Sound of Music" tour if you are a fan of the movie, local beer garden in old town, cemetery by the church with it's cast iron headstones, church that Mozart performed in as a child, Etc... Also, a short train ride from Salzburg, there is the lovely village of Hallstatt which is an UNESCO Heritage Site and is nestled on a beautiful lake with shops, cafe's, ice cream shops, churche's "skull type Museum", etc... Really nice.
Thank you Warner.
We have traveled internationally for nearly 40 years and have seen most of the pickpocket tricks and was nearly robbed in a Paris subway by Gypsies during mid-day. When we travel we don’t wear flashy jewelry and always use an “under clothes” money pouch or belt. Pickpocket Caution: Regardless of where you are in Europe (or elsewhere), always be looking around and paying attention to your surroundings. The train stations in nearly every city has its share of pickpockets and thieves that are looking for an easy target. We focused our May 2013 vacation on Switzerland and found that the major Swiss tourist areas were much less risky (because of more police presence I guess) than some of the smaller towns we went into. Lucerne had some shady characters hanging around outside, and in Fribourg when we exited the train station there were at least four thugs hanging around looking for a target. We went back inside the train station so a member of our party could use the restroom and one thug even followed us back in, pretended to be on a pay phone, and watched us the whole time we were there. Even when my Sister went into the ladies rest room a guy walked in there too and washed his hands (I assume hoping that there might be something handy to grab and run). Thieves also watch the ATM machines so hide your PIN from view, and in the Zurich Airport I spoke with the police about a lady with dirty multi-layered clothes that was following the tourists around and they said she had been living in the airport for over a year but unless they catch her stealing something they couldn’t take any action.
i would skip Salzburg and just do the 3 bases. They are all very different. My favorite place for a base in Switzerland is Luzern. Compared to Italy or Greece, or Paris for that matter, Switzerland is clean and safe and I have never had any "thugs" or pickpockets approach me anywhere there, so I would just be aware but not paranoid. The previous poster sounds like an exception.
Don't stay in Bern or Interlaken. If you want to do the Jungfrau, which isn't worth doing unless it is a clear day, stay in Grindelwald. Otherwise I would stay in Luzern and take day trips from there. Every time you move, you waste a day packing/unpacking.
Who is in your family, and what are their ages?Edited: 11:02 pm, June 10, 2013
Suggestion: I concur that you don't want to be paranoid, but as a novice traveler to Europe you do want to be safe and not have drama during your trip. Safety becomes more of an issue if your older (like us), have a mobility issue (like my Sister) and/or have smaller children as part of your party that might distract you. Once you determine your travel destinations, use the internet's Google search engine and search for the city's name and a word like "safety", or "crime" or "pickpocket". I searched Vienna and safety and noticed the following brochure on the Vienna Tourist WWW site (although developed by Vienna Tourist Board and the Vienna Police Department these rules apply everywhere you go nowadays. Brochure:
"Vienna is a safe city and the Viennese – like visitors to the capital – are friendly and helpful. Unfortunately there will always be exceptions, which is why visitors are advised to be extra vigilant when using public transportation, or in certain locations such as hotel lobbies, parking lots, busy streets and any other places where large numbers of people congregate. These are ideal hunting grounds for pickpockets and thieves. Even though crime is much less of a problem here than in other major capitals, Vienna is not completely unaffected. Which is why the Vienna Tourist Board and the Vienna Police Department urge all visitors to the city to take appropriate precautions.
At your hotel
■■ Never leave luggage unattended in the lobby or outside the hotel. Always deposit valuables in the hotel safe, and remember to lock your room when you go out.
■■ Do not leave your handbag unattended in the breakfast room or hotel restaurant at any time (even if you are just leaving your table to go to the buffet).
■■ Do not take your passport with you when you go out on excursions, and remember to make a note of your passport number.
■■ Beware of pickpockets and con artists: pickpockets often use diversion tactics to distract their intended targets (e.g. by asking for directions or “accidentally” spilling something on your clothing). Avoid crowds wherever possible. If you are shoved in a crowd, turn around immediately to identify the person responsible. Do not participate in the shell game or any other games played for money on the street. It is almost inevitable that you will end up being swindled.
■■ Ensure that you carry your purse, wallet or bag as close to your body as possible. Any valuables should be kept in a zipped inside pocket –and never just within easy reach in the top section of your bag.
■■ Ensure that you always keep handbags and shoulder bags securely fastened. Carry your bag in front of your body to prevent it from being snatched. Do not leave your bag unattended at any time (especially in bars). The same applies to camcorders and cameras.
■■ If you visit a café, bar or restaurant, take your wallet, camera, cell phone and other valuables with you to your table. Never leave personal items such as your passport or keys in your coat on a coat rack. Do not hang your handbag over the arm of your chair.
■■ If you are approached for no apparent reason by someone claiming to be a plain clothes police officer, keep your wits about you and always demand to see their identity card and service badge.
■■ Do not take all of your cash with you when you go out for a walk.
■■ Pay by debit or credit card wherever possible and keep the receipts. Make sure you make a note of your card provider’s hotline for reporting lost or stolen cards. Always keep your PINs for all ATM and credit cards separate from the cards themselves. Check that you still have your credit card throughout your trip.
■■ Be careful when withdrawing cash from an ATM or making card payments. Make sure that no one is able to see your code. If you notice that someone is clearly looking over your shoulder when you are in the process of paying by card or making a cash withdrawal, cancel the transaction immediately. Confront the individual in question if you feel confident enough to do so, and call the police immediately on 133.
■■ If the ATM fails to return your bank card it is possible that the machine may have been tampered with in some way. In many cases someone (usually the person responsible) will rush to your assistance and try to get you to give them your card and code so that they can help you – refuse to give them either. If you find yourself in this situation stay by the machine and call the police on 133.
■■ Do not leave valuables (laptops, cell phones, sat navs, cameras, etc.) in your car. If your car radio is easily removable, take it with you and keep it in a safe place.
■■ Always lock your car, even if you are just leaving it unattended for a very short time (e.g. when paying at the filling station). Reporting lost property or theft
■■ If you lose important documents (passport, driver’s license, car registration) or they are stolen, file a report at the nearest police station. You will need a copy of the police report to obtain provisional copies of your documents from the embassy or consulate, and for making a claim with your insurance company.
Note: The brochure continues with a bunch of WWW sites and phone numbers in the event you experience a problem.
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