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What city is most central?

I have a max 9 nights in Switzerland (arriving either Geneva or zurich) & want to do Lucerne for 3 & Wengen for 3. I'd like to do the Lausanne-Montreux-Vevey area for 2-3 nights & wonder which city is best for activities & central to seeing other towns. Any advice? Thanks.

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1. Re: What city is most central?

Hi gailp519,

Well, it would depend on exactly what your plans are while you are there.

Vevey is the geographical center between Lausanne and Montreux. In addition, Vevey is central for trips to the Lavaux vineyards and its towns (Lutry, Chexbres, St Saphorin, etc).

Montreux is most convenient to see Chillon and for trains arriving on the Golden Pass route and for seeing Gruyeres, etc.

You can very easily travel between Montreux and Vevey; your hosts will give you a Riviera Card that will make your bus travel free. The bus runs every 10 minutes, and bus stops are about every other block.

Sorry, I've never stayed in Lausanne, so I don't know its special attractions very well. I would guess you want to see the Olympics museum and center (?), and maybe the Ouchy ferry landing docks and lakeside.

Have fun as you plan!

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Thank you Swandav- I really value your input.

What would be your favorite hotel in Montreux? Are the cities of Montreux & Lucerne too similar?

I am thinking Montreux- Wengen- Lucerne 3 nights each.

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3. Re: What city is most central?

Hi gailp519,

What is your price preference for hotels? My favorite is the Eden Palace au Lac because of its location right in the center of town and right on the lakeside promenade.

Montreux and Luzern are very, very different. For one thing, Montreux sits in the French section of the country and has French atmosphere, architecture (Belle Epoque), cuisine, and language. Montreux has some of the feel of the French Riviera.

Luzern sits in the German section of the country, and while not as businesslike as Zürich is, it is still a bit more reserved in feeling. The buildings look more Germanic and stately.

I think your plan is good! What time of year will you be there? Do you have enough ideas for things to do?

Have fun as you plan!

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4. Re: What city is most central?

Hi gailp519

I agree fully with swandavs answers (what a surprise).

For more information on the Lucerne area see www.luzern.com and the Top Questions about Lucerne (TA Lucerne area). For the Montreux area see www.montreux/vevey.com and the Top Questions about Montreux (TA Montreux forum).

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I prefer smaller luxury hotels with larger rooms/bathrooms, well-located with nice personal service & good views- I just don't like to break the bank.

Any suggestions for 3 nights each Montreux, Wengen & Lucerne in Aug are greatly appreciated.

Thanks for all replies.

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6. Re: What city is most central?

Hi again,

I don't know that you'll find many hotels with "larger rooms" even in the luxury area.

Note that a luxury hotel in Montreux for two persons will run around 300-500 chf per night.

For Montreux, I would suggest the Royal Plaza, which sits right on the lakeside promenade and a few steps from the center of town:

www.royalplaza.ch

Their superior rooms run from 25 - 35 sq m and the larger rooms have a sitting area.

You may also want to check the Eden Palace au Lac, which also sits right on the promenade and next to the Casino and Forum in town; it's a very central location. They don't provide dimensions, but their deluxe rooms look large -- and in June they are about 250 chf for two.

www.edenpalace.ch

Have fun as you plan!

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Edited: 11:38 am, February 26, 2013
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7. Re: What city is most central?

Thanks for that- any ideas on Wengen & Lucerne hotels?

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8. Re: What city is most central?

Hi again,

Sorry, not at that range. I've stayed at the Alpenrose in Wengen two times and loved it, but it's a 3-star, not luxury. I've heard good things about the Hotel Schoenegg, which is part of the Romantik group.

In Luzern, I've only stayed at the Des Balances, which is a 4-star but not luxury. I would just make sure you have a lake view room, whichever hotel you choose!

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9. Re: What city is most central?

Hi. We booked some place that might meet your needs in the Montreux area. It's the Hostellerie Bon Rivage in La Tour de Peilz which is just outside of Vevey towards Montreux. We'll be there in May, so can't verify details yet, but it does seem really nice.

In Wengen, we've stayed at both the Beausite Park Hotel - Spa and the Regina. The Park Hotel is more modern and has a swimming pool/ spa area that is incredible. It's a little way out of town (5 min walk). The Regina is a Victorian grande dame that is very close to the rail station. Check those out to see if they meet your needs. Remember that the hotel will meet you at the station or will pick up your luggage, so no worries about carrying it in car-free Wengen. Sounds like a w BBonderful trip!

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10. Re: What city is most central?

Hi again,

I adore the Hostellerie Bon Rivage and may well stay there myself on a future visit (though I tend to stay in apartments these days). It sits right on the lake in a calm area just outside of Vevey.

However, it is a 3-star, and kind of a basic one at that.

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