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One Night Away

Good morning!

I'm looking for suggestions please 😃... We're looking for somewhere to go for a night away without the kids within a couple of hours drive from central Switzerland.

We'd like a city or big town with plenty look round, a nice old town or maybe a castle. We would like somewhere with a nice cosmopolitan feel though and some fantastic international restaurants to choose between... but we'd like somewhere fairly cheap.

We're happy to cross the border into any of the surrounding counties, or stay in Switzerland. We want to travel away from Luzern though and take the opportunity to see somewhere else. Looking at the map there's so much to choose between I've no idea where to begin.

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Re: One Night Away

Morning!

I love going to Colmar and Strasbourg.

It's around a 1 hour 30 min drive to Colmar from Luzern. A really lovely old town with wonderful old buildings, cobblestone streets and excellent restaurants.

After a nice lunch there we drive on to Strasbourg (around 45 mins), a larger more cosmopolitan town with lots more restaurants and more to do. This is where we spend the night.

How expensive it is depends on your budget. There are Michelin star restaurants and really expensive hotels but there are also lovely reasonable bistros and decent hotels.

Check out tripadvisor for suggestions.

Have a great weekend.
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Gruyeres is our favourite. Do the chocolate factory (Cailler) if you like that sort of thing. We stay at the hotel next to the Gruyeres castle...

That, or I have Bellinzona on my list...

Oh, just read your cheap and international idea point. In that case, I second the Colmar/Alsace/Mulhouse suggestion....or have you been to Milan ?

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We'd like a city or big town with plenty look round, a nice old town or maybe a castle. We would like somewhere with a nice cosmopolitan feel though and some fantastic international restaurants to choose between...
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Gruyeres is our favourite. Do the chocolate factory (Cailler) if you like that sort of thing. We stay at the hotel next to the Gruyeres castle...
I think Gruyeres is lovely, however since dirndldudette is looking for a big town/city, I don't think Gruyeres is what they're looking for.

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Oh, just read your cheap and international idea point. In that case, I second the Colmar/Alsace/Mulhouse suggestion....
I've been to Colmar a number of times and have always splurged. There are fantastic Michelin star restaurants there that are anything but cheap. I live to eat and this is where I spend most of my money .

But yes, if they dine at lovely local bistros and stay in a reasonable hotel, it can be an affordable weekend, but I wouldn't call it cheap.
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You'll have to go a lot further to get cheap.... maybe further into Italy, or a flight down to Barcelona, or Ireland for lots of options - we love Dublin!
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Morning!

I love going to Colmar and Strasbourg.

It's around a 1 hour 30 min drive to Colmar from Luzern.
More like 2 hours in practice, I'd say. And while it's a nice enough place, I wouldn't really call it a large town.

In fact I'd suggest that the OP could do worse than just exploring Luzern itself. Seems to fulfil all the criteria, and will give more time for relaxing. Take a ferry ride across the lake and have a meal or just a drink at one of the destinations, wander round Luzern Altstadt, sit and enjoy the Lake views. ..
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Re: One Night Away

Thanks for all your suggestions. I'll do some googling and see how they look. Glad I asked though, just about all of them hadn't even crossed our minds.

We're definitely not doing Luzern though, we live a few villages round the lake, so we're there quite a lot and it's not any kind of change of scenery for us. I specifically excluded it though because it is lovely and meets all the criteria. Getting a little further afield will help us get our bearings and get to know the surrounding areas a bit more.

More suggestions welcome though to throw into the mix while we're researching. Thanks!
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Within Switzerland, Zurich is the obvious candidate for the "big(gish) city" atmosphere. It's small by international standards, but the nearest thing we have to a metropolis, and there's plenty of places to eat and a few things to see.

I quite like St Gallen, with its big church and laid back atmosphere. It isn't a big town, but it's busy enough.

Basel isn't the most beautiful of cities, but there seems to be plenty going on at the weekends, and I've never been bored when visiting.

For that "foreign" feel, there's also Lausanne. Plenty of stuff to see there, an amazing view across the lake, and everything is in foreign so it feels like you're further away than you really are.

Lugano also ticks the "foreign" box and is a decent place to spend the night if you like pizza, with magnificent views across the lake.

Bern is pretty cool, but probably won't give you that "metropolitan" feel. I found it surprisingly bohemian, though, which might make up for that.

Geneva is just nasty.

I hope this helps a bit.
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Milan!
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That's amazing thanks! 😃

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Morning!

I love going to Colmar and Strasburg...
Perfect Me Myself & I, that's exactly what we're going to do! Thanks. 😃

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Within Switzerland, Zurich is the obvious candidate for the "big(gish) city" atmosphere. It's small by international standards, but the nearest thing we have to a metropolis, and there's plenty of places to eat and a few things to see.

I quite like St Gallen, with its big church and laid back atmosphere. It isn't a big town, but it's busy enough.

Basel isn't the most beautiful of cities, but there seems to be plenty going on at the weekends, and I've never been bored when visiting.

For that "foreign" feel, there's also Lausanne. Plenty of stuff to see there, an amazing view across the lake, and everything is in foreign so it feels like you're further away than you really are.

Lugano also ticks the "foreign" box and is a decent place to spend the night if you like pizza, with magnificent views across the lake.

Bern is pretty cool, but probably won't give you that "metropolitan" feel. I found it surprisingly bohemian, though, which might make up for that.

Geneva is just nasty.

I hope this helps a bit.
You forgot Neuchatel.

We've got everything here. Nice old town, castle, lake, etc and plenty of decent reasonably priced restaurants.
You should try it sometime.
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You forgot Neuchatel.

We've got everything here. Nice old town, castle, lake, etc and plenty of decent reasonably priced restaurants.
You should try it sometime.
But, then, what to do for the other day and a half of the weekend?
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More like 2 hours in practice, I'd say. And while it's a nice enough place, I wouldn't really call it a large town.

In fact I'd suggest that the OP could do worse than just exploring Luzern itself. Seems to fulfil all the criteria, and will give more time for relaxing. Take a ferry ride across the lake and have a meal or just a drink at one of the destinations, wander round Luzern Altstadt, sit and enjoy the Lake views. ..
Perhaps you're referring to Colmar. IMO Strasbourg is a large town, certainly much larger than Luzern. That's why I suggested doing both, lunch in Colmar and dinner & overnight in Strasbourg.

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Without the kids ....... ?

Have you considered a 2-day pass for Europa Park and an overnighter in one of their hotels?

Then you can be the kids.
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Re: One Night Away

there's also montreux if you want to visit a castle, and groupon or dein deal often have specials on the palace or one of the other luxury places there. plenty to visit- castle, lavaux walking around vineyards, etc and it's quite a gorgeous time to visit- weather has been great and views over the lake are wonderful. enjoy!
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Lugano is a great place to visit - lots to do and if you visit nearby Melide you can visit the Swiss Miniature village which is great fun. Lots of places to eat and of course you are on the beautiful lake.
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The best city in Switzerland is, unfortunately, the hardest to get to. The great Alpine metropolis of Brig à Thun is situated on the low ground where the Rhone joins Lake Thun. Rarely accessible to outsiders, one can occasionally hear music emanating from the city through the fog - this is a sign that one may approach and join in the festivities.

Brig à Thun is a strange city, largely inhabited by descendants of early Scottish settlers to the area, but you can have a great time there, provided you enjoy dancing capers and drinking strong whisky.

... which reminds me - I met a lovely girl called Fiona last time I was there. I must try to get in contact with her again.
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Re: One Night Away

How about going to Freiburg im Breisgau? Or Konstanz and Insel Mainau and then on the way see the Napoleon Museum in Arenenberg?http://www.napoleonmuseum.tg.ch/xml_...116/f12118.cfm
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I second the vote for a trip to Freiburg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiberg. Luckily for me we have family there so we visit often, it's generally 1.5 - 2 hr drive depending on the traffic. If you do go a couple of small villages outside the city are also well worth a visit. Staufen has a small ruined castle on a hill top surrounded by vineyards. The next village over is Ballrechten where you can find Wienstube Schmidt, they prepare the some of the best chicken I've ever tasted along with good quality wines. http://www.weinstube-schmid.de/ They have changed hands within the family recently so it's best to check their opening times before you go. It's also easy to find a little holiday apartment in this area that is reasonably priced and able to accommodate a family. We like to visit Frieburg during then day then stay out Staufen, Ballrechten or Sulzberg overnight allowing us to enjoy the best chicken in the whole wide world at the Weinstube Schmidt with out having to drive to far back to our accommodation. However this recommendation is not really terribly cosmopolitan. Perhaps in the end Milan could be your best bet for big city experiences, however considering your budget constraints it might be more difficult to find quality, budget, family friendly there. Ultimately it boils down to what your per day/night budget is.

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Re: One Night Away

[QUOTE=Me Myself & I;2376504]Morning!

I love going to Colmar and Strasbourg.

Colmar and Strasbourg earn my vote, too. If you're looking for a more cosmopolitan feel, though, I suggest Strasbourg of the two.
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