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Re: Best Places to show in switzerland

When I first got here I used to pick a place and drive there avoiding motorways. On the way I would find some beautiful places. One of the nicest places I found was a place called Morcote at the side of lake Lugano. But most places I stumbles across were all pretty nice with no tourists.
Maybe try that. Drive to say Lousanne, tell GPS to avoid motorways and I would bet you will see some picturesque places.
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Re: Best Places to show in switzerland

By the way, I'm also looking for tips on other nice mountain walks easily accessible from Zürich, as we are getting more guests later this year and ai getting a bit tired of the Flumserberg-Atzmännig (perfect with kids)-Braunwald combo.. Things that a 64 year old Canadian in normal shape could do, for instance. She's used to walk quite a bit, but they don't have much in the way of uphills and downhills where she lives and I'm not sure hipow sure-footed she is or how strong her heart is. Don't want to kill her...

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Maybe try Appenzell? Säntis is breath-taking but check the hiking routes. It is very steep so might not be ideal to start with. But the view is just great. You could go to Wasserauen and walk up to either Ebenalp (rather steep trough the forrest) or to Seealpsee (also uphill but easy). There are a lot of nice restaurants along the Seealpsee and then there is the Berggasthaus Äscher which I am sure you have seen a Picture of. See here for a hike suggestion http://www.appenzell.info/index.php?...i1%5Buid%5D=38
You could combine this with a visit in Appenzell. Train also passes trough so easy as well to just get off wander around and have a nice ice cream before you had back to the train station. Train runs every 30 min so easy. Urnäsch is really nice as well as stated by others.


Another nice option with hikes is Elm. Nice little town and not touristy. Easy access from Zurich.
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I live in Zug and had friends visiting from UK 2 weeks ago. It was so hot and they weren't walkers so we took the train from Zug to Luzern; did the lake cruise to Alpnachstad; the cog rail up Pilatus (steepest rail track in the world); had lunch at the top (I would loved to have done some walks at the top); then got the cable car and gondola ride back down; bus and train back to Zug so it was a full enjoyable day trip. Booked it all with SBB. Full trip with half pass card was CHF67 and included a CHF10 voucher to redeem at the Pilatus restaurant. I thought it was good value and wish I knew about it when my elderly father in law was here and my young grandchildren. It was a stress free enjoyable outing. If my visitors are planning to do a few things, I always recommend they buy the one month half pass card CHF120. If you are planning on going up the Jungfrau, it quickly becomes worthwhile. And if in the Jungfrau region, visiting the Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen is also worthwhile.
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Re: Best Places to show in switzerland

Engadine valley.

The upper part (St. Moritz to Maloja) for its stunning scenery, the middle (Zuoz) and lower part around Scuol for its lovely and nearly unspoiled villages.

If the weather is nice I suggest a cable car ride to Muottas Muragl (awesome view over the upper part of the valley and the lakes) and maybe a boat ride on Lake Sils.
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Just make sure your expectations aren't too high. It's not Wengen, Riederalp or Zermatt. But accessible mountains are good to have when receiving guests that don't have mountain goat genes. You still get the ohs! and the ahs!.

The village in Flumserberg really isn't much, but it's easy to access from Zürich (S-Bahn to Untertertzen and lift from there), one of the walks on the top is accessible to pretty much anyone who's still breathing and offers a very impressive scenery.

Braunwald is more charming and also easy to access, with very nice walks and scenery. But from the very top the walks are a but more demanding.

By the way, I'm also looking for tips on other nice mountain walks easily accessible from Zürich, as we are getting more guests later this year and ai getting a bit tired of the Flumserberg-Atzmännig (perfect with kids)-Braunwald combo.. Things that a 64 year old Canadian in normal shape could do, for instance. She's used to walk quite a bit, but they don't have much in the way of uphills and downhills where she lives and I'm not sure hipow sure-footed she is or how strong her heart is. Don't want to kill her...



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Try ebenalp seealpsee wanderweg for your hike. It has different paths for your level of fitness. We choose the medium fitness level and enjoyed ourselves a lot. 😊
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Engadine valley.

The upper part (St. Moritz to Maloja) for its stunning scenery, the middle (Zuoz) and lower part around Scuol for its lovely and nearly unspoiled villages.

If the weather is nice I suggest a cable car ride to Muottas Muragl (awesome view over the upper part of the valley and the lakes) and maybe a boat ride on Lake Sils.
I support the Engadine suggestion. For me, Graunbünden as a whole is the most exotic part of Switzerland, as it has a very low "Heidi/Swiss chalet/cuckoo clock" facto.

We've only been to Upper Engadine so far, but we keep going back. Big plans to explore the more remote areas in the Canton in the coming months.
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I like to walk and live in Olten. The good thing about this place is its railway station and connectivity although i will like to travel by my car
There are some really nice hikes and old cities around Olten, which show visitors the less touristy bits of Switzerland. You can go to Zofingen, have a look round the splendid old town and have a 2-hour hike back to Olten if you want a low-key but enjoyable day out. Or St Urban is a weird and wacky place to visit for an hour or two, marvel at the architecture and the art. Or climb the Teufelsschlucht in Hagendorf on a hot day, enjoy the cool canyon and the view of the Alps and the odd fountain (there is a bus to the restaurant near the top, or back).

I also like to take guests to the Olten swimming pool when it isn't too busy, the flumes and the diving pool and the Olympic pool are world class and a dip in the river is something you cannot do everywhere.
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Re: Best Places to show in switzerland

Usually around the lake....

Küsnacht...Meilen... Around that area there are nice restaurants and places to sit by the lake...
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By the way, I'm also looking for tips on other nice mountain walks easily accessible from Zürich, as we are getting more guests later this year and ai getting a bit tired of the Flumserberg-Atzmännig (perfect with kids)-Braunwald combo.. Things that a 64 year old Canadian in normal shape could do, for instance. She's used to walk quite a bit, but they don't have much in the way of uphills and downhills where she lives and I'm not sure hipow sure-footed she is or how strong her heart is. Don't want to kill her...

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These are some of the hikes we have done with our two boys (6 and 3)

1. Melsee Frutt - cable car at Stockalp, arrive at Melsee Frutt. Hike from Melsee Frutt to Tannersee, and do the hike around the Tannersee. It is a flat hike, so perfect for kids.

2. Engelberg - Brunni - cable car to Brunnihutte, then hike from there to Ristis. It's a downhill trek, but our boys (6 and 3) did quite well. The promise of a chocolate drink and Rodelbahn worked wonderfully. Then from Ristis, cable car back to Engelberg, if your party is too tired to hike down.

3. Kloentalersee - Dougal's Breakfast suggested the Kloentalersee in one of his posts, and I had to check it out, after seeing pictures of the lake! It is a wonderful little gem - tucked away and absolutely serene (when we visited). We parked at one end of the lake and hiked with our two boys to the other side of the lake - the boys were a bit tired, so we did not try to find out if we can hike around the lake.

4. Regensberg - Laegern - It's an easy one, slightly going uphill, but my boys are happy to be our guides. We have yet to do the Regensberg - Baden, but the terrain is slightly tricky for small kids. Will comment, once we do it ohne kids. Obligatory bratwurst and Weissbier at the Laegern restaurant. Goods views of Zurichsee, and the Alps beyond, on a nice clear day.

Happy hiking!
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I recommend a daytrip going from Zurich, through Sustenpass or Furkapass to Luzers, sightseeing there and back. It always worked for me and many friends I recommented this trip.
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First of all, this is a great post. It has a ton of great places that I have run across and many others that I've never heard of (not on the main tourist path, I guess), but would love to go to.

However, I was shocked to find that the Aletsch Glacier wasn't mentioned. Last weekend, we visited the glacier and it is unquestionably one of the most astounding things I've ever seen.
In the area, an unbelievable trip is to drive over the passes - Gotthard, Neufenen, Grimsel and Furka. The most astounding (and least touristy) is Neufenen - quite spectacular. At the Belvedere hotel on the way up the Furka Pass (see 007 Goldfinger), there is a very cool option to walk into a glacier for the very cheap (Swiss) price of 7 CHF. A real treat. Highly recommended.
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First of all, this is a great post. It has a ton of great places that I have run across and many others that I've never heard of (not on the main tourist path, I guess), but would love to go to.

However, I was shocked to find that the Aletsch Glacier wasn't mentioned. Last weekend, we visited the glacier and it is unquestionably one of the most astounding things I've ever seen.
In the area, an unbelievable trip is to drive over the passes - Gotthard, Neufenen, Grimsel and Furka. The most astounding (and least touristy) is Neufenen - quite spectacular. At the Belvedere hotel on the way up the Furka Pass (see 007 Goldfinger), there is a very cool option to walk into a glacier for the very cheap (Swiss) price of 7 CHF. A real treat. Highly recommended.
I fully agree with you on that. I had been to the area in the winter for skiing, but last week we took my mother to Bettmeralp and we had a fantastic weekend. We walked from Bettmerhorn to Riederfurka; the path is marked T2, not dangerous at all but very rocky in the beginning and a steady downhill walk. My mom is a 65 year old Canadian used to the Laurentian hills (basically flat terrain compared to here), for her it wasn't a walk in the park but she enjoyed it and loved the scenery. Basically we were following the Aletsch Glacier the entire time. The second day we walked to Fiescheralp to look at the people paragliding and we had lunch at the Bättmerhütte on the way back.

Lovely place, and a beautiful view of the Matterhorn and Dom from our hotel bedroom.

The trip there is also nice and exotic for tourists: train to Brig, local train to Betten, then lift to Bettmeralp.
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These are some of the hikes we have done with our two boys (6 and 3)

1. Melsee Frutt - cable car at Stockalp, arrive at Melsee Frutt. Hike from Melsee Frutt to Tannersee, and do the hike around the Tannersee. It is a flat hike, so perfect for kids.

2. Engelberg - Brunni - cable car to Brunnihutte, then hike from there to Ristis. It's a downhill trek, but our boys (6 and 3) did quite well. The promise of a chocolate drink and Rodelbahn worked wonderfully. Then from Ristis, cable car back to Engelberg, if your party is too tired to hike down.

3. Kloentalersee - Dougal's Breakfast suggested the Kloentalersee in one of his posts, and I had to check it out, after seeing pictures of the lake! It is a wonderful little gem - tucked away and absolutely serene (when we visited). We parked at one end of the lake and hiked with our two boys to the other side of the lake - the boys were a bit tired, so we did not try to find out if we can hike around the lake.

4. Regensberg - Laegern - It's an easy one, slightly going uphill, but my boys are happy to be our guides. We have yet to do the Regensberg - Baden, but the terrain is slightly tricky for small kids. Will comment, once we do it ohne kids. Obligatory bratwurst and Weissbier at the Laegern restaurant. Goods views of Zurichsee, and the Alps beyond, on a nice clear day.

Happy hiking!
Didn't see this one before now, thanks for your suggestions! Melchsee Frutt and Engelberg are definitely on my list.

Can add Bettmerhof to Riedefurka in Bettmeralp, a great success with the Troll. And hoping to get to Guarda to tådo the Schellenursli Weg before the movie comes out. :-)
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Since I see the thread is alive and kicking, here are another few things we loved:

1) Col de Sanetch near Sion.
2) Grand Dixence dam.
3) Grand St. Bernard pass.
4) Bisse de Saviese (Torrent Neuf)
5) Villars-sur-Ollon/Les Diablerets has a "FunCard" - for 10 CHF you can use all the local transportation (some cogwheel trains and cable cars) and swimming pools, mini-golf, much more.
6) Leysin is very underrated.
7) Any stop, pretty much, around Lake Geneva (probably Vevey is the best).
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If you want to avoid touristic places, there is a place called Thun not so touristic.
It is pretty nice there. You can take your parents for a boat tour in the lake of Thun and you can continue the boat tour in the lake of Brienz.
The water is really blue and you can enjoy the nice scenery.

Best of luck!
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Reichenbach Falls. The train to Meiringen takes about 2h from Zurich. You can hike up to a platform overlooking the waterfalls. It's gorgeous each time.

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Two places which quite a few of my colleagues recommended... though I havent yet been able to see... the Ebenalp hike and the five lake hike @ Pizol...
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I agree with Longbyt about Appenzeller land. I love that area. Was out there yesterday with some friends. You can drive a car out to Weissbad and catch an amazing cable car, then hike back down (or return cable car if you wish). Check out a video here: http://www.appenzell.info/en/alpstei...benalp-ag.html
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Best 2 places I have visited so far with my friends / family are the Rheinfalls near Schaffhausen, and the full trip to the Pilatus (boat, cablecar, train, etc).

This is what i would consider visiting. Apart from that I think there are really great hiking trails all around CH!
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Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, and Trummelbach Falls.

Aletsch Glacier, then Drive over Furka Pass.

Gruyeres region, beautiful countryside and lakes, then hit up the Cailler chocolate factory while in the area.

Lunch boat cruise around Lake Geneva from Montreux on a sunny afternoon.

Neuchatel, Creux de van, and hike the Areuse Gorge- amazing!

Many many more...but it's a start...
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