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Weekend Frolicking

4 months in and I've not taken the opportunity to go see the beautiful landscapes I see all over instagram.

Any suggestions for a day trip to anywhere good for a kodak moment? I am really unsure what venues are open or closed due to social distancing so I am probably just looking for somewhere that doesn't require being inside is a requirement.

I live in the Canton of Aargau. I could read brochures but I'd rather hear about people's own experiences.

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Re: Weekend Frolicking

Kodak moments? What are you looking for? If you‘re into hiking and not afraid of heights, try crossing the Lägern, right on your front door. (In dry weather.) If you prefer cycling, follow the Limmat downstream to where it joins the Aare and beyond (consider schweizmobil.ch for details). If I remember correctly, you‘d pass the bizarre structure of Paul Scherrer-Institut, the Beznau power plant and Lake Klingnau, with tons of birds. Or head up the Reuss. Aargau is sprinkled with castles and Lenzburg still plans to open in April; other nice specimens are Wildegg and Hallwyl. For panoramas, Rigi or the Weissenstein would be within easy reach. Assuming you know Wettingen‘s prettier corners already, particularly the former monastery, including the little Lägerebräu Biergarten that is bound to reopen sooner or later. (I don‘t live nearby but friends do, and that beer garden is where we head after drifting down the river in summer.)
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Re: Weekend Frolicking

Be careful on Instagram-based decision, last time I did that I got disappointed by the real colors, which were totally unlike those in the pictures . Still, Lake Blausee was beautiful, and not so far from what I see...
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Re: Weekend Frolicking

If you are 4 months in and a complete newbie. The list is pretty much endless on what you can see here for kodak moments. I will list a few that I think are worth a look

- Rhinefalls
- Creux de Vin
- Bern city
- Basel city
- Luzern - Sleeping Lion, the bridge, boat trip
- Thun and lake Thun
- All the castles around you - Theres a fair few
- Ebenalp (perhaps May time)
- Just about any mountain or lake

Long day trips but possible
- Montreux
- Chateux Chillion
- Aigle
- Lavaux

I assume it is still the case but small chance its suspended at the moment. SBB produce several small brochures and leaflets. In them are ideas and promotions of things to see and do in Switzerland. In the middle is a map showing where they are in the country. Even if you plan to drive, still worth picking one up and finding inspiration
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Re: Weekend Frolicking

+1 for Ebenalp. Incredibley beautiful place. Probably a bit too snowy right now but well worth the visit. Its doable in a day but staying over night there I can also recommend.
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+1 for Ebenalp. Incredibley beautiful place. Probably a bit too snowy right now but well worth the visit. Its doable in a day but staying over night there I can also recommend.
Meglisalp next door is even more beautiful, but requires good fitness and no fear of heights as there isn't a lift up.

I highly recommend taking the Brienz Rothorn train up and then taking the scenic ridge hike down.

Lauterbrunnen and all surrounding hikes are magnificent, and seeing them now before the heavy international tourism returns would be wonderful.

Oeschinensee - make sure you get away from the lift drop off zone/all the tourists and hike into the woods...really special.

St Ursanne village is something out of a fairy tale - very quiet, but fantastic for a quiet afternoon in the sun.

These are just a few suggestions - there are so many places to see in this beautiful country!
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Re: Weekend Frolicking

Something that was absolutely beautiful, but an easy walk (we took my elderly FIL) is the aareschlucht

More info here.
https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...es/aare-gorge/

Not far from there is the Reichenbach falls, but I didn‘t find it as interesting.
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If you are 4 months in and a complete newbie. The list is pretty much endless on what you can see here for kodak moments. I will list a few that I think are worth a look

- Rhinefalls
- Creux de Vin
- Bern city
- Basel city
- Luzern - Sleeping Lion, the bridge, boat trip
- Thun and lake Thun
- All the castles around you - Theres a fair few
- Ebenalp (perhaps May time)
- Just about any mountain or lake

Long day trips but possible
- Montreux
- Chateux Chillion
- Aigle
- Lavaux

I assume it is still the case but small chance its suspended at the moment. SBB produce several small brochures and leaflets. In them are ideas and promotions of things to see and do in Switzerland. In the middle is a map showing where they are in the country. Even if you plan to drive, still worth picking one up and finding inspiration

That typo really made me laugh- it is definitely Creux-du-Van - yes an amazing place, but still lots of snow at the moment. If anything, it should be called 'Creux-de-l'absinthe' Santé.
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Re: Weekend Frolicking

-The whole of the Val de Travers (where the Creux du Van is located) is beautiful, as are the Gorges de l'Areuse below.

Closer to you:
-The Schartenflueh near Basel would be an easily assessible option for some nice pics on a nice day. Various possibilities for hikes.
-The view from Hohe Winde is pretty spectacular on a nice day. Probably still snow up there.
-Or take the cable car from Reigoldswil to Wasserfallen and hike to Vogelberg and back (or something else).
-Cycling along the Aare towards Biel.
A little further:
-The whole area around lake Neuchâtel. Or Murtensee.
-If you're already in St.-Ursanne, why not visit Porrentruy/Pruntrut as well?
-Raimeux de Grandval (Mt. Raimeux). You could drive up there and do a loop including the Château de Raimontpierre (not spectacular and private property, but has an interesting history) and the view towards the Gorges de Moutier. Or do a hike from Corcelles over the Mt. Raimeux and down towards Moutier and or from Vermes. Both would be substantial hikes. Still snow up there.
When you're already down there, visit the Abbaye de Bellelay and buy some Tête de Moine.
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Kodak moments? What are you looking for? If you‘re into hiking and not afraid of heights, try crossing the Lägern, right on your front door. (In dry weather.)
Lägern is the nice little hill to the north of Wettingen

I assume OP does not drive because this winter Jura had (relatively) lots of snow. Nice for a wandering around and just enjoying the view.
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Lägern is the nice little hill to the north of Wettingen
„Nice little hill“ means you don’t suffer from acrophobia. (Acrophilia, maybe?) The Lägern is not high, but I have never managed to cross that &%#+ Lägerngrat. Three attempts. Given up. The REGA has been known to show up there.
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-The whole of the Val de Travers (where the Creux du Van is located) is beautiful, as are the Gorges de l'Areuse below.

The Gorges de la Poetta Raisse and the Môtiers waterfall are even better, wilder, less crowded and with a pure water fountain with a hidden absinthe bottle. The village of Môtiers has a great Inn, Les Six Communes- and perhaps the largest concentration of Museums, with such variety.

The Mauler 'champagne' house- in an old Clunisian Abbey, with guided visits and degustations.

A Museum of .... Aborigenes art! and a vintage car Museum (same owners)

The Maison de l'Absinthe, dedicated to the history and everything to do with absinthe 'The Green Fairy', with a bar and degustations.

The Musée Régional, entirely dedicated to watch making in the region- Ferdinand Berthoud, Bovet, Breguet and the Fleurier quality label brands like Parmigiani, Chopard, Voutilainen, and more.

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