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Old 27.12.2010, 23:28
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How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

Hallo!

My friends in the UK have just confirmed they have booked a flight to visit us here in Switzerland towards the end of Feb 11. I am really excited to be seeing them but as I have only been here since November I am a little stuck as to what to do with them for 5 days. 2 of them are in early 20's, 2 are in early 50s and 1 is 17. They are a family on a budget so I also need to think of things to do that wont break the bank! They are going to hire a car so we can travel a reasonable distance.
I live in Canton Solothurn.
Does anyone have any ideas? Sights to see? Places to go? I have tried to research myself but I'd like some actual opinions. They would like to try Skiing at Interlaken for one of the days as well. But they need to know how much it will cost and I cant seem to find a price for hire and a days skiing without lessons.

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Old 28.12.2010, 00:11
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Does anyone have any ideas? Sights to see? Places to go? I have tried to research myself but I'd like some actual opinions.
Try searching this area of the forum: http://www.englishforum.ch/travel-day-trips-free-time/

You'll find 14,512 opinions have already been posted there.
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Old 28.12.2010, 00:16
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Re: How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

Orgy?

(AKA Orgy, not enough letters)

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Old 28.12.2010, 00:44
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drive them to Italy... honestly
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Old 28.12.2010, 01:55
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How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

You could reserve 6 SBB all day travel tickets from your Gemeinde, and take a 9 hour train ride, changing trains 6 times. Each day ticket is increasing next year from about Fr 35,-- to about Fr 42,--

Take a packed lunch, eat on the train?

You will see Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Geneva, the Swiss Alps and Lake Thun, Lake Brienz 2 more lakes and lake Lucerne. You could spend some time in Lucerne, go across the old wooden bridge and visit the very pretty old town.

You can of course stop off any where else for an hour, and pick up the next train. It is recommended to reserve seats between Montreux and Spiez on trains leaving Montreux at 09:45 and 11:45, as these are the "Golden Pass Panoramic" trains, www.sbb.ch and are usually full with tourists.

Leave Solothurn at 07:59 and travel to:
Lausanne arrive 09:15 leave 09:20
Montreux arrive 09:39 leave 09:45
Zweisimmen arrive 11:32 leave 11:38
Interlaken Ost arrive 12:50 leave 13:04
Lucerne arrive 15:04 leave 15:54
Olten arrive 16:28 leave 16:40
Solothurn arrive 16:57
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Old 28.12.2010, 15:55
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It won't be worth you trying to ski (Unless they all know how to ski) as by the time you have all rented the equipment and been fitted out, you will only have a few hours left for lessons, and you won't learn enough to make the cost of it all worthwhile. But if the weather is fine you could drive up to Kandersteg and rent snow shoes for a day and go for an Alpine walk, and catch the bus back again.

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On the way back towards Berne you could stop at the famous Blausee Hotel Restaurant, for tea and cakes
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It won't be worth you trying to ski (Unless they all know how to ski) as by the time you have all rented the equipment and been fitted out, you will only have a few hours left for lessons, and you won't learn enough to make the cost of it all worthwhile. .
I disagree. My first day on the slopes was having one short lesson, then being left alone to practice. That was less stressfull than having full on lessons. I think that doing that with a group of friends would be a fun way to spend the day. The only catch is knowing in advance that you are actually going to a field that easy access to the beginner slopes.. Engleberg is one that is good for that ( I am sure there are many others too) and could be combined with stopping on Luzerne. Engelberg also has a very straight forward, easy to fine, x country circuit - it takes a couple of hours to go round, and ski hire is cheaper than for downhill, plus no lift fees, just 8chf for using the groomed trail.

Driving to the bottom end of lkaak Beil and going for a walk to the end of the little peninsula that sticks out into the lake - I am sure that is very pretty in the snow - combine with going into Neutchetal, or stopping at any little village in the vicinty for a meal.

Walking up into any nearby forest area on a clear day - the Jura? to a viewpoint, castle, etc
Visit the Lindt chocolate factory for a tour and samples :-)

Meringuine - if they are fans of Sherlock Holmes .
To any of the towns that have a famous cheese named after them.

Check the tourist websites - the visit may coincide with one of the end of winter/ preeaster events.

Drive to Lauterbrunnen ( or just to Interlaken) then take the cog train up to Wengen and beyond to Jungfrau. ( not cheap)

Bring them to Basel, then do a walk over the 3 country bridge.

A boat ride - the Rhine in Basel, or lacross Lake Geneva, etc

OUtside the borders: MUlhouse/Colmar centres, Strassbourg, Freiburg ( and the Black Forest) ,Northern Italy...

Have fun
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Re: How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

You can consider taking them to a thermal bath. It is a sure thing if the weather is not too good which can be the case in February. You have a car so you can go to several places e.g. Bad Ragaz, Leukerbad, Schinznach, and Morschach Swiss Holiday Park. By the way, that is a great place for family and couples and kids.
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Well there isn't much snow about: you have had your spectacular accident, taken the heleicopter ride and are now wondering what to do?

So what have you decided to do next week?
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Re: How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

Would you like to try a Länder-Ticket and see the entire region of Bayern ( or alternatively Baden-Württemberg ) from border stations eg Basel, Waldshut, Thayngen, Konstanz etc. ?



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You would like to travel for a whole day during the week?
In that case one of our Länder-Ticket is your best choice. You can use the ticket with up to five people and you can book the ticket online.



Travel in the Bundesland (federal state) of your choice. Most Länder-Tickets are valid also on Saturday and Sunday. They are valid from Monday to Friday for one day of your choice from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. of the following day (on bank holidays for the whole day). Some tickets can also be used for nighttime travel, they are valid from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning.

For up to 5 persons traveling together or for parents (or one parent or grandparent) traveling with any number of their children or grandchildren under 15. The ticket is only valid for one day in 2nd class.

It can be used on all local trains (Interregio-Express, Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, S-Bahn) and the entire transport system of the Verkehrsverbünde. In some Bundesländer you can buy a supplement of 13 EUR to be able to take IR- or D-trains. Tariffs, terms and conditons can vary.
Alternatively, the Schönes Wochenende Ticket would be a good bet too on weekends.

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The Schönes Wochenende Ticket is one of DB Bahn’s most valuable offers for tourists of all ages. The ticket is valid for up to 5 persons travelling together and for parents travelling with their children aged 14 or younger.



The ticket is only valid on either Saturdays or Sundays (one day only) between midnight and 3 a.m the following day. Tickets are just 39 EUR when you buy them online!




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Well there isn't much snow about: you have had your spectacular accident, taken the heleicopter ride and are now wondering what to do?

So what have you decided to do next week?
Well I have booked a day skiing with instructor for us on the 28th, at axalp hopefully my aches will be gone by then, getting better every day, but I do feel sick at the thought of a repeat performance! Gonna go iceskating in Zuchwil on the Tuesday, but still have no have plans decided for the sat and sun. Was thinking of a tour around either a cheese or chocolate factory but still trying to research places near me that won't break the bank. The weather forecast doesn't look brilliant either which is typical, ideally wanted some snow or some of the lovely spring like weather that we have been having but think I may be out of luck on that one!
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Re: How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

I have visitors in March - luckily for the festival but have a few free days to travel. If you come across something good let me know.
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Re: How do I entertain 5 adults end of Feb?

Go to Bern. Head immediately into travel/info office in the train station. Tell them you'd like to take the ipod walking tour of Bern in English. (Bring your own headphones/earbuds). Take as much time as needed and discover the whole town including tidbits of history and lore. If I recall, it's incredibly cheap, though there's a deposit on the ipods. Finish tour. Return ipod, get deposit back. Go home. One day done and enjoyed, from the bears to the rose garden, various fountains, evidence of the only shot fired on the city, the reasons for the two bridges, etc. You can pause at any time to explore more or take a meal or coffee. I did this with my sister when she was in town and it was her favorite part as we explored areas I'd never seen in the couple years living near Bern. There's also one in Zurich. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
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