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Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

Hello,

Does anyone have any advice on where to go for only one Saturday night into the mountains from Zurich. My Aunt and Mom are coming into town, and want to see the Alps. They don't ski or hike, so it will be just a relaxing overnight trip to enjoy the scenery. We would be travelling by train.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

Do part of the Glacier Express route staying at St. Moritz or Zermatt. In St. Moritz, we used the Laudinella a few times and in Zermatt the Derby. In Zermatt, the Derby is within walking distance of the train station and in St. Moritz, the Laudinella provides a bus service to/from the train.

There is also the Golden Pass route, but that for us is a day trip, so I have no experience of over nighting.
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

Or to Luzern and then up to Engleberg. You have mountains on all sides, whilst staying in a hotel on the flat. There are also options of going up on a cable car from there, to a higher level restaurant for lunch - no hill walking involved at all.

Or ( my favourite) go through INterlaken and up to Lauterbrunnen. Stay there, or take the cog train up to Wengen, in which case I recommend the Baren hotel ( ask for a balcony room with a view over to the Lauterbrunnen sdie of the valley. )
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

Second Biff's suggestion as to region .. slight variation .. go up Rigi above Vitznau/Arth-Goldau and stay at the Hotel Edelweiss which has delicious delicious food, and is full of Swiss charm and character. We have stayed many many times and never been disappointed.
http://www.edelweiss-rigi.ch/

You are at approx 1700m and can only reach the hotel by mountain train (but the train stops approximately 50 m from the hotel front door so it is very easy and they will come down to carry your bags if you cannot manage). If you are lucky, the clouds are down on the lake and you are above them in the stunning bright blue sky and sunshine. Just beautiful.
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

I took my parents to the hotel at Giessbach, up above the Brienzersee, for a night last year (www.giessbach.ch). Not cheap by any means, but they loved it. From Zürich, you could get the train to Luzern, then to Interlaken over the Brünigpass, then get the boat from Interlaken to Giessbach. The hotel itself is accessed by a funicular from the boat landing stage, so no walking involved.

Another mountain thing my parents really enjoyed was a night in Leukerbad combined with a visit to the thermal baths - something unlike anything they had ever seen before (but then we come from Watford...). I can't recommend any specific hotel though.
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The Giessbach is lovely. Check to make sure it's open when you want to visit. (I think April through October).
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

Thank you, everyone, for the great ideas!!
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

check sbb
http://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays.html
They not only have good deal but they also give inspiration.
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

take train to arth-goldau and take the mountain train to ride up the mt.rigi. from there take the mountaintrain to vitznau, jump on the boat n cruise via vierwaldstädter see to lucerne (stroll around there if you like) and from there take the train back to zurich. i was on mt.pilatus last weekend in lucerne. nice too but a bit expensive though.
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

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Second Biff's suggestion as to region .. slight variation .. go up Rigi above Vitznau/Arth-Goldau and stay at the Hotel Edelweiss which has delicious delicious food, and is full of Swiss charm and character. We have stayed many many times and never been disappointed.
http://www.edelweiss-rigi.ch/

You are at approx 1700m and can only reach the hotel by mountain train (but the train stops approximately 50 m from the hotel front door so it is very easy and they will come down to carry your bags if you cannot manage). If you are lucky, the clouds are down on the lake and you are above them in the stunning bright blue sky and sunshine. Just beautiful.
We eat here a few weeks ago, very good, and the hotel seemed well run and clean. As stated it is next to the train stop "Rigi staffelhohe". They are closed for holidays though between 24 March and 4th May.
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

It is a bit pricy, but you could stay in either kleine scheidegg or Grindelwald and take the Jungfraujoch up to the glacier. Amazing views and you can combine it with a meal. Halb Tax or GA cards get you half off as well. You could also go to Gstaad. Lots of things to do like spas and shopping, plus the ambiance.
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Re: Planning an overnight trip into the mountains...Any advice

We always liked the Hotel Alpenruh in Mürren - one of the highest car free villiages.

You can take the lift up to Schilthorn, where they filmed the James Bond movie and the views of the Alps are magnificent.

The next day, you can take the bus (or long walk) to Trümmelbachfälle - glacier waterfalls from the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau, part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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