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Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

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My parents are visiting. Both above 80, mum has been here a couple of times but it's dad's first visit. Both have difficulty to walk distances so everything has to be very close or without the need to walk.

They're only here for a few days after which we all fly together to visit the rest of the family.

Any suggestions of what to do and where to go?




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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

There are quite a few nice places I can think of, but the weather is playing-up at the moment to get the best from the views from around Zürich etc. When are they coming over?

In the meantime check-out the following from great EF links which might well fit your criteria (-:

Finally a decent advert with a Basset Hound!

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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

Good on you. Does one of them have more difficulty than the other? When my parents came to the UK in their 80s- I used to rent a wheelchair for my mum from the red cross.

Don't know the Zurich area well- so hope otehrs will contribute with advice.

Have you requested help at the airport on all trips?
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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

There is a beautiful and spectacular walk ... the Panorama Walk along Birkenstock. Google this for more details about its history.
ZRH to luzern ( drive or train ), then from Bahnhof its 200m to the boat, then across Lake Luzern to the Birkenstock funicular.
As an option there is the lift to the restaurant on top of the Birkenstock.
Return the same way.

Enjoy the sights, and good luck with your short walks.
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Depending on the weather, a sail down to Rapperswil.
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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

Why not go somewhere like top of Schilthorn? You don't actually have to walk at any given point for more than 20-30 meters: Train/bus/cablecar/cablecar/cablecar/escalator and you are on the top. Everything is wheelchair accessible.

You can go out on the terrace or just sit in the revolving restaurant and have a lunch or coffee while enjoying some spectacular views. If they are up for a little walk then you can walk around in Murren on the way back. Also a great place to spend overnight. They even have a deal right now with SBB. Ofcourse, this is dependent on the weather.
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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

My Dad really enjoys the boat trips in Zurich. You can do the short boat trip starting and finishing at Burkliplatz or take the river boats from the Landesmuseum.

My parents also enjoy visiting the gardens in and around Zurich. The Botanical Gardens are lovely, although a bit hilly. I was there a week ago, with my parents, and got to hear (and see) lots of frogs and even saw a water snake gliding across the lake.

There are also the old botanical gardens in Zurich and the cactus gardens (Sukkulenten-Sammlung) near to Mythenquai.

Finally, the rhododendron gardens at Rifferswil (Seleger Moor) are worth a visit at this time of year. The rhododendrons were really lovely last week and I think the water lilies are due to bloom soon.

You have to pay for the gardens at Seleger Moor but the botanical gardens in Zurich are free.
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... the cactus gardens (Sukkulenten-Sammlung) near Mythenquai.
Please be careful when taking an elderly person to the cactus garden, it is very humid and warm in there, and it might trigger some breathing problems (personal experience).
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Good on you. Does one of them have more difficulty than the other? When my parents came to the UK in their 80s- I used to rent a wheelchair for my mum from the red cross.

Don't know the Zurich area well- so hope otehrs will contribute with advice.

Have you requested help at the airport on all trips?


My dad has more difficulty but still mum can't walk long distance as well. All airport help has been arranged. Thanks for asking.


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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

Einsiedeln is a good place to take your parents. Pleasant and short train journey from Wädenswil and as it's a small town, it's not too much walking. The Abbey with the black Madonna is worth a visit and there's an easy stroll outside and around the Abbey too. Opposite you'll find a few restaurants/cafes to sit and have a break.

Rapperswil (already mentioned) is bigger, but still a lovely place and worth a visit too. You can catch the boat there from Zurich, however, catch the train home if your parents get too tired.
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There are quite a few nice places I can think of, but the weather is playing-up at the moment to get the best from the views from around Zürich etc. When are they coming over?

In the meantime check-out the following from great EF links which might well fit your criteria (-:

Finally a decent advert with a Basset Hound!


They're coming beginning July. Thanks for the link!


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Why not go somewhere like top of Schilthorn?
Keep in mind the price of the cablecar... its something like 120.- per person without halbtax. For half that price you can get on top of lots of other peaks, if your parents are not big James Bond fans.
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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

Bring them over to Luzern. You don't have to walk far and the scenery is very impressive.
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Einsiedeln is a good place to take your parents. Pleasant and short train journey from Wädenswil and as it's a small town, it's not too much walking. The Abbey with the black Madonna is worth a visit and there's an easy stroll outside and around the Abbey too. Opposite you'll find a few restaurants/cafes to sit and have a break.

Rapperswil (already mentioned) is bigger, but still a lovely place and worth a visit too. You can catch the boat there from Zurich, however, catch the train home if your parents get too tired.
Oh, Swisstree, I am surprised at this recommendation. Are you sure? Perhaps you've been there more recently than I.

As I recall it, to travel to Einsiedeln by train from Zurich, one has to change platforms at Wädenswil. This involves a long stairway down, then a long stairway up again. As far as I know, there are no lifts in Wädenswil. The timetable is so well coordinated that even an able walker must move briskly to get from the S-Bahn from Zurich to the train to Einsiedeln.
Einsiedeln itself has cobbled streets, so I would be hesitant to take someone there who was not sure of foot.

Rapperswil is lovely at the lakefront, where there are several restaurants. The old town, however, is car (and bus!) free, which means only walking, and the castle is quite a steep ascent for someone not so strong.

@aa_248: Here, http://online.fahrplan.zvv.ch/bin/query.exe/en you can enter departure point and destination. You are offered several timetables. If you click on "Show details" of a specific option, you can then select "Barrier-free travel". There, you can enter your requirements, in terms of wheelchair or not, maximum walking distance, and extra time to change trains.
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Oh,
As I recall it, to travel to Einsiedeln by train from Zurich, one has to change platforms at Wädenswil. This involves a long stairway down, then a long stairway up again. As far as I know, there are no lifts in Wädenswil.
Just an FYI:

There is indeed lift at Wädenswil Bahnhof - it does seem to be taken out of order for maintenance with some regularity, though. Call ahead to check.

The recent-ish schedule change means that the S25/S13 connection now gives you a 9 minute change at Wädenswil, so much better than the IR/S13 with a 3 minute change.

The good news is that if the Zürich train is late, the S13 often waits.


ETA:

It has been many years since my elderly parents and in-laws with limited mobility visited, so I hesitate to offer suggestions as who knows how things have changed in the interveneing years.

But I will suggest this: Do a trial-run by yourself if possible, thinking of things like jostling in crowds, height of steps onto a train, availability of seats, time to change trains as above, etc. What seems like a very simple thing to the able-bodied can be monumentally challenging to those with limited mobility.

If possible, spring for first class tickets.

Boat rides were always a hit, as were the Glacier/Bernina Express-type trips where the adventure is the train ride itself.


Hope your parents have a lovely visit!

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Thanks, meloncollie, I stand corrected about the lift. That's good news.

As for calling ahead to check, excellent idea:
https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-servic...ee-travel.html

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https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-servic...-impaired.html
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Re: Parents visiting - difficulty to walk. Where to take them?

Thanks everyone who took the time with suggestions. Some good idea here and I had totally forgotten about the Glacier express. I'll look into the details for that. That's one day taken care of!


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There is a beautiful and spectacular walk ... the Panorama Walk along Birkenstock. Google this for more details about its history.
ZRH to luzern ( drive or train ), then from Bahnhof its 200m to the boat, then across Lake Luzern to the Birkenstock funicular.
As an option there is the lift to the restaurant on top of the Birkenstock.
Return the same way.

Enjoy the sights, and good luck with your short walks.
The funicular is still closed due to redevelopment works.

Lucerne and a lake cruise are great ideas though. Most of the stopping points have restaurants etc close by
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Thanks everyone who took the time with suggestions. Some good idea here and I had totally forgotten about the Glacier express. I'll look into the details for that. That's one day taken care of!


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Rather than the Glacier Express, I would opt for the Bernina Express from Chur for scenery. Also from Chur you could take the train up to Arosa

The Glacier Express is great if you want the food and experience of luxury.
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