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Things to do in Switzerland

For those who are new to Switzerland and close to Zurich. I am posting below information which you may be interested in for your weekend planning.


Here is the link to the half fare pass (take a picture with you when you want to order – it’s so easy to buy it at every train station and you get a temporary one that you can use immediately until the permanent one arrives):

http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/half-fare-travelcard.html

And my suggestions for exploring Switzerland (all suggestions are for a half day or day trip, manageable for a bit walking handicapped people and not to high up in the mountains so no risk to faint and always restaurants close by for a snack break):

Just across the German border at the Lake of Constance: Meersburg, a beautiful medieval village, good for short walkers, nice coffee&cake restaurants directly at the lake shore walkway. You’ll find your way to Meersburg by driving to Konstanz and take the ferry to Meersburg.
www.meersburg.de

Alternatively you can visit the island of Mainau in Konstanz which is famous for its flower garden: http://www.mainau.de/home.html

Within the borders of Switzerland:

A nice half day trip is also the mountain Santos close to St. Galen. The cable car will take you to the mountain top, there is a nice restaurant with terrace.
http://www.saentisbahn.ch/


To have the most famous view of the popular mountains EIGER, MÖNCH and JUNGFRAU: drive to Murrin (close to Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, in Stechelberg, take the cable car “Schilthornbahn” (ascents from Stechelberg every hour xx.25 and xx.55 h) up to Piz Gloria (the world's first revolving restaurant plus: follow the tracks of James Bond: in the Touristorama they show you extracts of the 007 Movie"On Her Majesty's Secret Service", which was filmed at the Schilthorn).
Afterwards stop half way down in Mürren to have a bite and enjoy the view.
http://www.schilthorn.ch/en/gallery

And there is this “inside the mountain”-waterfall on your way from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg: Trümmelbachfälle – worth a stop!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trummelbach


Even in case of bad weather: thermal spring and spa in Bad Zurzach (approx 45 min north-west of Zurich)
http://www.thermalbad.ch/thermalbad/bade.htm


Lucerne and Rigi (take an every hour xx.12 boat from Lucerne Bahnhofsquai to Gersau (final destination is Flüelen), then you’ll have direct connection in Gersau with the mountain train to Rigi Kulm. Allow approx 20 min for parking (Bahnhof parking Lucerne and queuing for boat tickets prior boat departure)
http://www.lakelucerne.ch/en/timetables-fares/seasonal-timetables.html

A very nice trip to the Walensee: park your car in Murg, take the ferry to Quinten Au, then walk approx 15-20 min left, there is restaurant Seehus in Quinten and a ferry boat stop as well. Irregular timetable! I suggest you check with http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en when ferries are leaving.
http://www.walenseeschiff.ch/en-us/hikes.aspx

Ticino: picturesque village of ASCONA – always worth a trip at the shores of Lake Maggiore (if you are in the mood and find the time, drive on also to Melide to visit www.swissminiatur.ch)
http://www.ascona-locarno.com/en/destinations/ascona

And last but not least: Gruyere in the French speaking part of Switzerland, beautiful medieval village in a even more beautiful landscape, region is famous for its Gruyère cheese and the desert: meringues and Gruyère double cream.
http://www.la-gruyere.ch/en/Destinations/Gruyeres

And - a bit weird though - home of the HR Giger museum (movie ALIEN), www.hrgigermuseum.com (maybe not recommendable for your parents if they are not interested in fantasy movies, etc)
Not too far away from above is also the hiking region around Fribourg. Breathtaking trip:
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/creux-du-van-gorges-de-l-areuse.html
For all days: As cable cars, boat ferries, entries, etc. are incredibly expensive in Switzerland, it’s worth to check the day trip offers of the Swiss train company. You can always find a couple of “combos” on
http://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/day-trips.html


Oh, and one thing I forgot: even if we are grown up, a rainy day is nicely spent in the TECHNORAMA museum in Winterthur. I once went there with my dad and he had so much fun exploring!
http://www.technorama.ch/en/

Everything in and around Zurich:
http://www.zuerich.com/en#section-01
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Thanks for useful information.
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And a few more suggestions in the Sticky Thread in this section.
Family Friendly places to visit in Switzerland
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you can also search for private tours of vineyards between lausanne and montreux. super nice. got this for a colleague's wedding present.
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