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good mountain for elderly tourists...

So we have some guests visiting Switzerland for the first time and I am putting the itinerary together... what's a good mountain experience if you aren't that fit to walk a lot? Engelberg and Jungfraujoch are the obvious ones but what am I missing. I will drive in two weeks across Switzerland from Geneva to Zürich, so it would be a plus if it wasn't too remote as say St Moritz... Suggestions?
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

Even though this thread is about flat hikes, I thought it might be helpful.

Märenfall in SZ seems to be an idea,
Dundelbachfälle OW as well,

if you want a long or short hike to the falls. As Switzerland is full of waterfalls, you have a huge choice of possible hiking routes and some falls are bound to be on mountains.
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Travelling by car or by public transport ?

Gruyeres is one our favourite places. The castle and the chocolate factory 'Maison Cailler'.

My mum loves the mountains down in 'Heidiland', and her favourite town is Chur...
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My elderly father in law enjoyed the aareschlucht and the ride up reichenbach falls. That might not be enough of a thrill though. We also drove around Appenzell, and stopped in various places. Boat rides were more fun for him than high elevation.
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@Treverus,

Can you give a bit more background? Are they foodies? Are they interested in architecture, boats, history, arts, ancient history?
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Have a plan B ready in case, on the day you plan the mountain trip, it is cloudy or foggy. Even if your guests are into looking at fog, there are much cheaper options.
If they are coming around October, when the larches are turning golden, Aletschwald is one of the most spectacular.
https://www.google.ch/search?q=alets...dgBR0Q_AUIBigB

For a view over the glacier panorama, eggishorn is also nice:
https://www.google.ch/search?q=eggis...rDCncQ_AUIBigB
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Of course weather plays the greatest role, and some of the more spectacular places don't have the most spectacular views, but are beautifully viewed from less spectacular places. Plus the most spectacular and famous places are usually mobbed with tourists most of the year. Jungfrau, Eiger, Pilatus, etc.

Taking cog trains and cable cars you can get to about anywhere, simple or grand, where there is space to walk around a bit without working up a sweat.

How about taking a general route Geneva, Bern, Thun, Interlaken, Sarnen, Stans, Schwyz? Go up Stockhorn or Niesen, Niederhorn or Schynigeplatte, Stanserhorn or Rigi, Stoos? Simple, easy stuff, but can be quite and adventure for those who have never been here before.
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

...btw, some people can't handle altitudes, Jungfraujoch is 3,500 meters.

You might look at the Grimsel. Grimsel Hospiz is nice, good food, views and take in the underground power works, etc. then on to Furka, Rhone Glacier, Susten and Steingletsch 'n such.

http://www.grimselwelt.ch/en/

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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

More flesh on the bone is needed. For some, a mountain experience may require a Gondelbahn ride hundreds of meters above ground or a skywalk whereas others would faint at the thought alone.
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Ok, more info: An elderly couple, my in-laws are visiting CH. We make a trip through Europe in the following week and on the return leg from France driving from Geneva all across the country was I thinking of spending one night in some "mountain" place. The key is that it should be something on the "famous" side, but they cannot walk much anymore, so I think Zermatt for example is a bad idea.

We did Säntis yesterday and they liked it. Side not: Checking prices - I knew that Jungfrau is a tourist rip off, paid too much already a decade ago the one time I did it... by since when do they charge 100 CHF a head for Titlis?! An entire day skiing there is around 60...
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

"Famous" = tourists + wannabees, exploited to the hilt by tour operators, now feel and look worn out to me.

When I lived in Schwyz, I put my parents up in the Wysses Roessli and made day trips from there, they were thrilled. Could flexibly plan each day over breakfast or stay in to recharge when they felt over taxed.

Did you check out Grimselwelt in the link above? Could easily spend a couple of days up there without any strain.

Driving around by car or public transport? Some passes will be closing soon.
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Ok, more info: An elderly couple, my in-laws are visiting CH. We make a trip through Europe in the following week and on the return leg from France driving from Geneva all across the country was I thinking of spending one night in some "mountain" place. The key is that it should be something on the "famous" side, but they cannot walk much anymore, so I think Zermatt for example is a bad idea.

We did Säntis yesterday and they liked it. Side not: Checking prices - I knew that Jungfrau is a tourist rip off, paid too much already a decade ago the one time I did it... by since when do they charge 100 CHF a head for Titlis?! An entire day skiing there is around 60...
Rigi is okay, there's a small hike to reach the top from the canteen but it's optional, the train journey from Vitznau is pretty cool through the trees and looking at the lake.

Pilatus is easy too.
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

How about the Rigi? Not one of the most known mountains but still. If you're lucky and depending where you're located exactly, you may even see your area. A boat tour on the way there or back might be a good compliment. A fully priced train ticket from Arth-Goldau to Rigi Kulm and back is 68.-, perhaps there's some combo rebate if you book the Kulm hotel.

If you're a UBS customer you can get a ticket for 10CHF until October 31 for Pilatus (reservation required), Rigi, Säntis and others.
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

We have just recently discovered http://www.flumserberg.ch/Sommer/Home and love it. Gorgeous panoramic views, easy access with train, bus and gondola and not overrun with tourists.
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Chäserugg - chairlift up then circle walking on the top
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Another thing to consider in addition to "flat" or easy walking - how accustomed are your in-laws to high altitudes? We took my FIL up to Schilthorn a few weeks ago and even though you can do it without much walking, he got altitude sickness and we had to come down quickly.

Schilthorn is at 2970 meters; Jungfraujoch is 3454 meters.
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Another thing to consider in addition to "flat" or easy walking - how accustomed are your in-laws to high altitudes? We took my FIL up to Schilthorn a few weeks ago and even though you can do it without much walking, he got altitude sickness and we had to come down quickly.

Schilthorn is at 2970 meters; Jungfraujoch is 3454 meters.
This can happen at any age I managed to finish off a healthy 30 year old on the Kleine Matterhorn 3883m, lol perhaps the Breithorn hike idea pushed them over the edge..

I've also seen multiple people react on Jungfraujoch and weirdly Titlis, anything about 2500m can cause issues.
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The Brienzer Rothorn

http://www.brienz-rothorn-bahn.ch/en/welcome.html

If , as mentioned in the thread your guests start to suffer from altitude sickness and need to go down the mountain again, there is also the unique Open Air museum Ballenberg, which could appeal to some elderly people, as it shows in great detail how the Swiss lived centuries ago

http://www.ballenberg.ch/en/

Brienz is also the stronghold for woodcarving in Switzerland and they also offer guided tours in english, sadly the homepage is only available in german.

http://museum-holzbildhauerei.ch/


There is of course also the lake of Brienz where you could go for a cruise on the lake

https://www.bls.ch/e/schifffahrt/schifffahrt.php


I know you enquired specifically about a mountain, but I thought if the mountain hike falls through due to various reasons, there is quite some stuff to do up there and it is a very lovely region of Switzerland.
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Re: good mountain for elderly tourists...

Took elderly visitors to the Titlis - the bridge over the cliff is easily accssible.

With a UBS card you can also take the train to Schynigge platte for 10 CHF. the views are great, very easy stroll near the restaurant.
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