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Entertaining someone coming from London

Hello and Happy Easter to those celebrating it.

I think this is the perfect question for this group, based on its demographics

We will, hopefully, have guests coming from the London area during late Spring/Summer for a visit. I was wondering where can we go that will be the most interesting to them, something they will not see in the UK!

Outdoor is probably good. Do you guys know specifically of attractions around Zurich (or further) which will prove breathtaking for a Londoner? Anything is highly appreciated.

They are quite young, at least by my standards, from shy of 18 to 40-something. "Just looking" is slightly preferable to lazy-proof activities like hiking

Moreover, as train tickets are expensive for them, anything easily accessible with a car is of special interest.

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Old 22.04.2019, 11:37
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

You haven't written how old the visitors are, whether they like actually doing things or just looking and so on.

If you have a car, loads is easily in reach.

You mentioned money was tight. You could drive to Luzern, walk around there and then get a boat around some of the lake -the scenery is spectacular.

Alternatively, you could drive up to Flumserberg, go for a bit of a walk and have a go on the rodelbahn which gives a bit of thrill-seeking along with spectacular scenery.
Rapperswil on the way back for an ice-cream and a wander around is nice.
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You haven't written how old the visitors are, whether they like actually doing things or just looking and so on.

If you have a car, loads is easily in reach.

You mentioned money was tight. You could drive to Luzern, walk around there and then get a boat around some of the lake -the scenery is spectacular.

Alternatively, you could drive up to Flumserberg, go for a bit of a walk and have a go on the rodelbahn which gives a bit of thrill-seeking along with spectacular scenery.
Rapperswil on the way back for an ice-cream and a wander around is nice.
Many thanks. I added some more information. Plus, money is not that tight, at least not until the millionaire-level entertainments.
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

This is something they won't see elsewhere as far as I know.

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...und-mills.html

Needs a bit of climbing up and down, but very interesting.

You could also go to the Reichenbach Falls

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...funicular.html

and the Sherlock Holmes museum in Lucens

https://www.lucens.ch/sherlockholmes
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

As a Londoner, I would enjoy to return for one of a number of boat trips on Rheinfalls (CH-8201 Schaffhausen).


We do not have Media Markt in UK. I liked that one puts handbags etc into lockers and then one is free to wonder around and examine things. Maybe depends is passing one one route to somewhere else.


Living in a huge city like London is it wonderful to experience the mountains of Switzerland.


Also good driving around country seeing different farms and old style Swiss buidling.
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

+1 for rheinfalls. The boat trip to the rock in the middle is totally worth it.

Also go to Pilatus near Luzern. Costs about 80chf each for a return on the cog train but wow! Take the walk along the back of the ridge (the alpine flower route) and you get 360 degree views of 6 lakes. Then come back through the gallery hewn into rock, and finally the other peaks (the touristy ones).

Then back on last cog train. Great.

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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

I do 3 things with every visitor!

1 - Rheinfalls
2- Appenzell and walk to Seealpsee or Ascher restaurant for a Rosti
3 - Go up Santis.

Works a treat
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

Many thanks for the answers. I'm waiting for more

They have already seen Rheinfalls, although not on a boat. We may try the boat this time. They have also been to Pilatus and Rigi before.
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

Drive up to Villa Honegg behind Luzern - park and walk over the hill to the Hammetschwand lift. Should take you about an hour in each direction and it's not strenuous.

If you're feeling lazy you can drive up to Burgenstock directly and then walk to the base of the lift. Alternatively take the boat from Luzern which connects with the small railway up into the hotel. If the weather behaves all options offer stunning vistas....
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Re: Entertaining someone coming from London

Will they drive themselves or are you chauffeuring?

If it is the latter you can do some interesting one way trips:

Rigi: Up with the train at Arth, down with the Gondolla to Weggis.
Take the Ferry to Beckenried.
They take a boat from Weggis or Beckenried to Trieb-Sellisberg.
Drive up to Hohneeg. They will take the elevator and funicular to Kehrsitten.
Drive to Alpnachstad where they go over the Pilatus to Kriens.
Drive to Sörenberg and they go over the Brienzer Rothhorn to Brienz
Drive to the Aareschlucht and pick them up at the other side (although it is very nice to walk forth and back).
Go to the Gelmerbahn.
Drive to Obergoms where they take the steam train over the Furka.
Pick them up at Gletsch and drive up the Gotthard and visit Sasso San Gottardo.
Drive down the Tremola and get rental Bikes in Airolo.
Let them bike to Bellinzona and prepare a pick nick along the way (or just reserve a table in one of the nice Grotto along the route ).
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