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    Trip to Switzerland

    My wife and I are planning a trip to Switzerland in July, to visit some friends working over there. We'll be gone for 8 days including 2 for travel. Would love to be there longer, but with two boys (2 and 4), we don't want to be away for longer. They'll have fun with the grandparents, but still.

    We're planning on getting away for a couple days just the two of us, and then the 4 of us (including our hosts) are probably going to go somewhere for the weekend.

    It seems like there are lots of world travelers on here. Anyone have any must see spots within a short train ride from Zurich? We're having a tough time trying to figure out where we want to go.

    Thanks...



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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    Quote Originally Posted by blando View Post
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Switzerland in July, to visit some friends working over there. We'll be gone for 8 days including 2 for travel. Would love to be there longer, but with two boys (2 and 4), we don't want to be away for longer. They'll have fun with the grandparents, but still.

    We're planning on getting away for a couple days just the two of us, and then the 4 of us (including our hosts) are probably going to go somewhere for the weekend.

    It seems like there are lots of world travelers on here. Anyone have any must see spots within a short train ride from Zurich? We're having a tough time trying to figure out where we want to go.

    Thanks...

    In general, what do you like doing? What sorts of things interest you?



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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    Quote Originally Posted by mplscyclone View Post
    In general, what do you like doing? What sorts of things interest you?
    Stuff.

    That's the thing. We've never really been travelers, but we're open to suggestions, I guess. Nothing too adventurous, no mountain climbing. If you have a place you visited or something you did over there, I'd love to hear it. We really are open to suggestions.

    Thanks.



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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    Interlaken which is a series of lakes I don't believe is far from Zurich. Absolutely beautiful place. I think you can take some ferry rides from town to town. Visit some of the towns along the lake as well as up in the hills.

    I loved everything in Switzerland except for the it's relatively high cost.



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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    If you don't mind, how much are you planning on spending on airfare and hotels? My wife and I have started talking about taking a trip to Europe (or possibly Australia) and Switzerland would be a possibility.



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    Not sure how much you are into geneology and if your relatives are from there, but I enjoyed visiting several family sites during my time in Germany and England. I have not been to Switzerland but I have cousins there from the part of the family that never left


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    You are about 7 hours from Berlin which is worth it, and 4 hours from Salzburg which is a beautiful city (also score points with your wife if she likes "Sound of Music" and you can see a lot of where that movie was filmed there). A trip to Salzburg will take you through Munich and there is plenty of things to do there as well.


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    Reliving the memories now. Praque was awesom and is a doable day trip.
    Auschwitz is an extremely emotional tour, but is over 10 hours away.


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    If you do go into Deutschland, you will see hookers just set up right along the road as you head into the country.


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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    You are about 7 hours from Berlin which is worth it, and 4 hours from Salzburg which is a beautiful city (also score points with your wife if she likes "Sound of Music" and you can see a lot of where that movie was filmed there). A trip to Salzburg will take you through Munich and there is plenty of things to do there as well.
    Salzburg is probably my favorite small city in Europe. The old town area is fantastic and you have the castle on the mountain.

    Paris is my favorite big city.

    There are so many great place to go over there. I lived in Europe a year, have been back twice and still havent seen a 1/4 of what I'd like to.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Salzburg is probably my favorite small city in Europe. The old town area is fantastic and you have the castle on the mountain.

    Paris is my favorite big city.

    There are so many great place to go over there. I lived in Europe a year, have been back twice and still havent seen a 1/4 of what I'd like to.
    You've been there a lot more than I have.
    3 seperate trips.
    2 were for 10 days
    another for 5 weeks.
    Lots of fun and can't wait to go back. Would like to go for a couple weeks and spend a few days in London before heading back to Rome. Absolutely loved Rome. Would like to spend some more time in Prague as well.


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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    This cathedral in Strasbourg, France is unbelievable to see in person. The rest of the city is lined with flowers. There is a canal that circles downtown; it has a boat tour with audio in English. Very cool town.

    A train ride to Milan, Italy is close as well. The view on the way is stunning. I love the Duomo in downtown Milan as well as the shopping your wife would love.

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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    You've been there a lot more than I have.
    3 seperate trips.
    2 were for 10 days
    another for 5 weeks.
    Lots of fun and can't wait to go back. Would like to go for a couple weeks and spend a few days in London before heading back to Rome. Absolutely loved Rome. Would like to spend some more time in Prague as well.
    I never cared for London much. The Brits are way too stiff.

    Never been to Rome or Italy. Do regret that.

    I love all the German speaking countries. Wonderful people, especially if you go to the effort to learn German(which I did). They work hard, keep it really clean and are fairly tolerant.

    Belgium was nice. I've never had much luck with the Netherlands(however did have a Dutchman buy me a stine of beer in the Hauf Brau Hos, for letting him sit at our table.)

    I've had some really good experiences in France. True they don't like to speak English, but if you're polite they do return the favor.

    Prague is a wonderful town and would beat Salzburg for me it it hadnt' been so dirty(a lot of which I think is left over from Soviet occupation) Extremely cheap place to visit when I was there in the 90's.

    I could go on and on. Travel now if you don't have a famiy yet. It gets a lot tougher after kids come along....


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    Re: Trip to Switzerland

    My wife is Swiss and she has a lot of family there, although most are in the French region, so I don't know much about the Zurich area. We have been there and I LOVE Switzerland and could spend the rest of my days there. I highly recommend you just get out to the small villages, visit some wine makers and merchants, eat in out of the way places, etc.....

    It's a ways away (although Switzerland is tiny and getting across it is quick), but I would recommend getting down to Gruyere and visit both the cheese factory and also the original old town and Chateau (have a cheese fondue there). If you have time go on down to Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and visit the Chateau de Chillon. Another great place to go is the dual castles at Sion.

    One other thing, find somewhere to get an authentic Raclette meal while you're there.

    Like I said, I spent most of my time in the French region. :)



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