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Alsace/Switzerland plan

Hi there, we're leaving very soon for Switzerland/France and I'm feeling very unsure of our plan! I know we can't go wrong but would love some feedback. Given the time of year, we'd like to visit the Interlaken area, but are planning on focusing most of our trip on France. We are flying into Zurich and can fly out of Zurich or Stuttgart. Below is the high-level plan with where we are staying each night. We like exploring. The biggest concerns are if we should go to Bern or Anenncy and, if so, what we should leave out (maybe shorten time in Colmar or Strasbourg? Skip Stuttgart or Zurich on Saturday? Any advice would be so appreciated!

Sunday: Travel to BO, stay in Murren
Monday: Murren
Tuesday: travel to Colmar, stay in Colmar
Wednesday: Colmar
Thursday: travel to Strassbourg, stay in Strassbourg
Friday: Strassbourg
Saturday: Stuttgart or Zurich
Sunday: Flight home

Posted by
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I replied on the Switzerland version of the question.

Posted by
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Colmar and Strasbourg are only 35mins apart by train, so choose one as your base. That frees up a day for Bern, which is much easier to reach than Annecy in your tight time frame.
Sun, Mon - Murren
Tue, Wed, Thu - Colmar
(Visit Strasbourg as a day trip from Colmar)
Fri - Bern
Sat - Zurich

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15622 posts

This is a duplicate post to one on the Switzerland forum.

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We based out of Colmar for 3 days. It's much better with luggage to have a base and day trip. If you are going to/from Strasbourg, I highly recommend getting off in Selestat and taking the #500 bus up to Haut Koeningburg castle for a few hours. We stayed at the BW Bristol in Colmar, right across from train station. It has a very good restaurant/brasserie and is clean, safe and super convenient. It's a 7 minute walk to the old part of Colmar. This is one of the only areas that I would recommend staying at the train station. Plus, you have much less distance to get back to Zurich. All trains connect in Basel. It's easy to store luggage at the train station and walk into the old town near the river, if you want. I would do Basel (on the way) over Bern, which is also very nice, but a bit out of the way.