I just signed up for a family cruise from Basel to Amsterdam and am trying to map out some independent travel on either side of it. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out options and travel routes, but the geography of Switzerland is uneven enough I'm having problems wrapping my head around it, even after diving into multiple guidebooks.
So suggestions on how to start the party are greatly welcomed.
Time frame- late May/early June 2019
Fly into- haven't booked the airfare component yet and there is apparently some flexibility with airports. So Zurich maybe?
Location- Spousal Unit wants to be in Switzerland proper. I'm thinking of something in the area between Basel, Bern ,Lucerne, and Zurich
Desires and likes- walks and hikes that would be doable that time of year, mountain views, art museums, interesting architecture. We generally have good luck with off season ski areas if the walking trails aren't still snowed in.
Lodging- clean, quiet, and comfortable beds. We do not regard mold and mustiness as adding character to a property.
ground transportation- either train or car. Once we find the right location, we pick the transit option that seems to make sense for that
start of cruise- do we want to be in Basel the night before, or is it okay to plan on a train to there on the morning of departure day?