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5 nights in Murren - where to spend the next 3

After 5 nights in Murren we are investigating on how to spend our next three nights in Switzerland. Considering we are "seniors" and taking the train, we would like to spend all three nights in one hotel to make it easy.
We are thinking of Lucerne because we could
1. take a day trip to Bern
2. take a cruise over to Vitznau and/or go to Mt. Rigi
3. visit the transportation museum and old town

If anyone has a nice clean and convenient hotel suggestion, I would welcome the information.

Is there any other little quaint villages or areas that are not to be missed? I'd appreciate any suggestions.


Posted by
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Lucerne would be a great place to spend several days. It's a beautiful city with lots to see and good day trip possibilities. You might have a look at Hotel Stern. I found the rooms to be comfortable, the food in the restaurant was great and it's reasonably close to the station and other sights (I'd suggest a Taxi when arriving with luggage though).

I'm also a "senior" and I walked back to the station with luggage when I was leaving. Once I knew the way, it was much easier.

Posted by
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You could consider spending time in the French part of Switzerland. Visit Gruyeres, the Chillon castle, Montreux, Vevey, and the protected Lavaux vineyards. You can go on a steamer on Lake Geneva to visit some of the sites. Montreux or Vevey could be a good base.

Posted by
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Thanks for ideas. Hotel Stern looks very nice. We downsized our luggage (tough to do) to make train travel easier. I was not aware of Vevey or Lavaux. I'll do some more research.
Again, thanks for your suggestions.

Posted by
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I agree with going to the French side, and staying in Montreux or Lausanne. Different feel to it, and plenty to see on Lake Geneva.

Posted by
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Sounds like you're on the right track. Bon voyage.

Posted by
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Even though Rick does not include the city of Geneva in his book, my wife and I loved being there back in 2004. It is especially interesting if you have any Calvinist roots which I do as a Presbyterian minister. The old League of Nations site is fascinating. It is now the UN Europe headquarters. The International Red Cross headquarters are across the street and that's interesting if you are interested in medicine or health. My wife is a nurse. I also like it that French is spoken there. We took a narrow gauge train from Nyon into the Jura mountains as a great day trip.

But I would agree with Rick and others here that the best of Switzerland is probably not Geneva or Nyon or the Jura Mountains.

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In Sept., we are staying on the eastern city limit of Lucerne at Hotel Bellevue-
Found on Trip Advisor & got good reviews from a previous guest. Very affordable for Lucerne.....$231. per night for superior double-Mt. Pilatus view!.
Lakes views from 3rd floor, breakfast, easy transportation to & from town, use of bicycles, use of spa at SeeHotel Hermitage across the street.
It is very close to Transportation Museum, and on the way to Mt. Rigi.
Good luck!