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Best destination in Switzerland?

Let's kick-start this new conversation space! What's your favorite destination in Switzerland and why?

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My daughter lives near Vevey....so my favorite destination is sitting on her terrace, looking over the vineyards and drinking Swiss wine!! That being said, I love the Matterhorn region, taking day trips on Lake Geneva boats, visiting Lugano and the miniature village.......I'm an older guy, so I tend to go to places easily accessible!

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Let's kick-start this new conversation space! What's your favorite destination in Switzerland and why?

Langenthal, a market town on the edge of the Emmenthal. And the reason: it is my home!

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Our first visit to Switzerland was in 2012...and we are heading back there again this July....The Berner Oberland Valley (specifically Lauterbrunnen) is a must see. Lauterbrunnen made a great base for us so we are using it again to trek from......The Berner Oberland valley is so picturesque and the mountains are spectacular!...in 2012, we had only time to visit Wengen, the Jungfrau and the valley from Lauterbrunnen...this time we are visiting the other side of the valley and going to Murren and Gimmelwald while again using Lauterbrunnen as our base.

We are also incorporating Lucern and Bern into our trip this summer...we are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in the old town area of Bern...are there any recommendations that anyone can make?

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Murren in the BO by far. We stayed at Hotel Jungfrau and had a gorgeous view of the mountains. The restaurant had the best fondue ever. Just walking through town smelling the mountain air and hearing the cowbells puts you at peace. The flower trail is an amazing walk. The ride up to the Schilthorn is a must.

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The trip to the Jungfrau is spectacular,only go early on a clear day,the views from the top are amazing,glaciers,the surrounding mountains,Italy and France.There are restaurants at the top and dont miss the ice sculptures in the tunnels.

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Because I'm somewhat of a contrarian by nature, and so that this topic mentions other destinations besides the Berner Oberland, I'll nominate another worthy destination in Switzerland- Flumserberg. Like the high-altitude towns of the BO, this one sits on a mountain side, but unlike the others, it is accessible by car. And rather than being one distinct village, it consists more of a series of interconnected hamlets. The views out to the valley are spectacular, if the mountains aren't quite as high as the Jungfrau massif.

But what I really like about Flumserberg. Unlike other Swiss mountain resorts, that increasingly cater to and have become somewhat swallowed by international tourism, Flumserberg retains much more of the feel of an old Swiss mountain town, yet still has enough infrastructure to support the needs of it's visitors. It's the kind of place where you can walk out the back door of your hotel and be greated by cows and goats, or you can share a table at one of the restaurants with a farmer and his loyal working dog. But if you don't feel like humping it all the way on foot to one of the summits, there's a lift to take you there and mountain top restaurants to feed you. Near the top, the trails are nearly flat, so it's the perfect hiking locale for families or people with less-than-perfect mobility. And the skiing in the winter is as good any other Alpine resort.

So, who might enjoy Flumserberg? Definately a great place for families with younger children. People on this website often ask for "untouristy" recommendations, or places where they can "interact with the locals". Well, minus the representatives of the Zürich international business community that use Flumserberg as a weekend getaway, the majority of the people you will meet here are Swiss, mostly from the surrounding cantons. Not a tour bus to be seen anywhere. All the hotels are relatively small, and there's only one shop that you could even consider sort of a souvenir stand. No bling boutiques for the jet-set, but enough shops that will gladly equip you for hiking and skiing.

I would not consider Flumserberg a flat-out substitute for the Berner Oberland or Zematt. Rather, more of a "supplement", or a carefully weighed alternative for an intinerary heading east of Zürich. Or, should you find yourself in Zürich on business, a nice relaxing retreat for the weekend. Put it on your radar.