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Colmar and Eguisheim day trip

The more I research, the more I find. I will be in Zurich and I have plans to drive to Colmar for a day trip. I came across this village in my research. It looks like a nice stop. Can both be done in a day trip and still have time to explore? I could take one day off another area and stay overnight.
Thank you

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You definitely have time for both. Eguisheim is a small village, a thorough visit takes 1 hour. Worth it, though!
This being said, the area around Colmar does deserve more than just a few hours, so if you think you can stay overnight, do it! You will then be able to visit other cute villages like Kayersberg or Riquewihr.

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Thanks for your reply. Any suggestions on where to stay over? I don’t need fancy - just clean and safe.

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I am not trying to talk you out of a nice visit. It is true that Colmar has an important art museum. But you might find that a Swiss day of Rheinfall--Stein am Rhein--Aarau old town might be equally nice but much less far to drive. There is also a nice Roman town farther on, called Augusta Raurica.

Edit: If you continue to Basel, I would say that the modern art museum Fondation Beyeler is significantly larger and more important (I mean in Art History, not in Medieval art!) than the museum in Colmar. And the Beyeler is so close to the Rhine that you aren't driving into Basel (although you could.) I also like the Vitra Design (architecture) Campus just across the river in Weil am Rhine. That was one of the reasons I drove from Zurich to Basel. I deliberately spent two nights in the southern Black Forest, not Basel.

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Thank you for that suggestion. So far my itinerary is all over the place. Classic trying to do too much in a short period of time. I will have to pare it down...I have 5 days in the Montreux area and 3 days in Wengen. The day trips are: Gruyere and St. Gallen. I am also trying to fit in either the Glacier Express or the Bernier Express.

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In Requiwehr, we stayed at Hotel a l’Oriel, a comfortable place in the town center. You can safely walk to dinner.

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Not to make more planning more confusing for you, we did a day trip from Basel to Colmar. Took the train and then hired a guide that met us at the train station and drove us for the day. We had worked out an itinerary prior to the day, we visited Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Riquewihr, Kayersberg, Eguisheim. We had lunch, did a wine tasting and little walking tours in the towns. He called and made us a reservation for an early dinner, then we walked about 10 minutes to the Colmar train station to return. I remember thinking the parking and driving would have been a challenge for us (we have lived in downtown Chicago and Washington DC, so very comfortable driving), plus don't speak French. The train each way to Zurich would be longer than Basel of course (2 -2 1/2 hours) but depending upon where in Zurich you are staying, driving and parking would take almost as long. Of course there really isn't public transportation between the smaller towns. We looked at doing some group tours from Colmar, but decided to splurge on this trip and glad we did. Our guide is on the toursbylocals website. Have a great trip!

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I stayed at a B&B in Eguisheim. It is very convenient with a car, close to Colmar and you can get to the other villages easily as well.

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5 days in Montreux seems a bit long to me, you can cut 1-2 days without any problem if you need more time elsewhere!

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Thank you for all these suggestions.

My days in Montreux include a trip to Yvoire and hopefully, a few hikes. One of the days is reserved for Gruyere.

I would love to be able to hike more in my Wengen portion of the trip, but I will most likely be solo then and a knee that is not fond of extensive hiking. I didn’t include Zermatt for just those reasons.

I am going to check out the Get your Guide idea.

Thanks again everyone.