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Is Switzerland a good choice?

Is Switzerland a good destination for someone who can't climb or walk long distances?

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If you like beautiful mountain scenery and interesting cities/towns/villages, then absolutely! There is plenty to do in Switzerland that doesn't involve climbing or walking long distances - scenic trains/lifts, boat rides, short walks around town, etc. It all depends on what you like to do.

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Are you using a wheelchair? Generally there is a fair amount of walking anywhere in Europe. The main cities in Switzerland are generally flat but can have some up and downs.

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Thanks for the reply. No wheelchair, but asthma. We're also looking for some nightlife -- maybe live theater. We've been to London and adore it, but we've never seen any other part of Europe. Suggestions would be much appreciated, as this is not the kind of thing I've been able to find on the travel sites.

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For nightlife and live theater I probably wouldn't necessarily head for Switzerland. For that sort of thing I would head to another big city - Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest are all good choices.

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I think of Switzerland as a destination for scenery (including pretty little towns). It does have some worthwhile museums, but I love it because it's just so gorgeous. Perhaps one of the larger cities already mentioned would be better, given your interests. You could include some day-trips to nearby picturesque towns or scenic areas. I always try to spend some time outside the big cities.

Remember that seeing places described as "hill towns" often requires quite a bit of up-hill walking. When you come up with one or more potential destinations, I'm sure folks here can provide some guidance. I traveled with my late mother when she had (undiagnosed) emphysema, and she would look suspiciously at streets running downhill, saying "If I walk down, I'll have to walk back up."

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Thanks acraven and Carol. I find that it's the exertion, and not necessarily the altitude, that triggers an asthma attack. Considering all the pros and cons, I think London may be the best bet. Maybe a side trip to Stonehenge. Mystery, history, royalty, theater -- it has all the things we like.

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If you want something different, I believe most of the Netherlands is flat. Perhaps Denmark, too. Both interesting destinations.

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We've never been to the Netherlands or Denmark, and the Netherlands has been on my list for awhile, though I'd like to go during tulip season. I don't know much about Denmark. I'll check it out, thanks!

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I haven't traveled extensively in the Netherlands, but I enjoyed all of these cities: Amsterdam, Gouda, Utrecht, and The Hague.