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Lake Como to ____?___, Switzerland. 2 nights.

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** In Search of A Quaint Historic Village in Switzerland Easy to Get to From Leno, Lake Como, Italy.**
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Anyway, my wife and I are leaving for Milan tomorrow and from there we're off to a wedding in Leno at Lake Como. After that we have two more nights before we have to be back in Milan to catch a flight to NYC. We'd love to make it to Switzerland and ideally, a destination distinct from what we would have experienced in Como. Since we'll already be coming from Italy, we wanted to try to find some place more "Swiss." (We're quite open minded and love all types of travel but a quaint village with visible Medieval history and a castle would be the jackpot!) With all that in mind, we thought we'd look outside of Svizzera Italiana - the Italian region of Switzerland - and focus on the larger German section. We prefer to travel by rail and would like to keep the travel time under 3 or 4 hours. Any help would be hugely appreciated!

Thanks! (Vielen Dank!/Ciao!/Merci!)

Ryan & Lindsay Z.
New York, NY

P.S. We just want to say Thanks Rick Steves! My wife Lindsay and I are a couple of your biggest fans (can't wait for Europe - Season 9 this fall) and are looking forward to joining a tour with you or your crew sometime soon.

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From the town of Lenno (2 Ns), you can take a ferry across the lake to Varenna (and walk up a bit of a hill to Varenna-Esino station) and catch a northbound train to Tirano, then walk across the street to the Swiss train station to head further north, such as to Pontresina and St. Moritz. I haven't visited those Swiss towns, myself. Varenna-Pontresina takes 3.5-4 hours and is along the scenic route called Bernina Express (even if you just take a regular, non-panorama train). Train schedules for this line available at www.sbb.ch (not through our favorite DB link).

Or, you can take a ferry to Menaggio (on the same side of the lake) and the SBB site will show bus/train schedules to other parts of Switzerland, such as 4 hours to Luzern.

Thanks for your support!