My husband, 3 kids and I are spending 9 nights in Europe this December. 4 nights in Heidelberg, then 5 nights in Lucerne area. We prefer to stay out of the city center and found some great AirBNB options with lake and mountain views. All of them highly suggest having a rental car since they're off the beaten track/not close to public transportation.
My husband is comfortable driving in winter weather, but after reading lots of forums I'm getting nervous about having a car in wintertime. We would use it for day trips to Lucerne city center, Basel and Interlaken area and probably not take any trains. I know the train system is great, but it seems silly (and costly) to rent a car AND pay for train trips. So.....what do you all think? Or are there other options I'm missing? I assume it'll be tricky and a pain to take a taxi every time from the rental to public transportation. None of us will be skiing. We just want to sightsee and explore the beauty of Switzerland. Thanks in advance!!