Here’s a little background info. first. My sister, brother-in-law and I will arrive in Zurich from Chicago in April where we will stay for 2 nights to get over jetlag, see Zurich and Lake Constance, and then take the train to Milan to spend some time in northern Italy. We will then return to Switzerland to see Lauterbrunnen, Bern, and Lucerne.
As the train from Zurich to Milan is approximately 4 hours, we are trying to decide what to do the rest of that day. I originally thought we’d stop in Bellinzona to see the castles as that is one of the train stops, but after watching some videos, I’m wondering if there’s a better option. We pretty much like anything except for museums. We will spend some time at Lake Como when in Italy, so I’m thinking Luguno would be somewhat duplicative—we’re trying to have as many different experiences as possible.
One option is to leave our luggage with out hotel in Zurich and spend half the day near there before getting on the train. I’ve had my eye on Stein am Rhein. Is that worth the train ride to only spend a few hours there? Would the Rhine Falls be worth a short visit? Rapperswil? We have no problem getting up early to start the day. Any thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!!
P.S. I'm staring to think we should have taken the train to Milan as soon as we landed in Zurich, but i thought that would be too much for one day. There were no nonstop flights from Chicago to Milan and we thought a nice train ride thru Switzerland would be a better option than dealing with a connecting flight. This is our first trip to Europe, so everything is a learning experience.