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Switzerland in February

My husband & I are going to celebrate my 60th birthday in beautiful Switzerland in mid February 2015.It is my most favorite place on earth. We went to the Berner Oberland, Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken last October. We have been to Lugano & would very much like to see more of the country. We don't plan on skiing but happy to taboggen etc..just want to experience Switzerland in the winter. We love taking the trains and will probably take a week's vacation.
ANY ideas on possible itineraries? MANY THANKS!

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Assuming February is as cold as New Year's.... We spent last New Year's hiking in the B.O. Loved it! Groomed trails, scenic lifts, the little narrow-gauge railway up to Kleine Scheidegg: it was fabulous! Certainly worth 3 nights if you like tobogganing and hiking. After seeing people sledding down to Gimmelwald from Murren we were hooked. As you know, you can go to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and all nearby points completely in public transportation, which is have the fun!

(BTW: My birthday is in mid-Feb, too. Not sure where this year; Maybe long weekend in Umbria.)

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Well since you have been to so many other places in Switzerland, you might want to think about Arosa.

My own favourite is Les Diablerets in the French speaking part of Switzerland. It is of the international tourist track, so the prices are usually better ;-) And if you were to consider Les Diablerets, the Auberge de la Poste would be my hotel recommendation.

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If pulling out all the stops, spend a few days in Zermatt. There is a good sledging run near the top of the Gornergratbahn. Also, you can go to the top of Klein Matterhorn and visit the glacier museum carved out of the glacier. Get 1st class tickets on the Glacier Express to St Moritz with the lunch package. That is an all day journey. If you want another mountain railway journey, take the combined Bernina Express train/bus trip to Lugano. And you can't go wrong in the Berner Oberland.
All of these winter holiday spots will require advance hotel reservations. Mid February is European school holiday period and thus "family ski vacation time" in the Alps.

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Zermatt has an interesting mountaineering museum that even has a display on Teddy Roosevelt when he climbed the Matterhorn and stayed in a hut that was practically full of snow.