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Your favorite Swiss place??

Most all could agree that Murren, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Lucerne, and Grindlewald are beautiful places. Aside from those places, what is your most Ahhh wow moment in Switzerland, and why? We have been to all the typical places over and over and would love suggestions for something new and different.

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The wow moments are all in the alps hiking. Zermatt and the Matterhorn was spectacular on the crystal clear day I was there. Picking my favorite is like selecting my favorite child. Can't think of a bad place I have visited in Switzerland. Tough question.

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The emotion of Switzerland is all about the Alps - those Swiss cities are pretty staid in both there appearance and vibe.

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Gruyeres…..it’s more than just cheese! No laughing matter though, I think Gruyeres is an often overlooked village. What’s not to like about a 13th century castle within a medieval walled town on a hilltop? Sure some tour busses show up mid day but spend the night and it’s enchantingly all yours. I remember opening the windows in our room at Hotel de Gruyeres to a bucolic meadow with wild deer frolicking about. I thought the cheese tour at the Gruyeres factory would be kitschy but ended up really enjoying the smell of vision. Down in the valley is the Caillers chocolate factory. Maybe a tad kitschy but who’s going to complain when there are endless chocolate samples? Walk the ramparts or visit the H.R. Giger museum, creator of the movie Alien. It doesn’t have the spectacular scenery of Berner Oberland but it makes up for it in charm.

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Muottas Muragl. A viewpoint and high plateau, 700 metres above the Engadin lakes, reached by a quaint funicular. There is a hotel there, where I was lucky to stay in January 2020. We arrived in the clouds... and awoke the next morning to the most amazing view I've had from a hotel anywhere.

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Both Gruyeres and Muottas Muragl look amazing! Thanks for those suggestions!

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Aside from the places you mentioned, the old town of Bern is my favourite place in Switzerland. It is a rare city that has never been destroyed by war or fire, so it looks just like it did 500 years ago. It has everything: history (Einstein Museum), architecture (cathedral), engineering/design (Zytglogge), animals (Barengraben), swimming (Aare River).

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Walking along Lake Geneva around Vevey is one of my favorite Swiss memories. It’s stunningly beautiful on a sunny day.

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Getting off the train at Alp Grum on the route the Bernina Express follows and hiking to the turquoise lake below the station. Simply Celestial.

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I think most would say, the mountains and the lakes. Although the cities are pretty nice.

If you haven't looked lately, check out Rick's suggested multi-week itinerary in his guidebook. It covers a lot of ground and perhaps you would find some new ground. I think the Italian part of CH sounds pretty intriguing.

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The scenery of the Lavaux Vineyards by Lausanne overlooking Lake Geneva is spectacular. The vineyards are a Unesco World Heritage site, and for 1000 years 17 generations have tended the vineyards. We had a reserved group lunch at Domaine de la Crausaz in Lutry and the views from the terrace of the vineyards and Lake Geneva were world class! Just amazing!

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Thenosbigs . . . 4 trips to Switzerland since December 2017 (my daughter moved there) and I haven't made it to Gruyeres yet. It's been on the list,. but it takes longer than other further places due to more train changes . . . but you've totally sold me! I've seen the pictures, and your description is great. After 10 trips to Europe, we've realized that we like to be in the centre of great places even if they're touristy . . . and the day trippers leave around 5PM. Okay! Gruyere it is

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Wow, so many great and non-stereotypical answers here.

Over and over I've thought that if money, passports, jobs, etc were not an issue, I'd like to live in or close to Lugano. I found it magical, and the climate is almost Mediterranean, also I speak a smidgen of Italian, so the whole vibe of Swiss-Italian, plus the gorgeous scenery really works for me.

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Aside from Mürren, I’d say Muottas Muragi. And btw, if you stay in Pontresina, don’t miss using the wonderful community pool with its pulsating water effects that are fabulously relaxing for a weary traveler.

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Oeschininsee, mentioned above by jazz+travels is one of our 2 favorite places in Switzerland. The scenery around and above the lake is stunning. We generally include a night or two in the lakeside mountain inn on every visit.

And I have always wanted to stay at the mountain inn at Schwartzwaldalp (above, posted by Jim), but haven’t managed it yet. Maybe next time . . .

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Too many to list. If scenery is it, and you drive a car, there is an endless array. Maggia Valley out of Locarno, culminating in a cable car ride at Robiei is great.

Look at any map with switchbacks, and you can't go wrong.