I've been very busy researching your suggestions!
Tom-Flumserberg sounds delightful. Searching it on Google Earth now & will check out the hotel recommendation. It would be our 1st stop/recovery from jetlag.
Do you prefer it over Appenzell(RS's pick)?
Stan- I don't know if hotels in Murren close shoulder season, but I've heard some do for the winter & do not reply to inquiries.....can anyone verify? When checking prices/availability for a lakeside inn in Gersau/Lucern,
http://www.seehof-gersau.ch/indexe.html, hotels.com said "not available". And the inn is not answering my inquiries.
I would like to see lakes Lugano, Maggiore & Como, but not sure we will have enough time, as
WE LIKE TO STAY 3 NIGHTS PER STOP (if warranted).
Paul- I have not researched trains, but saw (somewhere?) a 15 day 2nd class Swiss pass is $984. per person.
We have a car reserved with Avis for $378.-2 weeks/$27./day. It is much easier for us to get around via car, rather than lugging our bags on public transportation ....hubby has bad back.
Danke for the St.Moritz tip....I, too, want to skip it, but heard Pontresina is gorgeous.
Paul & Darobathan- I've been researching/viewing some Utube videos on Zermatt, Luzern, Wengen, Gimmelwald, Lakes Thun & Brienz in the Berner Oberland area, & AM SO PSYCHED!!!!! OMG gorgeous!
We visited Zermatt 37 yrs. ago & don't have great memories.....so many buildings! and the weather was drizzly....no trip up the mtn. Should we try again?
Thank you, Everyone! Appreciate your advise.