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where else to go in Switzerland?

Just go back from an excellent trip in the Bernese Oberland and am itching to see scenery as grand elsewhere. What do you recommend?

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Some parts of the Austrian Alps,(or Yosemite Valley).

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Another location in Switzerland you might consider is the eastern region near Appenzell. The scenery is incredible! Unfortunately, it rained a lot when I was there a few months ago, so already planning a return visit (hopefully the weather will be better).

For an idea of the scenery and atmosphere, have a look at THIS SHORT VIDEO, and Rick will describe the area better than I can.


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It's hard to top the Swiss Alps, but I was blown away at the scenery on the ferry trip from Stockholm to Helsinki. For a good portion of the journey the ship winds it's way through the endless archipelago outside Stockholm, along with endless little islands and little communities. The ferry (the size of a cruise ship) gets right up close to the shore line and you can literally wave a the locals lounging around in their back yards.

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I second Appenzell, the NE part of Switzerland starting with the shores of Lake Constance and going all the way down to St. Moritz. Search for "Via Mala" (Latin for "poor path"). It's an old Roman route from Rome to Germania and it has to pass a very narrow gorge which is most scenic. And yes, it IS the Rhine river that's been molding that gorge and that's still running thru it! Also the hikes around Mt. Säntis are beautiful and you can do multi-days hikes with great sleep overs at well-maintained huts in the mountains.

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the Valais region, on the south side of the Alps. Our favorite is Bettmeralp, a carfree village perched high above the Rhone valley. You can hike or ride a gondola up to see the huge Aletschgletscher, and from the top of the Eggishorn, you see all the way to the Jungfrau.

check out the photos on the websites:

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Hi Bill,

It's hard to top the Berner Oberland. While not in Switzerland, I'd suggest Austria's Zillertal and Oetztal in particular, plus the nearby Dolomites of Italy.