Where to visit in Switzerland

Going to be in Switzerland for 5 or 6 days. Coming from Vienna Austria. We plan to fly out of Zurich to home. We are coming the last part of April. Should we do the train golden express. and to get the feeling of Switzerland where would be the best places to stay to experience the culture of the swiss.
We like the countryside villages and we know the bigger cities are nice also but we only have so many days. This is our first time to Switzerland. Of course we want to eat the cheese and chocolate and wine.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17718 posts

Linda, I'd suggest checking your local Library or book stores to see if you can find a copy of the Switzerland Guidebook. There's an enormous amount of information there, which will help you choose locations that you will find interesting. The usual recommendation from many of the group here is to visit the Lauterbrunnen Valley (outside of Interlaken) as the scenery is stunning. However, I doubt that it will be ideal in late April. One city that I would highly recommend is Lucerne, as you could take cruises on the lake or a day trip to Mt. Pilatus. With only 5 or 6 days, you won't have time to see a lot. That time frame should allow about two locations with day trips. It would probably be a good idea to stay in Zürich the night prior to your flight home, so that will reduce your touring time slightly. Good luck with your planning!

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9085 posts

I second what Ken mentioned. The default answer on this website is usually the Berner Oberland, but late April is one of the worst times to visit. Luzern is a better choice at this time of year. " to get the feeling of Switzerland where would be the best places to stay to experience the culture of the swiss." Because Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world, and they didn't get there because of the quality of their cheese, that would be Basel, Zürich, Bern, Luzern, Montreaux and Geneva. But if you mean what's left of the Walser Alpine culture... April really isn't a good time for this. The ski season is over, but the summer hiking season is still about 2 months away.

Posted by Linda maraan
Lincoln, Nebraska
15 posts

Thank you, just found out that my husband and I will not have our traveling companions on this part of the trip. We also can push the trip to Switzerland may 3 to may 9th. We are 70and 67 and ENT to see the beauty of the alps and its people. Now being by ourselves we don't know if we should fly or take the grin from vienna. Also should we sty in Lucerne or luzern? We want to see Switzerland before we go home but would we be better off not going this time of year and go to Germany. We don't want o drive a car so not sure how we old get around in such a big country.
We will be in italy and Australia for about 10 days before we ill be on our own.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17718 posts

Linda, With reference to your other question about "Germany or Switzerland", my suggestion would be to visit Switzerland this time, for the following reasons: 1.) If I'm "reading between the lines" correctly, you seem to have more interest in Switzerland. Therefore it would probably be better to spend your short time there. 2.) You only have six days, so it would be better to limit the area you have to cover to keep transportation times and costs down. 3.) Your return flight is from Zürich, therefore being in Switzerland would make it easier to get to the airport. If you'd really like to see Germany, you could also spend two nights in Munich, three in some location in Switzerland and one night in Zürich prior to your flight home. If this is your first trip abroad, I'd highly recommend reading Europe Through The Back Door prior to your trip. It provides a lot of good information on "how" to travel well in Europe. You should be able to find a copy at your local Library. In your other Thread you stated "Thank you if we go to salsburg can we get a train to Germany?" The trains are extensive in both Germany and Switzerland, so there will be NO need to rent a car. Whether to take the Golden Pass train or not, will depend to some extent on where you plan on going in Switzerland. In order to provide more detailed suggestions, it would help if you could provide more detailed information on each of the places you'll be visiting on this trip, where your inbound flight is, etc. The group here on the HelpLine is very well travelled, so will be able to provide lots of good information to help your trip go smoothly. Good luck with your planning!

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9085 posts

See my post to your other inquiry. Early May is still a bad time for the Alps in general, but particularly the high Swiss Alps. Plus, if you're coming from Vienna, you would need to travel through Austria's Alpine territory to reach Switzerland anyway (or skirt the northern edge of the Bavarian Alps in Germany).

Posted by Tom
Oak Brook, IL
160 posts

Linda,
As mentioned earlier, early May is probably too early for hiking high in the mountains (like Murren, for example)). My wife an I were in in Murren from June 23 through June 27. Even at the end of June all trails were not open and we had some mornings were the temp was 38 degrees. Granted, the season started late this year but it suggests to me that early May might be better spent in the cities or Lauterbrunnen but don't expect All trails to be open at higher elevations at that time. Enjoy your trip!

Posted by Linda maraan
Lincoln, Nebraska
15 posts

Thank you all for the comments. With these we have decided to not go to Switzerland this time but focus our time in the Tuscany area of italy and then go to vienna Austria for about 5 days before flying home