Dec 7, 2013 - 2:18 PM
Hi again! A week indeed is a bit short to explore both cities and the Alps, but it's doable. Zermatt would be a good choice for winter hikes; it's beautiful there. It'll be rather crowded in January though, but that goes for all ski resorts. Here
are some hiking tips. Routes around the Riffelsee and Sunnegga offer stunning views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn. In case you're looking for hotels: here
's a selection.Lucerne
are great cities, but it's less easy to make winter hikes from these bases. Both towns are in the north and it's insecure whether there'll be snow in the immediate surroundings. In average winters, there will be snow up in the mountains near Lucerne; hikes can be found here
. A more secure region would be the Jungfrau region including towns like Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Grindelwald. But this region doesn't offer an attractive 'main city', unless you pick Bern
and don't mind traveling an hour and a half or so reach hiking trails in the mountains. The timetable
provides details. I wouldn't include Basel if I were you, as it's far off from the mountain regions and doesn't fit well in your itinerary.