Jul 23, 2015 - 5:47 PM
in reply to Billie
<<"we are there on holidays, so would we take a train to the border of Switzerland and another to Milan? is this possible or should we look at another country ? We are only there for 6 days, but would like experience another country.">>
One train will take you all the way. You can buy the tickets - for one example - in any of the SBB Travel Offices associated with the SBB rail at the major stations, and, for a simple trip like Milano- proabably at any station.
From Zürich you can reach Germany in 36 minutes (on the S5 to Huntwagen-Wil) , France in one hour 12 minutes near Basel, Austria(Bregenz) in 2 hours, Liechtenstein in 1 hour 20 minutes to Schaan, near Buchs (Switzerland.)
Not that there is ant thing special about those locations demanding a visit, but they illustrate how close the borders are. You don't have to go to 4 + hours to Milano to experience a different country.
You might consider that the French-speaking regions of Switzerland are different from the German speaking regions. I like smaller towns right on the French-German language border - Murten/Morat, Ligerz/Gleresse and Sugiez. (Only Murten is a well known tourist destination; the others have some nice restauarnts and scenery. Some say that Geneva is more French than Swiss....not that I agree, but it has a strong aspect of French culture. 2 hrs 39 minutes from Zürich.
Locarno, Lugano, Ascona are distinctl Italian in feel, and are closer than Milano.
One thing to be said for Milano, Locarno, Lugano, etc., is the wonderful train ride through the Gotthard Pass.