Apr 14, 2016 - 8:01 PM
Hi all! I am so excited to be planning my upcoming trip!
A friend and I are going at the end of August (we are locked into the dates as we'll be in Europe for a wedding). We know that we want to start the trip in Zurich, and finish the trip on the Italian side of the Alps (perhaps Lake Como?) but everything else is to be decided. We'll be doing the whole trip via rail/public transport. I have been doing a lot of research, and have several issues. The first is that apparently I want to see everything! Sadly, I know is not possible.
The second (and what I am hoping I can get some help with) is that I'm not sure what can be accessed from one place. For example, if we stay in the Lake Geneva area for several days, is it possible to take day trips to see the Matterhorn, or Gruyeres? I guess my issue is that I don't want us to be unpacking and repacking and checking in and out every single day. We'll have about 8 nights in Switzerland, and I don't want to feel like we are spending most of it in-transit. If we spend 2 nights in Zurich and then move on, I was thinking we'd spend 3 nights each somewhere.... the question is where? We want to get a sampling of Switzerland-- the food, the drink, the activities... I am particularly interested in sampling all the cheese! (Recommendations on villages/locations for the best raclette?) We like hiking, but nothing crazy (no camping!). I think we want to see the big attractions, but also do some off-the beaten-path type things. I'm really feeling overwhelmed, so any advice would be very welcome.
Advance thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and respond!