Aug 20, 2021 - 3:52 AM
in reply to Terry
Not sure if you've been to, or are familiar with Zermatt. There is unlimited hiking to be found in that area. Its German speaking as well, but the scenery and hiking are unbelieveable. It is only a 2.5 hour train ride from Montreux.
Also the Italian-speaking region is very beautiful. Lugano, Locarno. Looking over the lakes is beautiful, peaceful scenery.
There is also an enormous amount of hiking to do in and around the St. Moritz area. Perhaps you could go there instead of Austria since it is somewhat on the way.
As for a city for that well rounded Swiss experience, you really can't beat Lucerne. Beautiful old-town, walking city along the lake. Many surrounding places/mountains to see and hike. Lots to see and do in the area.
Hope you have a great trip.