Nov 20, 2017 - 3:51 PM
I am planning 12 nts in Switzerland in late July/early August. I was originally going for 15 nights, but the budget was a bit high.
I was thinking about staying in Lucern for 5nts and Wengen for 6 (with 1 final night at a hotel near the Zurich airport as we have an early flight out). With this plan I was thinking of using Lucern as a base and doing day trips to Bern, Rhine Falls (and maybe add a stop north of Basel to the Roman Ruins), Bellazona, and seeing Mt. Titlus.
But the itinerary seems so busy and I am wondering if I should just spend 11 nts in Wengen (or somewhere nearby or split between 2 hotels in that area) and then just focus on exploring that area. I know I want to see beautiful mountains, rolling green hillsides,take walking paths, see glaciers, beautiful lakes, and see some castles, museums, cathedrals, etc. I would love a day to visit a thermal spa!
I know that I want to feel that I am seeing Switzerland, and not just tourist towns in Switzerland, but obviously we do want to see the tourist highlights too- just want to stay in a more removed area. Someone mentioned Wengen is pretty touristy, but it feels like a good spot from pictures I've seen. We are using local transportation only, so I don't think I want to be too far out.
All suggestions on itinerary/day trips will be incredibly helpful!
Should we base solely in Wengen and explore this area for many days? Or, should we stay 6 nts and explore for 5 days (thinking Lake Thun/Lake Brienze/Top of Europe/Mt.Schillthorn/Waterfa ll Valley Hike) with also time in another area (like Lucern to have access to other parts of Switzerland to explore)?