To bring the thread back to your main topic-
<<"Yes, walking will be a big part of this trip. Distances is not an issue.......
Scenery, food, exploring small old towns, museums , art and music.">>
We normally put Luzern high on our recommendations list. It is a "general purpose" destination, but a quite nice one:
In addition to the variety of local mountains, the lake, there is at least one terrific museum:
which is known for its Picassos, and also a room full of Klee's.
The old town is full of tourists, less so in October, and quite nice.
In contrast to Germany, where many of die alten Städte were rebuilt after WWII, the old cities are really old.
Many of the restaurants will have Swiss specialties including local variations, on their menus.
Two that I like by the riverside are das Restaurant Schiff
The latter has a wide range of prices and choices.
has a collection of old Swiss locomotives, including some monsters for the Alpine transits from the days of a world-wide horse power race . Electrified. They now have Old #7, from the Rigibahn, which I showed in an earlier post. It was damaged some time after I rode behind it and now is on static display.
Somewhat less full of tourists-
The Bourbaki Panorama-
Never fails to impress:
for hiking, this thread has some links to der Weg der Schweiz ( the Swiss Path) and a fair number of pictures from around the southern part of the lake:
In good weather, Hammetschwand is a nice excursion for lunch. Should still be open in early October. A couple of pictures are attached.
Now that the funicular from the lake near Kehrsiten is running up to the Bürgenstock resorts again, it makes a nice trip by boat , funicular and walking. Or, you can get up there to near the start of the trail ( der Felsenweg) by a bus.
So, I'd definitely put Luzern on the list. I'd tend to stay in the city, but it does have high prices...a major tourist destination.
You could stay around the lake, and on the rail lines not far from town, too.