First let me thank everyone for reading this and possibly offering up your suggestions!
I'm taking my mom (who does not speak english) on a 7-8 day (6-7 nights) trip to Switzerland on the 2nd week of November, this is our first time there. My plan is to fly into Zurich, stay there for a few days (not sure how long yet, maybe 2 nights?), then go off to Bad Ragaz for the Thermal Springs since my mom loves those things (maybe stay a single night in one of the Spa Hotels?).
If possible I would like to go to Lucerne for a day or 2 and see the area since I've had good things about it. I was thinking I can continue the rail and head into Geneva, stay there a night and fly out of there the next day.
A few questions I have are:
I've read that most people know English, is this true? I'll have some phrases down by then in German/French (maybe get a book?), but I will in no way have the skill to communicate if they do not.
What are some good places to eat in Zurich, Bad Ragaz (Might just eat in the hotel), Lucerne, and Geneva? I love eating and would love to try the local foods and specialties.
What is there to do in Zurich? My mom isn't overly keen on museums (but I am) so we'll probably just go to the Swiss National Museum (I'm a sucker for history). The other days I'm not too sure what to do except visit the local areas and shop till she drops (figuratively). Are there any shopping areas that you guys would suggest?
In Bad Ragaz? I'm pretty set on going to the Spring/Spa, do you guys have a suggestion on which one?Also was wondering if there's anything else you guys would suggest.
In Lucerne? I think Lucerne is going to be our main sight seeing destination. Just take it easy and relax while visiting the local shops and seeing the sights, but if you guys have any suggestions it'll be HIGHLY appreciated.
In Geneva? I really have no idea what to do here except the same thing as in Zurich. Suggestions Needed. I can also completely skip Geneva altogether and then I won't have to have a book of phrases for French :D
I'll be looking into a bunch of the rail systems in Switzerland on how to get around, but suggestions for scenic train routes would be great.
Anyway, thanks again for reading!