Mar 7, 2016 - 12:46 AM
in reply to jwozn
<<" Thank you both! The only reason we considered staying in Zurich for a night was because we are flying in at7:30 AM. Staying inside Zurich would give us a day to explore andovercome any jetlag. ">>
Agree, and if you can get a hotel that lets you in early, that works well. But, Luzern is only an hour away by frequent trains
<<"We haven't made any arrangements out of Switzerland yet, as we are traveling to Italy for a week after (Florence, Rome,and Naples). We most likely will book a flight to save time, but a train is still a possibility.">>
Best connections to Italy are probably from Luzern and Zürich. If you were going to Milano, I'd surely suggest the train via the Gotthard Pass for the spectacular scenery, and not much time saving.
Not sure how good the airplane connections are to Firenze.
<<"Do a lot of places close for the holiday? ">>
The holiday is an issue, mostly in the Catholic cantons, but you'll be OK in the main cities. Swiss National Day in early August is more universally celebrated, but the cities are still generally OK.
www.officeholidays.com /countries/switzerland /index.php
<<"Other than Zurich and Bern, are there any other day trips that are must see?">>
Only 20 or 30 or more ;-).