Do you prefer Bremgarten or Bad Ragaz in December?

Do you prefer Bremgarten or Bad Ragaz in December?

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Fritzrab
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Oct 14, 2017 - 3:46 PM

We will be traveling in December, by train, throughout Switzerland. One of our legs will be traveling from Bern to St Moritz. We planned to stop for a couple of days in Bremgarten and in Bad Ragaz. We have heard both are charming but Bremgarten requires a number of train changes and Bad Ragaz has some beautiful trails but some won't be open at that time. We don't ski, simply enjoying taking in the scenery, light hiking, mountains, food ... Does anyone suggest other towns instead of these 2 choices? Thanks,

Lucas
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Oct 17, 2017 - 1:34 PM in reply to Fritzrab

Hi Fritzrab,

I haven't been to either town unfortunately. Bremgarten is close to Zurich and the connections aren't too bad from Bern (you can do it in one transfer) but from there to St. Moritz you need 3 stops.

Bremgarten is quite popular in the summer (surfing on the river) and it has one of the biggest and most popular Christmas markets in Switzerland. I have a friend who went last year and was really impressed. Strangely it only operates from Dec.1 -4. I'm not sure outside of that what the area could offer for several days but the town is quite scenic. It is also quite close to Zurich if you felt like visiting there.

Bad Ragz is a spa town so if that appeals to you I think that gives you an answer! Otherwise a hard choice; but if you are looking for mountain scenery it is the best choice. Although it may have a similar feel to St. Mortiz.

Fritzrab
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Oct 17, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Thanks Lucas for your reply. We are not big spa people. Would you recommend another town between Bremgarten and St Moritz to spend a few days. (We've been to Zurich.) Perhaps somewhere that would offer light hiking (we are not spring chickens). Most of our stops (from Geneva to St Moritz to Milan) are large towns/cities. Perhaps the picture perfect small town on a hillside with not much more to offer than quiet beauty and a few mountain goats:)

Lucas
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Oct 17, 2017 - 5:12 PM in reply to Fritzrab

Well I wouldn't discount Bad Ragaz entirely even if you aren't into Spa's.

I haven't personally been to many towns along that route (that fit your requirements).

From Bern will travel via Zurich and Chur (or Landquart) to St. Mortiz. THere is nothing that jumps out at me along that route.

How about something like the Appenzell region? St. Gallen is the main town (which is bigger than you want I think). But you could head into the town on Appenzell or Weissbad? It is a touch out of the way but not too bad. Use the Swiss railways timetable here for more details.

Have a look at the local tourism website for Appenzellerland to see if it piques your interest.
I made a day trip out there to the Ebenalp (near Weissbad) read about the mountain and see some pictures here.

Fritzrab
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Oct 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks. Appenzell looks like a charming town with lots to offer.

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Oct 17, 2017 - 11:58 PM in reply to Fritzrab

>> Would you recommend another town between Bremgarten and St Moritz to spend a few days ... Perhaps somewhere that would offer light hiking ... Perhaps the picture perfect small town on a hillside with not much more to offer than quiet beauty and a few mountain goats

The beautiful mountainside village of Guarda in the Lower Engadin might fit the bill.

I have written trip reports (with photos) about Guarda, and a lovely, but larger nearby town called Scuol. If you are interested, here are the links:

Guarda

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/trip-report-lower-engadine-guarda-october-2016

Scuol

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/scuol

From Bremgarten to Guarda, the route is:

Bremgarten-Dietikon-Zürich-Landquart-Guarda-Guarda cumün

The last stretch "Guarda" to "Guarda cumün" is in a small PostBus which meets the train in the valley and takes you up the mountain to the village.

Between Landquart and Guarda you travel through the following stations (without changing trains): Malans, Schiers, Jenaz, Küblis, Saas im Prättigau, Klosters Platz, Vereina Tunnel, Saglians, Lavin. Most of that is very scenic.

My description of this train route (in the opposite direction, including photos) is in my post of Feb 28, 2017 - 4:36 AM on the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/chur-to-st-moritz-via-davos

From Guarda to St Moritz is less than an hour-and-a-half through the pretty valley of the River Inn (called En in the local Romansch language).

Alpenrose

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Fritzrab
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Nov 4, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Hi All,

We have decided we would like to visit the St Gallen Christmas market in early December. Can anyone please provide me with the exact address for the St. Gallen Christmas market. I am trying to find a hotel near by. Some sites say it is at the St Gallen markplatz and others say Klosterplatz. Thank you

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Nov 5, 2017 - 12:59 AM in reply to Fritzrab

Hi Fritzrab,

>> Can anyone please provide me with the exact address for the St. Gallen Christmas market

I have responded to this in your other thread:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/st-gallen-christmas-market

Alpenrose

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