Stay in the Jura or Chur/Bad Ragaz area late Sep?

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RegulaBC
RegulaBC
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Jun 27, 2019 - 5:38 PM

O Wise Ones,

My husband, son and his bride and I are taking a nostalgic trip to visit my parent's home for a couple of weeks late Sept-Oct 2019. We’re going to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass for maximum flexibility. My parents grew up in Zurich and emigrated to the USA in late 1940's (father a pilot in Swiss Military, mother ambulance driver in Zurich during the War – 3 children born in Zurich, 3 in USA). We'll be staying in Zurich, Lucerne, Wengen, Fribourg (where my son was a summer intern at the university) and back to Zurich (to show our son my parent’s childhood houses, ETH, rowing club of Zurich - my father was on the Swiss rowing, bobsled and ice hockey teams for the 1936 Olympics).

We're looking for another base for a few days - my son's wife has to leave early so a place with easy access to the Zurich airport. I would like them to experience a few more places that I visited with my parents either the area that would include Murten and La Chaux-de-Fonds (where my mother lived as a high school exchange student to improve her French). My husband and son would love to visit a Swiss Army knife factory or store - I have my father's issued knife, he always joked that it included a cork screw as he was an officer. Maybe Solothurn or ?

Or the area around Chur - including Bad Ragaz (Tamina Gorge), somewhere around Domat Ems or Flims where we took a Rhaetian train to have a special florelle blau dinner (a good family friend worked for this railway) and maybe a trip up to St. Moritz where my father trained. Maybe Bad Ragaz or?

We all love walking - modest hikes (getting up in years), historic or natural sites, typically Swiss experiences, culinary adventures, vineyards etc. Since our daughter in law will be leaving we’d like to stay in a charming, memorable town and hotel and have a special dinner (she’s a pescatorian – fish and vegetables). We’re on a budget but would splurge for her last night then move to more modest digs for another couple of days. Any suggestions welcomed.

Thank you.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jun 28, 2019 - 11:21 PM in reply to RegulaBC

Hi RegulaBC-

Welcome to My Swiss Alps -

The forum is quite busy these days. Sorry it took so long to answer.

You obviously know a lot about the country.

I agree that the Tamina Schlucht is a nice idea. The restaurant there is not too bad, either. The wine from the local vineyard (":Highest Vineyard in Switzerland") is rather disappointing, unless they happen to have an Auslese.

However, I wonder if some more ordinary might actually work better as a way to give an impression of Switzerlnd. Thus, perhaps a regular tourist destination, such as Luzern, as you suggest, is probaly a good idea..

Or, how about the Emmental?

There are good links in this thread:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/a-particularly-nice-small-inn-in-the-emmental

I did not have time to carefully review your post today, but, that will give you a start. Peterli, who knows the Suisse Romande very well may wish to jump in if catches this.

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/a-particularly-nice-small-inn-in-the-emmental

Snowman, knowledgeable in the French region but also the rest of Switzerland might help as well.

The Hotel au Sauvage in Fribourg meets your definition of a splurge, but not terribly overpriced. . Right on the language border, though, actually, mostly French. I stay there regularly.

Slowpoke

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