Jul 9, 2020 - 9:25 PM
in reply to nursykathy
The best way to do Switzerland 'on a budget' with a car is to drive directly to high altitude places.
To a certain extent Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald First are the 'cliched' Swiss Alps tourist traps.
There are hundreds of places around Switzerland reachable by car that are away from all the other tourists and where fine Alpine views are accessible for 'nothing'.
My parents were not well off in the 1960s but we still saw all that Switzerland has to offer without paying for many if any cable car rides up mountains.
The most obvious way to reach high altitudes by car is to climb the Alpine passes.
The highest altitude pass roads in Switzerland are
Nufenen, Furka, Fluela, Bernina, Julier, Susten, Grimsel, Fuorn (Ofen), Grand St Bernard
Two of the hundreds of places I have visited by car with spectacular views are the Steingletscher (Stein Glacier) on the Susten Pass, and the Oberaarsee, on a side road off the top of the Grimsel Pass
However there are also fabulous drives up valleys to the point beyond which you can't drive. One of my favourites is the Avers valley to the village of Juf (highest permanently inhabited village in Europe). Juf also has the added interest of being a wonderful area for seeing Marmots - the 'cutest' Alpine animals
Last modified on Jul 9, 2020 - 9:34 PM by 1960man