Apr 9, 2018 - 5:45 AM
in reply to 1960man
<< By the way, there is nothing wrong with Geneva as a city to visit...>> There is certainly nothing wrong with Geneva, but in my humble opinion Geneva pales when compared to Lausanne as a place for tourists. Perhaps some of the other contributors will chip in with their opinions.
<< There are a lot of steep hills in Lausanne. Geneva is less hilly. >> True, and this adds to the charm of Lausanne. I will attach an image of Lausanne done around 1820, two hundred years ago. It is in a spectacular location. There is also a fine public transportation system (even Switzerland's only Métro) to help people navigate, and avoid getting pooped out on the steeper slopes.
<< The main concern I have about this overall itinerary is that it is exhausting, and trying to do everything from one base in Luzern adds to that. Be careful of packing in too much on consecutive days without a break in between.>> I agree that having one base in Lucerne is going to add to travel time. Our visitors are only in the country for six days and so it's kind of understandable that they don't want to spend too much time relaxing. I guess they want to max every moment.
<< The advantage of a trip all the way to Geneva would be the chance to relax on the train.>> The train run to Geneva is about three quarters of an hour, and so both ways that is about two hours taken out of their day right there, if one includes walking from and back to the train station in Geneva. I would rather go down to the port at Ouchy and take a ride on one of the boats. Or if I wanted to really relax, go down to the water's edge and find a nice comfortable park bench. << Travel out by Goldenpass and back on line IR15 Geneve - Bern - Luzern >> Agreed, and as I stated yesterday, it would probably be even quicker going via Neuchâtel and Bienne as far as Olten and then catching another fast train from there to Lucerne. It will be dark and so I won't even mention coming from Berne to Lucerne via the Emmental. (oops, I just mentioned it). But I leave it to the train experts (are you reading this, Rockoyster ?) to pronounce on this.
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