Hello, and thank you for hosting this site,
it looks like there is so much to do in CH, that it becomes more confusing the deeper you dig,
My name is Patrick. My family of 5 (parents and 3 kids ages 11, 14 and 18), will be visiting beginning of June for 9 days. Arriving and leaving to/from Geneva Airport (visiting from Chicago).
We would like to spend time in the Alps, visit the cities, do some hiking, cogwheel train ride, see the glaciers and lakes, etc
The initial thought is to set base in Geneva for a few nights. Visit Geneva one day, then from there take day trips to Chamonix and to Lyon (one day each), and maybe visit Lausanne by boat.
Must do is visit a cheese factory for our 11 y old. Thinking about Gruyere, although I see some were disappointed (is there anything better?) Do you actually get to see some of the cheese making process there? Does it require a whole day or what else can you do during that day?
Also 3-4 days in the Bern area to visit Interlaken, Zermatt (what would be the best way to do that? Is one day enough?).What routes and activities would you suggest in that area? Would like to see glaciers. We would like to visit Bern, of course, but I’m wondering if we should set base in Bern proper or in one of the surrounding towns (Thun?) we would need good access to the train, of course.
Is there any other area where we could set camp for a few days and visit from there? I don’t know if we want to go as far as Lucerne, because it would be a long ride back to Geneva, and we don’t want to spend 7-8 hours on a train.
What Swiss train pass would be recommended for our family configuration?and would that be valid for trips into France as well?
We are thinking to stay with Airbnb hosts or Homeaway - do you think there are better options.
We are in tbe early stages of planning, and thank you for your help!