Jul 8, 2018 - 11:23 AM
in reply to ccathy
>> So is it a good idea to visit Basel, Bern, Lauterbrunne, Grindelwald, Montreux and Geneva in winter?
I prefer the alpine areas to the cities in winter. Lakeside cities in particular can look a bit grim in winter compared with other times of the year (bare trees, no flowers). Luzern is nice at any time of the year, although it can get very foggy in winter.
>> we would like to take a Goldenpass Train or Glacier Express for some scenic view. Will the trains still be running during that time of the year?
- Trains on the Golden Pass route will be running.
- The Glacier Express takes a break from operations between 15 October and 9 December, but starts running again from 10 December 2018.
>> are we able to find restaurants in town on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?
It depends on where you are.
Have you checked whether your accommodation offers dinner on Christmas Eve?
Any restaurants open for dinner on Christmas Eve would mainly be offering festive dinners (at prices to match) rather than ordinary dinners, and probably need to be reserved in advance.
If you don't want to splurge on a special-occasion dinner, I would eat lunch as the main meal on Christmas Eve, and stock up on items from the Migros and Coop supermarkets before they close on Christmas Eve, so that you can cobble together a meal in your hotel room. You might need to buy some disposable plates and cutlery as well.
Christmas Day will probably be pretty quiet in major towns and cities. For the best chance of finding things open, especially restaurants, I would head to a mountain top or ski resort village, where everything will be in full swing. Public transport will be operating.
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