Which base for Western Switzerland day hiking?

Which base for Western Switzerland day hiking?

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dayhikers
dayhikers
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Mar 3, 2017 - 2:06 PM

We are planning a 2 1/2 week trip in May, wanting to focus on Western Switzerland this time. We enjoy day hiking. Like to stay in one place 4-7 days. We do want to visit Basel (could stay nearby, not necessarily in the city), and somewhere near Lake Geneva and somewhere in between. No car. We will rely on train/bus for transportation. Looking for recommendation of 3 different bases.

Arno
Arno
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Mar 4, 2017 - 9:51 PM

Hi dayhikers, welcome to MySwissAlps!

For a place between Basel and Lake Geneva I would think Neuchâtel could be a good base, but I don't know much about that area. On Lake Geneva, the area around Montreux and Vevey is wonderful. Enough to do for weeks there.

maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
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Mar 5, 2017 - 12:53 PM in reply to dayhikers

Hi dayhikers

In July 2011 we spent a week in Biel (we have also stayed there in December a couple of times) and found it an excellent base for day excursions as it has good rail links. We did the lovely vine path trail from Biel to Neueville which has lovely views over the lake. We also did the 3-lake cruise one day. If the weather is a bit unsettled it is easy to visit Bern or Murten from there and they are both well worth it.

Maggie

dayhikers
dayhikers
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Mar 10, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. At this point, we've decided on 7 days in Montreaux and 5 days in Neuchatal, with the remainder in or near Basel. The kinds of hiking we like to do seemed closer to Neuchatal than Biel. But we could travel towards Biel one day for the vine path.

Arno
Arno
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Mar 11, 2017 - 10:44 AM in reply to dayhikers

Sounds good to me! If you have time to post a trip report when you're back that would be great. Western Switzerland is not that well-known to many people, so tips are most welcome.

Have a great time, and feel free to let us know if you have other questions!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Mar 12, 2017 - 12:54 AM in reply to dayhikers

Hi dayhikers -

<<:The kinds of hiking we like to do seemed closer to Neuchatal than Biel.">>

What kind exactly is that?

In that region, I stay at Ligerz frequently, Sugiez occasionally, and once in a while at Murten/Morat.

There is nice hiking along a trail through the vineyards above Ligerz and the other lake towns.

Twann and Schafis, though small, are picturesque.

Le Landeron, an old walled town, is worth a visit.

The top of Wistenlackerberg ( better known as Mt. Vully) has some pleasant walks and interesting military history. Also, a partial reproduction of a stone age fortified camp.

Slowpoke

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