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Lightbodyae5
Lightbodyae5
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Oct 30, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Hi

I am interested to know if anyone on the forum has any information in regard to knowing any hotels in Zurich that have wheelchair accessible rooms with a roll in shower or wet room, and are close to the main railway station.

As I stated in my first posting on this forum in the trip reports, our last holiday to Switzerland we did three different places, however this did not help my wife with her medical conditions, and it took her quite some time to recover when we got back home to Scotland.

So we have decided that we would like to spend 10 days in Zurich and have days out from there, yes I know some people will say that we should see and stay in other towns/city's, but my wife would rather stay in one place and have days out rather than move around, and who am I to argue that.

As 2020 will be a special year for us we have decided to save up and have a ten day holiday to Zurich and do some sightseeing. We thought of Rhine Falls, a trip to Titsee in the Black Forest, the Bernina Express from Chur again, up the Jungfraujoch, Zurich city tour, Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour and if we have time and my wife is fit enough after all this a trip up to Gornergrat from Zermatt.

However we need to find a hotel that fits our requirements and I was hoping that the good people on this forum would be able to help.

I look forward to your helpful replies.

Arno
Arno
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Oct 31, 2018 - 6:24 AM

Hi Lightbodyae5,

The hotels in this list have disabled accessible rooms: https://www.hotelscomb ined.com/Hotels/Search ?destination=place:Zuri ch&radius=0km&checkin= 2019-01-15&checkout=2019-01-16&Rooms=1&adults_1=2& pageSize=15&pageIndex= 0&facilities=10. I guess there should be more, but these ones claim they have the facilities.

Personally I would be hesitant to spend my entire vacation with Zurich as the base. I did it more than once for a night or two, which was perfectly fine to explore the city and region. But as Zurich is not in or near the mountains, travel times to quite some destinations will be long. Many would say Lucerne is a better and more central base, but I read from your other thread that you didn't like it there. There are more centrally located towns to consider though. This list might be useful: www.myswissalps.com/ce ntraltownsalps. Anyway, as long as you realize the long travel times in some cases, then Zurich may of course work for you. You can check train schedules via www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

Last modified on Nov 1, 2018 - 4:17 PM by Arno
Lightbodyae5
Lightbodyae5
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Oct 31, 2018 - 10:44 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno

Thanks for the information and links, I will look at them later.

I agree that ten days in Zurich doing day trips out is not the best of situations, and maybe having some time in another place would be helpful. I am currently trying to convince my good lady that would be the best idea, however as we will not be going till 2020 I have time to convince her that a change of mind and have a two centre holiday would be the way to go rather than staying in Zurich for the full time.

I have had some negative information about Interlarken in respect that it is very commercialised and not very authentic of a Swiss town and full of fast food outlets, and not wheelchair friendly. However some of the reviews of the town and area on the internet are very positive of the place, so maybe if we go and visit we can make our own minds up about the town and area.

Lucas
Lucas
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Oct 31, 2018 - 4:31 PM in reply to Lightbodyae5

Yes, lots of time to gently change her mind! :)

Interlaken (www.myswissalps.com/in terlaken) has pros and cons. It is a lovely city by most standards and has great transport connections to visit other regions easily.

I think the issue arises when it is compared to the nearby alpine villages of the Jungfrau region, noted here: www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion - which are just 20 or 30 minutes away.

Those villages, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Murren etc are often what people want to see and experience when visiting Switzerland. That classic Swiss alpine village with spectacular scenery mountains towering right above them.

I didn't find Interlaken overly commercialized when I visited (compare to Zurich where I live). You'll also find more restaurants and hotels to choose from in Interlaken and more services as well.

Arno
Arno
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Nov 1, 2018 - 10:30 AM

When you are traveling can also make a difference. In high season (summer), Interlaken will be much busier than other seasons.

Lightbodyae5
Lightbodyae5
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Nov 1, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Hi Lucas and Arno

Thanks for all the info and advice.

I have found a hotel with wheelchair accessible rooms just outside of the town called Spiez. The hotel is called Strandhotel Seeblick it is on Lake Thun at a place called Faulensee. Their website shows the wheelchair rooms with either a lake view, or a mountain view, and it just looks amazing.

I found this hotel by accident through a website called claireundgeorge.ch which has a number of hotels on their site that have wheelchair accessible rooms.

All I need now is to convince my good lady that this is the place to be for a while, and from here to be able to visit some of the best places in the Alps region. I hope that we can stay for five days and then move onto Zurich for 5 days, but it will be up to my good lady, but hopefully with gentle persuasion she will agree to this.

Arno
Arno
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Nov 1, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Hi Lightbodyae5,

Sounds good! Spiez is centrally located and a good base to explore the Bernese Oberland and parts of the Valais as well. Do note that the train stop in Faulensee is close to your hotel but 40 m up the hill, I'm not sure if that's doable for you. Also it's only a local train that stops there once per hour or so. From the Spiez rail station there are many more trains, so once you're there you can go anywhere.

Lightbodyae5
Lightbodyae5
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Nov 1, 2018 - 2:22 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno

I understand that there is a bus stop right outside the hotel, and if this is no use for the wheelchair than there is always a taxi to and from Spiez Station.

If the local station has a train that trundles into Interlarken than we might try that one day while we are there, or maybe take the boat, although we are not boating people (Will need the travel sickness pills!!), maybe it is smooth on the lake, not like a North Sea/ Channel Ferry that sways from side to side or up and down a lot of the time, and makes both of us feel unwell!!

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 1, 2018 - 2:58 PM in reply to Lightbodyae5

Oh I think compared the the North Sea you will be ok on Lake Thun.:)

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