Mar 16, 2018 - 1:22 AM
Rather than going to all the cliched 'mountain tops' which are crowded with all the other tourists (especially the Jungfraujoch - which has now become almost like a theme park and has lost the magic it used to have)
If you just want to see the Alps, and feel the local atmosphere, I recommend you do stay in Zurich and travel round from there. After all, you can see the Alps from the apron of Zurich airport which proves they are not that far away!
In my honest opinion too many visitors to Switzerland ignore the 'lowland' areas but they are just as characterisitically Swiss as the mountains.
Some round trip suggestions that will allow you to see the scenery
Zurich - Erstfeld - Göschenen - Andermatt - Brig - Zürich
Zurich - Erstfeld - Göschenen - Andermatt - Oberalp Pass - Chur - Zürich
Zürich - Luzern - Interlaken - Bern - Zürich
Zürich - Chur - Thusis - Filisur - Davos - Klosters - Landquart - Zürich
for a quintissential Swiss 'lowland' experience try the bucolic hills and green fields of the Emmental (of cheese fame), ie Zürich - Luzern - Langnau in Emmental - Bern - Zürich
Most importantly, remember that with the Swiss transport 'taktfahrplan' regular interval timetable you can normally get off a train and catch the train at the same time past the hour in the same direction 1 or 2 hours later and the itinerary will be the same.