Hey all! I'm going to Switzerland in a few weeks and will be spending about 4 days there. I believe we'll be flying into Basell but I'd love to get up in the mountains and see the Swiss countryside. Where would you recommend I go to do this? I've heard Switzerland is REALLY expensive so these four days are scaring me already, haha.
I'd recommend Interlaken (although it's the only place I visited there). Switzerland is extremely expensive, but it's also very beautiful. Well worth the trip! Try to head to the supermarket when you can, though.
Yes, whilst it might not be the most original of trips I took somebody's advice to get the train to Interlaken and then go up the Lauterbrunnen valley and it really is spectacular scenery there.
Are trains the best way to travel within Switzerland? I think we're flying into Geneva so I'm worried about being so far away from everything else. I'm also afraid that trains are going to be ungodly expensive.
Switzerland is pretty small, compared to most other European countries (well, except Luxembourg, I guess). The train service there was perfect, but like all else in Switzerland it was a little pricy. Try to book ahead, if you can (and if you don't mind a fixed schedule). Sometimes you can get deals. A train pass will also get you a nice discount if you plan to go up the Jungfrau (and it may apply to other peaks, too). Your best bet is to search around and see what you find.
I checked out the train tickets - yikes, they're expensive. The cheapest flight is to Geneva, which looks like a very nice city, but I'm not sure how close to mountains we'll be. Tickets to Basel are just about the same.
The one thing I want to do in Switzerland is see some fantastic mountainous scenery...would Geneva or Basel be a better place to make our home base?
Thanks again for the suggestions.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 30, 2007, at 6:23 AM by farleyUL ]
Geneva isn't a great place to stay if you're planning on going to Interlaken/Jungfrau etc, as it would be about 3 hours by train there and back - you go to Bern and then switch trains. Basel is a little better but we're still talking 2 hours by train to get to Interlaken.
Have you thought about staying in Bern? It's about one hour by train from Basel so within easy reach of the airport, but it would make things a bit easier. From there you can easily reach Interlaken/Bernese Oberland etc, for daytrips, you could also visit the area around Lake Neuchatel which is quite picturesque and even Zermatt and the Matterhorn aren't out of the question (though that would be a long daytrip as it would be over two hours by train there and back).
Check out this post from a few weeks ago
I put a few posts in that thread which may be useful to you. We flew into Geneva, train to Interlaken to explore the Jungfrau region (SIMPLY STUNNING), Cable car up to Gimmelwald (EVEN MORE STUNNING for a few days walking the countryside), Train to Basel to fly out from there
I did a blog about the weeks travelling if you wanted to see pics of the Jungfrau region. You should be able to view it from looking at my profile. It was awesome!