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1. Posted by pranathi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

we are presently out of Stockholm Sweden on a officially work .

we wanted to take a break of 2 weeks from work and wanted to cover paris and switzerland .

Can anyone please suggest us the how can we plan our itenaray , we should first visit pairs or Switzerland?

and places to visit in paris and swiss .

Any leads would be greatly helpful.

Thanks,
Pranas

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1059 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Paris is pretty easy. Louvre, Notre Dame Mont Marte Champs Elysee, and actually sit in one of those chairs in the sculpture garden for a while.

Switzerland is trickier. Why Switzerland? What are you looking for there? Skiing? City tours? If you are hoping for a break, you can't be running to and fro because there's no time for relaxing.

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3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 477 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

More ideas for Paris:
Walk by the Seine and on the islands (Ile de la Cité and St Louis), or maybe do a boat trip on the river
Visit the Sainte Chapelle - awe-inspiring stained glass
Walk in the Tuilleries and visit the galleries there - the Jeu de Paume for modern art and Musée de l’Orangerie for Monet's waterlilies
Musee d'Orsay for more art
Go to a pavement cafe in the Latin Quarter and sit and watch the world go by over a coffee
Eiffel Tower (touristy and long queues if you want to go up, but if this is your first visit to Paris you should at least see it!

In Switzerland Zurich is a lovely city with a pretty old town, but very expensive even by Swiss standards I understand. I've not seen much of the rest of the country so will leave others to advise on that.

4. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Paris is Paris. Quite overrated in my opinion but definitely a must see.

In Switzerland. Geneva and Lausanne are pretty by the lake, although not to exciting. Montreaux was cool, 45 mins from Lausanne, a nice castle fortification near the train station and and unmissable cog railway up the mountain for gorgeous scenery.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 518 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi. I think I'd go to Switzerland first and then on to Paris. It should be pretty easy to get from Paris back home to Stockholm. We really enjoyed the Château de Chillon and the Swiss Ecomuseum at Ballenberg. You can get to both easily by bus unless you have a car. Ballenerg Swiss Open Air Museum web site

I have a blog on Paris with all sorts of useful information including the following on Must-See Sights in Paris. Paris Must-See Sights blog site on TravellersPoint

You might get some more specific answers here if you would share with us the kinds of things you enjoy visiting. Do you like cities and museums . . . or countryside and scenery. Are you looking for an active break or something more relaxing? What kind of transportation are you planning to use? Any extra information will improve the answers you get here.

Enjoy your trip.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1059 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Ah, the Musee Rodin, as well. That was a nice open air place to visit.

7. Posted by Bill Hall (Respected Member 20 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Usually a URL will keep a post from being posted until a moderator okays it. This has 3 links in it, and all are from our actual blog. Switzerland is expensive as everyone else has said. It is also one of the most visually amazing places in Europe. It can be done on a budget, but even then it is not cheap. But there's no place like it.

Below are 3 of our days in Switzerland. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Message me on here and I'll do my best to help. A rail pass is usually not a good deal, but in Switzerland it is. Check into it. Trains go everywhere, even the smallest towns.

Zermatt is incredible. This is the link for our visit there. Zermatt visit

Montreaux is a wonderful city on Lake Geneva. This is the link for our visit there. Montreaux visit

The Berner Oberland is one of our favorites. We stayed in Murren. Murren visit

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 926 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Bill Hall

Usually a URL will keep a post from being posted until a moderator okays it.

That is often the case but your links are to your TP blogs - all above board! :)

9. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

If you're going to Switzerland, then you definitely have to check Lucerne out, it's absolutely beautiful. Other alternatives would be making a trip out to the mountains like Matterhorn or Jungfrau.

10. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

well if you do get to Lausanne I highly recommend stopping at the Musée de l'art brut - in my opinion one of the most interesting museums that I've ever visited. It's a museum of outsider art including a large collection by the criminally insane and it's fascinating.