Evening dinining at the Silberhorn terrace
Terrace special because in Wengen in perfect location overlooking busy street (no traffic, just people), excellent food quality and choice, excellent views down Lauterbrunnen valley and especially evenings with sunset which turns the mountain tops pink! Not to be missed. Rosti and fondues especially recommended.
Fond memory of particular waiter referring to chippy chip chips!
7 Day Road Trip through Switzerland
I am in in my early 30s and although I live in Zürich, I only get to dream of my wife letting me loose for 7 days with my camera and a car.
Assuming you are staying 6 nights in Switzerland, arriving in Zürich, departing Geneva, this itinerary can be adjusted to add a night at either end, or to jump a night on the way if need be. None of the distances here are too big. But I also assume you don't want to go straight along the motorway between Zürich and Geneva, so am recommending what I would do... mountains, castles, quaint villages, and amazing roads.
The petrol costs shouldn't hold you back, and parking, is really cheap (if not free) in a all smaller locations, and that is where my trip will take you. Forget the 'tourist traps'.
Most locations mentioned have albums at Picasaweb under the AlmostSwiss gallery, and you can also use my site swisstopia.ch to follow the journey on a map which includes webcams, castles, and more all marked up.
-- 7 Days with a Car through Switzerland --
Day One - Travel from Zürich via the Motorway to Chur. Continue on Motorway to Thusis, where you should turn off the Motorway and head in the direction of Tiefencastle, Filisur, Albula. Your destination for the night is Bergün. As you go past Alvenau Bad, you will see a golf course and thermal bath complex on your right. Shortly after this, look out for the Landwasser Viaduct on the left in front of you. You can walk there from a carpark in around 20 minutes.
Continue on to Bergün, where you might like to stay at the Weisses Kreuz Hotel. Simple rooms, good food, reasonable price. The Bergün website has links to B&Bs etc too.
In the afternoon/evening, you could take a train to Präda (8km away up the valley) and walk back down to Bergün (a lovely gentle walk) or explore the little village of Latsch (above Bergün) by car and foot.
Day Two - Travel on over the Albula Pass to the Engadin Valley. Turn left and head down the valley towards Austria. Look out for signs pointing just off the road to the left to Guarda. This is a very pretty village and typical of the Engadin style. It is a beautiful place to wander and maybe stop for a drink.
Now turn back and go back up the valley. A brief interesting stop could be made in Zuoz. If you want to visit a Glacier, turn towards the Bernina Pass as Samedan and continue on past Pontresina to the Morteratch Glacier (car park with access by foot). Back in the main Engadin Valley, continue up (checking out places like St. Moritz (if you like tourist traps), Sils, and Silvaplana). At the top of the valley, drop down the Maloggia Pass and stop for the night in Soglio (again, very beautiful small village) very close to the border of Italy.
Day Three - You could choose to go over the Italian Pass (SS36 - never travelled this one) or back up the Maloggia Pass and then over the Julierpass (from Silvaplana) to depart the Engadin. Either way, go back to Thusis, and then on the Motorway until your reach Tamins. You want to take the off-ramp that is signposted as leading to Ilanz, Disentis, etc.
Continue up this valley and stop for the night in either Disentis area (Curaglia, just of Disentis on the Lukmania Pass is really cute) or even over the next pass at Andermatt. This depends on what accommodation you find. I cannot recommend the place I stayed in Sedrun on this leg recently.
Day Four - Continue from your location to Andermatt... and then travel over the Furka Pass (direction Oberwald) and then turn right and go up and over the Grimsel Pass to Meiringen. You could choose to stay here in Meiringen or to continue on to Brienz, Interlaken, or Lauterbrunnen at your discretion. You really need to explore what these places have to offer. In Lauterbrunnen, the Hotel Silberhorn is a good place to stay and offers real Swiss food on their menu.
Day Five - Are you tired yet? Need a little break from driving? Drive up the Kandertal to Kandersteg (from Interlaken to Spiez, left to Kandersteg) and drive your car onto the car train for a 15 minute ride through a tunnel to the Valais. At the end of the tunnel, don't go straight down to the Valais, rather, turn back on yourself and drive up the Lötchental threough Wiler and on to Blatten. This is another of those really photogenic Swiss mountain villages.
Now head down to the Valais and find yourself a place to stay the night. There are many options for you here. You could go to Zermatt (no cars, take train from carpark) and see the Matterhorn (don't miss the train up to Görnergrat) or alternatively head for Leukerbad and soak away your pains in the mountain-surrounded thermal baths.
Day Six - Travel down and out of the Valais and make your way towards Gruyere (it is a cute wee spot and if you like cheese...). at Aigle, turn through to Le Sepey (right) then turn right again to Ormont-Dessus, Gsteig, and Gstaad. Left back down through Chateau-d'Oex to Gruyere. find a place to stay in this area and just relax around the castle and village. Or on one of the nearby lakes.
Day Seven - Meander along the roads through Lausanne, across the top of Lac Leman and on to Geneva.
I know this looks like a lot of travelling, and granted, there is a little driving to do. But I assure you, this is a trip that would show you the real Switzerland and you would certainly see some absolutely beautiful sights along the way.
By all means... if you want someone to pack your car, and pass fresh camera batteries to you, let me know. Now I really want to go for a drive. How unfair.
View to Hotel Silberhorn and beyond to Mannlichena
Help with itinerary
We only have 3 nights in Swizerland (but NT in and Out)
After a few itinerary changes, my husband and I will now be taking a Night Train from Amsterdam to Bern. My thought was to tour Bern for the day and either stay the night in Bern or head straight for the alps. Any suggestions? When we leave we are taking the NT from Bern- but could take one from Lake Geneva(TO VENICE) We are both first timers in Switzerland and are open to any and all suggestions. We were looking in THun (but all seem full) so now are considering Interlaken, Murren, or Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Wildererswil, Grindelwald or Wengen would be good options - here you could do the Jungfrau trip - surely a hilight of a trip in Switzerland.
The Hotel Silberhorn in Lauterbrunnen is reccommended. If in Murren the Morth face trail will give you splendid views of the peak which are difficult to see when auou are on them! Fee free to e-mail me for more specifcs.
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oops sorry for all the typos, my eyes are getting tired, thats my excuse!
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If you wanna see a lot of thing from switzerland my advice for you.
1 Day Visit Bern and stay in Interlaken
2 Day Visit Jungfraujoch and some other places you like in Interlaken stay night in interlaken or drive to lucern
3 Day Visit Lucern and lake lucern stay night in lucern or drive to zurich
4 Day Visit Zurich at late evening depart a train from zurich to venice with beds
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My own personal recommendation would also include Lauterbrunnen (3rd), Grindelwald (1st) or Wengen (2nd), less so for Wilderswil (4th), Murren is a little of the way and Interlaken itself is a bit of a town rather than a resort. I suspect you should be able to find availability in these places by using the online search and availability (ask me for advice on these if needed).
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Hi - f you like medieval cities, Berne is great. Spend a day there. From thre you can go ont he train for a day trip to Lake Geneva (Lausanne, Vevey). Take a ride on the steamships and get to Chateau de Chilon. Another day you can go to Interlaken and from there to one of the Alps excursions, which you absolutely must do. I loved Schingge Platte - you can walk around on a mountain pasture for hours; spend a night in Interlken and go to another Alps trip. Then back to Berne.