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Alsace and Black Forest - where to base, trains

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I’m in the beginning phases of next August’s two week vacation, which will probably be Alsace and the Black Forest for four to five days, then to Switzerland (thinking Lucerne (2 nights), Wengen (4 nights), and Vevey (3 nights), before flying home from Geneva. We would fly LAX- CDG, then train on the Air France ticket to Strasbourg (and collapse). :)

We’re most interested in seeing Strasburg, Colmar, and, in the Black Forest, the Black Forest Open-Air Museum in Gutach, the BF Museum in Triberg, and maybe Baden-Baden, if we have time (not into the spas, particularly, more the town itself). I don’t know a lot about Freiburg, though it looks like it has a nice cathedral. We will be using trains the whole trip - don’t want to rent a car at all on this trip.

My question is where to base ourselves. My original idea was to spend two nights in Strasbourg (since we’re landing there, see that city and Colmar), then move over to Freiburg for three nights. However, if we can avoid moving around, we’d prefer to stay in one place..

In looking at the train routes, it looks like there are easier, more direct trains from Strasbourg to the BF places I’ve listed than from Freiburg. Is that correct? Will we be missing a lot - considering that we’re following up with mountains and hikes in Switzerland - not basing ourselves in the BF?

Also, if we’re using the trains a lot, is there some sort of pass for our short haul trips in France and Germany (we’ll look into the Swiss Pass when we go there)? After having to wait to purchase from the booths in Toulouse (no chip-and-pin credit card), we’d like to avoid all the hassle.

Thanks very much!

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