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I was tagging onto another thread, and thought I should open my own to discuss my Switzerland trip. I have a few questions. All you Swiss experts have been extremely helpful already, I'm zeroing in on a plan.

Background...2 travelers, my husband and myself. We enjoy lots of different things, but top priorities would include scenery, landscape photography, historical sites, art and architecture, food and wine. yeah, like I said...we like everything. So I'm trying to include a bit of everything in this itinerary.

We don't like luggage schlepping. That is, we prefer to move less, and do some day trips. I know we'll cover less ground this way, but keeping our stops to 3 nights minimum is helpful for making us feel like we're on vacation and not rushing around.

We'll be traveling by mass transit. Probably will buy swiss passes.

We have 13 or 14 nights. I think 14, arriving on a Saturday afternoon in Zurich, leaving on Saturday 2 weeks hence. This will be sometime between late May and mid/late June. Dates are still up in the air

I'm thinking we'll arrive and go directly to Lucerne

3 nights Lucerne
3 nights Brienz
4 nights Wengen
3 nights Montreux

That's just 13 nights. I've left out Stein am Rhein which is kind of too bad. Maybe I'll take a night from either Brienz or Wengen, and my 14th night and get 2 nights at the end in SAR.

I struggled with leaving off Zermatt because I would really like to see the Matterhorn. But Zermatt itself doesn't appeal that much. I'm thinking we might do it as a day trip, possibly on the way from Wengen to Montreux (yes, I know its not really "on the way", but it seems doable). We could also do it as a daytrip from Montreux or Brienz, depending on weather.
Does that seem like a reasonable idea?

Given this, would you string the locations together in a different order?

I'd like to take the Golden Pass rail, where does that fit in...Wengen-Montreux or Montreux-Zurich at the end?

If I have a flight at 2PM out of Zurich airport, I think I can leave early enough from Montreux to make that flight...would you trust that? I'm assuming swiss trains are pretty much on time, and we would make our connections. Otherwise, we might use night #14 in Zurich before we leave. Just seems like a waste of a day...doesn't really give us enough time in Zurich to do anything.

Does anybody have any suggestions for accomodations in Brienz? Our plans for this area include visiting the Ballenberg Village museum, and most likely a cruise on the lake with a visit to Obenhof Castle. Maybe the Rothorn Bahn train if it fits. Does anyone know somethgin about the Grandhotel Giessbach? It looks gorgeous, I'm wondering how practical it is. They say its easy to get from there to Brienz, but I don't quite understand...do you take a funicular down the mountainside to a boat and take the boat to Brienz? Is there a charge for the funicular? I've been googling, but so far these answers have evaded me.

I'm also looking for recommendations for Montreux accomodations. Or should I stay in Vevey instead?

thanks in advance for your assistance.

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