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Best country to pair with Switzerland?

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My wife and I are planning a two week trip in late June-early July and I'm trying to figure out which country will pair best with Switzerland. We're in our 30s, enjoy good scenery (particularly mountains and lakes), smaller towns/villages, and don't have much interest in the big cities. Weather permitting, we enjoy the outdoors and light hiking; we prefer mild summer weather which is part of our reason for choosing Switzerland. We are planning to have a car for most of the trip except for a day or two in each of our terminal cities. What we'd like most from the second country on our trip is a bit of contrast or variety compared to Switzerland. I realize that each country (and even each region) is unique and that we could easily spend two weeks in a much smaller area, but as Americans we don't get enough time off work to vacation properly. If we spent "enough" time in any one place, we'd never get to see 95% of the world at all.

From my early research, the best fits for us seem to be southern France (Provence, but probably not Cote d'Azur), or some combination of spots in Italy (Lake Como area, Tuscany, Cinque Terre). Austria also looks lovely, but at the risk of sounding ignorant, it "looks" too similar to Switzerland (please tell me why I'm wrong). I think around 1200km of driving is very manageable for us; our last road trip was 2500km in two weeks in New Zealand which was a bit too much but still a fantastic experience.

My general question is: What regions would provide the best contrast with Switzerland?

Some more specific questions:

Will it be necessary to book accommodations in advance in early summer (late June-early July) throughout Switzerland or in specific areas? It's nice to be able to be flexible, but we don't want to be stranded without a room.

Would you recommend a campervan? It seems like the facilities in Switzerland are rather good, but I'd be a bit nervous driving a larger vehicle on mountain roads.

Is it worth seeing the Dolomites on a trip that also includes Switzerland?

Since we'll need to arrive or leave from a major airport, is there a city that is absolutely worth seeing (Venice, Florence) even if it's not our main objective?

Thanks in advance to those of you who contribute your vast knowledge to help the newbies here. It's truly invaluable information!

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