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Our current itinerary:
Arrive Interlaken ( prefer to stay in Wengen/ Grimmelwald) area from Munich on 04.08.2016 (3 Nights), zermatt, St. Mortiz, Lugano, Lucerne (11.08.2016, 2 nights). Have looked up accommodations for all other places, but still not finalized. Would like to spend more than one night in Zermatt or St. Moritz or Lugano, not sure where. We definitely want to take a nostalgic/heritage Steam Engine train ride. So many choices, so much to do, you get lost. An expert help could always be a valuable asset. Love nature, culture.light trakking.
Qs:
Should we plan two or three days in Interlaken area. Same goes for Lucerne, is a day enough or need two? Which would be ideal place to spend extra day out of Zermatt, St. Mortiz or Lugano?
Anybody familiar with Hotel card 1/2 price hotel room?

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    Hi parsji,

    It looks like you've confused the names of two Swiss towns into one -- there is no place called "Grimmelwald."

    Gimmelwald is a tiny hamlet above Mürren with really just a few buildings. It's a good destination for those who want to hike or to meditate on the beautiful scenery.

    Grindelwald is a town in the next valley over from Wengen/Mürren.

    If you are going in the summertime, I would avoid staying in Grindelwald; since it allows cars and is as high as drivers can go, lots of tour busses go and stay there. The town is too small to absorb all the off-loaded passengers, and it can dampen your day (it did mine when I visited in August).

    I guess you are taking the Glacier Express, and that's why you are considering staying in Zermatt or St Moritz. Well, I think there is more to do in the area around St Moritz (staying in another town like Sils, Silvaplana, Celerina, Pontresina, etc). Zermatt sits at the end of a valley, and unless you are hiking or skiing, there's not much else to do. I would spend the extra night in one of the towns nearby St Moritz.

    The number of nights you spend will really depend on what you would like to do. There are enough walks and hikes and cable car rides to keep most folks busy for a week at each of your destinations -- but if you just want to see the town and look at the mountains, then 2 or 3 nights might be enough.

    Do you want some suggestions for hikes? Lots of folks here can give you good ideas (I usually ski the area and haven't hiked it).

    Have fun as you plan!

    s

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