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Daytrip from Basel

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We will be visiting Switzerland for 5 weeks in July and August. We'll have an apartment in Basel for the duration. I have our plans pretty much set but I keep flipping on one of the daytrips. I'm hoping that those in the know might help me choose.

Most of the time will be spent in Basel, visiting Basel itself and doing daytrips from there. We do plan 5 nights in Paris and 6 nights travelling around Switzerland (Murren 3nts, golden pass VIP to Montreux where we'll stay in Vevey 2nts (visiting Chilion, Lavaux vineyards and Parc Vapeur), Gruyeres 1nt (visiting Broc chocolate factory, gruyere cheese factory and gruyere castle). The plan now is to stop in Bern on the way back to Basel from Gruyeres (visit old town and bears).

We do plan to do several daytrips from Basel. Right now, we will do one day to Rheinfelden (and August Raurica), one day to Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen and Stein am Rhein, two individual day trips to Lucerne (one for golden trip to Pilatus and one for old town and possibly Mt Rigi) , a day to Alsace region of France and a day to a few villages in the Black Forest.

I am planning for one more daytrip and have thought all long that I would love for us to go to Appenzell. The thought is to go Basel to Rapperzwill, visit there for an hour or two (thinking rose gardens and kinderzoo), then to Appenzell for several hours. This is a 3 hr train ride which is the longest I would wish to go in a day as it ultimately ends up being 6hrs on a train. I liked the idea of stopping in Rapperzwill because it would break up the trip for the children (ages 5, 7 and 10). Also considering stopping in Zurich for an hour or so on the way back if we're not too tired. Again, to break up the trip a bit but also to give us a chance to visit Zurich.

All that said, Zermatt has not made it on our list and I've now discovered that it too is a 3hr train ride from Basel.

Between Appenzell and Zermatt, which would you choose, considering the places we'll already be visiting? In the alternative, is there another location that we haven't included in our plan that you would recommend over both Appenzell and Zermatt? The only scenic train planned is GoldenPass VIP seats to Montreux on our way to Vevey... should we consider a different scenic train instead? I did want to go to the Lugano area but that really is too far away for us. I'm also open of course to areas that are much closer to Basel than 3 hours... I've heard quite a bit about the Emmental area and Zug but not quite sure what to do there.

While I'd love to add another location to our six day trip around switzerland and make it a few days longer, we really can't so any other locations must be during a day trip from Basel.

I'd love any recommenations and insight you may have.

Thank you!

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