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Hi All - My husband is going to be in Geneva for 4 days on business and it looks like he may be able to squeeze in a day and 1/2 for sightseeing. I know it's not much time but since that's all he's got, he wants to do/see something of the area while he's got the time. He and I will try to go back another time to "do it right" but for now we've got 1 1/2 days to work with....

He will be traveling with a male co-worker. They are 45 and 55 years old and are looking for a good day trip. Since they won't have a car, they will need to rely on a train of some sort.

My husband has asked for some ideas: my suggestion if i were given the choice would be Berner Oberland, but with just a day and 1/2 I don't think he will have time. Any ideas of a good "guys" outing for the day. My husband enjoys outdoor activities, hiking and such, but I don't know about his co-worker so I probably need to give them a few options to pick from.

Would Montreux or Gstaad make sense?

Thanks for any advise you can provide.

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    Hi swanner,

    Yes, either Montreux or Gstaad would make sense. However, Montreux may be too close as he and his co-workers may see it in the evenings during his normal work week.

    In Montreux, he/they can walk the flowered lakeside promenade, can see Chillon, can walk the vineyards of the Lavaux (between Vevey and Lausanne), can visit wine caves and/or wine-growing villages, can spend time in the old town of Vevey, etc. They can even spend one day or part of a day taking a trip on the Golden Pass scenic train route and see Gstaad or Gruyeres or both.

    Gstaad would also be a great idea and would give more contrast to Geneva since it's in the mountains (low mountains here compared to the Jungfrau region). Gstaad itself is a beautiful town, but it's small and won't take more than an hour or so to see it all. There are lots and lots of walks available, from about an hour to two/three hours to five/six hours, and much of the walking is through lush green rolling hills. There are also some wonderful bike rides through the valleys. For excursions, they can see Thun and Lake Thun, Zweisimmen (to ascend the Rinderberg mountain), Gruyeres (for the castle and the cheese and cream), Broc (for the chocolate factory), Rougemont, and Saanen. They can also ascend the Wispile mountain from Gstaad.

    More information at

    www.montreux-vevey.com
    www.gstaad.ch

    Have fun!

    s

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