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We are not ones to plan each day down to the minute. We prefer to wake up and see where the wind takes us. However, we would love to have some options as we head towards our July trip. Can you please offer up some top recommendations for our three cities? We primarily love being outdoors - hiking and exploring. But are game for any and all top ideas.

1. Wengen. We have already been to the tothe top of Jungfrau and Schilthorn on a past trip, so will probably not go to either again. We have three nights here. When last here, we visited in May, so many places were still cold and/or rainy. Schynnige Platte was partially closed. Is this worth a re-visit? Other top recommendations here that don't involve going to the tops of the mountains?

2. Zermatt. Obviously, we hope for fabulous weather for our 2-3 days here, so we can hike and explore. This will be our first visit to the Matterhorn. However, if weather does not cooperate, suggestions of places to visit from Zermatt?

3. Montreux. We have one day planned, as we will be taking the Chocolate Train to Gruyerre and Broc. Besides exploring the towns of Montreux and Vevey, any other top recommendations?

4. Our last day will be spent in Bern, so we probably don't plan on visiting that city on another day.

Thanks all!

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    Hi mjknycmjk,

    Montreux:
    Make sure you walk along the flowered lakeside promenade, which is the best thing about the area, imo. Walk *towards* Chillon so that your views will be countryside and lake (if you want towards Montreux, your views will be more urban). The walk to Chillon takes about 45 minutes, and if you walk all the way to the sweet village of Villeneuve, it will take another 45 minutes. If you want to see the interior of Chillon, plan on another 2h. Then take bus #201 back to Montreux (busses come along every 10 minutes).

    Another wonderful thing to do is to walk and experience the vineyards of the Lavaux. Take the train to Vevey (can be combined with exploring the town of Vevey), then onward to either Chexbres or Lutry. Walking from Chexbres to Rivaz takes about 30 minutes; after exploring the village or having a bite at the Auberge de Rivaz, take the ferry back to Montreux. The walk from Lutry to Cully or Epesses takes about 2h, then take the ferry back to Montreux.

    I would also make sure to take a ferry trip on the lake -- and the most scenic ones goes by the vineyards.

    I really would try to do Gruyeres & Broc enroute to Bern rather than spend a full Montreux day on those activities.

    Have fun as you plan!

    s

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