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Request for advice - staying in Saanen/Zweisimmen 6 days in late July

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Dear All - I have a friend in Saanen, another friend in Zweisimmen, and I know someone in Thun. This is my first trip to Switzerland - and I'd like to spend some time in the mountains, hiking, exploring little villages, relaxing - before starting a project in Geneva (will be there until mid Fall- and work will be hectic).
I would so appreciate your advice:
I am on a budget, so I want to stay with friends instead of getting a hotel - I feel like staying with the friend in Saanen for all 6 days (rather than packing/moving), and then doing day trips, hikes to the surrounding area - do you have a preference for either Saanen or Zweisimmen or Thun as a base?
I read on a website that there is lots of construction happening in Saanen, so it isn't as lovely as it usually is. Is this true? (I hope not).
Also, I want to hike to nearby places - can I walk to Gstaad and Rougemont? Do you recommend this? Can I walk at all between places? I'm pretty fit and can hike/walk for hours, but I don't want to be so exhausted that I don't enjoy myself.
Also, please suggest day trips - I want to see Murren, Wengen, Grindelwald, Gruyere, Lauterbrunnen - but I need some relaxation so I am not trying to cram in as much as possible in a short time - would rather relax and enjoy.
I'd love to hear your suggestions on easy, laid back day trips from Saanen and Zweisimmen. I don't feel as drawn to Thun.
Thank you for your kind help!

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