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Trip Report Switzerland and Alsace trip

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Our family of 4 (2 adults plus two boys ages 7 and 9) went to Switzerland and Alsace at the end of August and beginning of September. It was such a great trip. I highly recommend both Bernese Oberland and Alsace.

We followed the itinerary that I posted here: http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/input-on-switzerland-plus-itinerary-for-august-september.cfm except that we stayed in Wengen instead of Lauterbrunnen.

We arrived in Zurich around 9am, bought our Travel passes at the airport and traveled to Lucerne. In Lucerne we stayed at Cascada. It was not cheap but we were very happy with it. It had modern rooms with two different beds for my children (they sleep better that way). The rooms had nice air conditioning, which is not that common in Lucerne and the hotel provided nice breakfast. On the first day we mostly walked around and tried not to fall asleep :)

Unfortunately, I did not feel great on our second day (mad migraine) so we decided to take it slow. We went to the Transportation museum, which had almost no people since the school year started in Switzerland that week. The boys had a great time and did not want to leave after 5 hours at the museum. I was able to relax and even sleep on one of the benches :) It is very easy to get to the museum. It takes about 10 minutes on a boat from the center of Lucerne. A very pretty boat ride!

Next day we took trains to Wengen. Wengen is so very beautiful. We live by the mountains and I did not think I would be impresses by the mountains in Wengen but I surely was! Stunning. We stayed at victoria lauberhorn and absolutely loved it. Their rooms are a great deal for families since kids stay and eat free. We had a huge room with a loft for the kids. Our room had big windows facing the Jungfrau and a balcony facing Manlichen. The hotel provided breakfasts and dinners. Breakfasts are very nice and dinners are hit or miss (sometimes a big miss). We knew the dinner problem before hand but the hotel charged us very little for dinners so we decided to just go for it. The hotel also has a very nice pool (more like a huge huge Jacuzzi). The pool never had more than 8 people and was great.

The weather was great in Wengen so we hiked on two days and biked to different waterfalls on our third day. The infrastructure in Bernese Oberland is great. There are restaurants and bathrooms and playgrounds everywhere. It could seem a little built up for locals I am sure but for non-local families it is great!

After our three days and four nights in Wengen we took trains to Colmar, France. We enjoyed our time there as well. We saw the castle on one of the days and toured different small villages on another day. The food and wine were so good and pretty cheap. The boys had a good time as well. We stayed at Mercure Colmar Centre Champ de Mars in Colmar. The hotel is not ranked on tripadvisor but we liked it. It is cheap and central and is located in a park (which means that it is quiet at night). We got two rooms because the price was so low and were very comfortable with multiple beds and two bathrooms. The hotel also had a nice breakfast.

After Colmar we took trains to Zurich. We stayed right at the airport at Radisson Blu. I know that many people recommend staying in the center instead of the airport but I could not find anything reasonable by the train station and I did not want to travel much on our departure day. We were happy with our decision. We went to Zurich the day before our flight and walked around a bit. Zurich seemed like a very busy city after little villages of Alsace and Wengen :) We enjoyed walking around but were happy that we won't have to deal with crowds and trains the next day.

That is it I believe.

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