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I am going to ask a question here that I also asked on the Rick Steeves forum and hopefully won't get the same comments about renting a car that I did there and actually get answers and advice on the questions that I'm actually asking. Addressing the car rental discussion first, we have built in the cost of returning the car in Paris. We have a limited amount of time on this trip and when planning it, I wanted to have the flexibility of a car so I budgeted for it. Sometimes it's worth the extra cost for flexibility on the overall trip. If I had more time I would consider the trains but not on this trip. I've got a hotel booked in Zurich that includes parking and we will use it to see some of old Zurich and catch up on sleep after an overnight flight and the time change before heading to Brienz the next day. We also have parking at no cost arranged where we are staying in Brienz as well as in Geneva. We are using Air BnB in Switzerland and there is parking available. And again, I understand all the positives about using trains, and we might still use trains for day trips while staying in Brienz but it's to the overall benefit of the entire trip that we booked a car which is why I did.

It's not that I don't appreciate everyone's advice about the train versus car as renting a car seems so frowned upon by everyone but it's what we chose to do for both our comfort level and logistics for the whole trip which includes more than just Switzerland.

So that being said - can anyone help with my questions below, specifically ideas about a good place for absinthe tasting and which cable car/mountain to go up during the March season? Or things in Bern, Neuchatel or Fribourg? Thanks in advance.

My husband and I arrive in Zurich on March 12th and will spend one day/night in Zurich before driving (rental car) to Brienz where we are staying for 4 nights. Brienz will be our base for day trips. Following that, we will be in Geneva overnight with family before heading into France for the next week.

We are trying to finalize some of the day trips. We definitely want to do a cable car. We've contemplated skiing but neither of us has skied in many years and we'd have to rent everything. Here are some random towns, places and/things to see that I've come up with but would love some advice.

Luzern: Chapel Bridge - oldest wooden bridge

Near Luzern: Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Titlus

Fribourg - medieval town
- home of gruyere cheese - has a dairy trail
- sentier du fromage
- gruyere tourism site
- fondue restaurants:
- Cafe du midi
- cafe de la gare
- cafe Tivoli

Gruyeres: Chateau de Gruyeres

Neuchatel

Drink absinthe!

Estavayer le Lac: Frog Museum

Bern: - Einstein's House - Clock Tower

Other thoughts and shouldn't miss places in and around the area?

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