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Switzerland Itinerary

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First of all I want to thank everyone who responded to the questions posed around our broader travel plans through Austria, Switzerland and the South of France. They were insightful and provide the basis for a set of questions that focus specifically on Switzerland.

Our plan is to spend 6 days/nights in Switzerland and focus on the countryside and mountain regions and have come up with the following rough itinerary; Arrive in Lucerne (Skip Zurich) from Austria (Innsbruck), go to Interlaken (Bernese Oberland) region around lake and through Brienz, stay in region possibly Lauterbrunnen and visit Murren and Gindelwald, then to Zermatt seeing the Matterhorn and Gornergrat, then on to Lausanne and/or Geneva (or other recommended towns), going around the north side of the Lake. Finally, we need a point to leave from Switzerland to South of France - likely by train.

So what do you think? How might we manage this trip so that we enjoy the beauty, catch the highlights while not spending every night moving locations or every day in a car or train? Can we take a train from Innsbruck, or somewhere nearby in Austria to either Zurich or Lucerne? Should we rent a car for this itinerary or should be use train only? Are we okay to skip Zurich and go directly to Lucerne? How about 1 day in Lucerne, 2 days in Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken or some other town, 2 days in Zermatt and 1 day getting to Lausanne or Geneva - using that as a departure point to France? Any must do's? Any don't do's?

As always any feedback is appreciated. Rob.

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