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Tweaking our Christmas trip, Switzerland & Germany

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We’d hoped to return to Switzerland in October, but waited too long to book flights - prices doubled within days - so we did the next best thing and have booked flights into Zurich, out of Munich for December. Bring on the Christmas Markets (again!).

We’ve crunched the numbers and determined that the 8 day Swiss Pass (or whatever they’re calling it these days) is only slightly more than point-to-point tickets, and because we’ll be on and off so many trains and busses, we’re okay with paying just a wee bit more for the convenience and spontaneity of the pass.

The itinerary:

Scuol – seven nights – we plan to revisit Samnaun, Hof Zort, Val Mustair and (for those lovely Pizoccals). We’ll probably revisit some of the walks in the vicinity Guarda, Lavin, Ardez, Sent and Tarasp.

But...we’d also like to incorporate some places we’ve not visited before, such as the hiking tracks around Davos and Klosters, and perhaps a visit to Tschlin. As we’ll be there early December, we realize that most gondolas/cable cars won’t yet be operational, but that has never slowed us down before.

Does anyone have other recommendations for day trips from Scoul for a couple of nature-food-walk-wine-peace-loving-visitors from Colorado?

From Scoul we’ll take the train to Freiburg im Breisgau, where we’ll meet up with some friends from England and spend five nights. We hope to re-visit Colmar and possibly Staufen. We’d also like to visit Strasbourg and possibly Basel (?). We’ve previously visited the Black Forest from Freiburg, in December, but aren't really tempted to do it again...in December..

Any suggestions for other day trips from Freiburg im Breisgau? Our hotel provides a free local transport card, so other than the forays into France, most of our transport should be covered.

From Freiburg im Breisgau, we’ll head to Nuremburg for five nights. Other than a day trip to Nuremberg from Bamberg last year, we’re not all that familiar with the area. We’re considering day trips to Regensburg, Nordlingen and possibly a return to Bamberg. Any other suggestions?

From Nuremberg, we’ll head to Berchtesgaden for three nights to decompress from all the city activity before we fly back home. We’ve previously visited the salt mines and Konigssee. Eagles Nest isn't an option that time of year..Any suggestions for winter walks/activities in the vicinity?

From Berchtesgaden we’ll take the train to Munich for one night before our early morning flight back to the US. We’ll have just enough time to visit the Marienplatz Christmas Markets for one last gluhwein and have a nice meal.

Other than flights nothing is engraved in stone yet, so seeking suggestions on how to tweak things.

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