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Your favorite Alps getaway for a week's stay?

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Beginning priliminary planning for a year from now -- probably in September for two weeks plus maybe a day or two. I'm used several month long trips with time to stay in several places for a week each, but that can't happen. My partner has never been to Germany, Switzerland, or Austria. I've spent quite a lot of time in all of them. He really wants to see Vienna and Salzburg, so we'll probably start there. We will use a One World Pass so can do a little flying within Europe in addition to our TransAtlantic flights. There are so many places to visit, but he really likes to relax and the idea of a number of two or three days stops doesn't appeal nearly so much as a week in one spot, with maybe a stop for two or even three nights somewhere else.

I feel sort of like Grindelwald or even Luzern offer so much because they offer quick and easy day transportation to other places and there is so much to do in that area. But the lake towns like Montreaux could be nice too. (He does want to do Geneva mainly because he's a real watch freak -- yes, I know!) Garmisch could also be a nice choice, but I've done that for a week and overall think it lacks a lot of real charm. Gstadd was charming, but lacked a lot to do and seemed kind of removed for quick and easy train trips elsewhere.

So I guess what I'm looking for is someone to offer a "this is IT" type choice. We like nice food (which is rarely a given in Switzerland), and the liveliness of a town or even city seems preferred, yet we really want to experience some relaxing peace and quite with lots of hiking and taking in outdoor beauty. Help!

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