A week in Switzerland

Jan 27th, 2014, 05:25 AM
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A week in Switzerland

My son and I are attending a conference in St Gallen in early March. We have 5 to 6 days after that to spend together in Switzerland. We fly into Zurich and will catch the train to St Gallen. We probably would have time to see St Gallen and the surrounds as we will be there for about 3 full days. I would appreciate some ideas as to how to enjoy Switzerland over the next 5 days I was planning to go to Luzern - visited it last in the 1999. Looking forward to some advise.
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Jan 27th, 2014, 05:42 AM
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Luzern is an excellent choice. I will also be in Luzern, but during the last week or so of March. Weather can by snowy and chilly, or it can be an early spring! We've seen it all, after 20+ years of attending a spring trade show in Luzern, annually.

I also like Ticino, the southern part of Switzerland. Locarno is a favorite town.

Others will suggest the Berner Oberland, which is beautiful. I've stayed in Interlaken a couple of times; others suggest moving up to one of the mountain towns.

Depends on what you want to see/do with your time. Five days isn't a lot of time; best to select one home base (maybe two).
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Jan 27th, 2014, 09:13 AM
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trains from Zurich airport to St. Gallen every 30 minutes from 5.52 until 23.22, journey time: 55 min

Excellent train connections from St. Gallen along the Eastern border of Switzerland to the mountain resorts of Scuol, St. Moritz/Pontresina, Davos, Arosa, Flims etc. and via bus from Chur to Ticino (Bellinzona, Lugano, Locarno, etc. where the climate in early March may be better: warmer, everyting in flowers.

St. Gallen is known as a rather cold and rainy place.

You may have a look at
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/home.html
http://www.swisstravelsystem.ch/en/
http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en
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Jan 27th, 2014, 09:23 AM
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Well, of course you MUST try the Starbucks train ;-) Yes, it's true.
http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...he_rails._pos3

I agree with Simpson, it would help a lot to know what you'd like to do with your time.
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Jan 27th, 2014, 10:21 AM
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The Jungfrau Region to me is the absolute highpoint of Switzerland if you've never been there I'd highly usggest that area to fulfill perhaps the dreamy picture of Switzerland perhaps etched in your minds' eyes but which will not be fulfilled in St Gallen or Lucerne, nice as those cities, especially Lucerne, are.

But there are many varied things to do in the Jungfrau Region besides the high Alps - of course there is the Jungfraujoch train to a sea of ice and glaciers you can walk to - the highest train station in Europe but also boat rides on the lake bookending Interlaken and staying in one of those sweet mountain towns like Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen or Murren - they all have their devotees but you can't go wrong - is such a treat - get intoxicated on the glacier-girdled peaks views from your hotel balcony.

With five days you could easily spend three in the Jungfrau Region then take the scenic train over the Brunig Pass to Lucerne for your last days and go right to Zurich Airport from there in about an hour or less. the famous Golden Pass scenic train goes from Interlaken over the Brunig Pass to Lucerne but regular trains do it all the time as well.

Trains and or lifts go to all of them - if traveling in Switzerland for 8 days by train and traveling around each day look at the 8-consecutive-day Swiss Pass (Saver Pass if more than one person traveling together) as this would cover everything just about you would take - from city trams and buses to trains and lake boats (Lake Lucerne is a fantastic lake - don't miss a lake boat ride on it to Fluelen at the end of the fjord-like tip of the lake and take the train back to Lucerne. The William Tell is a special boat for tourists offering a full-meal en route - leave once a day I think but regular boats do it all the time.

For lots of great stuff on Swiss trains I always spotlight these IMO fantastic sights - www.swisstravelsystem.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com; www.seat61.com and www.ricksteves.com.
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Jan 27th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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Well, of course you MUST try the Starbucks train ;-) Yes, it's true.>

Years ago there was a McDonalds train I rode in Switzerland - why not a Nestle's train?
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Jan 29th, 2014, 09:23 AM
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"why not a Nestle's train?"
Because European (State) railways prefer to make big losses instead of having sponsored their trains by the private economy.

I never understood that.
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Jan 29th, 2014, 10:36 AM
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Because European (State) railways prefer to make big losses instead of having sponsored their trains by the private economy.>

even in Switzerland, the bastion of capitalism?
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Jan 29th, 2014, 10:37 AM
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Because European (State) railways prefer to make big losses instead of having sponsored their trains by the private economy.>

Even in Switzerland, the bastion of capitalism?
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Jan 29th, 2014, 08:27 PM
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Thanks for the great ideas mooted and advice. I have been to Jungfrau and Gridelwald, but it would be my sons first visit to Switzerland. I was thi,king of skiing a day or two, but probably give it a pass and venture further. Looking out for more ideas. My flights land and leave from Zurich.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 06:40 AM
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"even in Switzerland, the bastion of capitalism?"

I don't understand this sentence.
May be one should first define the expression "capitalism"

Until now, I rather thought that in the eyes of Americans, Switzerland is considered as a communist State, as we have a very generous and perfectly working social welfare system
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Jan 30th, 2014, 08:51 AM
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Definitely see the abbey church as well as (if it is open) the famous library while you are IN St. Gallen, worth the time for sure. It is an easy rail ride from St. Gallen to Appenzell as well..no need to spend an entire day there IMO. And the former sites will be worth seeing regardless of the supposed weather outside, too
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Jan 30th, 2014, 08:56 AM
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St Gallen has a wonderful museum of man-made silk clothing. Worth a couple of hours if you have any interest in fashion

I suggest the Swiss have a far better understanding of capitalism than the US have.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 09:16 AM
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Neckervd, I do not think anyone of intelligence thinks of Switzerland as some sort of "communist state" just because of the social welfare programs, etc. If that were the case then they would need to move the Kremlin to Stockholm.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 01:12 PM
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Switzerland not a capitalist state? the bastion of socialism - what about all those banks - they just dole out money to the poor?
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