Is my itinerary the Best of Switzerland?

Old Apr 28th, 2015, 12:09 PM
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so it's a 9 km or about 5.5 mile walk - a snap pour moi and along the rail line presumed not steep up and down at all.
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Old Apr 28th, 2015, 01:54 PM
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Yeah, it seems to be a long walk.. We won't have that much time for a 5.5 mile hike. If we are done with the Cheese Factory and Gruyeres and still have a reasonable amount of time we'll take a bus or train to the Chocolate Factory in Bronc. If not, we'll just skip the chocolate tasting. We had a tour of HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD Factory in Hershey, PA in 1999. So... we have an idea...
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Old Apr 29th, 2015, 12:10 AM
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I don't know why you double the distance and why you want to walk along the railway line (very boring). But it's up to you.
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Old Apr 29th, 2015, 01:40 AM
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Thanks, neckervd! I'm always looking for walks to do in that area, one of my favorite in Switzerland!! (I favor green rolling hills over dramatic peaks & valleys). So appreciate it!

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Old Apr 29th, 2015, 07:16 AM
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neckervd, the path goes along the river, but Les Marches is not on the river and in order to cut the distance we'll need keep East to reach Les Marches and later Forcel and Bronc Fabrique area. The problem is to find a correct path from the river to Les Marches and later to Forcel. Is this path marked?
I realize it is not a problem to reach the chocolate factory from Gruyeres within 1 hour for someone who knows the area, but it can be a problem for someone visiting the area for the first time... So potentially the hike can take 2 hours or more..
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Old Apr 29th, 2015, 07:21 AM
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Swan:
if you like longer hikes in Gruyeres county, have a look at the map and find the trails from Plan Francey (Moleson Village) cableway (rope railway) station via Gros Plané - Le Villard - Belle Chaux - Salette - Grand Pra - Paccot Dessus - Guedeyres - Caudon - Col de Soladier - Cergniaule to Sonloup cableway (rope railway) station.
In May white narcissus flowers around Paccot Dessus, Les Petites Preises and La Cergniaule, red alpine rhododendron east of Belle Chaux, on the alternative small trail to Salette.

Many possibilities to go down to the bus stations around Les Paccots for people who don't want to hike the whole trail.
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Old Apr 29th, 2015, 07:23 AM
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Oooohhhh THANK YOU! Copying and pasting on my travel doc.

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Old Apr 29th, 2015, 10:39 AM
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I don't know why you double the distance and why you want to walk along the railway line (very boring). But it's up to you.>

I thought you said the trail pretty much went along the railway or parallel to it - my mistake - I looked in Thomas Cook Timetable and they said the distance by train was 9.5 kms so I said well it's about 5.5 miles - so the train takes a round-about route I guess which is often the case?
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Old Apr 30th, 2015, 07:43 AM
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Palen:
if you re-read my post, you see that I am refering to the Swiss map. Have you any problem to open it?

"Swiss Map: http://map.geo.admin.ch/?lang=en&X=1...xelkarte-farbe

Click into the map at the place where you guess to find Gruyeres and zoom then up to a bic scale.
You will then see the small path going down from the castle (Chât) to the Sarine river up to the Pont qui Branle (bridge) and then all along the river up to Les Marches, then to Forcel and finally along the railway line up to Broc Fabrique (factory)."
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Old Apr 30th, 2015, 08:33 AM
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thanks - I did have trouble extending the map - so how far is that walk?
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Old Apr 30th, 2015, 12:25 PM
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PalenQ, according to neckervd it is the 5 kms long hiking trail. When are you planning to be in the area and take this trail? Your feedback will be highly appreciated.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 12:29 AM
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Copy from my exactly 3 days old post:

"The nicest way to move between Gruyeres castle and Broc Factory is of course the 5 KMS LONG HIKING TRAIL via the covered Sarine Bridge (Pont qui Branle) - La Chapelle des Marches and Forcel."
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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:04 PM
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Hi neckervd,
I have a question for you regarding a short Lake Murten cruise from Murten to Praz and a hike through vineyards up Mont Vully. How long is the hike? Do you have a map of the hike?
Also, does it make sense on the way back not to take a boat and walk to Murten clockwise around the lake?
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The boat ride takes 15 min or so, far away from a cruise!
Sugiez - Murten is a absolutely flat 7 kms hike through some lowland riparian forest (almost no views to the lake).
As to the Mont Vully walk, there are tons of different trails.

Have a look at the map. You got the link to the Swiss map some 40 hrs ago.

People with some historic interests hike rather from Murten or Faoug or Vallamand to the Roman amphitheatre of Avenches.
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 07:50 AM
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Thank you neckervd. I found a website on the Internet:
http://www.j3l.ch/en/murtensee/leisu...ully.1204.html
with links to descriptions and maps. There is the "Riviera" path: Sugiez - Praz - Motier, "Pinot noir", and "Chasselas" path. All of them are of about the same length. We do not care about wine tasting and mostly are interested to visit winemaking villages with the best view of the region.
Which trail would you recommend?
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 08:54 AM
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Lev - I hope you report back on your walks - me not planning to be in Switzerland in summer but probably January so will do few walks then!
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Old May 3rd, 2015, 07:00 AM
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No problem PalenQ. I'll definitely report back on our hikes if we have any. It will mostly depend on the weather condition.. If weather is bad we'll concentrate on other activities in the area..
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Old May 3rd, 2015, 12:36 PM
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Since we have an early flight we'll stay overnight near Geneva airport and explore Geneva on our last day in Switzerland. Rick Steves advises to "skip big, dull city of Geneva". Nevertheless we are sure that we can have a good time there. We will leave Montreux after breakfast, drop our luggage at the hotel and will have the whole day for Geneva. Any recommendation on how to "structure" our time there?
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Old May 3rd, 2015, 03:11 PM
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I rather like my three stays in Geneva - there is an old town with cathedral that many miss and the boat rides along the historic and fancy villas lining the lake shores is neat - boat rides are always neat in Switzerland.

Have a gut fahrt as I see on German train station walls - which I guess means have a "good ride"! But I rather like repeating the German have a "gut fahrt!"
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Old May 4th, 2015, 02:04 AM
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...or ride by historic paddle steamboat from Montreux dp 9.33 down the whole Lake up to Geneva ar 14.40 (board restaurant).

Gute Reise - bon voyage - buon viaggio - bun viadi!
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