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Traipsing, not Hiking, Through Switzerland (Lake Thun, Montreux, and Chur)

Traipsing, not Hiking, Through Switzerland (Lake Thun, Montreux, and Chur)

Nov 5th, 2019, 08:49 AM
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S, please say hi from me to our friend from Basel Btw, I *love* Solothurn. Enjoy the day(s)!
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Nov 7th, 2019, 08:33 AM
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Thank goodness we get a day or so to do nothing much! Thanks for your nice comment!

oh wow, Info, I fell in love with Solothurn! Only had a few hours, but it was amazing!























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Nov 7th, 2019, 08:43 AM
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Lovely! I have never been there, but it looks like a terrific place -- obviously you ventured out of the French speaking part and into the German speaking part of Switzerland!
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Nov 7th, 2019, 09:14 AM
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Oops, neglected to mention your name, Nelson! Thanks for your nice comment!

Sorry for misspelling your name, Ingo... I did not catch the dastardly auto-correct.

It is really beautiful, Surfergirl! Yes it is German speaking there.

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Nov 7th, 2019, 09:42 AM
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Indeed, Solothurn is one of the most underrated places in Switzerland:

medieval city center with twice weekly markets and some very good restaurants,
short pedestrian friendly ways between sights, shops, restaurants/hotels and railway station
several castles and tiny untouristed medieval towns in the surroundings,
own theater troup playing every night from automn until spring (dramas, comedies, operettas, musicals, operas)
famous carnival (ranging after Basel, Lucerne and Bellinzona)
citybus and gondola to the Jura hights just north of the town, with panoramic views over the Swiss midlands and the Alps from Mont Blanc up to Saentis (Austrain border),
direct trains to Berne (37 min journey) and Biel/Bienne (17 min) up to 4 times per hour,
direct trains to Zurich (55 min) every 30 min,
train connections to Basel (55 min), Interlaken (1 1/2 hrs) and Lucerne (1 hr) every 30 min,
Aar river boats up to Biel/Bienne (2 3/4 hrs) 3times daily, up to La Neuvenille (4hrs) twice daily, up to Neuchatel and Murten (full day) once daily
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Nov 7th, 2019, 10:11 AM
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Glad you had such a nice day, S! I *knew* you would love Solothurn. Been there a couple of times and would love to go back.
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Nov 7th, 2019, 10:27 AM
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GERMAN / FRENCH SPEAKING AREAS

The French speaking area begins just 5 miles north of Solothurn. The railway station of the German speaking village of Gaensbrunnen (which is part of the Canton Solothurn) is situated 1/4 mile north of the village center, already in the territory of the French speaking Bernese village of Cremines.
But if you proceed from there to North-East, you come to the German speaking Bernese village of Seehof.
If you continue from Seehof to the North, you pass through the French speaking vilages of Vermes, Mervellier and Montsevelier (all Canton Jura) , the village of Grindel (Canton Solothurn), the small town of Laufen (Canton Basel), the village of Flueh (Canton Solothurn), the village of Biel-Benken (Canton Basel), the German speaking village of Neuwiller (France), the village of Allschwil (Basel), the villages of Hegenheim and Hesingen (France, German speaking) and arrive finally at the Euroairport of Basel.

That's Switzerland!
(and don't forget that every Canton has it's own school system, it's own taxation system, it's own Cantonal hospitals................!)
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Nov 7th, 2019, 11:03 AM
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Glad you enjoyed it, swandav, we loved Solothurn, Mokka had based there one holiday and recommended it - we did a daytrip and walked to Vereina gorge which was totally lovely.
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Nov 7th, 2019, 03:16 PM
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So glad you got to experience Solothurn!
I stayed there for a week in 2014(FeWo), taking daytips into the French-speaking cities.
Loved coming 'home' each night!
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Nov 7th, 2019, 03:23 PM
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Oh-oh...the 'next time' list is getting longer.
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Nov 7th, 2019, 10:36 PM
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Wowowowoweee neckervd! That is a wonderful list of things to do & see, and a wonderful list of villages to visit. I knew I was coming back, but you've just completed my research! Thank you for this amazing work!!

Adeleadian, I live how much you see and do in your travel days. I only spent a few hours there (2h on the train both directions). I'll be picking your brains ro add to neckervd's lists when the time comes!

mokka4, how did you find this gem?? Seems you and Ingo were waaay ahead of the crowd with this one. I'm envious!

Ingo...as always, ahead of the game. I went there because I've seen you write about it so often. Huge thank you!!

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Nov 7th, 2019, 11:56 PM
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Melnq8...cannot believe I've been somewhere you haven't been! I normally have to read your trip reports with Google maps open...you always find the most amazing, beautiful, rural spots. And the best apartment views!! Glad to have mentioned Solothurn!!

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Nov 8th, 2019, 10:17 PM
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I had intended to spend time walking the vineyards of the Corniche Lavaux (between Vevey and Lausanne), but there never was a clear day to do it (I am *such* a fair-weather walker . . .). Compounded with getting around 4h sleep the night before, I decided to just take the train to Lutry and enjoy the town. I ended up walking about 3 miles sround town.

I love Lutry! Thanks Ingo for first telling me about the town so many years ago. I've been there many times before, and every time is a joy.















There are 11 of these information placards on buildings around town









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Nov 9th, 2019, 02:38 AM
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Glad you like my recommendation A lovely little town. Did you stop by the caveau and have a glass of local wine?
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Nov 10th, 2019, 07:31 AM
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Ach, no, Ingo, I didn't. I don't think it was open...

On my last day in Montreux, I took my suitcase to the train station to send it to Germany. I was shocked to learn that the service ends in Dec. I was overwhelmed with the thought that someone might send their case to Switzerland and then have to haul 2 cases back home to Germany. Man. I hate to see the service end.

After sending my case along, I took the bus and then walked along the lakeside path to Montreux and on to Tertitet where my hotel was. Took many pictures, many the same as already posted. So I'll just post a few extras.

Today transferred to Chur for 2 nights. Plan to do the self-guided tour of the town.


The town gardeners make sculptures along the promenade


Some art

Montreux & Chillon from Glion
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Nov 10th, 2019, 09:45 AM
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Yes, it seems that from Dec 14th you will have to send your luggage from Montreux to St. Margrethen or Buchs SG railway station, to go to the luggage counter (if open) and to pay again for the transport from one of these Austro-Swiss border stations through Austria to Garmisch.
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Nov 13th, 2019, 01:59 AM
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Wow, neckervd, that is really a bad solution! Yes, I assumed people who read German or French newspapers would have known about this change...but I'm not good enough for either. You know, I went to the SBB site today to see if I could track my bag, and I happened to see a link for a baggage service offered by DHL. In Germany, Hermes are the folks who pick up and deliver the bag to your door...Maybe DHL is going to move in and provide a similar service....?? I'll be watching.

Edit: no, no luggage service from DHL, just an option to send a package.

My train from Sargans to Innsbruck arrived 1h late, I guess due to some works on the tracks. But lovely scenery. And I was really happy to be able to move around with just a small bag. Will hope for continued service, somehow!

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Nov 13th, 2019, 02:04 AM
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Well, won't edit again, but there is also a link to send luggage through the Swiss post. Upon quick look, the price and timing seem to be about the same.

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Nov 13th, 2019, 02:34 AM
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I spent my last full day in Chur. Chur is an amazing city, the oldest in Switzerland; it's pretty, and interesting, and historic (obviously)... but somehow just did not charm me. I know Chur is a favorite of Ingo's, so I am surprised to have this different reaction to it. Ah well.

I did the tourist office's self-guided tour through the town. It was interesting as I juggled a paper map, my tablet with the downloaded audio and accompanying map, and my camera. I learned one very interesting tidbit -- the area's name (Rhätische or Raeti) came from the name original founder (Raet or Raeti), who was apparently run out of Italy into the Alps. Wikipedia rejects this explanation, but I rather like it!






















So, some photos with some flavorful of the city
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Nov 13th, 2019, 06:14 AM
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I can't think of Chur without thinking about the fabulous white wine soup we had there a few years back. Delicious!
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