Trip to Switzerland

Old Nov 10th, 2014, 09:39 AM
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Yvorre is a gorgeous medieval town, west of Evian. Beautiful!!!
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Old Nov 10th, 2014, 11:21 AM
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Local Bernina Pass Railway trains vs the official Bernina Express - I actually, after having ridden both mofre than once, like the locals more because they are rarely much full and thus I can hop back and forth on the train easily as the scenery dictates - the official BE are always IME chock full of tour groups so you're stuck in your seat.

So even though the official BE has ballyhooed panoramic observation domed cars it also has windows that can't open, being climate controlled - the locals have windows that can open and you can stick your head out, etc (just watch those electric power polls - keep your head enough in so you are not decapitated!
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Old Nov 10th, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Hi all u lovely people, thanks for an excellent detailing.....just trying to complete my to do list and then I recalled that we will be there right in the Easter week and the week after !!! Now is that an advantage or a disadvantage, as in " will the restaurants, trains and the sightseeing places acessible or r they will be closed during this period??" Never ever travelled Europe during this period, so have no idea !!! Here in Dubai, during all the festivities, tourist attractions get over crowded and everything is open till late, but after reading Melnq's post just remembered, things r different in that part of the world.
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Old Nov 10th, 2014, 01:17 PM
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Though in places like Italy and big tourist cities like Rome, Venice, etc the week before and after Easter can be very hectic since many schools and folks have vacations and northerners flock here to escape their dull cool wet climtes Switzerland at that time of year probably is starting the slack season, changing from winter sports to summer hkers - I would not worry about crowds or much being closed that earlhy - in May the real down time lifts and mountain trains are often out of commission for a few weeks for needed repairs done at that slack time.

Well that's my impression but maybe some Swiss resident has a better take?
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Old Nov 10th, 2014, 03:13 PM
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shels -

In my experience Swiss alpine/ski areas are very busy the week leading up to Easter. Then, on Easter Monday, things pretty much come to a halt - ski areas, hotels and restaurants close for the season.

Not every single place of course, but enough that it will affect your trip if you've not planned for it.
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