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Which swiss alps to visit? First time to Switzerland

Aug 2nd, 2014, 07:12 AM
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Hi Gretchen,

I understand that Switzerland is VERY expensive. I am looking my budget for the entire Europe trip as I am not just travelling to Switzerland. I am heading to Iceland and Denmark too.

Hi nytraveler,

I am making my itinerary so I just need some recommendations which everyone did and I am really grateful. If those places I have to give it a miss because it is out of the way, I also don't have a choice.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 07:14 AM
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Hi Ingo,

Thanks for the websites. I have found it...am considering the rail passes cos travelling in Switzerland is VERY expensive.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 07:53 AM
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Anyway, any places to recommend for chocolate factory at Zurich or Geneva?
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 08:54 AM
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Yes it takes just a few train trips for a Swiss Pass to pay off - also good for 50% off cable cars and funiculars, etc.

I would suggest the Grindelwald area for the Alpine experience - it don't have the Matterhorn but it has so so much more - a whole range of high Alps you can see from your hotel balcony and a lot more hotels so you may get a one-night stay - maybe not - but to me the Grindelwald area is just as awesome or more as the Matterhorn and its enjoyable does not hinge on one solitary peak being not in the clouds or fog the day or two you are there.

And you do not have to ski to get around the Jungfrau Region - there are toy-like trains going everywhere and a zillion aerial gondolas - these trains IME are more scenic than the Glacier Express, to me one of the most overrated over-hyped scenic trains in Europe - the Bernina Express to me is tops but it is far removed from either the Interlaken or Zermatt areas.

https://www.google.com/search?q=jung...w=1455&bih=977

For lots of great info on Swiss trains, passes, the Jungfrau Region yes check www.swisstravelsystem.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 10:24 AM
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Hi PalenQ,

Thanks for the suggestion and websites.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 11:15 AM
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Well neither Iceland nor Denmark is a budget area either - you seem to be picking only high budget places. Also ones with a very good likelihood of bad weather in the winter.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 11:21 AM
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And so much "on the beaten track" in the winter!! LOL
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 02:32 PM
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It may be hard to get a one-day rental over Christmas, a huge winter sports skiing time but in Interlaken you could possible find something - especially if you are young and could stay at the legendary Balmer's Auberge youth hotel.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 10:43 PM
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Hi nytraveler & Gretchen,

I am aware of the extreme weathers during winter times in all these country.

This is actually my honeymoon trip and the country we select are some of my hubby and my preferred tourist destination. Denmark is included of the cheap tickets to Iceland.Of course, budget is set by my hubby and we want to enjoy without going bankrupt/living poorly back in our home country.

Thanks anyway for the honest advice and feedback.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 10:45 PM
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Hi PalenQ,

Thanks and will take into consideration.
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Aug 3rd, 2014, 09:02 AM
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If you just want to take a quick look at the awesome Swiss Alps and can only stay a night or two yes Interlaken or villages and towns near it, like Spiez, regally crowning a hill overlooking Lake Thun with a castle of your dreams, it is only about 15 minutes by train from Interlaken - I note you are honeymooning so no to Balmer's!

The Interlaken Tourist Office web site lists all accommodations from hostels to B&Bs to the fanciest hotels (like the famous venerable Victoria-Jungfrau, which now doubles as a fat farm and is still the swankiest hotel in the area - the tourist office also books rooms.
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Aug 3rd, 2014, 09:44 AM
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Of course you are under no obligation for provide any of the info that would help people make specific recos - such as your full itinerary and a specific idea of hotel budget per night.

But you are making it very difficult for people to help you - and frankly no longer worth the trouble.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 07:45 AM
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Also, I would like to experience a scenic train ride during winter by bernina express or glacier express>

Well I'd cross those two off unless you want to travel to the far southeastern part of Switzerland, which is a long way from either Zermatt or Interlaken - the GE starst in Zermatt but then is an 8-hour marathon to St Moritz where the Bernina Express starts from to go over the Brunig Pass to Italy. To me the most scenic train trip in Europe.

But from Interlaken you can take another legendary scenic train - the Golden Pass to Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva and a sweet town to stay in with lots of easy excursions to make -you get to experience the Germanic part of Switzerland and the significantly different Francophone part.

The Golden Pass has observation 'panoramic' cars and also vaunted VIP seats where you sit next to the driver and simulate driving the train!
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Aug 5th, 2014, 09:10 AM
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http://www.goldenpass.ch/?Language=EN

Oficial site of Golden Pass scenic train with mention of VIP seats.
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Aug 18th, 2014, 04:25 AM
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If the OP is still checking: I have some video footage I shot while riding the GoldenPass between Gstaad and Zweisimmen in winter. Each of the three videos is about 2 minutes long. Would be happy to send you (or anyone else interested) the video files by www.wetransfer.com if you give me an email address.
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