Hello fellow bloggers! In May 2015 we will be spending close to 5 full days in Switzerland with a total of 4 people. I figure the first day is mainly the flight, settling in, and adjusting to the time change. We will be landing in Zurich, but don't plan on staying there. We want to visit Lucerne and then go somewhere very scenic. Some people have suggested either Bern, or Engleburg, or Murren, or Interlaken for those iconic mountain valley views of Switzerland. It's hard to choose which one is the best! Any suggestions on where we should go would be great. Would we save money as a group of 4 renting one car, or would you suggest we use public transportation? Last bit of info is that we also want to end up in Geneva at the end of those 5 days, to take the train to Paris. We are still in the beginning stages of planning.
The high valley of Engelberg in Central Switzerland boasts an action-packed summer and winter programme while also offering every opportunity for relaxation.
The village is characterised by the imposing monastery and the collegiate church. There are still about 30 monks living and working here today. The Mountain of Angels as the founders of the Benedictine monastery called the place in 1120 is a popular excursion destination for people travelling from nearby Lucerne: the journey to Engelberg by road or narrow-gauge railway can take as little as one hour.
The Titlis is the highest glacier excursion destination and biggest ski and snowboard paradise in Central Switzerland. The Titlis, Engelberg's 'house mountain', and its glacier park are accessible by revolving rotair cableway. At an altitude of 3020 metres above sea level visitors are treated to a fabulous view of the central Alps.
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Austria, Norway, Switzerland have lots of beautiful mountain and valley views.
You could look up trains (specially-built) that offer great views through their huge windows. I believe there are such in Switzerland. I know there are some in Canada and Japan...
Discounting the day in Zurich and day in Geneva, you really have only 3 days. Skip Bern and Engelberg and go Murren / Interlaken / Grindelwald area. Grindelwald is a beautiful village at foot of big mountains like Eiger and Jungfrau. There are options to day hike / take gondolas to scenic view points or take the famous (and pricey!) Jungfrau train to top.
Though renting a car will be cheaper with 4 people, but might be too much hassle to drive around, find parking, trains will give you more freedom.
I really apreciate everyones responses, it will really help us in our decision. My thoughts are that the train and public transport would be less hassle because cars require gas, parking fees, driving fees, and the potential of getting lost in route (where as the train is a direct known route.) Interlaken is my must see place, hopefully we'll make the right final decisions.