My girlfriend and I are thinking about going to Switzerland. It's supposed to be beautiful and from Holland an easy one day drive. We've already been to Geneva when we were staying in the French Alps.
Anyhow. We love the outdoors, mountains, lakes, hiking, cable cars etc. We'll probably visit a city or two if it's close, but we're mostly there for the amazing nature.
What would be a good place to stay that is both beautiful and within reasonable driving distance of some of the best things Switzerland has to offer. We're not opposed camping, but since we're spoiled a little more luxury is appreciated. Glamping (even though I hate the word), chalets, that sort of thing. If possible.
Where do we stay and what do we go see?
So if camping is a thing you want to go in summer right?
Awesome but better bring 150 CHF/day and person even if you plan to camp and plan to not go out at all just for basic fun.
>as the other anon said Lauterbrunnen or the Bernese Oberland around Interlaken is top tier for nature, hikes and other stuff
>the entire region around Lake Lucerne is great and the city of lucern self is pretty ok. Check out the playlist of the KKL they often have LOTR and other movies on a large screen with a live Orchester and chorus.
and if you're a into technology (trains, cars, planes, and so on) there's the Verkehrshaus Luzern
a bit cheaper:
>the swiss national parc and val mustair region in Grischun is stunning but it's a bit far off.
>Area around the Walensee like Amden, Flumserberge, Glarus (lots of nice hikes and nature and not far away form Zurich/Lucerne)
>Area around Appenzell
For the cities it's mostly:
Either Zurich or Basel
Zurich for nightlife, shopping and the sights
Basel for modern art, a more relaxed city and the sights
(if you're into roman era stuff you can find the largest Amphitheater north of the alps near from basel http://www.augustaraurica.ch/en/)
if you have any questions feel free to ask.
>How's Bern? I've heard it's a very nice old small city.
It is indeed, I went to university there for 3 semesters. A nice little city but it's maximally good for 1-2 days.
>pic related, the interesting stuff.
I'd love to see them! But this is the difference between an 8 hour drive (on paper, no stops) and a 12 hour drive (on paper, no stops). For the Dolomites we'd either get there exhausted or take 2 days for the trip instead of one. And right now, for an 8 to 10 day trip, neither of those options seem that great. ;)
In that area bro, the bear pit is at the east end of the big circle (Bärengraben)the wired fountain statue (Kindlifresserbrunnen) is in the yellow quarter, next to Zytglogge and Kornhaus.
You dont go to Switzerland for city-trips.
I'd recommend Davos, Zermatt, St.Moritz, Appenzell, Berner Oberland, the Vierwaldstättersee area, Montreux and a ride on the Glacier Express, Heidiland, Arosa, Samnaun and Valle Verzasca