Swiss stopover

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  1. Kash

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    Hi all

    Looking for tips please! Driving from Zurich, where we land, to French alps where our ski trip starts. Looking for a family friendly town to stopover for 3 nights. Ideally:
    • Close to a small family friendly ski resort, but skiing doesn’t have to be the main priority
    • Entertaining enough for the 3 kids (age 3,6 and 7) for 3 nights
    • Not too far off the main route between Zurich and Geneva
    • Not super exxie if possible

    It can be a large town or small place.

    Thanks all
     
  2. piolet

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    Interlaken area, Grindelwald/lauterbrunnen springs to mind. Or Interlaken itself, being a town not a ski resort. Stunning, stunning place.
     
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    Grindelwald is nice, especially if you go up the Jungfrau rack railway
    or Zermatt?
    they have a big pointy mountain which is very nice, and another one of the all-time great railways
    'not super exxie' - it's Switzerland!
     
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    Sion.
    Castle, cathedral, nice medieval architecture, very close to the St Bernard Museum and doggies at Martigny
    Good skiing 20 minutes away at Anzere or Cran Montana. A quick drive or train trip to Verbier.
    Good day trip to Montreux.
    Easy day trip to Chamonix
     
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  5. Apresski

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    Pick anywhere, Switzerland is a picture postcard at every turn. All those suggestions are terrific. If you do choose Interlaken, take the train through the Lauterbrunnen Valley, simply breathtaking. Topped off with a visit to Wengen, then on the train up to Kleine Scheidegg, change trains then up to the Jungfrau Joch, via tunnels through the Eiger and the Monsch, the highest railway station in Europe.
    You could then return to Interlaken via Grindelwald, 'chocolate box' ski village. Would be a busy, but fabulous day trip.
     
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  6. Kash

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    I appreciate all your tips, and while Interlaken and sion look magic they are a bit off the main route between zurich and Geneva right?
     
  7. Ozgirl

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    4 hours or 3?? If you want less of a diversion maybe try Bern?

     
  8. elSpike

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    I know it is super close to Zurich, but we adored Lucerne. If you can pull a night there it is well worth it. Even if it is just stopping for lunch to see the Lion of Lucerne you won't regret it.

    There is a best western (Hotel Krone) in the old part of town that has family rooms that were relatively cheap.
     
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  9. piolet

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    Yeah, seriously?? An extra hour for a few days?
     
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  10. Hermannator

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    Try Portes du Soleil, NE end
     
  11. Kash

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    Thanks - Lucern it is! it certainly looks the goods. Not much left in the realm of affordable accom left. Will try a last minute option closer to the time.
     
  12. Fozzie Bear

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    Stay in Zurich. Is a very cool town and nicer than Geneva.
     
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  13. Heinz

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    It is Switzerland remember, so 'affordable' is a relative concept. But Luzern is quite nice. Can easily day trip to Engelberg from there (which I did once many years ago).

    From Luzern take the train to Interlaken via Meirigen - one of my favourite train trips - very scenic especially in spring.
     
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    Interlaken is beautiful. That's the first place we ever stayed in the Alps and it's a fond memory. You should also check out Thun.
     
  15. Luv my K2s

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    Agree with others that you can't go wrong. Too many to choose from and depending on where in France.. i'd say leg it over to France for a stopover especially if you want cheap. As for somewhere in between Zurich and Geneva on route, I'd recommend Bern (spectacular bridges and buzzing capital) or Fribourg (gorgeous small town) or Lausanne (lovely option by the lake).. they would be my picks but of course depends on what you like. Again, if you have a car, a small family friendly cheap resort won't be to warm up legs.. just look at google earth. Have a great time