Well, I just got back from Switzerland. My God, that is the most beautiful country but it is horribly expensive. $12 for a Big Mac meal? (I didn’t get it, just saw the price)
OK, places I went:
St. Moritz: spectacular, gorgeous, lavish. The freaking Palace Hotel has a Rolls that can pick you up at the Bahnhof.
Lucerne: See the Lion. When you know the story of why it was carved and then look at the expression of pain and grief on the lion’s face, you will be moved. The bridge is very pretty.
Zurich: everything along the water is beautiful. Seriously. I mean it.
Zermatt: Sitting in the heart of the Alps, it is such a small town. I liked that cars are not allowed (all vehicles are electric). Riding the gondola to the top of the mountain literally takes your breath away (you’re over 14,000 feet up and get light-headed if you are not used to it). Went inside the glacier as well. Only two downsides:
- It is all uphill. When you get off the train you walk uphill through the main street. Then the majority of the lodging is up a series of stairways along the streets. Not being a Stair Master, I had a hard time, especially since the town is already a mile up. Need to work on my thighs before I go back.
- EXPENSIVE!!! We stayed in a hostel, thinking it would be cheaper. HAH! Two rooms with two twin beds, each with a bathroom but no TV, phone or Wi-Fi cost over $400. The room was maybe 10x10. Next time I’m bringing a butt load of cash.
Geneva: The lake, the Calvinist cathedral, the fountain. Amazing. And CERN was too cool for nerds like me and my son. They were running an experiment at the time so we couldn’t go underground into the ring but we were able to look in on the ATLAS control room. We were grinning from ear to ear.
A little advice: if you can get by just riding trains or trams then do it. They are clean, comfortable and quick. If you must rent a car, you better be able to drive stick and handle a car like Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity. The divers are nuts.