Sue- I noticed your comment that you have traveled extensively in Switzerland. My wife and I spent 2 weeks on Lake Thun and thoroughly enjoyed Thun and the surrounding areas [within 2 hours train ride]. It's hard for me to imagine a more picturesque place. Do you think it would be a mistake to simply return to Thun and use that as home base instead of staying somewhere else? - Don Mitchell, Hawaii
When you find a place you love, I always suggest going back. Do you always travel by train? If not, and you arrive in Zurich, I would suggest going to Thun by leaving the Autobahn 2 at Niederbipp, which is in the Mittelland. Head towards Langenthal and skirt around it to Lotzwil, on to Huttwil, Sumiswald and have lunch at Zum Kreuz Inn. Then continue to Langnau, Wiggen, Marbach, Schangnau, Schallenberg, Schwarzenegg, Steffisburg and on in to Thun. I listed all of those villages, because it is a winding road as you can see, but is so very beautiful, and a grand way to enter the Oberland. You will be going through the Emmenthal. When you go through the village of Barau, there is a shop there where you can buy original cow bells. They manufacture them right there and they have so many to choose from and you can special order as well.....Another drive or train ride I would recommend is just before Spiez, take Motorway 11 into the Simmental. Drive to Zweisimmen, then to Gstaad. I would then backtrack to Motorway 11 and continue to Chateau d'Oex, and Col des Mosses. Next to Aigle and down onto Lake Geneva. You will have entered wine country. I think you will love this as well. I would then continue at your discretion on around the lake road toward Ouchy which is a part of Lausanne. Lausanne is not my favorite, but that is a personal opinion. The towns of Morges, Rolle and Nyon on the lake are just beautiful. This is all wine country. You could veer off and go north further into the wine country and the Jura. . Now, back to the Oberland. I go to Murren every year and stay at the Hotel Alpina on the edge of town near the train station. I then walk up behind on the Panorama Weg and walk to the Allmendhubel, by way of the Sonnenberg where I stop for something to eat and drink and just enjoy the incredible view. This is my favorite place in all of Switzerland. I then continue on to Allmendhubel.
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Thank you for your kind response. I didn't see your comment at first since it was posted on your page as "Sue Zybach left a comment for Sue Zybach". I'm not quite sure how these comment pages are supposed to work.
I can see you really have traveled a lot around Switzerland. To answer your question, -yes; we only have traveled by Swiss rail pass in Switzerland. We were rather impressed since it was so efficient and a good experience. And I didn't have to worry about renting a car and driving in a strange location. It made things less stressful and relaxing for me. One time the bus was five minutes late, and the bus driver was very apologetic for being late and explained that he was late since the first bus broke down and he had to get a replacement! It made me laugh, comparing it to public transportation in U.S. here.
You specifically mentioned a lot of places that sound like they would be nice to see. What caught my eye in particular was Murren and the related hiking. One of my favorite hikes was from Murren to Grutschalp through Winteregg. The hike from Murren on the Panorama Weg to Allmendhubel via Sonnenberg sounds really nice and a must do. How long is that hike? It's hard to get my wife to go on any hike longer than 2-3 hours. I'll be printing a copy of your message for future reference and planning.
Sue- Thank you for your response and directions. It sounds like I will definitely want to see Allmendhubel and Sonnenberg. What probably appealed most to both my wife and myself during our three week stay in Switzerland were the alpine areas. Not only are they impossibly picturesque in their own right, but they make the alps seem so much closer and provide fantastic views of the valleys and countryside below, too. What you just described sounds like an alpine meadow area. I too have fallen in love with Switzerland.
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