Switzerland felt like I had been there before because of all my reading.
You would need to spend sometime exploring all the different areas and cultures of Switzerland. Where it borders on France, it has taken on the French culture. The same with Italy and Germany. The jewel lakes, majestic mountains, charming villages tucked away in the hillsides, and friendly people are evident in every area.
I was so excited to be there I could hardly sleep. So much to see and do and my times was way to short. I must go back.
The Swiss transportation system is marvelous-a car is not needed. You can get a pass that works on all the trains, buses, boats and cog rail lines all over the country. Some excursions are not included but give you 50% discount with the pass.
The coolest thing they have is when you check your luggage to your destination, it arrives at your hotel. Amazing and so convenient. The trains are clean, smoke-free and ontime, you you need to be early. Don’t over pack as it is sometimes hard to drag that bag onto the train (I found out). The sightseeing trains are magnificient- Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass Line and many more. In addition there are regional railways such as Jungfrau, Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, Swiss Chocolate, Jura, etc.
Then there are many boat trips on the lakes such as: Lake Lucerne Lake Geneva, Lakes Thun & Brienz, etc. You might want to stay in some of the accommodations that ring these lakes. So charming’
Switzerland is an outdoor country regardless of the weather. Take ,your bike, if you want but make sure your legs are in good shape. Or you can rent a bike at the train stations. Not all trains take bikes, so double check.
Hub and spoke travel is the best in Switzerland. Check out a map and stay in one city, then do day trips out and back to see the surrounding area. And mostly, take your time. You don’t rush in Switzerland. It is peaceful and quiet.
I think I saw Heidi’s grandfather!! Let me tell you more about Switzerland.