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hot springs in the alps

We will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland on the last leg of our vacation. We plan to go to Lausanne, Vevey, Montreaux, Zermatt, Interlacken and Gimmelwald. I found mention of Lukerbad hot springs but unable to determine if it is near to any of my destinations and how to get there. Help.

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1. Re: hot springs in the alps

Hi dawn570 and wellcome on the forum

On the way to Zermatt you will find Leuk Stadt from where a bus goes to Leukerbad. You can find all these places on the itinary for Swisss public transport - www.sbb.ch/en (input from Geneva to Leukerbad and watch the spelling) - or on the electronic road map - www.viamichelin.ch -.


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Can you just clarify Is Geneva going to be your base for all of those places, or are you planning to imove between each of the places you listed? I ask this as some of them are very close together (so it wouldn't make sense for them to each be a different base) and some of them are very far away from Geneva (so you would struggle to day trip to them). From Montreux and Vevey, the closest baths are Lavey les Bains:


These are not up in the mountains, as they are at the base of a wide valley flanked by high mountains. Lavey les Bains are, in my opinion, one of the best baths in Switzerland.

You can travel there by train from Geneva (or anywhere along the lake, including Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux). Take the train to St. Maurice and then the bus from right infront of the station to its final stop at the baths (bus stop called Lavey-les-Bains, et. therm). You can plan journeys using www.rail.ch

You could just about day trip to Leukerbad, which is up in the mountains, but it's a fair old way from the lake. You would take the train to Leuk and then the post bus up to Leukerbad. There are two baths, the Burgerbad and the Alpentherme. Of the two, I think the Alpentherme is nicer. http://www.burgerbad.ch/en/welcome.cfm


Leukerbad as a village is a nice place in a beautiful part of the country, and if were going to go all the way there, I'd want to be staying there as one of my bases. I think it's too far just for the day.

Other options to consider are Val d'Illiez (train to Aigle, then train to Val d'Illiez):


These are the smallest of the baths, but have recently been refurbished and would be worth a look.

Slightly more complex to get to, would be Ovronnaz:


If, in your planning, you find yourself thinking about going to Gruyeres, there is a nice spa in that area (not geothermal, but with the same style of outdoor pool):


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3. Re: hot springs in the alps

We try to spend some time in Leukerbad on our trips to Switzerland most every year. It is about two hours by train from either Interlaken or Zermatt with the final 30 minutes by bus from Leuk. There are two popular public thermal spas. We have only gone to the delightful Linder Alpentherme. The other, the Burgerbad, is more family oriented. We enjoy the hiking, cable cars to wonderful vistas, and the beautiful high cliffs surrounding the village. Have a great trip.

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