So, we found three sky miles tickets to Zurich from the U.S. so we booked them and bought one more ticket for our family of four. It will be our first trip to Switzerland. We have been advised to consider visiting Lucerne, Interlochen (Wengen, Lauterbrunnen) and possibly Bern or Basil, along with a day in Zurich.
We're also considering Geneva on the front end of our eight night visit. Yes, we're energizer travel bunnies!! We love culture and history and my adult son is very interested in the Protestant Reformation period. I've heard there is a PR museum there. Wondering if it's worth seeing? We'd like for this trip to be a mix of urban and mt. culture.
I believe we'll need to move two or three times, esp. if we go to Geneva. We're also on a very tight budget. We are not planning to ski however, we would like to find hotels, apt. or maybe even hostels (aren't there castle hostels in S.?) with some charm/character for no more than $3000 per week. I believe the accommodations should be located relatively near a train station, as that will be our principle source of transport. We also want to hear where we should invest our time on this trip ---based on our interest in short hikes (if possible in the winter), museums, eating and taking in the sights. We are also planning to take advantage of the Christmas markets, so we'll need tips on finding the best ones!