How to strategize your private tour of Switzerland
I have heard many horror stories from my Chinese friends about touring Switzerland in a few days and going to a different hotel every night. Here is how you could plan a more comfortable journey.
Switzerland is a beautiful but small land locked country in the heart of Europe. Also known as the water tower of Europe, since two of the largest European rivers start their journey in the Alps: the Rhine to the North and the Rhône to the South.
The country is about 350 kilometers long by 250 wide. Not huge by any standard or by comparison to Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing. Therefore is not necessary to hop from one hotel to the other every night when you visit the country. Instead pick your places strategically; thinking of your planned visits and renown places for their scenery.
To help travelers we have designed the map of Switzerland below. It show 7 circles each of them with a radius of 50 kilometers. It takes 40 to 60 minutes by train to cover 50 kilometers and trains are famous for being comfortable and for riding through beautiful landscapes.
Also the map shows 3 color lines to highlight the most interesting itineraries across Switzerland.
The blue line to the West illustrates the main trail for the French speaking part, including the upper Rhône valley starting with lake Geneva and the vineyards all the way up to the world famous Matterhorn in Zermatt. Also to the west is the watchmakers Jura Mountains.
The red line represents the main German Swiss part including the birth place of Switzerland also called Central Switzerland with Luzern, close to Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch, the capital Bern, and the two large cities of Zurich and Basel.
The green line will take you through the largest county of the Graubünden, wild and beautiful alpine valleys including the National Park and the world famous cities of Davos and Klosters.
The above should help you decide in which cities you should pick a hotel for 2 or 3 nights at least. In any case you should not change hotel every night; so relax and enjoy Switzerland.
A map to help you strategize your journey
The four areas are at the same scale