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Barcelona vs Lisbon
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I’m trying to cut some places out of my trip to give us a few more days in other places, and cut down some of the long train trips.

I’m now thinking about either cutting Barcelona or Lisbon. I think I’d rather cut Barcelona, but if we’re only going to be in Lisbon for three days the 10 hour train from Lisbon to Madrid seems a little bit much.
Any suggestions?
Also I’m going to be in Switzerland for about 4 days and was thinking about spending most of that time in Interlaken, any other suggestions? We were hoping for somewhere a little more laid back (aka not a big city)
And any other suggestions would be appreciated!!!

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Barcelona is probably my favorite city, but I really enjoyed my brief stay in Lisbon as well, so I don’t think you’ll go wrong either way. If you choose Lisbon, the train ride is a bit long, but if you’re doing it overnight you’ll be making good use of those ten hours and not really losing much productive time. Easyjet also has a morning flight on March 29 that you could grab for about 30 euros and land in Madrid at 9:40.

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If you’re going to Interlaken, I’d recommend giving that town itself a miss and head up the Lauterbrunnen valley and stay in one of the towns there (Gimmelwald, Grindelwald, Muerren, etc). It is MUCH more laid back than Interlaken. Interlaken itself is cool to use as a place to stock up on stuff or to organize crazy sporty outings like river rafting or hang gliding or whatever, but it’s also a crazy party town. Not to say it isn’t nice, but I’d rather spend my time hiking through flower/cow-infested meadows walking up to glaciers from Gimmelwald, if you know what I mean.

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caliente wrote:
I’m trying to cut some places out of my trip to give us a few more days in other places, and cut down some of the long train trips.
Any suggestions?
And any other suggestions would be appreciated!!!
Been to Barcelona and Lisbon numerous times; I like both! But your proposed itinerary includes Madrid; so you are apparently planning for the (overnight) Lusitania Expres between Madrid & Lisbon.

Renfe & CP have been upgrading the railbed between Madrid & Lisbon, so the travel time on the train will be cut to about 4-hours one of these days. As far as I know, there hasn’t ben an announcement yet …

I believe Vueling (a discount airline based in Barcelona) flys Barcelona – Lisbon. You might consider flying BCNLIS, then coming back to Madrid by Tren or MotorCoach.

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Good point Feicht, Interlaken is definitely not the sleepy Swiss town you may be hoping for. I stayed there on my first trip, and i had a blast because I was looking for a party town and that’s what I got. Interlaken is an amazing place to feel at home with other backpackers and admire the view of the mountains, but you have to get out of town to experience them.

I am right with Feicht on saying get up to Gimmelwald or Murren. I have stayed at the mountain hostel in Gimmelwald twice, and I think that is what you are looking for. I think Lucerne is a good option too, seems to be a little warmer and not as hustle-bustle as Geneva and Zurich, but quintessential Swiss.

As far as Lisbon/Barcelona. I think Lisbon is a must, but being so far out of the way, it is a burden to agendas, that’s for sure. I mean, Lisbon and Barcelona are totally different, and Lisbon will seem sleepy in comparison. My advice would be to skip Madrid, fly from Lisbon to Barcelona, and then hit Madrid on the next trip!

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I’ll never stop recommending Gimmelwald. Just a 20 minute train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, then an even quicker bus or 1 hours+ walk to Gimmelwald’s cable car. Most peaceful place I’ve ever been.

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aussie09 wrote:
I’ll never stop recommending Gimmelwald. Just a 20 minute train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, then an even quicker bus or 1 hours+ walk to Gimmelwald’s cable car. Most peaceful place I’ve ever been.

Yeah we had good weather when I went, so we took the train (private company, IIRC) to Lauterbrunnen, then walked to Stechelberg to take the cable car up. I can’t keep from mentioning it’s just one of those places where no matter where you point your camera, you get an amazing shot.

EDIT: Actually, my profile pic was taken in Lauterbrunnen, come to think of it

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It depends what are you looking for.
Both cities are quite different, both have their great places and athmosphere to experience. Barcelona is great to do sightseeing of various of the most bizarre structures in western Europe (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batló, etc. ). You will feel a young environmnent and the vibe will always be fresh and alive; people are coming and departing all of the time. So if you like history, good time and a vibrant city I would say Barcelona.
The best place to stay is the old town known as Ciutat Vella, there you will find the narrow streets and gothic cathedrals that give the city that mysterious touch. I would reccomend the Hotel Turin, just off las Ramblas and close to every attraction the city has to offer.

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