“We had two wonderful weeks in Benken, Switzerland, in a big spacious and very well equipped house, with bikes, rubber boat, a nice terrace, a cute cat and a beautiful view over the valley. Jürg, Kristina and their kids Muriel and Joel, made us feel very welcome and 'at home' - everything was made ready for us, and the communication with the family was really great, both before and during our stay. We were supplied with lot of information about the area with maps, touring suggestions, places to see and things to do, as well as all kinds of practical information. We found that Benken is really good located - close to both high mountains, nice cities, lakes for swimming, bike rides in the countryside, small cosy villages etc. We tried it all and feel that we really experienced a lot of Switzerland. Thanks for a great exchange in a beautiful and relaxing area.”
Kristina's reviewsAs a host (5)
“We really enjoyed our first home exchange at Kristina & Jurgs fabulous home in Benken. They are a very friendly family who left lots of useful information for us. The house was very comfortable, our boys enjoyed the pool and all the toys, and we loved sitting out and enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside. We loved being able to cycle from the house and there is lots to do all within a short distance. Sunny, the cat, was very playful and a pleasure to look after.”
“Big clean tidy house, beautiful terrace with splendid view. Very easy going friendly family who left loads of information for us. A very well organized exchange - we can give our best recommendations for Benken :-)”
“We have just returned from a fantastic exchange experience in Switzerland at Juerg and Kristina's contemporary and spacious home. We were able to enjoy a comfortable house with mountain views and access a great variety of places to see. Only an hour from Zurich and between two beautiful lakes, Benken is well-placed to visit north-east Switzerland and further afield. The road and train systems are excellent. It is great for walking, and numerous other activities. Communication to plan the exchange and resolve queries worked very well. They left us comprehensive information on the house and surrounding area which was really helpful. Our house was left just as we would have wished, and we can highly recommend the family as exchange partners, and the house and area as an ideal location.”
“A great exchange - we really enjoyed our stay. The area is ideal for short and longer trips around Benken. We travelled with 3 kids and especially appreciated that we could go for trips on foot and bike straight from the house. When the kids were in bed we enjoyed the terrace with a splendid view over the valley and the Benken village. Switzerland has a lot to offer. There are plenty activities, beautiful nature and cultural attractions in the cities around Benken. (st. Gallen, Zurich, Zug and Luzerne). We enjoyed the cycling in the valley and the swimming in the several lakes. Kristina & Jurg have a very comfortable house and are very friendly and easy going and made us feel very welcome - THANK YOU! We enjoyed looking after your rabbits !!”
Where is it?
Our home is ideally located as a touring base, Zurich is 40 mins from Benken by car or by train from our local station http://www.zuerichsee.ch/en/page.cfm/sightsrz/orte/1810. In the surrounding mountains you'll find lots of opportunities for hiking and winter sports. As Switzerland is so small and travelling around by train or car is easy you can get just about anywhere quite fast. Rapperswil is the next town to our village and is about a 20 minutes drive by car or train http://www.zuerichsee.ch/en/welcome.cfm. In summer our area is ideal for outdoor sports like cycling, roller blading as the area between the two lakes "Walensee" http://www.heidiland.com/en/page.cfm/accommodation-packages/regions/region-walensee and Lake of Zurich is flat and offers lots of rural roads with hardly any traffic. In winter several skiing resorts are easily reached by car within 30 mins. Big resorts like Davos or Klosters can be reached in 11/2 hrs.
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