We are taking a month in Europe starting August 20 and have the first 2 weeks booked with 5 days on a barge on the canals around Lyon and a week in a French farm house south of Bordeaux.
Planning on just day tours, lots of wine, walks, beach and great French cooking.
We want to head east from there into Switzerland and Bavaria for the last 2 weeks. Being very relaxed we figure we can pick up the pace after France. We are open to all modes of transport so trains, auto, bus, walking, canoeing are all acceptable. Only need is to fit 2 days in Zurich to see some freinds. Your recommendations please!
I would definitely recommend the Romantic Road in Germany… if possible, hire a car for this stretch, but otherwise there is a “hop on, hop off” bus that runs all summer between Frankfurt and Füssen/Munich. Lots of amazing walled medieval towns and quaint villages, lovely to just stop at and wander around. Würzburg, a small city surrounded by vineyards, is a particular highlight. The best part was sunset on the Alte Mainbrucke bridge, looking at the views and drinking wine. There’s a really good restaurant here too (you can buy wine by the glass from the little window here). Further south on the Romantic Road, Rothenburg ob der Tauber was beyond charming, Donauwörth a wonderful place to stop for lunch and Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) is a must see (although when I was there last summer it was covered in scaffolding!). Have a lovely trip.
Take a few days to see and enjoy the Berner Oberland. Interlaken (Switzerland) is a good base. The closer to Interlaken Ost train station the better, since this is the gateway station to the popular mountain regions. Skip the ride to the top of the Jungfrau – at 160CHF t just isn’t worth it. A very decent view and more moderately priced beer can be had at the hotel terrace across from the Kleine-Schiedeg train station.
To give you plenty to do until your trip, research all your train options at www.sbb.ch – there are innumerable deals on travel for tourists on the site, and often even more at the SBB office in the main train stations or towns. A very good ride is Interlaken – Grindelwald – Kleine-Schiedeg – Lauterbrunnen – Spiez – Interlaken. You’ll still be home with plenty of time to clean up for dinner.