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Short European Road Trip

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Europe Road Trip

While we can’t travel, we have been dreaming about what destinations we can enjoy.  So we decided to plan a European Road Trip by car.  We came up with…

7 stops, 6 countries, 14 nights, all under a day driving.

We fly into Zurich, Switzerland, and it is time to find the right car.  Getting the right car for such a trip is essential as you need to consider how many people are going, space and mileage.  Click here, and you will be able to search for different cars for you.  The trip we have planned is 1,882km (1,169 miles), so we need to be mindful of how much fuel we may need.  More importantly, comfort is essential when considering driving around Europe.

Zurich - Switzerland

Lindenhof
Lindenhof - Switzerland

After our flight to Zurich, we get our hotel and rest before our trip.  Take a day there and explore the city.  Places such as Lake Zurich, Museum of Art or Lindenhof are excellent places to visit.  Lindenhof is a very serene place as it is elevated, give you the chance to spot several landmarks on the city skyline.  The Museum of Art has pieces dating back to the 1200s with the collection containing around 4,000 paintings and sculptures and 95,000 prints and drawings.

Zurich to Munich is approx. 3hr 30 min drive, taking you through Austria and past Obersee (Lake Constance).  You will drive through Memmingen, and stop in for a feed and drink at Barfuesser. Continue to Munich and pass Lake Amersee, arriving in Munich without being rushed.

Munich - Germany

Munich
Munich - Germany

Drive into Munich as we have arrived in beautiful Germany. Not hard to find places to visit in Munich, but we would be going to visit Marienplatz.  Shopping is first on our agenda, and there is a variety of stores, from fashion, food, chocolate, jewellery and shoes.   You should definitely stop by the nearby Viktualienmarkt, which offers delicious regional specialities and a fantastic range of fresh, high-quality fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.

Stopping for a spot of history and we visit Asam Church.  Taking 13 years to build and completed in 1746.  The interior is divided vertically into three sections, which increase in brightness from the bottom upwards. The lowermost portion of the benches for the church visitors is kept relatively dark and in the design symbolizes the suffering of the world.

Munich to Stuttgart is approx 2hr 30min drive.  We selected a route that takes us past Legoland, just outside of Gunzburg.  Lucky we only have a few hour drives, as we can spend the whole day touring this place.  The drive is a relaxing one, following a 3 lane highway through to Stuttgart.

Stuttgart - Germany

Stuttgart
Wilhelma Zoo & Garden - Stuttgart

Our last stop in Germany and we are in the historical town of Stuttgart.  For the car enthusiast, we visit the Porsche and Mercedez-Benz Museum, but it is an excellent place to visit automobile history.  We are on a short time budget, but we need two places here.  The Wilhelma Zoo and Gardens is on our agenda.   Wilhelma is over 30 hectares, has around 11,500 animals with 1,200 different species and approximately 6,000 plants from all over the world.  Enter the Amazon house to find 2,000 plants and as many mammals, reptiles and fish.

Why we need another day in Stuttgart is to visit Königstraße. Königstraße is a 1.2km strip of shops and is one of the busiest streets in Germany.  Shopping, food and restaurants are along this walking street, with plenty of relaxing areas to sit and relax.

Stuttgart to Luxembourg is approx 4hr 30min drive.  The drive takes up past the Schwarzenacker Roman Museum, is an open-air archaeological museum in Schwarzenacker.  Experience the day of everyday Romans in adventure world you will feel like a shoemaker or baker 2000 years ago.

Luxembourg City - The Capital City

Luxembourg City
Historic Town of Luxembourg City

The centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right and surrounded by various fortifications, lined with tree line cobbled streets.  Visit the Grand Duke; the grand-ducal palace has unquestionably one of the most beautiful façades in the city.  Majestical interior and above grand stairs can be visited exclusively during summer.

Now time to visit the cathedral "Notre-Dame" of Luxembourg.  Built between 1613 and 1621 by the Jesuits to serve as a church to their college (now the National Library). The north gate is characteristic of the semi-Renaissance, semi-Baroque style of the period. Luxembourg is a different pace to the other cities. Plan your cultural outings with the agenda, full of ideas to complete your stay to include: festivals, exhibitions, theatre.

Crossing the boarding into France and onto Metz is less than an hour drive.  The short drive is straightforward and gives us time to explore the local area in more detail.

Metz - France

Metz France
Metz France

Metz is a very affordable town and plenty to see only our visit.  Centre Pompidou-Metz is a museum of modern and contemporary art.  Centre Pompidou new institution is aided in its pursuit of these values by its unique possibility to draw on the Centre Pompidou’s collection which, at over 65,000 works, is Europe’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art.

Saint-Louis was created in the 14th century. Originally, it was an area that was crossed by the Seille river and occupied by money-changers. The Mediterranean atmosphere of the place Saint-Louis is evident in the alignment of the houses, attached. This unique appearance is reminiscent of the squares, and public monuments of the Italian Republics and its aspect is very similar to Siena.

Jump in the car, and we have a 4hr 30min journey to Bern, Switzerland.  Check traffic conditions on Google Maps as you can take the A31 or A35, both the same distance.

Bern - Switzerland

Bern Switzerland
Night in Bern - Switzerland

Through the heart of Bern, runs the Aare river.  Head up Gurten, at 858 meters above sea level lies a paradise of green meadows and breathtaking views of the snowy caps of the Bernese Oberland region, the sparkling Aare river and the city of Bern. The hustle and bustle of everyday life are quickly forgotten when passing grazing cows, rattling hiking poles and playing children.

Those more in favour of relaxation take an inflatable boat. Boating down the Aare, or “Aareböötle” as the locals call it, is the favourite pastime of Bern’s inhabitants. Depending on the length of the boat trip, people can launch their boats at different places between Thun and Bern. Once the boat is launched, there is only one thing to do: to drift along the river. The longest route, from Thun to the Lake Wohlen takes around 4 hours.

Now it is time to travel to Milan and you drive through the heart of the Swiss Alpes.   It is a 5 hours drive, taking you through some of the very scenic areas of Switzerland.  Take Route 6 as this will cover different areas, so you don't cover the same road on the final leg to Zurich. Charge all your phone and camera batteries, and prepare for many stops on Route 6.

Milan - Italy

Milan Italy
Milan Cathedral

Arriving in Milan, there are some many choices to make.  Depending on your time, at least a few days are needed to explore this city. We are keeping to our 14 days so we are going pick just two places to visit.  The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy's oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, Italy. Housed within a four-story double arcade in the centre of town, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia in Milan is the largest science and technology museum in Italy and is dedicated to Italian painter and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.  One of the most important museums in the world, you can expect to find such collections as a myriad of model cars created from da Vinci drawings, reconstructions of his flying machines, and a plethora of his drawings, blueprints and sketches.

Our final dive back to our starting point in Zurich is a 4-hour drive back through a different part of the Alps.  We return back to our starting point, after exploring a very beautiful part of Europe.

 

This trip can all be booked through Go Travel Centre, including your flights, hotels, car hire and travel insurance.  If you have issues or questions either comment below or contact us directly at support@gotravelcentre.com

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