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1. Posted by meilim (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 15 Feb '06 00:18

Hi,my husband and I are planning a trip to Europe this Oct covering Italy,Switzerland and Austria for 14 nights.We are planning to travel around with Eurial.The plan is to book an open-jaw ticket arriving in Rome and depart from either Zurich or Vienna.I know there is time constraint but we just want a snapshort of the cities since this is our first trip.Our plan is to arrive in Rome(2n)>>Florence(2n)>>Venice(2n). We are unsure about the next part whether to go from
1.Venice-Lucerne(3n)-Innsbruck(1n)-Salzburg(2n)-Vienna(2n) or
2.Venice-Vienna(2n)-Salzburg(2n)-Innsbruck(1n)-Lucerne(2n)-Zurich(1n)
Pls advise on the best route in terms of time travelling and train connection.

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member, 2356 posts) 15 Feb '06 02:04

I'd say you'd be best off going from Italy to Switzerland and then to Vienna, otherwise you'd be backtracking your steps.
If you come up through Italy get a train that goes through the Centovalli (I am not sure about the spelling) it's a stunning scenery there.
Lucerne is a very nice city, but I'd recommend maybe 1 day or so in Berne, the old city is very beatiful and can be easily done within 1/2 day. A trip up the Muenster is well worth it, you get a stunning view over the city. And from Berne you can get easily to Lucerne in less than 1 hour by train.
That's all I can think of at the moment, but if you have any questions let me know.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 15 Feb '06 02:14

oi! i was gna say ur backtracking by goin to Lucerne from Venice. Its a tough one cuz Venice is due south of Salzburg.

Ide recommend doing the second route -> 2.Venice-Vienna(2n)-Salzburg(2n)-Innsbruck(1n)-Lucerne(2n)-Zurich(1n) But like Pardus said - then ur backtracking in Swiss....and I agree with Bern - lovely city.

sorry this is pointless dribble - i need coffee maybe - did i help at all?

4. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member, 2356 posts) 15 Feb '06 02:51

I just googled the Centovalli, see below:

http://www.centovalli.ch/index_e.htm

Just to summarise my recommendation in terms of route:

Venice - Lucerne - Salzburg - Vienna (with some stops in between, I'd say)

By doing this you get into Switzerland from the south through the Italian speaking part (Ticino) and then head north to Lucerne (and you will pass through Berne quite likely on the way). Then you'll be heading East all the way through Austria into Vienna.
It takes 11 hours by train to get from Lucerne to Vienna. See the Swiss Railways Timetable below.

http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en?

For me that would be the most economic route in regards to time and cost.

5. Posted by mee (Full Member, 138 posts) 15 Feb '06 14:54

There is a nice train connection from Zurich or Lindau (Germany) to Vienna. The first "city" in Austria (coming from Switzerland) is Feldkirch (Yippie! My hometown!!!... don't be jealous ;)... no, a joke, but we have a nice castle where you can eat HUGE "Schnitzel"... about 25x15 cm. No joke!)

Once a day there is a very fast train.

I can really recommend Innsbruck and Salzburg (Year of Mozart. This january was his 250. birthday)

www.oebb.at -> Schedule

6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 16 Feb '06 02:04

yeah i can say im no stranger to Tirol and Innsbruck is hardly the nicest town. Theres beautiful wee towns all around the region that would make great day trips from Innsbruck. Innsbruck is decent for nightlife but doesnt have too much too look at.

7. Posted by mee (Full Member, 138 posts) 1 Mar '06 15:05

it depends on what you expected. i lived in innsbruck and just loved it. its not only the city itself, its the people.
i grew op in a small city and im glad im gone, because its just boring... what do you like about that???!

innsbruck is NO town. did you tried to live in a real town for more than a few months?

8. Posted by mee (Full Member, 138 posts) 1 Mar '06 15:07

did you try, of course.
sorry about that.

9. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 2 Mar '06 03:18

innsbruck is NO town. did you tried to live in a real town for more than a few months?

uh? was this directed at me?

10. Posted by mee (Full Member, 138 posts) 5 Mar '06 01:46

sorry, i wrote it when i was angry (not at you, of course...)

AND i was confused with my english... forget about it