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1. Posted by ResmeN (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hi Guys,

Appreciate any help and advice if possible.

I plan to arrive in to the south of Germany in early June. I plan to stay at relatives for a day or two and then intend to rent a car and travel from South Germany (Munich/Stuttgart) via Switzerland to Paris. Spend a night in Paris then travel to Brussels, spend a night there and then go to north Germany around Hamburg where I will stay at relatives. After that I will need to make my way back down to Munich or Stuttgart where I will catch a flight back out of Germany to Turkey or Cyprus.

I intend to limit this part of my trip to 6 - 8 days.

Is this feasible and if so is the route I chose good. If not I may have to skip driving through Switzerland and go straight from Stuttgart to Paris.

I also need some advice on cheap affordable (20 - 60 EU p/n) accomodation for me and my partner to stay in the likes of Zurich, Paris & Brussels.

Is it worth me skipping Switzerland and replacing it with a quick Denmark tour?

Also what is the best way of me making my way down from Hamburg to Munich?

Do rental cars offer portable gps's? Also are they useful as I think I need them because my wife isn't a great navigator.

Appreciate your feedback in advance.


2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

Is it worth me skipping Switzerland and replacing it with a quick Denmark tour?

Switzerland is beautiful and if you had more time you should give it more than a night in zurich. I don't doubt about the beauty of Zurich but it's nothing compared to the beauty of the Jungfrau region, for instance.

3. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 7y

I have very fresh memories about my travels to Europe last year and I visited almost the same places as you'd like to see now. But I needed 1-2 days to reach Germany from Ukraine so you're in better conditions :)
Well, let's see. Have you seen everything in Bavaria or the advices are also needed? There are many places worth to see there - very interesting region.
As for the next route - you can easily make your way through Zurich if you wish. But note that Zurich is wonderful but quite expensive city. And actually if you have the possibility to return to your relatives again - for these only 8 days it's better to head to France and further directly.
My way for the same period was:
1. Nurnberg-Strasbourg (Alsace) -Dijon (Burgundie)
2. Orleans-Blois and the Chateaux de la Loire
3. Chateaux de la Loire (surf net for Chateau de Chambord, Chenonceux, Amboise, Blois, Cheverny... and believe me - you will like it) - Saint Malo (on the Atlantic coast)
4. Le Mont Saint Michelle (search for the pictures and you'd like to get there too) - Deauville-Trouville-Honfleur at the sea
5. Etretat (the unforgettable white rocks in Normandie) - Paris
6. Paris
7. Paris
8. Paris- Reims (Champagne)
9. Champagne-Nurnberg
Except 3 days spent in Paris all other way was very very fast-moving. So you see 8 days are not enough even for the few regions of France which I definitely advise you to visit.
If you still wish not to loose time in France and to go your way - only to Paris and further to Belgium and so on... note that if you choose paid autobans you will not see the beautiful French province but you will definitely make your route 2Ń…times faster. The small roads are interesting but soooooo time-consuming....
As for accomodation - that's not a problem at all. In each small city you can find B&B hotel (30-40 euro), Etap (30-35 euro), Formula 1 (30 euro - but I never stayed there - I was told that in these hotels the rooms may be without a shower), Ibis (40-70 euro). You can look for this hotels also in Paris and in other countries. All net hotels are mainly situated not in the centre- but it's even more convenient because of the parking available. We usually stayed in B&B and Ibis - the conditions are quite good for the price offered especially in Ibis. And you can always make the reservation through internal hotel system for the next city on the way - very convinient.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I ditto Jungfrau--and Interlaken in general. Very beautiful, indeed. Switzerland is simply amazing.

5. Posted by ResmeN (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Thank you all for your detailed replies.

After chopping and changing many the European leg of itinerary at present it looks something like this:

Day 1: Munich
Day 2: Munich to Stuttgart with train
Day 3: Stuttgart, fly to Paris
Day 4: Paris
Day 5: Paris train to Munich
Day 6: Munich, fly to Istanbul

The only place I require accomodation is in Paris. Would it be okay for me to find accommodation once I arrive in Paris? I will be there late June.

I'm going to have to leave the rest of the beautoful places you have listed for next time :(

How do I go about purchasing the train tickets for me and my wife from Paris to Munich?

6. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

What a trip! Are you serious??

If you would travel like this, I suggest you save up your money and not to go! What could you really see if you spend only few hours in one place?

7. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 7y

You should definitely book accomodation in Paris in advance. Especially if you arrive there on weekend.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Mar-2009, at 23:46 by galka_mak ]

8. Posted by ResmeN (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hi Guys,

Thanks for your replies.

I will definitely book the accommodation in advance.

I have changed the trip and now looks like this:

Day 1: Munich
Day 2: Munich fly/rail to Paris
Day 3: Paris
Day 4: Paris
Day 5: Paris fly/rail to Munich
Day 6: Munich, fly to Istanbul