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1. Posted by rustige (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

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I will be going for a month-long Europe trip during the Oct/Nov period, and I will be flying into and out of Zurich, Switzerland. I've decided on Germany (Munich), France (Paris) and Italy (Venice, Rome) and I have a few questions. I would want to save on money and travelling time if possible.

1. My initial plan was this:

Zurich - Munich - Paris - Venice - Rome - Zurich

Will Rome - Venice instead be better? What about if I do Switzerland - Italy - France - Germany - Switzerland? I would like to do the Romantic Road as well but I'm not sure how to factor that in.

2. I have no idea where I should visit in Switzerland; I would really like to visit Zermatt for a few days but it's tricky to get there and the tickets are.. not cheap, to say the least. Are there any similar towns like Zermatt (ie. high altitude with chance to see snow, near Alps), but for a fraction of the travelling cost?

3. As for Zurich, I have yet to find anything there that interests me enough to stay for more than 2 nights, and if anyone has any Swiss city/countryside to recommend for me to stay for the last leg of my trip, that will be great. Most probably I will be all museumed-out and churched-out and will simply like to enjoy scenic views and nature to round up my trip.

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by MarkS24 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

The thing I wish you hadn't done is to fly in and out of Zurich. It would have been so much better to fly into Paris then taken the train to Munich then gone to Zurich and from there to Venice and on down to Rome and flown home from there.

The way you are doing it you will lose a good bit of time going to Paris and coming back from Italy. As far as seeing Rome and Venice both are great places and would suggest staying in Rome for at least a week and Venice for any where between 3 and 5 days depending on what type of things you are interested in seeing. As far as Zurich, if you have no idea of what to see there i would suggest going to google maps and typing in what to see in Zurich.

What will happen is you will get a map with a lot of balloons which mark the attractions in the city and most often each balloon will also have a web site associated with it so you can click on each one to see what it is. This takes a lot less time then doing a normal search to find out what to do in any city. Hope this helped a little and have a good trip.

3. Posted by budgeteurotrip (Budding Member 38 posts) 1y

I'd probably do this route: Zurich - Paris - Munich - Venice - Rome - Zurich

4. Posted by sowji (Inactive 5 posts) 1y

It's hard to define "Central Europe" these days, but this suggested itinerary takes you not only to some of Europe's hottest destinations, but goes through some stunning scenery in four countries, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany.

5. Posted by rustige (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Quoting MarkS24

The thing I wish you hadn't done is to fly in and out of Zurich. It would have been so much better to fly into Paris then taken the train to Munich then gone to Zurich and from there to Venice and on down to Rome and flown home from there.

The way you are doing it you will lose a good bit of time going to Paris and coming back from Italy. As far as seeing Rome and Venice both are great places and would suggest staying in Rome for at least a week and Venice for any where between 3 and 5 days depending on what type of things you are interested in seeing. As far as Zurich, if you have no idea of what to see there i would suggest going to google maps and typing in what to see in Zurich.

What will happen is you will get a map with a lot of balloons which mark the attractions in the city and most often each balloon will also have a web site associated with it so you can click on each one to see what it is. This takes a lot less time then doing a normal search to find out what to do in any city. Hope this helped a little and have a good trip.

The Zurich tickets were on sale for a fraction of the usual price to fly to anywhere in Europe so I just bought it haha. I have researched on things to do and in Venice but there doesn't seem like much as compared to Rome so I haven't planned for more than 3 days there.. Well, this is a whirlwind Europe trip, sort of! If we decide we love Venice we'll head back one day ^^

Thanks for the tip!!

6. Posted by rustige (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Quoting budgeteurotrip

I'd probably do this route: Zurich - Paris - Munich - Venice - Rome - Zurich

Does your route save time and/or money? I've never thought of that before.

7. Posted by Wanderled (Budding Member 22 posts) 1y

As far as Switzerland goes, Interlaken (literally meaning between two lakes) is a beautiful scenic trip to take. You can hike from the bottom of Grindewald up the Eiger or Jungfrau. There are also trains up the mountains, some of the steepest trains in the world I believe. I also highly recommend Geneva-Montreux french part of Switzerland. Swimming in the clear waters of lake Geneva while peering up to the snow capped mountains is quite an experience. I had to take several trains but you can make it from Geneva to Interlaken and back in a day.

bon voyages,

Tess Malijenovsky

8. Posted by budgeteurotrip (Budding Member 38 posts) 1y

Quoting rustige

Quoting budgeteurotrip

I'd probably do this route: Zurich - Paris - Munich - Venice - Rome - Zurich

Does your route save time and/or money? I've never thought of that before.

I've just checked and my route saves only 200 kms, in fact I thought it would be more time (and distance) saving. So basically is the same like your original plan ;)