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1. Posted by rachelwild (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

My husband and I are planning on taking my parents on a European vacation and the only time we can all go is late November. We are from Michigan so we are not worried about the cold temperatures. We want to take trains from place to place and we have an itinerary planned out but we want to make sure that it is doable. We would like to fly into Prague then go to Vienna, Munich, Zurich, then end in Rome. We have about two to three days set aside for each location. We would love feedback of anyone who has taken a similar trip :) Thank you!

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1060 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

The only leg I have never done is Zurich to Rome. A quick check says it's done in about eight hours, or less if you want to buck up. This is an easy yes to your title question. It's going to be cold and snowy...but as you say, Michiganians. That is some lovely countryside through a train window...and those are some beloved cities. Have fun

3. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 232 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

I've visited all the places you mention and have always used trains on my many visits to Europe over the past 15 years (mostly out of season).

Your trip is perfectly possible, of course, and two/three days is enough to see the major features of each city. It's too much for Zurich, imo.....one full day there is enough, unless you want to make daytrips......so perhaps you can add a day to Rome? Two weeks in Rome would only allow you to scratch its surface so the longer you have there the better.

It will probably be chilly/cold but there is no guarantee that it will be snowy. In fact, it's probable that you won't see snow at all, other than on the mountains....and it's unlikely to be anywhere near as cold as you experience in a Michigan winter. You're much much more likely to encounter, chilly, grey, wet days than cold snowy ones.

The best tool for planning rail itineraries for the locations you mention is the official German railway website in English. It carries times & details for all European trains, other than a few private and commuter lines, and gives for/from and within Germany:

https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml

You can get from Zurich to Rome in less than 7 hours with one change of train.

If you've planned using an agency site such as Eurail do double-check your information using DB.

Enjoy your trip! :-)

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 522 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'd expect more rain than snow but generally, you should have a great trip. The advice above to move a day to Rome is good advice unless you have specific plans for Zurich.

Another excellent train web site is the former Capitaine Train which is now Trainline at https://www.trainline.eu/search/ or click here: Trainline web site

They don't charge you any fees; they are available in English; they have all the trains. We always book there and have never had a problem.

Have a great trip.

5. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 53 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'd recommend cutting out Zurich unless you have a specific reason you have to go there and try and get three solid days in each of the other cities, otherwise you will feel very hassled and tired.

6. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting rachelwild

My husband and I are planning on taking my parents on a European vacation and the only time we can all go is late November. We are from Michigan so we are not worried about the cold temperatures. We want to take trains from place to place and we have an itinerary planned out but we want to make sure that it is doable. We would like to fly into Prague then go to Vienna, Munich, Zurich, then end in Rome. We have about two to three days set aside for each location. We would love feedback of anyone who has taken a similar trip :) Thank you!

Would you only be planning to visit main cities or do you have intentions of stopping over at other places? Do gauge your time frame because it might end up becoming a touch and go kind of trip if you plan to include more.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 479 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Another useful website for your planning is The Man in Seat Sixty-One: https://www.seat61.com/ It will help you research the options, find good deals and even find out about which routes are the most scenic.