The main thing – to know the correct routes and do not forget to wear a seat belt. We open wider the windows, make the music louder and put pressure on the gas – we have prepared for you the most interesting auto travel route through the center of Europe – Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Italy.
We leave from Germany, from an island in the city of Lindau on Lake Constance. Before the start, you can walk along the historical part of the city, between the old houses with tiled roofs, walk along the embankment to the lighthouse, take a photo for memory – and go.
To get to Switzerland you have to travel about 450 kilometers along the Alpine road – one of the most beautiful European routes. Along the way, you will meet many small Bavarian cities and villages. For example, the village of Oberstaufen, where a colorful feast of cattle-driving from alpine pastures is held in September Or Ettal monastery in the mountainous part of Bavaria, one of the largest Baroque monuments in southern Germany. Do not forget to stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, an alpine ski resort, with picturesque mountain gorges and houses in the medieval style. As well as Bad Tölz, located at an altitude of 670 meters above sea level. A detailed map of this part of the route can be downloaded.
But the main thing on the Alpine highway is not even villages and cities, but a stunning view from mountain serpentine to alpine meadows, snowy peaks and dense forests with medieval castles. One of them is Neuschwanstein Castle, not far from the Austrian border, which became the prototype of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris.
You can stay overnight in a family hotel or a small guesthouse, which is enough for the entire length of the route.
On the way to Switzerland do not forget to call in Liechtenstein. The state is small, but it also has its own locks. One of them is Vaduz Castle, the official residence of the ruling prince of Liechtenstein. You will not be able to get into the castle, but now you can tell everyone that you have been to Austria – visually, these countries are not much different, perhaps by mailbox design.
You can start a trip to Switzerland from Zurich, and it is better to spend at least a day in the city itself. To see as much as possible in a short time, follow the scheme: 1) sights (St. Peter’s Church, Grossmünster Cathedral and others), 2) old streets and the embankment (one of the most picturesque places in Zurich), 3) shopping – Bahnhofstrasse ( there are many shops of popular brands, exclusive boutiques, and jewelry stores).
From Zurich, it is worth driving to the Rhine Falls (it is only 50 kilometers away) and two small Swiss cities, Neuhausen and Schaffhausen, located next door. In the summer, the Rhine Falls is gaining tremendous power and turning into a solid cloud of steam with stunning rainbows. You can park, rent a boat and sail to one of the islands on the river near the waterfall.
From Zurich to Bern, the actual capital of Switzerland, 120 kilometers. In Bern, art lovers should stay here – any European capital will envy the collections of local museums. The main sights of the city are located in its historical center: Spitalgasse, Marktgasse, and Kramgasse. Here are the prison and clock towers, street fountains and the Gothic cathedral with the highest bell tower in Switzerland.
Then another 160 kilometers to the “capital of the world” – Geneva. This nickname she received because of the headquarters of the UN and the Red Cross, as well as because of the laboratory of nuclear physics with the Large Hadron Collider. In Geneva, with a dozen modern and ancient museums, narrow medieval streets and shopping centers.
From Geneva, head south, through France, on the D902. After passing the 11-kilometer tunnel under Mont Blanc, you will fall into the alpine valley of Aosta, which lies among the slopes of Europe’s highest mountain peaks: Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, and Matterhorn. Welcome to Italy!
From Aosta to Turin – 115 kilometers. Here you definitely need to do three things: 1) step on the belly of a metal bull image (the bull is a symbol of the city), which are many on asphalt paths for good luck, 2) go to any chocolate shop (Turin chocolate is a source of Italians, it is sold all over the world), 3) visit the famous Egyptian Museum – the first museum in the world dedicated to Ancient Egypt.
From Turin, head south towards Florence. It is 420 kilometers away, but it will not be boring – almost the whole way you will go along the Apennine Mountains, stopping in small Italian towns and villages. Going into the shops and stores, do not hesitate to bargain. If you do everything with a smile, you will quickly find a common language, even if you do not know anything except the word Chippolino.