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Neutron145
03-09-2012, 09:34 PM
I will be doing ED in June, and had planned to go from Munich to Salzburg to Vienna. More recently, I wondered if it would be worthwhile to take a diversion into Switzerland. Any suggestions on a way to add this in?

JSpira
03-10-2012, 09:53 AM
It's not really possible to integrate a sidetrip to Switzerland on a drive from Salzburg to Vienna (although the Sound of Music famously sidesteps this issue at the end of the film).

You can visit Bregenz in Vorarlberg and then then Sankt Gallen and Zürich but you are essentially going in the completely opposite direction.

I just drove from München to Bregenz and then to Genf and back a few days ago for the Geneva Motor Show (http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2012/03/geneva-motor-show-forecast-sunny-skies-and-higher-profits-for-luxury-carmakers/)and, as nice as the trip was, I´d much prefer driving in Austria and Germany, at least as far as driving on Autobahnen is concerned (in part because I found the Autobahnen in Switzerland somewhat boring and in part because the Swiss have a 120 km/h tempo limit).

I would said this would be a different trip - I wouldn´t try to combine both and I´d recommend sticking with the original plan.

Neutron145
03-10-2012, 10:57 PM
Thanks Jon. I'm not really interested in going all the way to Zurich. I was considering whether there was a destination in western Switzerland to go to from Munich before heading east to Salzburg and Vienna.

Meiac09
03-21-2012, 05:50 AM
Thanks Jon. I'm not really interested in going all the way to Zurich. I was considering whether there was a destination in western Switzerland to go to from Munich before heading east to Salzburg and Vienna.

Switzerland hates tourists... Unless you're skiing or going to see something specific, I wouldn't go out of my way. I was controlled 4 or 5 times in 3 days for having German plates at random roadblocks and the border crossings, plus there is a 40CHF (40 USD) toll sticker you have to buy to use the Autobahns, which as JSpira said, are boring and remind me of Route 91 in Vermont. Zürich is no tourist town, I was expecting a spotless European banking city, but got a more expensive and equally dirty (in my opinion) version of Paris, with people with more of an attitude towards foreigners and especially people speaking Hochdeutsch (German, not Swiss-German).

I personally recommend Innsbruck if you want another place to go. Its about two hours south of Munich, and if you like mountain sports (hiking Alps, skiing) it is a paradise. They re-did it so it's a nice tourist spot, and Südtirol is 40 minutes south, so you can say you've been to German-speaking Italy. Thats where my signature pic was taken, and there are cable cars all over so you can park in the city and ride up Nordkette or Patscherkorfel (sp.?) and have lunch or just check it out if you want. The olympics were there, and there is also a cool ski jump (Bergisel) you can go up. The only downside, is that generally the route from Innsbruck to Salzburg is through Munich, so you would be backtracking.