Switzerland, Italy and Austria
For our 2015 summer holiday we wanted to do something different from other trips. That meant no flights, but going by car. Firstly we wanted to go to Italy alone, but we figured that if we would be driving to Italy, we could visit Switzerland and Austria for a few days as well. And so we did. This trip took us from Luzern, Sedrun and Geneva in Switzerland; Milan, Florence, Pisa/Lucca and Sirmione in Italy to Ehrwald in Austria. Around 3500km of driving, but being in that area of Europe it’s definitely not something to complain about.
Part 1: Sedrun, Switzerland
The first day of our holiday we had to drive a lot, straight from Venlo to our first hotel in Sedrun, Switzerland. Apart from the few breaks on the way we planned to stop in Luzern, and from there continue on using only local and scenic roads. No highways from there anymore.
We then continued via the so-called Seestraße and Axenstraße towards our hotel. Along the way we came across the towns of Weggis, Sisikon, Wassen and Andermatt to arrive finally at our Hotel in Sedrun. The entire drive had taken us around 12 hours, but we did see a lot along the way.
The next few days we spend our time walking through Switzerland’s amazing landscape. In the few hours left we went for a swim and visited a dam in the area of Sedrun.
Part 2: Geneva, Switzerland
Via Interlaken we went to Geneva. Some nice view along the way, including a visit to the Rhône Glacier, where they carved a tunnel and you could see the clear blue colour of the ice. In Interlaken we had a short lunch, before continuing to Geneva.
Geneva itself is a nice city. It was very warm, but we still tried to see several places. The walk along the lake was the best though.
Part 3: Milan, Italy
After Geneva we visited Milan in Italy. Just for a few days, and it’s especially interesting for people that want to go shopping. They do have a nice cathedral and a few other old buildings, but it’s not the most photogenic city.
Part 4: Florence, Pisa and Lucca
The next city to stay was Florence, in my opinion one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. While being there and visiting the city center we of course also took our chance to visit Pisa and Lucca, two small towns close the Florence.
Part 5: Sirmione
Sirmione was our 5th stop. Located at lake Garda, it’s a very touristical place, where nothing much is to see. The most interesting part is the view over the lake, however that was a bit ruined by the bad weather we had there.
Part 6: Ehrwald, Austria
On our way to the last stop for this holiday, Ehrwald, we visited Innsbruck first. We wanted to go back to the Hafelekar, which we already visited in the winter. The view was completely different as now there was no snow, and it was actually quite easy to get up to the highest point.
In Ehrwald we went to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. From up there at almost 3000m above sealevel the view is incredible.