Monday, December 30, 2019

Discover Europe by Train

Travel to Switzerland, Austria, and Italy by train - instead of by plane. A great mixture of scenic routes and travel destinations worth discovering leads through the Alps. 

The right ticket for a two- to three-week tour with a total of seven days of travel: the Global Pass for 335 euros (those under 28 or over 59 pay only 258 and 302 euros respectively). And until December 31 you will get a 10% extra discount!

Here is a Trip Example:
Stage 1: Trip to Switzerland to Lausanne on Lake Geneva. From there, we like to take the regional train to Saint-Saphorin or Chexbres and relax for a few days in the Lavaux wine region. Overnight tip: the Auberge de la Gare in Grandvaux.
Stage 2: The route from Lausanne through the Valais to Brig, where you change trains, is a scenic highlight. We will stay in Andermatt for a few days for hiking. A cozy place to stay is in the Guesthouse Bären.

Stage 3: Again there are great views. We drive via Chur to Tyrol and discover Innsbruck at our leisure. A great small hotel is Gasthof Weisses Roessl in the quiet downtown of Innsbruck where you can walk everywhere.

Stage 4: From Innsbruck, we drive via Fortezza in northern Italy over the Brenner route to Lienz in East Tyrol. Overlooking Lienz, there is a lovely place to stay, even for a couple of days: Pension Gaimberg.

Stage 5: It leads to Trieste on the northern Adriatic. The combination of Italian flair and Habsburg history is absolutely worth seeing! A much-praised place is the Bed & Breakfast Punto8, located near the old town.

There are now two days left on the Interrail Pass for the return journey to Germany - perhaps with a stopover in Vienna or Salzburg.


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