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drockw1
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re: 22 Nights in Europe
You won't regret staying the night in Hallstatt. You'll see dozens of tour groups during the day...do the salt mines, grab a drink at lunch, visit the bone chapel, etc during that time. (as always, Rick's got you covered Hallstatt clip from Salzburg & Surroundings episode

At night, spend a two-hour dinner on the lake and grab a nightcap on the square. (If you need a hotel rec, Gasthof Simony was our choice which was just fine...book a lakefront room if you can)

Füssen or Schwangau are the closest spots for Neuschwanstein...G/P & Mittenwald will be charming spots too, but a bit out of your way as a home base unless headed for Innsbruck next. A 5-min drive beats an hour on a one night trip. It's all gorgeous out there, so you really can't go wrong whatever you choose.

In Paris, make sure one of your days has almost no plans; that will be the day you remember, and make sure to catch the Eiffel at night. Don't even need to go up...but take a bottle of wine within view and enjoy the flickering lights.

That Band of Brothers trip is on the list for me...just hasn't happened yet
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re: 22 Nights in Europe
I think we will do one night in Hallstatt. I love the way our trip is shaping up, the one negative for me is I wish we could do it in reverse. Hallstatt on the tail end of the trip would be perfect.

Very true, we both love Fussen, but we found it first and I hope we are giving the other towns in the area a fair shot.

Haha you better believe my (very basic) wife has talked countless times about how excited she is drink a bottle of wine in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Man, I wish we were starting in England and following the route they took through Europe. An absolute bucket list trip for me. Until then, I'll let you know how the full day Band of Brothers Overlord tour is!


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
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Haha you better believe my (very basic) wife has talked countless times about how excited she is drink a bottle of wine in front of the Eiffel Tower


Fair warning...these days you’ll likely deal with migrants trying to hock lukewarm bottles of champagne out of plastic grocery bags on the grounds near the Eiffel.

I got pissed after about the 28th time someone bugged us with that, but later I had fun as those dudes ran for the bushes when the cops showed up.

Either set up shop a little farther from the tower or just prepare yourself for a little bit of a nuisance. That didn’t happen to us in 2012, but was prevalent in 2014.


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
Hate to hear it, but I appreciate the heads up.

We’ve slightly adjusted our itinerary. We are swapping three nights in Lucerne for an additional night in Paris and one night in Hallstatt.

Still up in the air on what we will do with the third night.


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
Junction,

This still a busy itinerary, but a lot better. Interlaken is still the outlier. I have read most of this thread but not all so I will hit on a few points.

You will need to get a 10 day vignette(toll sticker) for Austria. These can be purchased at any station on A8 towards Salzburg or at the border BEFORE entering Austria. Cost is 9euro.

You will also need a vignette for Switzerland. I have not been to Switzerland so I don't know about getting the vignette.

https://www.ch.ch/en/swiss-motorway-sticker/

Since you will be driving, check out this website. The person running this website closed it due to lack of funds but most of it is still active. It was used by bikers/car enthusiasts for planning road trips using mountain passes.
http://www.alpineroads.com/salzburg.php

1 of your Salzburg/Hallstatt days can be used to visit the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse.
https://www.grossglockner.at/gg/en/index
Or maybe a 1 night stop on your way to Fussen.

Salzburg
My favorite small city so far

Image: https://i.postimg.cc/tCkMjKJM/20150424-103448-1.jpg


When visiting the cathedral, use the stairs on the left side of the altar to access the basement. There you can see the foundations of the previous church.
Also, you can enter the DomQuartier museum at the entrance of the cathedral. This will give you access to the balcony/church organ area of the cathedral as well as the Residence Museum.
https://www.domquartier.at/

I saw the Eisreisenwelt mentioned. Bring a coat or at least a lite jacket. A little of a hike to get to it and about 1400 stair steps inside. 700 up and 700 down


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
Great post, Jugs. Interlaken is an outlier for sure. The more research we’ve done, the more we love the area though, and the more we think we’d regret it if we don’t stay.

Needing a vignette has been mentioned a few times in this thread, I appreciate you saying it again and I hope that I do not forget haha.

Can’t wait to sit down tonight to check out the website you linked for the Austrian roads! I’m excited about driving, I really think it’s going to enhance the trip. My wife is dreading it and can’t wait to say “I told you so”.


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
Don't venture into the left lane unless you are willing to haul ass.

Driving in Austria is a blast. Don't get in a hurry on the mountain roads. Take your time and enjoy the view.


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
I only haul arse when my wife is hungry.


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re: 22 Nights in Europe
Route Perfect Web Site

Give this a shot, it is a pretty cool map site

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re: 22 Nights in Europe
Thanks! I’ll check it out.


IHS61
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re: 22 Nights in Europe
4 years ago spent 20 days in Europe 2 in Bayeux.Normandy was the highlight..www.battleofnormandytours.com was excellent. Ed Robinson is the owner and is outstanding.Teddy Roosevelt Jr and his brother Quentin are buried at the US cemetery. 32 sets of brothers buried side by side.Also NILAND brothers who "Saving private Ryan" is based on.Hope you have a great trip.You'll notice all headstones are facing one direction, exactly to the
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TheJunction
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That’s really cool. I’m most excited about Bayeux and Normandy. We are taking at least one tour of the WWII sites so I will definitely check out the website you gave!


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