For anyone that knows me, they know that I like to travel around places that are a little less popular or well known. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy large tourist attractions like the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower, but exploring countries in places like Eastern Europe is more exciting for me because there is a constant sense of wonderment about the whole experience.
When it came to visiting Switzerland the thought process was the same. Why just fly in and out of Switzerland when we could see so much more in the same time frame and explore out of our comfort zone? So we got planning for a 4 night, 5 day adventure throughout central Europe.
DAY ONE: Dublin -> Stuttgart
Our first leg of the adventure started by flying from Dublin to Stuttgart. This is a
DAY TWO: Stuttgart -> Konstanz -> Lucerne
We started off the day in Stuttgart where we went to visit the Mercedes Museum. I would highly recommend visiting there even if you aren’t interested in cars. The museum is laid out so that you start by learning about the introduction of vehicles in general such as the horse and carriage and shows the progression year on year. The layout is set so you walk around in circle around the outside of the room where you can learn about the history of cars, but also the history of that time period as well. At the end of each major change as the decades went on the spiral walk way opened up into a room full of cars from that period. It was honestly so amazing!
Konstanz is about 2.5 hours from Stuttgart by car and I would highly recommend stopping off here! The weather was amazing while we were there and the town itself was absolutely bustling. This might be a very well known town to visit for Germans, but we actually only found it by chance by looking at a map of our route (how we found most places, to be honest!). If you are driving from Stuttgart to Zurich or Lucerne make sure to stop here and take in the views if nothing else.
Lucerne blew me away from the moment we arrived. I had never seen mountains so majestic just sitting in the background before, and getting a sneak peak of the sunset that night accidentally was just the icing on top of the cake. We didn’t have time that evening to do anything apart from get settled, get our first glimpse of the lake and go for dinner but it was just enough for me to know that I absolutely loved it there.
DAY THREE: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus
We had one full day in Lucerne, which started bright and early in order for us to get the first train to Alpnachstad so we could beat the crowds up Mount Pilatus. We ended up spending majority of our day up on the mountain and exploring so we only returned to Lucerne around 4pm that day. There is plenty to do in Lucerne but we opted to go to Seebad Lucerne for a swim while the weather was nice. For only €6 you get really nice facilities and the water is deep enough that you can dive in, something we didn’t appreciate until we visited other
DAY FOUR: Liechtenstein -> Viktorsberg
We departed Lucerne early that morning ahead of our
Once we were done being lazy in Liechtenstein we set out for Viktorsberg, a town on the Austrian border. Once again, we found this location by looking at a map. I wanted to spend a night in the mountains with a nice view, so found somewhere that looked relatively high up and that’s what brought us here! Our hotel was over 1500m high and had
DAY FIVE: Viktorsberg -> Bregenz -> Neuschwanstein -> Stuttgart
Our last day of the holiday was a busy one
I have a full seperate post on Neuschwanstein Castle so I won’t get into too much detail here other than that it is a must visit if you are anywhere near Stuttgart or Munich! The castle itself is beautiful, but the whole surroundings are just breathtaking. It’s nestled in a forest style area so the foliage and general atmosphere is very fairy-tale-esque as you wander around. If you like swimming and visit during the warmer months you can do what we did and stop off at Lake Alpsee for an hour or so. The lake is located just to the side of all the car parks and amenities for the castle and it’s just stunning. You get completely unobstructed views of the alps, the water is crystal clear and it’s the perfect way to wash off all the sweat you’ll work up walking up to the castle!
The drive from the castle back to Stuttgart airport is roughly two hours and is fairly straight forward, but if you don’t have a car I’m sure it’s also well serviced by coaches for these areas.
That was our itinerary in a nutshell, without going into too much detail of our goings on so that I didn’t bore you. It was hands down one of the best holidays I have ever had due to the perfect mix of activities and relaxation. We saw and did a lot, but still had the time to enjoy the sun at a
Is it a trip that you could see yourself going on? Let me know what you think!