View of Lake Lucerne from the Pilatus

View of Lake Lucerne from the Pilatus

photo by Ttrainer (wikimedia commons)

Fantastic Roadtrips on Your Campervan Holiday

photo by Andrew Bossi (wikimedia commons)View of Interlaken from Schynige Platte Photo by Andrew Bossi (wikimedia commons)

Switzerland is one big, fabulous road trip for morothome rental or campervan hire vehicles.  Here are just two options which should give you some good ideas.

The short on time route- Zurich to Zermatt

Collect you vehicle from Zurich and travel the short distance to Lake Lucerne

The car free old town is a great place to wonder round there are also some excellent coffee shops and restaurants, sit here and admire the Chapel Bridge one of Lucerne’s famous monuments, before perhaps taking a boat trip on the lake, or if you don’t fancy taking to the water, a walk along the promenade.  From here it is also possible to take the cogwheel train to the top of Dragon Mountain or Pilatus Kulum, to take in the view.

From Lucerne head for Interlaken one and a half hours via the wooded Brunig pass, stopping off at the Aareschlucht Falls and taking the path between the mountain ridges.  Find yourself somewhere to stay for the night, before spending time exploring the gateway to the Jungfrau area.  If you like scenic train journeys the one across the alpine pastures, via the Eiger, to Europe’s highest railway station is a must.  If you’re spending a few days here try and visit the Beatus Caves on the eastern shores of Lake Thun, with its mirror grotto and a 40,000 year old stalactite

From Interlaken take the road to Zermatt for a 3 hour drive.  Zermatt is another vehicle free zone in the mountains, from here there are incredible views of the Matterhorn and it’s also the home to Europe’s highest vineyard.

A leisurely week

Follow the Zurich to Zermatt route but, when you’ve reached Interlaken, head for Geneva; the smallest metropolis in the world, and the seat of both the Red Cross and the United Nations.  This is a very relaxing place to stay with its beautiful lake and huge water fountain, the historic old town is also somewhere tosprnd hours, getting lost in the maze of streets.  From here you will have to double back to Zermatt and from there is a challenging five and a half hour journey to St. Moriz.  If you were travelling by train this would be the glacier express, and you will follow the train at some points including at the incredible Rhone Glacier and the Furka Pass.

You’ve made it and I’m sure the journey was worth it. Take some time to rest in the elegant resort of St. Moritz.  It’s possible to spend two weeks here, there’s so much to do and so many places to explore, so take as long as you need.

You’ve ‘done’ St. Moritz and its time to move onto Ascona.  Travel across the Bernia Pass towards Italy, Lake Como and Lugano on a three and a half hour journey.  Ascona is a beautiful bay on Lake Maggiore and one of Switzerland’s most popular five star resorts.  Take a cruise on the river or visit some of the nearby villages or just take in the Italian atmosphere.

This is only a small taster of what is possible on a campervan hire or motorhome rental holiday in Switzerland; if you have longer the opportunities are endless.

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