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Motorway Vignettes

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I have read that to drive on Austrian and Swiss motorways you need to pre-purchase a vignette (minimum 10 days) and have it already affixed to your windscreen when crossing into these countries. Presumably if we're visiting both Austria and Switzerland, we'd need two 10-day vignettes, one for each country.

Would I be right in thinking that if we enter these countries by ordinary (non-motorway) roads, and keep to lesser roads throughout our time there, we will not need vignettes?

It's not that the vignettes are particularly expensive. It's more that we'll only be dipping briefly into each of these countries (3 days in Austria, 1 day in Switzerland) in a driving tour centred mainly on Germany and the Czech Republic. Two 10-day vignettes for only four days of travel seems a waste.

If the "lesser roads" idea is a way of avoiding vignettes, people might like to comment on how easy it will be for us to do that in the following itineraries. Austria - we'll be driving to Krems from Cesky Krumlov, using Krems as a base to take the train into Vienna, then driving out via Linz to Munich. Switzerland - we'll be driving to Schaffhausen Rheinfalls from Meersburg, and driving back out either to Basel or Freiburg.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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