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Trip Report Our 'trip of a lifetime'in Europe - trip report

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We've been home for a while now but I thought I would post a belated trip report, partly to thank all those people whose advice I took, either directly or by reading their trip reports.
We are in our seventies, love travel but aware that time is running out so decided this would be the last big overseas trip. We both had places we wanted to visit, either for the first time or because we just loved them. One of the latter is the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. There were so many places we wanted to visit in a relatively short time (six weeks) so we knew that we would have to limit the number of nights in each place and tried to set a minimum of two nights at each town. We also decided on a combination of cruising and independent travel, and chose May/June as the best time to travel for us.
We flew from Australia to Singapore and overnighted there to help overcome the long flight. Next stop was Zurich. We arrived about 7 am, had coffee, used the ATM, validated our Eurail passes and caught the train to Konstanz on the border of Switzerland and Germany. We wanted to visit Meersburg and Konstanz seemed a good base for a two night stay. We found our hotel, the Augustiner Tor, which was only minutes away from the railway station. Our room was on the top floor, comfortable, very clean and with a good bathroom. We had lunch and a wander around the town, and fell into bed very early.
I should say at this point that I booked all our hotels using www.booking.com and had absolutely no problems. The criteria was easy walking from the railway station, light bright room (hate dark rooms) and breakfast included to give us an early start each morning. I spend hours on the computer comparing rooms to try and get the best room at the best value. We paid from 62 euros to 230 euros per night depending on the location and in some cases, we paid more to have a room with a view or a balcony.
Next day was wet and cold but we were on the early ferry across the lake to Meersburg. Such a pretty town, as so many towns are in Europe. We walked and walked, had coffee, had lunch and eventually took the ferry back to Konstanz in time for dinner and a good night's sleep.

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