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Rail or Car from Switzerland to Austria

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We'll be visiting Switzerland and Austria in September and have already booked a week at an apartment in Wengen. From there we are planning to travel to Austria and have to be back at Zurich airport a week later. We are trying to decide between traveling by train to and from Austria or hiring a car in Switzerland.

If we travel by train we would go from Wengen through Zurich to Salzburg on the Saturday, having Sunday and Monday in Salzburg, picking up a rental car on Tuesday morning and driving to the Salzkammergut area, staying in Hallstatt or somewhere else in the area for three nights. On the Friday we would drive to Innsbruck, staying there overnight and dropping the car off there before traveling by train on Saturday afternoon to Zurich airport, ready for a flight early the next morning. By dropping off the car in Innsbruck we do not have any one way drop off fees.

We are also considering hiring a car from either Zurich airport or Interlaken and driving to Austria, having the car for the whole eight days and then driving back to Zurich airport by the Saturday night. I know we wouldn't use the car in Salzburg but the price for the 5 days or 8 days is not very different since we get the cheaper 1 week rate with the 8 day rental and we would save on train fares.

I like the idea of renting the car in Switzerland but wonder what the drive would be like and whether, considering the amount of time we have, we will not have a lot of time to stop along the way on the days traveling from and back to Switzerland. I like the opportunity to stop along the way to take photos but we had two weeks in Switzerland last year and traveled everywhere by train and loved it.

I'd appreciate any thoughts about this.
Thanks.
Koz

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