Cologne to Rome

Old Jul 20th, 2018, 01:45 PM
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Cologne to Rome

Two of us, mid-fifties, experienced travelers, will be driving from Cologne, Germany, to Florence, Italy over the course of several days in September. Tentative itinerary is:

1. Cologne to Luxembourg City, via Aachen to see the Cathedral
2. Luxembourg City to Colmar, France, via Saint-Avold to pay respects to Grandpa
3. Colmar to Zurich
4. Zurich to Liechtenstein (Vaduz? Nenholm?)
5. Liechtenstein to Lake Como--where's the best town to settle in for the night?
6. Lake Como to Verona or Mantua--preference on which we should spend our time?
7. Verona or Mantua to Florence
8. Florence to Rome

Question is, what route and what must-see sights should we take in along the way and in each location?

Thanks in advance for the tips -

Caleb
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Old Jul 20th, 2018, 01:49 PM
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You are going by car? How long do you have for that trek. IME Luxembourg City and Zurich are not that great compared to other possible stops.
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Old Jul 20th, 2018, 02:03 PM
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Honestly, Luxembourg City is purely just to tick Luxembourg off the list. We could just as easily pass on through and spend a night elsewhere if you have suggestions. Ditto Zurich--it's close enough to Colmar that we could keep on going, maybe just passing through for lunch, and going on toward the Bodensee before popping down to Liechtenstein.
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Luxembourg The Grand Duchy is a lovely small country -to get that notch on your belt I'd suggest stopping for the night in a neat smaller town - Luxembourg City is bland - physically neat because it is bisected by a deep gorge but basically a blah modern city - oh as every city goes has its pluses - like sitting on the outdoor cafe-studded Grand Place - but the countryside has some really neat towns like Clervaux and its dreamy castle.

Zurich is a large modern city with again some neat sights but a bit of a detour off Colmar-Zurich route. I'd suggest perhaps going via Basel and say Schlaffhausen - neat regional town with famous Rhine Falls just outside making a great short stop - and then maybe over to a smaller easier Swiss town to drive into like St-Gallein.

-Lieichtenstein again is a nice rural 'principality' to drive thru - but again how long do you have to do all this - those are fairly long drives you have for a day.
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