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Jan 17th, 2011, 06:18 AM
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but I leave it to the OP to decide for him/herself.>

Yeh to this

but before considering boarding an overnight train at 4:30am think twice about that - if you have a berth in a multi-person compartment the door will no doubt be locked - you will wake up the other folks by having to turn on the light to find your place, etc. a really Hellish experience. I would indeed rather wait in Innsbruck station until the first day train - they run about every two hours rather than board an overnight train at 4:30am.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 03:15 PM
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Ok........so we are rethinking our plans. If we leave CT out of the itinerary....

Zurich
Lake Como
Verona
Venice
Then, what are some other places on the way back to Zurich's airport?????
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Jan 27th, 2011, 04:56 AM
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You could well stop in either Lucerne or the Interlaken-Jungfrau Region before Zurich and each has direct trains to Zurich Airport - Lucerne in about an hour or so. Lucerne IMO is one of Europe's most gorgeously set cities - on lovely fjord-like Lake Lucerne and to me a boat ride on Lake Lucerne is one of the best things I've ever done in Switzerland.
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Jan 27th, 2011, 10:03 AM
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I agree--see Luzern for sure.
There are direct trains to the Zurich airport from there as well.
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Jan 27th, 2011, 11:33 AM
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Venice
Then, what are some other places on the way back to Zurich's airport?????>

Here is an off-beat route but tremendous scenery and IMO one of Europe's most scenic rail routes - over the Bernina Pass route from Tirano, Italy to St Moritz with connections there via Chur to Zurich.

You have to go from Venice to Milan and change to a regional train to Tirano - walk across the square and change to the Swiss train station for Bernina Pass trains - which go up and over the Bernina Pass - the only north-south crossing of the Alps by train that does not involve lengthy tunneling under the Alps - so at the Bernina summit you have a Top of the World scenery - a lovely glacier-fed Alpine lake sitting at the foot of a glacier - really awesome scenery - stay in St Moritz for overnight and putz onto to Zurich via Chur.

There are also special tourist trains, the Bernina Express, that trundle up and over the Bernina Pass on the same tracks as regional trains - so to go in style investigate the Bernina Express trains (require pre-booking to guarantee a seat as they are very popular with tour groups - regional trains go about hourly as well and you can just show up and buy a ticket and hop on.
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