Aug 8, 2020 - 11:26 PM
in reply to Kundapur
You can stop off just about anywhere. Having travelled by car between UK and Switzerland up to 3 times a years since 1960, I think I've stopped over in just about as many different places.
Obviously it depends on when you set off, or when you aim to arrive wherever you are going on the Channel coast.
The usual places for a stop over are those situated 'roughly half way' between Switzerland and the UK, highlighted in bold in my recommended route.
Firstly, I recommend the following route (includes a bit of mountain scenery on the pass road across the Vosges Mountains):
Zurich - Basel - Mulhouse - Colmar - D415 - Col du Bonhomme - Fraize - St Dié - Baccarat (famous for Crystal works) - N59 - Lunéville - A33 Nancy by pass - N4 - Vitry le Francois - N44 - Chalons en Champagne - Reims - A26 - Calais.
Particular recommendation is any of the hotels in the central square in Chalons en Champagne (which has many timbered buildings, such as the Ibis Styles). Avoid Reims (too big). Vitry le F is nice and small.
An alternative is to divert off the N4 at Ligny en Barrois and stay at Bar le Duc, a historic town (Bar in French means a place Barr- is a pre-Indo-European linguistic root meaning 'natural barrier'. - there a series of places called Bar along a long ridge in that part of France )