Driving Cinque Terra to Interlaken

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Feb 9, 2011 - 7:15 PM
My wife and I will be driving from Cinque Terra, Italy to the Interlaken area in early May. It will be a 2 or 3 day trip. Do you have any suggestions re routes, intinerary, weather, road conditions etc. Most scenic??
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Feb 10, 2011 - 3:29 AM
Hi Fozzie! The most obious route is to drive via Milan and to enter Switzerland at Chiasso, heading on to Lugano, Andermatt, Lucerne and Brienz and ending up in the Bernese Oberland (looking at your other post, I assume this is your destination). The trip itself, which offers nice scenery, takes about 6 hours. You can choose to drive through the Gotthard tunnel or to take the Gotthard pass road, which will prolongate the route. You may want to stay overnight in some of the towns you pass. Andermatt and Lucerne can certainly be recommended.

Another option is to enter Switzerland at Tirano and to head for the beautiful Engadine valley crossing the Bernina Pass. St. Moritz or nearby towns are perfect for a short stay. Next, drive to Chur - this section is very pretty as well - and get to Zurich, Lucerne, Brienz, and so on.

The trips can be planned using, for example, Google maps. This will give a fair indication of travelling times. Hotels for overnight stays in Switzerland can be booked here. Please mind that you'll have to purchase a motorway vignette for Switzerland.
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Feb 10, 2011 - 6:13 AM
Thankyou very much! This is most helpful as I was not aware of the motorway vignette.

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