Driving route from Milan to Lucerne in May 2018?

Driving route from Milan to Lucerne in May 2018?

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jm5245
jm5245
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Nov 11, 2017 - 1:20 PM

We plan on flying into Milan, renting a car and driving to Lucerne our first day. With stops in Lugano and Brunnen. Our trip is tentatively set for mid May 2018. From Lucerne we plan day trips by either Rail or car. We would also like to do a scenic railway excursion. I have read the section on driving here. I will order my motor vignette on line ahead of time.

Question 1. What is the most scenic route to drive going to Lucerne via Brunnen.

Question 2. My wife is very nervous about driving through the mountains, The route seems gentle on Google maps but can anyone tell me what it is like.

Question 3. We have been to Mt. Pilatus in the past. What is the best way to see either the matterhorn or some other peak, from Lucerne via rail or tour excursion?

Many thanks

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM in reply to jm5245

Hi jm5245 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. The direct route that Google Maps will give you is quite nice - you will travel over the Gotthard Pass if it is open in mid-May...50/50 maybe with a lot of mountain passes. You can check out this website to check if they are open when you want to travel.
  2. The website above has images for each mountain pass to give you an idea - very winding mountain passes for sure! You can take car trains in most instances if you want to avoid it (or it is closed) click here for more information on car trains.
  3. Well there is no shortage of mountains to visit in Switzerland...I suppose it depends on how far you want to travel. There are mountains close to Luzern - noted here. For a list of the major mountains to visit in Switzerland click here (if you want to go further from Luzern).
    Use the timetable here to check out how far these towns and mountains are from Luzern.
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jm5245
jm5245
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Nov 12, 2017 - 2:09 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks for the reply. This website appears to be a lot of help. I will ask more help as we get past the new year.

Jim

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Nov 12, 2017 - 2:42 AM in reply to jm5245

Hi Jim-

Will you be jet-lagged?

If so, your plan is ambitious.

<<"We plan on flying into Milan, renting a car and driving to Lucerne our

first day. With stops in Lugano and Brunnen. Our trip is tentatively set

for mid May 2018. From Lucerne we plan day trips by either Rail or car.

We would also like to do a scenic railway excursion.">>

The Gotthard pass route is very scenic. More so by train than by car, as long as you do not use the new "basis tunnel." The inside of the tunnel is not very scenic.

Why not take the train to Luzern on your fist day?

Slowpoke

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