Road Trip Across 7 Countries in 20 Days
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What is special about Europe is how close the country border one another and one destination is unique from the other. Visit Metropolitan Frankfurt, Germany, is very metropolitan but its richness is a melting pot of cultures. Prague in the Czech Republic with its fairytale features and rich history. Stay a few days in Vienna, Austria the “City of Music," home of Beethoven and Mozart. A few hours south visit Slovenia, a small country known for charming towns and mountainous views. Of course, you can’t miss Switzerland up to the alps via a train ride up and down through the mountain peaks. Finally, to the northern tip of Italy. Visit Milan, a fashion mecca ,and lastly Lake Como, a beautiful upscale neoclassical place with villas and hotels along the waterfront. The “James Bond” destination, riding cigar boats and enjoying the views of the renaissance past.
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Hotel NH Collection Prague Carlo IV
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Moxy Frankfurt City Center
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The Street Milano Duomo | a Design Boutique Hotel
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Day 1: Frankfurt
Arrive early in Frankfurt, Germany. Rent a Mercedes Benz to experience the drive through the autobahn. Visit two German Brand vehicles. Mercedes Benz production line where the GTs are built and, the Porsche Museum, a must for car enthusiasts.
Stay at the Moxy Frankfurt City Center Hotel a luxurious, modern and affordable, part of Marriott Hotels in their 4-tier. Located inside the city center right next to bars and restaurants, the hub of activities. The lobby hotel has a bohemian flair with wall murals and with a full-service bar. Great place to stay in the city. It can get very noisy in the hotel and outside. The parking rate is 20 euros a day. Not bad for the city.
After 3 nights we leave for our next destination. We make a quick stop to visit Castle Karlstejn. Take in a guided tour of the residences, chapels and a collection of royal jewels. Quick lunch at a food stall guess what they serve? Hot dog, German style.
Day 2: Alsace
If you want history drive outside the city to Alsace Germany, on the border of France, Germany and Switzerland. Drive from the city. What a wonder! No signs of change everything is in its original architecture, and everything is intact no remnants of the past wars.
Day 3: Arrive in Prague
The next destination is the fairytale medieval town of Prague and its unique baroque buildings and Gothic churches. A European city is known for its architectural landmarks and is rich in medieval history.
The Carlo IV, Dedica Anthology Hotel is in the center of Prague it is on the border of the old and new city. A 5-star hotel part of the NH collection very Neo-Renaissance with 152 rooms with Italian-style furnishings. The lobby has an antique flair and elegance. The hotel was originally a bank, and the original vault was turned into a bar where you enjoy an eclectic choice of cocktails. Onsite parking.
Day 4: Exploring Prague
Take a private tour inside Prague Castle is a UNESCO world heritage and it’s free to visit.
Tour various famous landmarks such as the astronomical clock, St. Nicholas Church, and the old town bridge built in gothic style with statues of saints standing on pillars.
Day 5: Vienna
Drive 3 hours and 23 min to Vienna, Austria is known as the “City of Music” home to Beethoven and Mozart.
Stay at the Hotel Bristol. Hundred thirty-year-old luxurious hotels designed in art deco style and everything traditional. This hotel is in the heart of the city. Busy… Very busy.
See the popular Vienna State Opera. Take in a show.
Then walk the street of Graben stop and visit St. Peters Catholic church built in Baroque style. Vienna is on par with what you see in magazines.
Day 6: Slovenia
After three nights in the city, drive south to Slovenia. A small country with so much character. An undiscovered gem with few tourists. Walk around the shops and eat at restaurants lined along the waterfront. People are friendly and the service is great.
Stay at the Four Points, Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia nothing fancy. Good for overnight stays. Walk along the river lined with outdoor cafes and enjoy the evening sights.
Day 7-9: Switzerland
Head to Switzerland the destination at the very top of the Alps, the last inhabited town.
Drive the car onto a train that weaves in and out of the mountain to the top. Stay in the car or inside the cabin. It was an experience. With breathtaking views of the Mountain peaks, it’s worth the drive and the cold.
The best hotel by far in the highest village, at the Chandolin Hotel, a 4-star hotel with 5-star service. Warm up in Ella’s private Nordic jacuzzi and watch the sun go down and enjoy seeing the dim lights dotted along the village.
Eat at Le Restaurant serving local products. Very pricey but every meal was delicious. Tips: Stores and surrounding restaurants close at 6 pm.
Day 10-14: Italy
Onto Italy the country bordering Switzerland a breathtaking 2 hour and 46 minutes to Lake Como. An upscale destination with neoclassical villas and hotels dotting the waterfront. Renaissance style period architecture. Trees and greenery, bougainvillea surrounds the buildings and roads. Very glamorous and famous with celebrities and movies. It reminds you of the movie “James Bond," as you ride a private boat from one little village to another.
Walk on cobblestone streets and shop for Italian leather goods. Take in the natural beauty of the lake. There’s nothing quite like it.
While in Italy drive to Milan. A very different scene from Lake Como. Bustling and hustling of people through streets filled with shops and restaurants. The capital of the fashion industry. One can find high-end specialty shops crowding the streets. With a city vibe, but with old historical buildings and cobblestone streets intertwined with renovated buildings and an outdoor mall.
Stay in The Street Milano Duomo, a Design Boutique Hotel an eclectic hotel with every room a different theme. Not very Italian, but very close to the main plaza.
Day 15-20: Last Days in Italy
Lastly, the last stop is Lake Como, Italy, and stay at Hilton, Lake Como. Don’t be surprised although a 4-star hotel, with a 5-star price the service is top-notch. 10 minutes from the city center with clean spacious rooms with Lakeview and rooftop pool bar. You can’t beat it.
Driving through the auto ban be careful when the sign says to slow down. The camera does take a picture of the car and the country will find you and you will get a fine, even if the car is rented. We used Avis.
Have change (Euro) for the toll roads.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Dan Cogan’s guide, Guide to Europe's Bone Churches: Prague, Rome, Paris & More.
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