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Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

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Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

We are arriving in Zurich on Dec. 15, 2011. We plan to make it to Paris by December 22 or 23. That gives us about a week. We don't necessarily plan on staying in Zurich, but plan to move on immediately. We are considering all options!

Maybe: traveling by train along the France/German border, Black Forest area, then over to Paris. Any must-see stops? We'll consider staying in one town (like Frieburg or Strasbourg) and taking day trips from there.

Maybe: If there's not much to be done along the border, we are thinking we might fly to either Berlin or Prague for a couple of days. Basically, we're willing to take short train trips or flight (2 hours or less) to any given town/city. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

Why not just journey 2 hours in to Switzerland, instead of hovering aorund Germany and France

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2. Re: Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

Stuttgart ( www.stuttgart-tourist.de ) is by far the largest city north of Zurich and there's a lot of excellent things to do there and nearby. Stuttgart has excellent museums including the Mercedes Benz and Porsche ones, three large mineral baths, Europe's largest combination zoo-botanical garden Wilhelma ( www.wilhelma.de ), world renown ballet, and Germany's most honored opera house. The Christmas Market ( www.stuttgarter-weihnachtsmarkt.de only in German) is one of Germany's largest, oldest, most visited and most beautiful and open until 23Dec..

Within the metropolitan area and 15 minutes away by S-bahn are Esslingen ( www.esslingen.de ) which has an excellent well-preserved medieval oldtown center and is home to the excellent themed Medieval & Christmas Market open through 22Dec; Ludwigsburg ( www.ludwigsburg.de ) is home to Germany's largest perfectly-preserved (all original) palace (in www.schloesser-magazin.d/en ), called the "Swabian Versailles", with several days' worth of excellent things to see including the longest and best palace tours that I've been on in Europe, and hosts the themed Baroque Christmas Market open through 22Dec.

Almost any town at the end of the 6 S-bahn lines is enjoyable for a few hours, such as Weil der Stadt which is the birthplace of the astronomer/mathematician Keppler, Marbach of the poet Schiller, and Schorndorf of the automobile inventor Daimler. All have museums dedicated to their favorite sons.

All of the above places are easily accessible with inexpensive day tickets of the local VVS ( www.vvs.de ) transportation system.

A few close places accessible with a Baden-Wuerttemberg group (2-5 people) train ticket for 29€ are: Tuebingen ( www.tuebingen.de ), our favorite town in Germany and quintessential Germany, with its hilly cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, castle, interesting nontourist shops, one of Europe's oldest universities, and the delightful nextdoor well-preserved medieval Bebenhausen Monastery (in www.schloesser-magazin.de/en ); the lovely mountain valley spa town of Bad Urach ( www.badurach.de ); Metzingen ( www.metzingen.de ) which has Germany's most factory outlets for some inexpensive shopping; Besigheim ( www.besigheim.de ) which was recently voted Germany's most picturesque wine place; and for a fairytale-like castle, Burg Hohenzollern ( www.burg-hohenzollern.com ).

So that's more than enough for you to do on a short visit. Stuttgart is connected directly with Paris by the French TGV trains ( www.bahn.com ). You could also stop over in Strasbourg along the way.

Edited: 28 November 2011, 16:40
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3. Re: Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

We're open to Switzerland, too, but since we're headed north and west I figured we'd move in that direction. If I knew the hot spots near Zurich, then we'd go! Got Switzerland suggestions? We've been to Bern, Lucerne, and Interlaken (and Gimmelwald) in the summer, and are open to repeats for winter if it offers something new. We're open to all suggestions!! Thanks!

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4. Re: Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

AWESOME suggestions! That's exactly the kind of info we were looking for!! Any suggestions about Black Forest...cities to visit, things to do in winter? Thank you!

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5. Re: Zurich to Paris...suggestions?

I really don't care for the Black Forest ( www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info ), although there's nothing wrong with it. Freiburg and Baden-Baden are on its western edge. My favorite attraction there is closed in Winter, the outdoor museum of old Black Forest farmhouses. When you're talking about the Black Forest there are no real cities, mainly small towns and villages. The higher part of the mountains may have snow, but it's not guaranteed.

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