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Travelling by train through Switzerland and Austria

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Travelling by train through Switzerland and Austria

We want to base ourselves somewhere in the middle, e.g. Innsbruck so that we can do day trips to places such as Zurich, Salzburg etc. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Travelling by train through Switzerland and Austria

You should check train timetables (www.oebb.at) - one would not do day trips from Innsbruck to Zurich as it takes quite some time. You maybe better start your trip in Salzburg and then go to Innsbruck and on to Zurich. You would loose a lot of time driving back and forward.

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Keep in mind that Innsbruck is in the middle of the Alps: Traveling is relatively slow!

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For some of your trip, you might like to base yourselves in Bregenz, which is a great starting point for exploring eastern Switzerland, Lake Constance and the western tip of Austria (as well as Liechtenstein). There is a great train ticket you can get for day trips in the region called the Tageskarte Euregio Bodensee www.euregiokarte.com/en - this gets you as far as St. Gallen, which is a beautiful town in Switzerland, as well as allows for a round trip including a ferry journey from Switzerland across to Germany and then back round to Austria - both of these are easy as day trips.

Zürich is only a 1:40hr train journey direct from Bregenz.

A day ticket for the whole of Vorarlberg (Austria's westernmost state of which Bregenz is the capital) costs €13.30 or €38 for a week - this gives unlimited travel on all trains and buses and even covers Liechtenstein. It also gets you to the beautiful Tyrolean mountain resort of St. Anton as well as the famous Montafon valley in the south of the state of Vorarlberg. This map shows the ticket's coverage: vmobil.at/downloads/Tarifzonenplan%202014.pdf

Hopefully this has given you food for thought for at least part of your holiday. Happy planning!

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We also enjoyed our time in Bregenz. Had a nice road trip to Appenzell from there. On the way to Bregenz from Innsbruck, we enjoyed driving the Silvretta Road, and we stopped for lunch in Liechtenstein (got our passports stamped by asking the border guard, though I'm not sure they will do that for you any longer).

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If you choose Innsbruck as your base, you will be able to do several daytrips such as Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle (in Füssen), and if you are a nature-lover, you can also visit either the National Park "Hohe Tauern" or the "Berchtesgaden-Königssee" National Park with the impressive Hitlers Eagles Nest...the only negative point is that Zürich is in my opinion too far away from Innsbruck for a daytrip...

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I would find it a hard decision to make as basing yourself in Bregenz you are set up for exploring both Switzerland and Austria although if you want to try East Austria then Innsbruck would be the better option. Travelling from Innsbruck to Zurich is rather slow. If you base yourself in Innsbruck you can explore the glorious area of Tirol such as Meran, Bozen, Bruneck and enjoy all the little valleys around the area. Enjoy

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