Nature and history in a nutshell: Switzerland and Liechtenstein here we come!
This month's travel itinerary takes in lakes and tranquil oases, offering nature, history and modernity: get ready to set off in your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome!
Our itinerary starts on the banks of the Rhine and the bustling city of Basel, a place you are sure to fall in love with, especially if you appreciate art and architecture.
Not only are graffiti and street art tolerated here, they are protected as forms of artistic expression!
Once you have parked your Ducato motorhome, venture into the old town and the pedestrian area, where you will discover stately residences, historic houses and the ancient cathedral.
Coincidentally during 2019, the city is celebrating the 1000th anniversary of this church, which has become an icon along with Mittlere Brücke, the most panoramic bridge in Basel.
If you want a truly breathtaking view, make the 250-step climb up to the cathedral’s towers of St George and St Martin. Trust us, it’s well worth the effort!
And how about a cruise on the Rhine, so you can take in the sights from a different perspective and enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace?
After touring the city, we’ll let you try some traditional Basler Läckerli biscuits while we wait for you in the Ducato, ready to resume our journey!
Drive along the A3 for about an hour and 15 minutes until we reach the second leg of our journey: Zurich.
This time, before heading into the city centre, let's go check out the lake and enjoy a moment of relaxation.
It is surrounded by hills and woods, dotted with sail boats and—in fine weather—criss-crossed by rowers, swimmers and diving enthusiasts.
The lake contains four islands, two of which you can see and visit: Ufenau and Lützelau.
When you’ve had your fill of nature and water, head on foot or by bicycle into the old town and to the banks of the Limmat River.
Have you heard that Zurich is quiet and boring? Nothing could be further from the truth: prepare to experience a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that will surprise you with its elegant beauty.
But now, hop back onto your Ducato motorhome... we’re off again!
It takes just an hour to swap the charm of Zurich for that of Lucerne, along the A4 and the A14.
Steeped in history and framed by the beauty of the Alps, Lake Lucerne is the centre of a truly exciting and colourful landscape. All 114 square kilometres of it!
The medieval-style old town will charm your socks off too: don't miss the Kapellbrücke, which spans the mouth of the Reuss river and which was once part of the city’s fortifications. It is the oldest covered bridge in Europe and is now fully pedestrianised!
If you love the fairytale atmosphere of Swiss castles, plan a visit to Schloss Meggenhorn before setting off again for Liechtenstein in your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome.
It is located only 15 minutes from the city centre and is a great place to relax and get away from the world for a few hours.
We have travelled another 130 km and reached Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, a small country situated between Switzerland and Austria.
Our first stopover has got to be the castle that dominates the whole city, due to its strategic position.
You may notice while walking through the old town that in Vaduz there is only one church, the Cathedral of St Florin.
Liechtenstein has a lot to offer, especially in terms of natural beauty: the area is also teeming with vineyards.
Enjoy all that little gem of a country has to offer, before getting back in your Fiat Ducato and heading for the next destination!
DRIVING IN SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN
To use the road network in Switzerland you must purchase and display a Swiss motorway ‘vignette’ (road tax sticker). If you are departing soon and haven't got one yet, don't panic: you can buy one at the customs office once you cross the border.
Always check the route, especially if you are travelling in the winter season and your itinerary includes mountain passes.
The speed limits are the same for both countries:
50 km/h on urban roads
80 km/h on rural roads
100 km/h on expressways
120 km/h on motorways
Parking and Camping Sites
Here's where to stop during your trip:
- Camping am Schützenweiher (Eichliwaldstrasse 4 - 8400 Winterthur). The campsite is located about 30 minutes’ drive from Zurich and is a good starting point for discovering the surrounding countryside on foot or by bicycle, including waterfalls and forests. It offers 50 spaces for motorhomes and caravans.
Contact: +41 (0)52 212 52 60 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camping Lido Lucerna (Lidostrasse 19 CH-6006 Luzern). A welcoming international environment that is open throughout the year.
Contact: +41 (0)41 370 21 46 email@example.com
- Camping Mittagsspitze (Sägastrasse 29 FL-9495 Triesen). In Liechtenstein, not far from the capital. A place of natural beauty and relaxation.
Contact: +42 33 92 26 88 - firstname.lastname@example.org