European Road Trip No. 2 – 2016

Here is my Google Map of our second road trip when my mom and sister flew out in June 2016.

European Road Trip No. 2 – 2016

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-11-49-11Monday, June 20: Drove from Aubigny-sur-Nere, France to Vienna, Austria.  Picked up Vienna Passes at Karlsplatz Underground station. Went to Vienna Hbf to purchase train ticket. Got on the night train from Vienna Hbf to Krakow Glowny, Poland (22:50 – 7:08 Next day).

Tuesday, June 21: Sightseeing Krakow.  Visited the grounds of Plasnow Concentration Camp.

Wednesday, June 22: Took the train to the airport to pick up mom and sister, then went back in to Krakow. Made arrangement with hotel to pick us up at Krakow city center to drive us to Hotel Galicja Wellness and Spa in Oswiecim.

Thursday, June 23: Arrived at Auschwitz for our 8:00 non-guided tour.  Went on a 10:30 guided tour of Auschwitz that included Berkinau. Took Train #D402 from Oswiecim to Vienna Hbf (23:40 – 7:02 next day).

Friday, June 24: Arrived at Vienna Hbf. Leave luggage at the luggage lockers since our Airbnb is not available. Take metro to Schonbrunn Palace.


Monday, June 27: Drive from Vienna to Mauthausen Memorial. Drove to Mondsee to see the Sound of Music Wedding Church. Drove to Bad Ischl to enjoy Cafe Zauner. Drove to Halstatt. Then drove to our Airbnb in Obertraun.

Tuesday, June 28: Leave early to the Eagle’s Nest. Get on first bus up to the Eagle’s Nest (7:20).  Enjoy the views of the Eagle’s Nest. Go back down the mountain, then visit Dokumentation Obersalzberg. Leave Obersalzberg, and travel to the cable-car Untersberg.  Purchase Salzburg Card at the Tourist office in front of the Hotel Restaurant Untersberg.  The cable car is free with the Salzburg Card. See some of the Sound of Music sites: Sound of Music Gazebo, Palace Frohnburg, and Palace Leopoldskron. If I were to do it again, I would take a bike tour to see all the Sound of Music spots.  It was very inconvenient to have a car! Stay in the Cityhotel Trumer Stube.

Wednesday, June 29: Leave hotel at 7:00, in order to arrive at Dachau Concentration Camp at 9:00 when it opens.  Spend a few hours there.  Then drive to Neuschwanstein Castle. We have tickets for the 5:20 guided tour. After tour, drive to Airbnb in Eisenberg.

Thursday, June 30: Leave Eisenberg. Drive to the Maestrani Chocoloate Factory (SchoggiLand). Drive to Chocolate Frey Visitor Center.  Then drive to Lucerne.

Friday, July 1: Leave Lucerne. Drive to the Bern LDS Temple.  Then drive to the Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory and the La Maison du Gruyere Factory. Drive to the Corcelles-Les-Arts Airbnb.

Saturday, July 2: Stop at the Beaune Saturday Market.  Drive to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, then drive to Aubigny-sur-Nere.

Tuesday, July 5: Drive to the Loire Valley; see Chambord and Chenonceau.  Drive up North. Take a stop Le Mere Poulard Biscuiterie. Then to our St. Malo Airbnb.

Wednesday, July 6: Drive to Mont-St-Michel to arrive at 9:00. Spend a few hours at the mount, then drive to the walled city of St. Malo. Explore. Return to St. Malo Airbnb for beach time.

Thursday, July 7: From St. Malo, drive to the Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Explore the museum and Utah Beach.  Then drive to Pointe du Hoc. Then to the American Cemetery.  Drive to Houlgate Airbnb.

Friday, July 8: Beach day in Houlgate.

Saturday, July 9: Drive to Giverny to see Monet’s Garden.  Then drive to Paris.

Friday, July 15: Mom and sister fly home to US.