My summer vacation is coming up and I am looking into a road trip to Austria…but since I’m far less of a driver than a flyer, I wanted to discuss it here first.
Basel To Vienna: By Car, Plane, Or Not At All?
We will be summering with my in-laws in the Basel region, but I booked some pre-devaluation nights at the Park Hyatt Vienna, which is a city both my wife and I love. As we consider our options, we want to maximize the time with her parents and other family members, but usually do take one trip in the midst of our stay so as not to overstay our welcome.
It’s a long drive to Vienna…about 10 hours. Airline tickets are expensive, but then again so is fuel and car rentals (plus the cost of renewing my international driver’s license…). We could stop along the way…maybe for coffee in Vaduz, Lichenstein and then for a night in Salzburg, a city I have never been to. Maybe a visit in Neuschwanstein Castle on the way back, a place I have wanted to take my family to for some time (even my German-born wife has never been).
Then again, our time in Germany is shorter than normal this year. My kids do not see their German grandparents often enough as it is. Thus, I also consider leaving the kids with my in-laws and flying with my wife to Vienna for a night or two, sort of like our date night in Paris last year.
If time was not an option, I would love to do an extended trip with stops in Interlaken, Lake Constance, Munich, and Salzburg, but noting our time constraints I do wonder if driving is just pushing it a bit too much?
I welcome your thoughts on this. Is there something I am missing? I’d love my cake and to eat it too, but with time at a premium it seems that flying is the best route…or scrapping the side trip to Vienna altogether. I hear the city is extremely crowded this summer…I guess I’d prefer to go on a cold November day.
If we just stay closer to home, maybe we will do a night away in Verbier or Crans-Montana.
Your thoughts are welcome!