Family Travels
Europe Trip 2002
Things to Do -- Places to See
On our second trip to Europe in 2002, we
went a little more structured.  We spent more
time researching travel books for sights to
see and places to stay.  Most importantly, we
learned how to "home base"  That means to
choose an area to stay and day-trip
out...sometimes even driving one or two
hours away.  For example, we stayed in
Lindau on the Germany/Austrian border on
Lake Constance...from here we day tripped to
see the castles of Barvaria, Germany, we
spend a day in the beautiful countryside of
Appenzell, Switzerland, and a quick trip to
Liechyenstein.  We actually save time this
way by not unloading, unpacking and
repacking suitcases and cars.
We learned to pack light.  We brought a
collapsible cooler and visited grocery stores
and markets to buy supplies for picnics.
Lessons Learned
***Pack light, Pack light, Pack light

*** Buy a collapsible cooler when you arrive in Europe and buy groceries
and visit markets for cheese, meats and fruits for Picnics.

***Cash in travel award programs like Hilton Honors and use points for
free hotel stays.

***Learn to Home-Base....stay in one area for longer periods and day trip
--Three nights Munich--day trip to Dachau
--Two nights Rothenburg--Drive Thru Barvaria
--Two nights Lindau, Germany to visit Switzerland and Liechtenstein
--Three nights Gimmelwald
--Two nights Alsace--Colmar and Wine Road
--Four nights Normandy
Combine Themes in your Trip Planning

We visited Dachau, a concentration camp
near Munich, The Beaches of Normandy,
the memorable cemetery filled with white
crosses in St. Laurents, an excellent WWII
museum in Caen.
The Swanson Family
invades the Swiss
Alps
Rothenburg
Medieval Ages comes to life.
       Try New Foods
***Spatzl--Love Spatzl (Germany)
***Fondue---in Switzerland
**Mussels or Moules in Normandy
                Highlights
*****Gimmelwald...probably one of the most
special places on earth  Stay at Walter's
****Munich--We love this city!
****Rothenburg--especially at night
***Chateau Chillon--This 700 year old castle
will delight you.
***Colmar--a wonderful little town
***Hellbrunn Palace and Salt Mines
**The mussels of Normandy....even if you
think you don't like mussels....even if you
really hate mussels...try them here.

Don't Do's
Don't try to drive to Baden-Baden from
Colmar--it is a longer trip than it looks...
           How We Traveled
**Arrived Munich and used public  
transportation for two days

***Rented Car as leaving Munich to drive to
Rothenburn and next two weeks of our trip

***Parked Car in Garage in Lauterbrunnen....
Took funnicular to top....grutsclap to Murren...
hiked 45 down to Gimmelwald....Either hiked or
took Gondolas or trains while in the Alps.  
Picked up rental car from garage on the way
out of town

***Flew out of Brussels, Belgium for flight to US
Germany - Munich, Rothenburg, Barvaria
Eastern Switzerland--Appenzell, Stein
Swiss Alps & Gimmelwald
Western Switzerland--Brock and Chillon
Alsace, France (White Wine Region)
Normandy
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Munich – Residence and Treasury, Frauenkirche, Rathaus, St. Peters, Vitualien
MarketLeave Munich - stop at Dachau Concentration Camp…Drive Romantic Road
Stay Rothenburg – Nightwatchman Tour
Rothenburg—morning walk, explore ramparts, Criminal Museum, town sights
Drive to Bavaria  Stop at Weiskirche and Linderhof, Neuschwanstein &
Hohenscwhangau
Drive to Switzerland as day trip  Appenzeller Cheese Factory for fondue, Stein,
Urnaschs’ Folk Museum-- and back to Liechtenstein for late lunch
Explore Lindau In the morning….  Begin out journey to Gimmewald driving through    
Switzerland to Lauterbrunnen…Park car, take funicular up, cog train across to Murren
and hike down 45 mins into Gimmewald...to stay at Walter's
Morning—Breakfast at 11,000 feet at Schilthorn  Afternoon—Lauterbrunnen Valley Hike
Jungfrau play day….journey to the Top of Europe for sledding, zip lines and picnicLeave
Gimmelwald--- Drive to Bern for full day of sightseeing and swimming…Stay Beulle
Cheese, Chocolate and Castles….Start in Cailliers Chocolate Factory, Visit Moelson for
Fondue and luges, Stop in Gruyere and head to Lake Geneva for Chateau Chillon
Colmar—Explore town and the Underlinden Museum, have fun eating & enjoying market
Alsace—Follow the Wine Route—stop at castles and towns of Eugsheim & Kayserburg
—decide to surprise kids and drive to Baden Baden
Drive from Alsace to Paris to see friends….stop in Beaune to see Hotel Dieu
Drive to Normandy with friends —Visit towns of Dinan and St. Malo—have mussels
Visit Mt. St. Michel – stop for mussel lunch – stop at local fair – visit mussel museum
Visit Omaha Beach, WWII Museum, St. Laurent’s Cemetery and WWII museum in Caen
Fly home from Brussels
France, Germany,
Switzerland
Picnic on a Glacier
11,000 feet
         New Adventures to Try
*****Stay at Walter's in Gimmelwald
*****Eat Breakfast at  Piz Gloria, Schilthorn
*****Spend a day at the Top of the World--Jungfrau
****Hike the Lauterbrunnen Valley
**Visit a Chocolate Factory--and sample away
**Visit a farm for fresh fondue
**Luge Ridges
*Stop for local festivals...if you see one, don't be shy to join in
small town festivals/holidays/concerts etc
Cute Village of Alsace
White Wine Region of France
Lauterbrunnen Valley Hike
Mussels or Moules