Visited in recent years
In 2016 we added Basel in Switzerland, an hour from Zurich and with lots of flights from the UK, and Luzern which sits in between Zurich and Basel. In Italy, Turin is an alternative to Geneva for reaching the Tour du Mont Blanc. For Austrian trips we have added to previous visits to Salzburg and we have seen for the first time Graz in the East of Austria - quite charming and off the tourist map. In late Summer 2016 we spent a little while in Milan; we made the links by train from Brig in Switzerland and across the plains to Turin.
In Norway, 2016 saw our first nights spent in Oslo. We began with a broad coverage South and West of the city centre, knowing that our forthcoming Norwegian treks fit well with an Oslo break.
In Switzerland we added Lausanne to our notes, a warm and welcoming French-Swiss town. It's a fine alternative to Geneva for after the Tour du Mont Blanc or Alpine Pass Route. Across in the East of Switzerland, while completing the Alpine Pass Route we stayed in St Gallen and liked it very much. This is the last of our big Swiss towns. It's a fine little university town and overlooked by the big Swiss tourist trade.
In Norway it was a pleasure to add Bergen and Trondheim to our notes alongside Oslo. These visits involved the scenic train lines: Oslo to Bergen via Voss, and Oslo to Trondheim via Lillehammer and Dovre.
Our plans for 2019
This year we consolidated our knowledge of Bergen and Trondheim in Norway, while adding the compact and colourful city of Stavanger down the coast. In the Alps we spent several nights in Bern during coverage of the Alpine Pass Route. In the Hebrides, Suze and Simon spent time in Stornoway.
In the North of Norway we will be in Narvik and in Sweden, Kiruna. To the South of the Alps we hope to look at Verona in Italy. This links by train with Milan and the Dolomites. For Austrian trips, Klagenfurt is due a return visit. It's a handy point on the Salzburg-Ljubljana route near Villach.