Have you ever been on a cross country roadtrip through the States? Grandpa‚Äôs Cheese Barn in Ohio, Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho ‚Äìit‚Äôs man made and shoots sparkling water, the world‚Äôs largest spinach can in Arkansas and the UFO Welcome Center in South Carolina are just a few of the many attractions to visit and have your picture taken in front of while on your way to [insert destination here].
Well, believe it or not, Europe has plenty of fun and interesting roadside attractions, too.¬† And while riding the rails is a nice way to see the continent, and ‚Äúbackpacking through Europe‚Äù sounds interesting in theory, renting a car and going on a sight-seeing adventure is better ‚Äì and less tiresome.
Here‚Äôs a scenario of a fun road trip in Europe.¬† Let‚Äôs say you have purchased an ‚Äúopen jaw‚Äù ticket (flying into one city, departing from another) into Amsterdam, returning from Zurich. ¬†I will give a few examples of some places to stop and things to see from point A. to point B.
After picking up your rental car at Amsterdam‚Äôs Schiphol Airport, head on to Arnhem to visit the Openluchtmuseum, the Netherlands‚Äô National Heritage Museum.¬† This is an open air museum located in over 100 acres of woods.¬† Here you will see a number of re-enactors demonstrating the way of life in the olden days, historic farmhouses, mills and homes.¬† It is a full day of adventure and learning for visitors of all ages!
Next stop on our roadside attraction adventure: Brussels!¬† A neat place to visit is the Cantillon Brewers Museum.¬† This is a family-run brewery where specialty Belgian beers (Lambic, Faro, Kriek and Gueuze) are made. Cantillon was founded in 1900 and nothing has changed since then. The brewing process and [most of] the equipment is the same today as it was over 100 years ago. You will get a firsthand glimpse into how some of the best beer in the world is made; you‚Äôll get to speak with the brewer and learn all about these wonderful beverages and (possibly best of all?) will receive the honor of tasting a traditional Gueuze-Lambic!
Traveling eastward from Belgium, another destination on the itinerary is Munich. Of course, you‚Äôll want to stop by what is probably the world‚Äôs most famous beer hall: Hofbr√§uhaus.¬† But, after that, why not stop by the Neuschwantstein Castle? Sitting atop a rugged hill overlooking two lakes and the small village of Hohenschwangau, this 19th century palace is a sight to behold.¬† So beautiful is it, that it‚Äôs appeared in many movies and was the inspiration for the castle in Disney‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty.
Final stop on our journey is, of course, Zurich.¬† The following activity, I‚Äôd book a flight to Zurich just to do this and this alone!¬† As a cheese lover, it‚Äôs a dream come true.¬† ‚ÄúWhat is it?‚Äù you ask…Why it‚Äôs ‚Äìdrum roll, please- a Fondue Tram!¬† It is exactly what it sounds like.¬† You are picked up and taken all around Zurich on the city‚Äôs tram line, all the while dipping soft, warm bread into delicious gooey goodness.¬† Now THAT‚ÄôS the perfect way to end a great vacation if you ask me!
Have you gone on a multi-state/city/country road trip?¬† Tell us about it!