258 Kms from Bacharach
6. Le Chatelain Boutique Hotel, BrusselsIf a city escape is on your mind, then a five-star in the heart of Brussels should top your list. Le Chatelain is just as fancy as it sounds. With boutique interiors and gourmet cuisine, this hotel knows how to make you feel special.Location: 17 Rue de Châtelain, Elsene / Ixelles, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Tariff: Rs 12,000 for an executive double room
294 Kms from Bacharach
First up was Friedrichshafen (Germany), better known for its airport and Zeppelin museum, neither of which we visited. The drive was long (because Isaiah decided against getting a Vignette for Austria and we didn't want to get another ticket for driving on the Austrian autobahn unlawfully) and uneventful, so we were relieved to finally arrive in town and grab something to eat. After walking around the city center, which took us all of a half hour, we stopped for ice cream, because that's apparently what you do in Friedrichshafen if you're not inside the Zeppelin museum. My favorite thing about the town was looking across the vast lake that is the Bodensee and seeing the Swiss Alps! From the Swiss side looking toward the German side you just see flat, so it was nice to see some terrain. Sunday we made ourselves a little feast. I was in charge of the green bean casserole and candied yams and Isaiah made the best chicken and dumplings ever. We finished things off with chocolate eggs. Yum.
303 Kms from Bacharach
3 | Geneva + Interlaken + LUCERNE + ZurichArrival in French-styled Geneva, seated on Europe’s largest glacier lake, visitors are immediately struck by the clarity of the crystal clear waters. The lingering Alps reflected brightly off the lake while Geneva vies as one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Move on to Interlaken and Lucerne for everything from hiking in the Alps, ski diving to chocolate tasting. Ideal for outdoor and photography lovers. By train, Geneva to Interlaken: 4hr 30 min then Interlaken by way of Lucerne to Zurich: 2 hr 46 min.