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Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

Gruezi Miteinander,

We will be returning from the long weekend on Monday June 9, from Verona to Basel. Any tips on scenic routes as well as to avoid the Gotthard traffic?

We have all day and dont mind a scenic, longer trip with stops as long as its not waiting in long traffic jams.

I was thinking Bolzano to Swiss National Park then autotrain from Saglains to Klosters? Or via Domodossola and the two auto-trains to Brig/Kandersteg and then to Basel.

Your suggestions are most welcome!
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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

I am also wondering if some of the mountain roads might be closed due to snow in early June?
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Old 16.04.2014, 10:56
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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

Most should be open, but it depends on the weather.

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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

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Gruezi Miteinander,

We will be returning from the long weekend on Monday June 9, from Verona to Basel. Any tips on scenic routes as well as to avoid the Gotthard traffic?

We have all day and dont mind a scenic, longer trip with stops as long as its not waiting in long traffic jams.

I was thinking Bolzano to Swiss National Park then autotrain from Saglains to Klosters? Or via Domodossola and the two auto-trains to Brig/Kandersteg and then to Basel.

Your suggestions are most welcome!
Verona and Lago di Garda are two popular tourist attractions and therefore traffic in that area can be quite intense.

Having said as much - I definitely wouldn't do Domodossola
You would have to take the highway to Milano and then to Varese, etc
That's one of the messiest roads and regions I can think of (trust me, it's my region).

I probably would try the Zernez route, etc, or try driving to Innsbruck and then to Liechtenstein.
Traffic on mondays can be somewhat better - keep in mind that during the weekends most trucks aren't allowed to circulate, but there's hordes of tourist from Austria and Germany, whereas on monday you will have to share the roads with trucks and other commercial traffic.

Buon viaggio!

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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

I just went through Gotthard from Zurich/Basel to Italy (Venezia and Milan). On the way to Italy was horrible because we drove in late morning and got to Gotthard around noon. We moved about 100 m in an hour... so we took non-highway going through Alps and it took nearly 10 hours.. but we thought it was worth it.

On the way back, we left late evening and drove in the middle of night. no traffic. If I were you, I would either drive through gotthard area at night or early morning like 6 am. Otherwise, expect LONG wait..

Also there are many road works between Luzern/Lucern and Border of Italy/CH.
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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

706 Km, Verona to Basel, via Aosta, but avoiding Milano??

https://www.google.ch/maps/dir/Veron...47.5674422!3e0
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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

Thanks all for the suggestions.

We just got back Monday through the Alps in Graubunden.

Verona - Brescia - Lago d'Iseo - Edolo - Tirano - Bernina Pass - St Moritz - Julier Pass - Chur - autobahn to Basel.

Took about 2.5 hours more driving than the autobahn Verona - Milano-Gotthard route, but no traffic delays at all , quite scenic and many nice picnic stops en route.

Unplanned Bonus - About 10 degrees cooler in mountains than the oven-like conditions all over on Monday....
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Re: Return drive from Verona to Basel on Monday, June 9

Applause - well done!
You also missed a major traffic accident on the Ceneri which had the A2 closed for several hours.

Glad you liked it...was def worth the trip IMO!!

Cheers

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