Above are the main stops we did during this whole trip. Along the way, we might have made a few quick stops as well. Let me break down below the cities we chose and the activities we had in mind for each location.
1. Europa Park, Germany – The Kickoff to Thrills and Chills
2. Interlaken, Switzerland – Hiking Trails and Alpine Dreams
I will say it, Switzerland has been a family favorite place to visit during summer. It is the perfect stop, like stepping into a postcard. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and hiking trails, Interlaken offers an unparalleled mountain experience. We found ourselves coming back to Interlaken for the second time, surrounded by the awe-inspiring Alps.
3. Milan, Italy – Foodie Heaven in a Fashionable Setting
After all that mountain air, we decided to make a city stop in Milan, Italy. I know, it is not your typical mountain destination, but hear me out. Milan is the perfect stop to try Italian cuisine and it also has Jollibee! From authentic pasta to irresistible pastries, it was a culinary pitstop that satisfied our taste buds and gave us the energy for the rest of our adventure. We are also craving something that reminds us of home, so a stop at Jollibee was definitely in the plan!
Aside from our gastronomic plan in Milan, we also visited some of the iconic landmarks such as the Duomo. As we explore the city’s iconic landmarks and savor local delicacies, Milan provides a refreshing break before we resume our mountainous journey.
4. Dolomites, Italy – Scaling Peaks and Living the Outdoor Dream
Now, Dolomites – oh boy, this place is a dream for anyone who loves the outdoors. It was our first time in the Dolomites, so we didn’t have much expectations, let’s just say that it was amazing! We hiked through rugged landscapes, conquered challenging trails, and soaked in the serenity of the mountains. It was like being in a nature documentary, but we were the stars. Unforgettable doesn’t even begin to cover it.
From challenging trails to scenic vistas, Dolomites offer a diverse range of activities for nature lovers. It’s a destination that caters to both thrill-seekers and those seeking a more relaxed exploration of the great outdoors. We made Brixen as our base camp, and had a wonderful Italian road trip across the Dolomites. Hiking through the Dolomites is a surreal experience, with towering peaks, rugged landscapes, hidden lakes, and a sense of serenity that only nature can provide.
5. Legoland Germany – A Whimsical Break on Our Way Home
Amidst the long journey back to the Netherlands, we make a whimsical stop at Legoland Germany. This family-friendly theme park is a fantastic way to break up the drive, providing entertainment for both kids and adults alike. The colorful brick creations and exciting rides offer a playful interlude before we reach our final destination.
6. Aachen, Germany – Wrapping It Up with History and Charm
Our last stop, Aachen, Germany, was like the grand finale. Historical charm oozed from every corner of the old town, and the Aachen Cathedral was a sight to behold. We strolled through cobblestone streets, taking in the atmosphere and savoring the last moments of our incredible summer adventure in the mountains.
The picturesque old town, coupled with the awe-inspiring Aachen Cathedral, Aachen is the perfect backdrop for reflecting on our mountainous exploits before heading home. As we stroll through the cobblestone streets and absorb the city’s charm, we savor the final moments of our summer escapade.
So that was our unforgettable summer European mountain road trip. Roller coasters, alpine hikes, delicious eats, outdoor adventures, a splash of whimsy, and a touch of history – it was the perfect recipe for an epic vacation. Now it’s your turn. Pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and hit the road for an unforgettable journey through the majestic European mountains. We have made lots of memories to cherish and It is your turn to embark on a similar epic adventure.