How to see 8 cities in 4 days

This is not a "Guide to speed-travelling Europe", but kind of what happens when you don't intentionally plan out a detailed trip, and just go with it. That's exactly what we did when we drove from Dresden, Germany to Lyon, France last December. It was a really fun trip and not what I expected at all, and I saw so much just by sitting in the car. Here are some photos from the trip and all the cities we visited! We set off from Dresden on the 27th of December after Christmas with the fam, and headed to Lyon to meet some friends for a few nights before heading back to Poznań.


We started of in Dresden, after spending Christmas Day there with family. Unfortunately a lot of things were closed (markets) when we were out and about, but the old buildings, churches and bridges were surreal to see. 

The next morning around 7am we set off to Neuswanstein castle, (Disney/Snow White Castle?). There were a LOT of tourists there which makes sense because this is probably the most famous castle in Germany. Tickets were sold out to go inside, but frankly you get a great experience walking up the hill to the castle and to the bridge where you get the best view.

That night we stayed in Liechtenstein, a tiny but very wealth country wedged between Switzerland and Austria. We stayed about 5 min drive from the capital, Vaduz, from where this picture was taken. (Across the river is Switzerland!).

The next day we hit the road again aiming to drive down next to the Alps to Milan, but the main highway was closed going there (probably for snowy conditions). So we ended up taking an unexpected detour through Zurich! This wasn't on the plan but we spend a couple hours walking around Zurich and climbed up the tower of the cathedral - its beautiful!

We crossed the border to Italy and made it to Milan by the early afternoon. We saw the basilica which you see in all the photos of Milan, and the galleria. Interestingly we also visited an old fortress of Milan which is just a 15min walk from the main square, which was really nice.

After an afternoon in Milan, we drove onwards to Turin for that night's accommodation. Turin is a smaller but very nice city. Unfortunately we arrived after sundown, but still managed to see the old town area and square. They had really nice lights up and Christmas decorations still. The best was being able to see the sun rising from our apartment!

The next day was something I was very much looking forward to - my first time in France! I pretty much ate 6 croissants while walking around the picturesque town of Annecy, which is called the Venice of France because of all the canals and bridges. It was very cool and the buildings were so colourful:) I also tried a French hot chocolate but couldn't even finish it because it was like drinking liquid chocolate

Our journey ended in Lyon, where we were meeting a few friends that night (before driving back to Poland the day after). We arrived a few hours before sunset, and walked around the misty city centre, crossing the bridges a few times! Lyon is placed amazingly on two rivers; the Sâone and the Rhône. The city is at the same time really modern and upbeat, but the old town is really extensive and goes on for ages. Walking around after dark was really one of my favourite parts of the trip. And also almost dying riding on the velo on the street. 

If you've never been to Lyon but are thinking of visiting, do it! I found this link afterwards, but I highly recommend everything on this list on the 12HR guides website.