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drive from Zurich to Lake Como, one night to spend

can someone suggest a midway stopping point to spend a night midway between a drive from Zurich airport to Lake Como (this is a 4 hours plus drive) Reservations are tight in lake como area so we can't allocate more time to Switzerland on this part of the trip, just looking for a decent one night midway point -- geographically Quinto looks about midway....

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Are you concerned about the drive after flying or just the 4 hour journey?

If the former, we like the Holiday Inn Express in Affoltern am Albis on the way past Zurich and the Holiday Inn Express in the rest area just north of Luzern.

If the latter, the tunnel is somewhat impressive, as is the relatively narrow winding lakeside motorway as you go through Canton Uri, but the drive itself isn't too bad. I've done it frequently, and the problem for stopping part way is that tunnel plonk in the middle.

I have never been overwhelmed by Bellinzona.

Lugano lovely but expensive and well over half way, but has less expensive places in Paradiso - but is it too close to your destination?


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Thanks for you input - We are not terribly concerned about the 4 hour drive unless its a very high stress mountain drive -- even if we don't stop to spend the night (would rather not unless its a very difficult mountain hairpin turn drive most of the way!) are there any places you would suggest to stop and stretch legs or get a bit to eat to break up the drive? -- many thanks!