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What is the most Scenic route from Zurich to Salzburg?

We will be travelling from Zurich to Salzburg, and would like to take the most scenic route.

Likely taking the train, and considering Zurich to Fussen in late afternoon. Then see the castles near Fussen, then proceed onto Salzburg.

Any suggestions more than welcome!!

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There are trains every 2 hours from Zürich to Salzburg. They follow the route: Zürich - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Vienna. This is a scenic route, you see lots of mountains , and follow the valley of the River Inn.
Informations about these trains, including photos of what you see, and a video, is here: https://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Switzerland.htm#Switzerland-Vienna

This route does not go via Füssen. Füssen is on the other side of the Alps, in Germany.
Getting from Zürich to Füssen is not easy. The rail line to Füssen runs from Munich south to Füssen and terminates there. From Zürich you need to take many trains and it is a slow route. And from Füssen to Salzburg you have to first go back north to Munich, then east.

  • So you have a choice, the scenic route via Innsbruck, on the same train.
  • Or the much slower route, with changes of train and doubling-back, to go via Füssen.
Posted by
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You could go via Innsbruck, but it will take at least 7 hour and 50 minutes. Zurich to Innsbruck, then train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, then train to Reutte, then bus to Fuessen. That route would be very scenic, but no time to see the "castles" that day. You could overnight in Fuessen, do the castle tours in the morning, then proceed to Salzburg via Munich in the afternoon.

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Agreed. If Füssen is required, consider a stop over (a day or two at least) in Innsbruck (also my favorite city in Austria). The train to G-P (via Seefeld) is a gorgeous journey. Then follow as an earlier poster recommended.

Direct route to Füssen from Zurich is really not possible unless you want to spend all day on trains and buses. And it is nowhere near "direct".