Day 1: St. Gallen to Bezau (44 miles)
Your first stop after the rental-car counter at Zurich’s Kloten Airport? The city of St. Gallen (90 minutes east) for a café mélange (black coffee topped with whipped cream) and a pastry (or two) at the 50-year-old Confiserie Roggwiller (17 Multergasse, St. Gallen; 41-71/222-5092; pastries for two $14), known for regional specialties such as Gallen Biber, a gingerbread-style confection made from honey dough and almond filling. The highlight: St. Gallen’s Carolingian-era Abbey of St. Gall (6a Klosterhof, St. Gallen; 41-71/227-3381), built in the ninth century. It has more than 2,100 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in its Baroque Hall. Down the street, a 400-year-old building houses the tavern National Zum Goldenen Leuen (30 Schmiedgasse, St. Gallen; 41-71/222-0262; lunch for two $45), the ideal spot for a Weisswurst and home-brewed Huss-braui beer (for the passenger in your car).