As ever, Google Maps provided some useful advice, presenting me with two options: the first route (marked in blue) via Reims, Nancy and Zurich (1,932km); the second (marked in grey) via Brussels, Stuttgart and Ulm (2,053km).
But Google's response presented me with something of a dilemma. While the first route is 121km shorter than the second, Google predicts that, in current traffic, it is likely to be 55 minutes slower.
Such dilemmas must be rife in the armed forces. Should one take the guaranteed shorter route, or the potentially faster but longer route? When it comes to military manoeuvres, as opposed to entirely hypothetical exercises, lives might well be a stake. Does one take the more roundabout route via Belgium, Germany and Austria (as Hitler, no doubt, would have), or does one violate Swiss neutrality by taking the more direct route via France and Switzerland?
I'm glad I don't have to make such decisions.
How about you?
If you were a military leader, and lives were at stake, would you violate Swiss neutrality
for the chance to save 55 minutesby taking the more direct route?
Please feel free to attempt to justify your answer in the comments.
(While you're at it, you might also wish to consider the pros and cons of taking the M6 Toll Road.)