Here's the report from my 5 days trip in July. Driving in Europe is nothing new for me, as 90% of my mileage was done there.
, left at 23.00 to catch 1.22am train on Eurotunnel.
Route: Eurotunnel - Calais - Garmisch Parten Kirchen - Eibsee.
Due to exceptional weather I modified my route and instead of going to Linderhof to visit Ludwig's summer palace I went to Garmisch area. I took cable car to top of Zugspitze as the weather wasn't so great when I went there last year.
Cable car is not for the faint hearted as it goes 2000m up in 10 minutes and there are only 2 pillars at the bottom.
I recommend the walk around the lake after descending from the mountain. Views are great regardless of the time of the year. I've been there in Winter before.
Garmisch is good place to stay for a few days and go on top of other mountains like Wankberg or Alpspitz or visit Partnachklamm Gorge. It's difficult to find place to stay in Garmisch during summer but there are other towns around it.
I booked hotel in Schwangau near Fussen. Plenty of cheap places there. Previously I stayed in Fussen and visited it for a day trip as well and it's a nice small town.
Schwangau lies below Neuschwanstein Castle which is top Germany's attraction. If you want to visit the interior, it's best to book tickets online as there are long queues in holiday season or on weekends. There are audio guide tours or guided ones.
Since I visited the castle on my previous trips I took a cable car to the top of Tegelberg to walk down to the castle. From castle I was going to go through Pöllatschlucht Gorge but it was closed so had to take standard tourist path.
From there I drove to Hahntennjoch Pass in Austria.
Then I drove to Silvrettastrasse, also in Austria. There was a classic car really going on. Unfortunately weather turned bad and it started to rain.
I drove through Austria and Italy towards Stelvio Pass. There were some lovely roads but it was raining heavily so couldn't really enjoy it. I stayed at the hotel in the middle of Stelvio Pass road, about 20 minutes from the top.
I started at 8.00am and drove to the top of Stelvio pass. Traffic was minimal, maybe a few cars. From there I drove down to Switzerland on Umbrail Pass. Another car rally there.
From there I drove to San Bernardino through Albula Pass.
I had short break on San Bernardino, by the lake.
Then I drove on St Gotthard's Pass where some guy in Porsche wanted to shorten my car significantly going for head on collision.
From there I drove to Furka Pass to Gletsch, when I turned towards Oberwald, to stay in the local hotel for the night. I took the train through Furka in winter, so it was good to see it in summer and actually drive on it.
I drove on Grimsell Pass, which offered great views on both sides of it.
I proceeded towards Sussten Pass which had the best views in my opinion. Nice and easy route with some tunnels and a lot of photo opportunities.
This was last mountain pass on my route and I drove towards Konstanz, where I took ferry to Meersburg. It's small tourist town by Contance Lake / Bodensee which is very crowded on weekends. There's a castle and Thermal Pools. I really enjoyed swimming in outdoor infinity pool with the view towards lake and Alps. And then watching the sunset :-)
I was planning to drive through Black Forest but left it for another trip.
I drove from Meersburg to Calais almost non stop. I regret taking the route via Koblenz as it was awfully boring and most of it had 130km/h limit. I will make sure to avoid it in future.
I was unlucky to be caught in Eurotunnel chaos which resulted in waiting for 3h to check in only to be offered voucher for a ferry. I booked earlier train to get some sleep before going to work next day but in the end I arrived home at 2.30am.
This is the route:
I used this website to plan the route: http://www.ultimatedrives.net/top-10-roads/
In total, I covered 2010miles / 3234km. Diesel costed me only Ł220, however I hated diesel engine noise on the mountain passes. I took SLK for last European trip and it was great for the sunny weather but not for the soundtrack. I plan to repeat part of the trip in C63 in August or next year. Everything is weather dependent.
Gallery from the whole trip: http://picasaweb.google.com/AZMTKL/AlpineTourJuly2014#
I translated it from Polish, as I posted it before on another forum, so if you see some strange word, it means I forgot to delete it.