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Old 07-12-2015, 10:18 PM
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Individual Mora Metallic F80 ED - Way beyond 24-hour compliance, but plenty of pics!

First and foremost, I want to thank the members of this forum for their contributions both to the general forum and to my previous inquiries on my ED itinerary. Your suggestions and a lot of reading through past posts made for an incredible 2-week adventure! Here's part 1...

Delivery Day

Having previously visited Munich, I decided to stay outside central Munich and close to the Welt. Sixt picked me up via the complimentary shuttle service in a new 740Ld; what a luxurious way to start a trip! I settled into the 4 Points by Sheraton, which is approximately 10 minutes walking distance from the Welt. I'm not super picky about my hotels as I don't anticipate spending much time in the room, but it was clean, the staff were friendly, and the breakfast buffet offered a pretty good spread. This is hardly a hotel review, so let's fast forward to delivery day.

Bright and early, I walked to the Welt and made my way to the Premium Lounge. On exiting the elevator, I instantly recognized my car. How did I know it was mine? Well, it was Friday and the Welt had just re-opened after the premiere of the new 7er. There was little foot traffic, very few cars in the delivery area, and oh yeah... my F80 is purple.

Tomorrow would be a bigger day with more driving, so after taking delivery I cruised the surface streets of Munich to get acquainted, parked the car in the garage under the Welt, and toured the Welt and Museum for the rest of the day.
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Part 2 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the Porsche Museum

Thanks to jetlag and an abundance of excitement, I practically jumped out of bed, said "Auf Wiedersehen" to the Sheraton, and hopped into my car for some quality time. At the recommendation of a fellow 'Fester, I booked a room in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, approximately 1.5 hours northeast of Stuttgart.

En route, I debated whether to stop at Dachau as it seemed a rather somber element of an otherwise joyous occasion, but made the detour. I'll admit that I wasn't fully prepared for the emotional impact. It's a haunting experience to stand where such sadness and so many atrocities have taken place. Almost on cue with my arrival, the sky opened up and rain streamed down as if attempting to the wash away the sadness of these grounds.

Back on the road, I focused on happier things and acquainting myself with the car. FYI, the route to Rothenburg ODT had the fewest speed restrictions of any of my destinations, so if you're looking for a place to open up your car, head this way.

I'm coming out of an e46 325i and have an '07 Cayman S (987.1) as a weekend/track car, so what initially stood out most about the F80 were: 1) Torque...everywhere and oooh so much of it. 2) Ride compliance. This car is light years ahead of the e46 and manages to provide a better balance of ride and handling than the Cayman. Granted, the Cayman is a dedicated sports car and the F80 can't match its "light on its feet" feel and throttle responsiveness. Nonetheless, the F80 is an amazing all around package.

A few hours later, I arrived in Rothenburg ODT and was greeted by a town with all the scenery and old European charm I was hoping for. Narrow cobblestone roads, quaint architecture, scenic vistas, and OMG the woodworking. I checked into the Hotel Eisenhut, where they gave me the option of an enclosed parking structure for 15 Euro per day or a street parking permit for 5 Euro total. Given the light street traffic and wide parking spots near the Eisenhut, I opted for the latter. As I parked the car, I noticed what would become a theme throughout my travels: Germans know their cars and a purple M3 stands out... a LOT. Happily, it stood out in a good way with a lot of smiles and thumbs up. I settled in for the evening and had what may have been one of the best gnocchi dishes I've ever had. The Eisenhut is a gem of a hotel with very reasonable rates UH-MAZING food.

The next day I headed to Stuttgart to find the Porsche Museum hosting a live broadcast of 24 Hours of Lemans. The museum was open to the public free of charge and the place was packed to the rafters with visitors. Porsche won the day and the energy throughout the place was electric. The museum itself is a blast and connects the story of the Porsche family well to the cars.
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Part 3 - Prague

By all estimates, this was going to be a long day in the saddle... 4.5 hours from Rothenburg ODT to Prague. Nonetheless, I was determined to enjoy the travel time and take things at a pace that's decidedly different than my work pace (hello Silicon Valley ). I meandered Rothenburg ODT and would gladly return here someday to explore more of the surrounding area. For those of you considering a drive on the Romantic Road, this town is right along the route.

Back on the road, I came to appreciate just how orderly German drivers are. Hop into the passing lane, make the pass, then right back into the right-hand lane. The etiquette, the lush greenery, and the stunning beauty of Bavaria are a driver's Nirvana. Re-acclimating to driving styles in the SF Bay Area has been... challenging. Yeah Mr. left-lane Prius, I'm looking at you.

Nearing the border of the CZ Republic, I was concerned about finding a place to buy the 10-day road vignette and any linguistic challenges. Happily, this was ridiculously easy. Rest stops/gas stations are plentiful and the station attendants are very well-versed in helping you get the vignette. I will say that it might be easier to stop on the German side of the border since the Germans' command of English is excellent.

My accommodations in Prague had me at the "Botel Matylda". There was no specific street address and it was challenging finding the place until I thought to look for it on the main street running parallel to the river. Sometimes all the navigation technology in the world is no substitute for common sense.

One can no longer park next to the hotel, but the hotel had pre-arranged a spot in a secure parking structure about 10 minutes walking distance away. It was time to say goodbye to the car for a few days and take in the sights of Prague. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
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Part 4 - Berchtesgaden and the Konigsee

A little confession... I'm not much on cities. Whilst I appreciate the beautiful architecture, nature's inherent beauty has always had a much greater pull. When planning this journey, I wanted some time to commune with nature and found it in Berchtesgaden.

It seems to be mostly a ski town and thus felt like I was there during their off season. Nonetheless, my stay in Oberau at the Aplinhotel Berchtesgaden was excellent not only for its setting, but for the wonderfully warm staff, glacier-fed stream running behind the hotel, and proximity to the Kiehlsteinhaus (The Eagle's Nest") and Konigsee.

The visit to the Documentation Center near the Kiehlsteinhaus was another chilling encounter with the Nazi rise to power. For history buffs, I think this site paints a more complete picture than Dachau of the political complexities of the time, the uprising against the party, and the tragedies committed during the war. Separately, the Kiehlsteinhaus itself provides stunning views of the Bavarian Alps. Well, it would have had it not been cloudy and wet on the day of my visit.

A day later, I headed to Konigsee for a day communing with nature and found what may be the most beautiful place I've ever visited. The crystal clear water, the glacier-carved Alpine mountains, and the lush greenery are well worth the visit. I highly recommend an early start and extending the boat trip past St. Bartholomew's church. Head to Salet and hike the distance to the waterfall.
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Final Part - The Alpenstrasse and the Castles

My trip was nearing its end and what better way to wind up the trip than with a drive along the Alpenstrasse (Alpine Touring Road) and a visit to the Castles? I chose Oberammergau as a base camp. It's an interesting little town with a tiny city center where the sidewalks roll up at about 5 p.m. If you stay here... dine early or plan to eat somewhere near Fussen. I had reserved a 1-bedroom apartment at Anton Fischer Apartments for the last leg of my trip and it was a bit of a mixed bag. Whilst the apartment itself was gorgeous, spacious, clean, and conveniently located, my upstairs neighbors consisted of the entire Von Trapp family, the German competitive tap dancing team, and a herd of African elephants.

The drive along the Alpenstrasse is reasonably well-marked and the stretch between Oberammergau and Fussen was one of my favorites, culminating with a visit to the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Some have suggested skipping the interior tour of Hohenschwangau in favor of Neuschwanstein. Personally I enjoyed them both. One note: I highly encourage anybody planning a trip here to either: 1) Reserve your tickets online and in advance, or 2) Get there as soon as the sites open. I arrived at the very beginning of the day and still wound up waiting in the ticket line for almost an hour.

I finished my my adventure with an early departure from Oberammergau, back through Munich and past the Welt. It almost felt like a homecoming before dropping the car at Log In/Out. Overall, it was such an amazing experience and I can't wait to get the car back to see what further adventures unfold in my new M3.
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Nice report and pictures. Rothenburg ODT is great, eh? Love that place. I'm not fan of purple, but a huge fan of anyone straying from the gray/black/white world.
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Now that's an awesome individual color! Bet there rnt too many (if any) f80s with that color from the factory
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"Berry" looks fantastic!
HA! That's one thing I definitely haven't heard it called before. Eggplant, on the other hand...

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Nice report and pictures. Rothenburg ODT is great, eh? Love that place. I'm not fan of purple, but a huge fan of anyone straying from the gray/black/white world.
Agreed. I considered going for Tanzanite or Midnight Blue, but wanted something different having owned a blue car for 14 years.

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Now that's an awesome individual color! Bet there rnt too many (if any) f80s with that color from the factory
Mora doesn't seem well known, at least not here in the States. When I was researching colors, all the Mora-colored cars were in the UK and even then there were only a handful. I kinda like it that way.
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Individual Mora Metallic F80 ED - Way beyond 24-hour compliance, but plenty o...

FYI Mora is Spanish for berry.
Specifically it is used for blackberries, raspberries, and mulberries.
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