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Old 08-24-2014, 03:38 AM
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Doing a European Delivery with Kids

Picking up my new M4 with family. I only have 4 days to play before heading back. Any recommendations to the best route for us to enjoy in a short period of time?

Also, will probably need to swap out tires for winter tires? yes or no?
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:10 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to our BMW ED forum, you will get more help in here.

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Old 08-26-2014, 01:18 PM
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What ages are the kids? What time of year are you going?
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4 days? I'd honestly leave the kids at home, especially if they are young. And I've traveled to Europe twice with them, including once for ED.

If you're committed, I'd say a major attraction city, like Paris, Amsterdam, or London.
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thanks for your suggestions. my kids are 16 and 11 yrs. old. I am considering leaving them home as well, but it is thanksgiving!

should I get the rentals for the winter tires if we are hitting the big cities?
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Four days?

1. Yes, rent the winter tires and pay the extra to have them put on at the Welt to save you precious time.

2. Either enjoy Bavaria (do a small circle) or go straight to a drop city (Paris/Geneva/Amsterdam) and enjoy it for a couple days. Your first day will be arriving (and delivery?) and you and the kids will be exhausted. Your last day is a drop day and you will be dealing with that in the afternoon. That really only leaves you two days of serious travel and sightseeing.

3. If I were you I would enjoy 36 hours in Munich, drive to Salzburg for a day of Sound of Music/Mozart/Salt Mines, then back to down to Neuschwanstein, then back to Munich. It just takes too much time trying to get from Munich to another drop city in your timeline.

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If you are driving in weather not suited for summer tires and get into an accident, the insurance will not cover you and you will be fined by the police. Also consider that stopping distances are greatly increased when you use summer tires in weather below ~45-50 degrees and you don't want to put your family safety at risk. As you move towards the Alps, you can be guaranteed of snow in the mid and high elevations by that time of year. If you don't plan on renting winter tires, keep your schedule extremely flexible and don't plan on driving any mountain passes unless there is a heat wave. Also, if you are driving in winter weather with summer tires, the ABS/traction control of your car will be working mega overtime, and your breaks could actually be damaged. I note you are in Hawaii, I do not know how much winter driving experience you have, so take that into consideration as well.

Regarding your kids and extremely limited timeframe, I suggest sticking to Munich and the surrounding areas. There is loads to do in Munich, and if you want to get some driving in, you'll want to try to get some day trips out towards the Ludwig castles, Berchtesgaden, Bad Tolz, or even Rothenburg o.d.T.
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Winter tires? You didn't mention the time. There are plus and minus with kids. How old are they?
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If I were you I would enjoy 36 hours in Munich, drive to Salzburg for a day of Sound of Music/Mozart/Salt Mines, then back to down to Neuschwanstein, then back to Munich. It just takes too much time trying to get from Munich to another drop city in your timeline.
This gets my vote. Not only fun for the kids but interesting for you and your wife. I recommend that you take the Alpenstrasse between Salzburg and Neuschwanstein. It is very scenic, lots of small towns and lakes plus all the Alps off to your left as you drive. The road is perfect for breaking in both the engine and brakes. If you are "into" WWII history then Berchtesgaden will have lots of interest and it is just a few miles outside Salzburg.
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Four days?

1. Yes, rent the winter tires and pay the extra to have them put on at the Welt to save you precious time.

2. Either enjoy Bavaria (do a small circle) or go straight to a drop city (Paris/Geneva/Amsterdam) and enjoy it for a couple days. Your first day will be arriving (and delivery?) and you and the kids will be exhausted. Your last day is a drop day and you will be dealing with that in the afternoon. That really only leaves you two days of serious travel and sightseeing.

3. If I were you I would enjoy 36 hours in Munich, drive to Salzburg for a day of Sound of Music/Mozart/Salt Mines, then back to down to Neuschwanstein, then back to Munich. It just takes too much time trying to get from Munich to another drop city in your timeline.

Enjoy and good luck.
Agree. Heidelberg is also worth a day trip.

If you are going to drive distances then I would choose Venice over Paris/Geneva/Amsterdam. It is not a drop city but it is a nice drive and your kids will have plenty to do there.
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Definitely take the kids. They are definitely old enough to appreciate Europe.

We did ED with a 2 year old. 11&16 would be much more fun IMHO


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Send the kids to Disney, the wife to Paris, and drive like nuts for 4 days

Now seriously, what are your goals for the trip? Are you doing it to experience ED? Visit Europe? Save money? Go on vacation? None of the above? Maybe figure out your mission and let that guide your decisions.

Oh, and book the first pickup of the day and the last drop-off.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:17 AM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I really appreciate it! I think that we will do the Munich-Salzburg-Neuschwanstein course. I just can't wait to get in the M4 and go cruising. Will definitely do the early pickup and last drop-off. We are just going to get a "taste" of Bavaria but I think it will be well worth it. I will definitely get the winter tires for this trip...

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In Austria, take them on an alpine coaster. Just finished a ED trip with my 10 year old and he loved it. We did the world's longest one in Imst but there are a few in Austria.

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In Austria, take them on an alpine coaster. Just finished a ED trip with my 10 year old and he loved it. We did the world's longest one in Imst but there are a few in Austria.

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The day has finally arrived. I will be heading out tonight to Munich to pick up the M4, hopefully on Friday, if the flights are on schedule. Thank you for all the recommendations. I will post some pics once I get back. I have never done this before and so I am really looking forward to this. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Nice. Ill be at the welt in the morning just burning time. Im dropping off at 3pm at loginout. Ive lived here for 10 years. I agree with the munich trip. Enjoy! Mayve ill see ya arpund!

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Make sure if you and your kids eat the white sausage (yummy), be sure to peel off the casing - not to be eaten.

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