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Old 06-05-2014, 01:09 PM
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Itinerary Help: Lake Geneva in Mid April?

I'm doing a short ED next mid-April for F33 and looking for a quick, easy drive. Also, FWIW, even though this will be my 3rd ED, I'm a newbie driving in Europe. My last two ED's, driving was confined to Munich and surrounds. For those familiar with the area and weather that time of year how does this sound:

Day 1: Arrive MUC, P/U car, readjust in Munich (done the tour, probably will go back to the museum though. Really just plan to take it easy).

Day 2: Drive to Lausanne, visit Olympic Mus. and take in the city.

Day 3: Take train to Geneva for day

Day 4: Drive to Strasborg.

Day 5: Drive to Frankfurt, drop off car, taxi to city center to visit museums and see city

Day 6: Depart FRA for US
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:34 AM
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The Google route from Munich to Lausanne and onwards to Strasbourg takes you through fairly mountainous country. I would expect that in April there will be a chance of winter conditions that will require you to have winter tires. If you dip into Austria you are required to have winter tires from Nov 1 to April 15. You can rent winter tires in Munich but I am not sure how you would return them from Frankfurt. Here is a summary of winter tire requirements in Europe:

http://www.edwintertires.com/eurolaws.htm

Is there any reason why you cannot go in May or, better still, in Sep/Oct when the 2016 MY cars will be available?

Strasbourg and the Route des Vins, which is very scenic, should be less likely to have winter conditions in April. But it is impossible to predict what weather you will get. Between Lausanne and Strasbourg, on Alsace's Route des Vins, are Mulhouse (fabulous car museum), Colmar (pretty old town and home of the Statue of Liberty sculptor) and Riquewihr (my favorite cute Alsace town). All are worth an hour or two.

If you cannot get winter tires and cannot shift from April why not change your focus to Alsace, the Mosel/Rhine areas and towns such as Wurtzburg (the Residenz), Rothenburg odT and Nuremberg (Nazi Rally Grounds and Documentation Center)?
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Why not head first to Lindau, then spend more time in the Alsace region, which is quite beautiful.
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Hi there,
having lived several years in Geneva I can assure you that in a normal april you will not have problems with the weather conditions. Even if you should encounter light snow on the way it will quickly disappear and with brand new tires you should be fine.

The area around Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman if you like) is extremely beautiful in the spring and both Lausanne and Geneva are worth a visit although they are slightly expensive.

Enjoy your trip.
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