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Old 07-11-2019, 12:00 PM
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My ED in early Sept.-Please review and comment

First, thank you so much for all those on this forum. I have ordered a 2020 330i to be picked up in Welt early September. Have followed all advice that I got here and so far, so good!

After reading all the posts here, we are thinking about taking Iceland Air and visit Iceland for about 3-4 days, pick up the car then drive through Austria and Switzerland, drop it off in Munich and spend a few days there before heading home.

Thinking about 10 days to drive Munich-Salzburg-Berchtesgaden-Innsbrook-Interlaken and then back to Munich. We are most interested in sceneries and hiking the Swiss Alp. We are allocating 3 days for Salzburg/Berchtesgaden, 2 days Innsbrook and 4 days in Interlaken for hiking around that area plus 1 day driving from Innsbrook to Interlaken--give or take a day or 2.

My question:
1. Is that enough time or should I cut out some place like Innsbrook--We have no particular interest in Innsbrook other than knowing it a nice city in Austria. We can also replace it with something else since we are not crazy about driving in big cities in Europe.
2. Whats the best and scenic route to drive back from Interlaken to Munich? How much time should we allow for stops? And what are the interesting places to stop? Try to avoid big cities.

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Old 07-11-2019, 01:14 PM
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Some may consider Salzburg to be a big city.

The beauty of your own car is that you can develop your own pace. Since it is September, aside from the late September Oktoberfest in Munich, it's less crowded and hotels a little less expensive. On one trip, I didn't have a planned itinerary. I simply stopped in a place and decided in the evening whether I would leave in the morning or stay another day. On another trip, everything was planned out with a tight schedule (with provisions to drop things on the list, if necessary).

I once stopped in Innsbruck for gas and to see a building with Olympic rings on it for 3 minutes so I would say that I didn't deem it worth a visit when I was planning.

I haven't been to Interlaken so I can't give advice on that.
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I did not find Innsbruck particularly exciting. It's a very nice town, the sort of place that would be great to live in - but is more of an idle ski resort than anything else in the fall (two Winter Olympics). If you decide to drop Innsbruck I would consider driving along the German Alpine Road (Alpenstrasse) to Interlaken. It is not a fast road but it is very scenic. It was built before WWII to attract tourists to Bavaria. You can look at a map of the Alpenstrasse here:
https://www.deutsche-alpenstrasse.de/en/home
While you are in the area don't forget that Neuschwanstein Castle (inspiration for Disney's Cinderella castles) is not far off any route from Salzburg to Interlaken.

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Munich to Salzburg is a good idea, spend time in the area. Maybe an afternoon, evening, and the next day for 2 nights is adequate. Then on to Bertschesgaden for another 2 nights. Either the Alpenstrasse, or another route go to Kitzbuhel from Bertschesgaden back roads to Kitzbuhel for a night, hotel preference there is the Tiefenbrunner (we spend a week there every June while competing in the Kitzbuhel Alpen Rallye) or the Zur Tenne, we have used that hotel for short visits on ED's with MB. Then I would take the B roads to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for another 2 nights. Use this as a base to visit Neuschwanstei, Weisekirch, and go up the mountain. If you have a sense of adventure, stay at the Frauendorfer in Partenkirchen (we never miss an opportunity). The city named for the bridge over the Inn River is not worth the visit. After that make your way to Switzerland, consider departing from Zurich for the US as that airport is one of the easiest in Europe to use. If you do, stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the airport, super easy for departure from the international terminal (connected) and the "Wine Angels" will entertain you in the evening. The turn in for your car is very close and an easy Uber\Taxi ride back. (5 Minutes max)
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:46 PM
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Thank you. I am now considering taking the Grossglockner Road. But I am reading that you may need to use engine break going down. So, thias does not sound good to break in the new car. What do you think?
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I did the Grossglockner when I picked up my 5 series years ago. There are times when you engine brake but there were no issues. You're supposed to vary your revs anyway in the break in period.

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I agree with M FUNF, a stop to see the interior of Wieskirche is worthwhile - the exterior is underwhelming, but don't let that put you off. You might also consider Ludwig II's Linderhof. It is one of his "homes" that I found to be in a very pretty setting. The home itself is fairly modest by Ludwig's standards,
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No problem with the Grossglockner we did it last year on the Rallye. however do it from south to north. From Berschtesgaden go to Mittersill Austria then south to Lienz and then up the Grossglockner to Kaprun. This will be a full day of driving, but the scenery both south and north will be well worth to time. This part of the world is my summer playground.
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We did grossglockner on ED several years ago. No problem. Also did Innsbruck. It has it's charms for a small city but I'm not dying to go back.
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