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      02-18-2016, 09:05 AM   #23
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ok so you are used to it , also consider the traffic,


about Venice in the other post, going to Lido is a great idea rather than drive to Venice and try to park at troncheto, it is always crowded then you take another expensive boat to go to Venice


another way to go to Venice is by train, park the car in Padova and train will get you directly inside the city

We'd being going in by train to Venice.

Traffic. HA... Cake walk compared to the DC Beltway.
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+1 for Aqua Dome. This was an awesome experience. A great spa nestled in the Austrian Alps. Great deals can be found on hotel discount websites as well. We only stayed one night (mistake, should stay at very least two) and paid about 300 Euro.
We are staying two nights with a double spa package for a little over 900 Euro.
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As everyone has pointed out Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein, but there are 2 routes to this from Munich. One is alpine back roads the other is mostly highway. Since you are in breakin anyway, might as well go the alpine back roads.
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As everyone has pointed out Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein, but there are 2 routes to this from Munich. One is alpine back roads the other is mostly highway. Since you are in breakin anyway, might as well go the alpine back roads.
What's the alpine route?
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I'm surprised you didn't mention Lake Como. ? That is also a very nice area to visit. But like I said... I much prefer Southern Germany, Austria(Tyrol) and Northern Italy.

Good Luck in your travels.
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I agree with Dackel here. I've only done ED twice, but southern Germany/Austria were my absolute favorite places. Gorgeous mountains, trees and roads. Not too far away from metropolitan areas, but far enough out to really experience the beauty of the Alpine foothills and fresh air.

This might sound silly, but go ahead and watch The Sound of Music. If you like the countryside depicted there, then definitely spend some time in the very southern part of Germany and Austria (I prefer south of Salzburg, myself).

I also went to Lake Como, and it was beautiful. But Italy is a bit rougher around the edges that Germany/Austria.
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What's the alpine route?
My delivery specialist set it up into the GPS. I'm figuring it out and will post it.
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We are staying two nights with a double spa package for a little over 900 Euro.
Nice!!! That is a good deal with the spa package!

Coming from good ole puritan American it was awesome to be able to enjoy the sauna's and pools au naturale!
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ok so you are used to it , also consider the traffic,


about Venice in the other post, going to Lido is a great idea rather than drive to Venice and try to park at troncheto, it is always crowded then you take another expensive boat to go to Venice


another way to go to Venice is by train, park the car in Padova and train will get you directly inside the city
That bad for Venice ? I thought about stopping by there, but I figured parking would be a nightmare since the last time I went there we took the train there.
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Coming from good ole puritan American it was awesome to be able to enjoy the sauna's and pools au naturale!
And this is why I am hitting the gym so hard right now... I haven't told my wife yet.
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And this is why I am hitting the gym so hard right now... I haven't told my wife yet.
LOL!!!!

From my experience, they only people that will care what you look like are yourself and your spouse. The rest of the people there are just enjoying the spa and are quite accustom to being naked.
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And this is why I am hitting the gym so hard right now... I haven't told my wife yet.
LOL you made me laugh so hard at work, people outside my office thought I'm choking on something. I'm also hitting the gym, but for a different reason. I need to lose weight so I can ingest all of the chocolate I am about to purchase, and other miscellaneous food products/beers/etc.
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I agree with Dackel here. I've only done ED twice, but southern Germany/Austria were my absolute favorite places. Gorgeous mountains, trees and roads. Not too far away from metropolitan areas, but far enough out to really experience the beauty of the Alpine foothills and fresh air.

This might sound silly, but go ahead and watch The Sound of Music. If you like the countryside depicted there, then definitely spend some time in the very southern part of Germany and Austria (I prefer south of Salzburg, myself).
Yep! There are also companies that do tours of places the film was filmed at - in and around Salzburg.

Another idea is do one of the Saltmine tours(Salzburgwerk) tours... they make you put on silly overalls and you ride a small 1/3 scale train deep into the saltmines... then you slide down these wooden ramps/slides miles under the salt. You will waste half a day - but its so much fun! They even take your picture as you go straight down those wooden slides.

http://tours.salzburgcitytours.com/t...XG2xoCv8Dw_wcB

another thing to see near Salzburg is the: Ítzi Mann – the Iceman

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I also went to Lake Como, and it was beautiful. But Italy is a bit rougher around the edges that Germany/Austria.
Yep. When I drive in Italy... its like driving in New Jersey... rough roads and rough around the edges. But I love driving in Italy. Well... the Northern parts. But the roads are really Perfect in Germany and Austria.

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LOL you made me laugh so hard at work, people outside my office thought I'm choking on something. I'm also hitting the gym, but for a different reason. I need to lose weight so I can ingest all of the chocolate I am about to purchase, and other miscellaneous food products/beers/etc.
Well and there's that too.

I'm thinking I'll let the hotel tell my wife about the "no textile zone". I don't think it's a conversation I want to have on a 12 hour flight. She's a real gym rat too
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As everyone has pointed out Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein, but there are 2 routes to this from Munich. One is alpine back roads the other is mostly highway. Since you are in breakin anyway, might as well go the alpine back roads.
I found this out quite by accident.

I had a rental at the time I went and it had a GPS that was entirely in German. When I was headed back to Munich I put the address in and a box popped up with two choices in German. I couldn't read them so I just picked the first one.

It took us the scenic route and it was actually a great surprise. Driving through the hills and those little towns was fantastic.
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Yep! There are also companies that do tours of places the film was filmed at - in and around Salzburg.

Another idea is do one of the Saltmine tours(Salzburgwerk) tours... they make you put on silly overalls and you ride a small 1/3 scale train deep into the saltmines... then you slide down these wooden ramps/slides miles under the salt. You will waste half a day - but its so much fun! They even take your picture as you go straight down those wooden slides.

http://tours.salzburgcitytours.com/t...XG2xoCv8Dw_wcB
Yep, we did the Sound of Music tour as well a (different) salt mine tour. Although I don't typically like the "touristy" things, both were quite enjoyable.
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If your visiting Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein... another cool place to visit is this new all glass foot bridge just over the border in Austria!


www.highline179.com

https://www.google.de/maps/place/hig...661f103e?hl=en
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If your visiting Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein... another cool place to visit is this new all glass foot bridge just over the border in Austria!


www.highline179.com

https://www.google.de/maps/place/hig...661f103e?hl=en
That place looks awesome.
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Yep! There are also companies that do tours of places the film was filmed at - in and around Salzburg.

Another idea is do one of the Saltmine tours(Salzburgwerk) tours... they make you put on silly overalls and you ride a small 1/3 scale train deep into the saltmines... then you slide down these wooden ramps/slides miles under the salt. You will waste half a day - but its so much fun! They even take your picture as you go straight down those wooden slides.

http://tours.salzburgcitytours.com/t...XG2xoCv8Dw_wcB

Dack
We did that. I was really fun. We took a tour bus down and as I recall, it was pretty reasonable.

Our planned trip this time around will be part of the RS itinerary (Nurburgring/SPA/M-Festival) bracketed by 4 days in Munich in the beginning and 4 days at the end in Paris. We did consider trying to get into Belgium and/or London but as a previous poster said, stay in one place for a couple nights at least. We just started vacationing this way and it makes it so much more pleasant not having to move/travel every day or so.
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That place looks awesome.
Dacks the man so I'd follow his advice, but would differ on a few things, depending on what you want: is this a driving trip or a sight-seeing trip? Do you want to have lots of pictures of your car in cool places or YOU in cool places? If it's the later, get to a city, park, and stay awhile. If you want a drive or a mix, my 2 cents is:

(1.) I LOVE Switzerland, especially driving in the Swiss mountains. That said, I'm not as much of a fan of Geneva as Zurich. We've done a few EDs and after the last one (14 days) we decided next time we'll spend much more time in the small towns in Eastern Switzerland and do day driving trips, but this all preference of course. For me Geneva is a bit of a 'eh' but I've been there a bunch.

(2.) Italy also wouldn't be high on my list for an ED. There's a bunch of awesome places to see, but for me, not in my car. Scary places with a brand new car IMO. Lugano is a trap, it's A TRAP! Italian riviera is mostly tunnels, inter-city is bland (except in the far north and far south), etc. Great for train and planes, but I won't be doing any more ED action there.

(3.) In France, the route de napoleon if you want a beautiful slow cruise - and the route de vin, both fantastic
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What's the alpine route?
I think this is it.

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Hi all, so after some time waiting, and a long time of pondering on certain options I finally made the decision on a final build and it's due for Welt pick up in April. I would like to know of some places for me that is a "must" to visit while I am in the area. I do have a list of places that I am visiting, but I welcome recommendation (trying to get the most out of my trip). The places I am for sure staying at is as follow: Munich, Stuttgart, Bern, Zurich, Lausanne, and Geneva. Are there any places in those area that is a must to see ? Thanks guys!

It all depends on what your interests are and what you want this trip to be. However, I would recommend reducing the number of big cities and adding places that are recommended by previous posters. If you're dropping off the car at Munich, then consider doing a clockwise tour
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We did that. I was really fun. We took a tour bus down and as I recall, it was pretty reasonable.

Our planned trip this time around will be part of the RS itinerary (Nurburgring/SPA/M-Festival) bracketed by 4 days in Munich in the beginning and 4 days at the end in Paris. We did consider trying to get into Belgium and/or London but as a previous poster said, stay in one place for a couple nights at least. We just started vacationing this way and it makes it so much more pleasant not having to move/travel every day or so.
Yeah, I can recommend this as well. After Munich, we stayed 4 nights in Berchtesgaden, and just did day trips from there. Made things much less stressful when you have a home base and familiar surroundings to return to at the end of a long day.
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