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  • Germany and Austria

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    Route: Calais - Strasbourg - Fussen - Innsbruck - Ypres - Calais Transport Method: BMW Z3 and BMW GS1200 Trip Duration: 6 days Hints & Tips: Break the back of the journey to the Black Forest and then take your time driving through to soak up the stunning scenery Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/g4cJM3BpxqFLzPYt8

    Road trip to Germany and Austria

    First road trip was on BMW GS1200 motorbike and then later on in a BMW Z3 sportscar.
    The trip was virtually identical covering the same roads but with subtle detours to suit the vehicle being used at the time.

    GOOGLE ROUTE MAP -  https://goo.gl/maps/g4cJM3BpxqFLzPYt8

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    Day 1:  Calais to Strasbourg 
    This part of the journey was covered through Belgium rather than France due to not having to pay Tolls and also slightly more direct.
    Although it is a quite an arduous trip and covers some miles it does however break the back of the journey to get this chunk of motoring out of the way on the first day.

    Strasbourg, in the heart of the Ardenne, is a fabulous city which is strangely half French and half German and boasts a fantastic cathedral.
    Plenty of charming architecture and a host of bars and restaurants to choose from in the evening providing an ambience which reflects the city's historic past.

    Day 2:  Strasbourg to Füssen
    Driving through the Black Forest towards Bavaria is captivating by way of scenery and great driving roads to provide many miles of unhurried and relaxing driving following the previous days epic journey.
    Arriving in Füssen which is a beautiful small town nestled in southwest Bavaria and is set below and near to the famous Castle Neuschwanstein which has been used in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and also the influence for Walt Disney's fantasy castles.
    Definitely worth a visit to this stunning castle and immense views and is accessible by bus and horse and cart to the top but you can also walk up if you have the stamina.

    Day 3 & 4: Füssen to Innsbruck
    The roads from Füssen to Innsbruck are some of the most picturesque and best driving roads you will encounter anywhere in Europe.
    This is definitely one part of the journey where you can slow down and take your time getting there as the distance is not that far and the scenery is the reason why you are there!

    Day 5: Innsbruck to Ypres
    No road trip would be complete without visiting Ypres in Belgium on the way back to Calais.
    Whilst there it is almost a given that you would visit the Menin Gate memorial arch to the fallen dead of WW1 and experience the sombre 'Last Post' being played each evening.

    Day 6: Ypres to Calais
    Not having to rush back to the Ferry as the port of Calais or Dunkirk is only a very short distance from Ypres. 

    USEFUL LINKS:
    Accomodation:   Auberge Rustique  https://aubergerustique.lu/en/homepage/  -  Based just outside of Luxembourg in a region known as 'Little Switzerland' and the gateway to Germany
    Accomodation:   Landgasthop Waldhorn  http://www.landgasthof-waldhorn.de/home.html   -  A superb Guest House based in the Black Forest region of Forbach-Gausbach, east of Strasbourg.




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