Taking the SL to the Alps

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  1. wobbly

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    In June,Im planning taking the 500SL to Switzerland, its a country I have never visited.

    I have booked the ferry crossing Dover to Calais and return crossing a week later. Plan to travel through Belgium,Germany,taking a couple of days to reach Switzerland, visiting the Alps and Lake Geneva, and return through France.

    Any advice on places to stay or visit on route would be appreciated.
     
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    Couple of immediate thoughts spring to mind.

    I suggest somewhere on the French side to stay as its cheaper! Try Annecy which is very nice and just inside France, and a good base to work from.

    You need an Autoroute Carnet for Swiss Motorways which they try to sell you at the border but i didnt get one last time as I used all the normal roads which are much prettier anyway

    The A9 Chamonix to Brig goes thru a number of Ski resorts which may be quiet at this time but just as beautiful, you could then go over the Alps into Interlaken.

    Try to avoid the Tunnels ( very long,claustrophopic and boring) and use the alternative Pass which will be open; as this is not the "normal" route for most traffic its easy to miss the road signs for the pass so watch out for the signs/program your route carefully

    depending on your route there, Mulhouse in the North has a world famous Motor Museum with especialy Buggatis

    If you want to do the Belgium,Germany way then the area around Spa and the Nurbergring is very scenic.Then Koblenz and down the Rhine( take the side of the river in the sunshine ie time of day)

    My last trip I bombed it over Northern France (boring area) and stayed in the Reims area ( Reims itself is worth a stay as its the center for thge Chapagne district) and then took a scenic route Reims,StDizier,Chaumont,Luxeuil,Belfort.Any Routing software will show you the way.

    A good quality Michelen atlas is a worthwhile investment (shows the scenic roads)regardless of SatNav as are the Michelen Red books

    Take a look at "Logis de France" websites for smaller,out of the way hotels

    Enjoy!:)

    edit: so many spelling mistakes I cant even start to edit!
     
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    I had a fantastic trip around Austria and Switzerland a few years back. We were on a bit of an architecture field trip but I can recommend Bregenz (in Austria) Chur and Davos as places to visit - not because they are particularly exceptional, but the mountains around are breathtaking.

    Zurich is a pretty and relaxed city.

    You could check out here for a relaxing afternoon off :)
     
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    As it happends my parents have a holiday home in Annecy (about 40mins from Geneva) lovely place to visit.

    Some GREAT driving roads.

    Forget how many times we have been and in all manor of cars, dads new SL500 has been there a few times already :)

    Using Annecy as a base you have all manor of areas to visit and roof down you would struggle to find any better scenery anywhere.

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    I recognise the first picture; I believe there is a primary school shown with a plaque on the wall about the children the Nazis took...reduced me to tears which was a shocker as the whole place was wonderful and the day was bright...until then:(
     
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    I did the Route des Grandes Alpes last summer in the C43, it goes from Geneva to the south coast of France, going over several very high passes including the highest one in the Alps (Col de L'Iseran, over 9,000ft).
    Some fantastic roads to drive on, with spectacular scenery and very little traffic. Will dig up some photos later if you want!

    Planning another trip this year to Switzerland and Italy, doing the Stelvio pass among others. But will be going in a mate's 1978 Datsun 260Z this year.
     
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    If you are doing the Stelvio I recommend staying at Riva del Garda on North Lake Garda and if time go on south to Marenello!:)
     
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    Thanks Guys

    Some great advice, very helpful and fantastic pics. I dont really want to spend much time in France, but how much cheaper is it to stay than in Switzerland?

    In the next few days I will plan a route, and of course will keep you informed.
     
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    When youve planned your route you can fix your overnights and then google hotels to compare costs. Clearly a city like Geneva will be more expensive ( &IMHO less atractive) than Annecy. Do visit the OLD part for a meal.
     
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    We love Annecy so much we don't tend to venture far nowadays. I've done the europe trips and as far as prague.

    The Roads and scenary you will be hard pushed to beet. Prices will be slightly cheaper in France.

    I've ridden on a push bike most of the cols following the tour de france and they are quite simple awesome !!

    If your only out for a week I would not plan on doing too much just enjoy it.
     
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    Again many thanks

    I have taken your advice, it seems Anncey it is.

    Plan is:

    Ferry to Calais, through Belgium to Germany, with the first nights stopover near Mannheim.

    Through Germany, stopping at Sindelfingen, where my SL was built before heading to Switzerland for a night in Bienne on Lake Neuchatel.

    Travel along lake Geneva, and into France for a 3 night stay in Anncey. This should give us a base for day trips. Any suggestions would be appreciated on where to visit.

    With a overnight stop near Reims, before returning to Calais for the trip home.

    Again many thanks Wobbly
     
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    Those pics look beautiful - why oh why was I born in the middle of Bham when there are such gorgeous places like that?!

    Sounds like you are planning a wonderful trip - I haven't had the pleasure of driving around or through Europe so I can not offer any suggestions. But I do hope you have a great time and find some time to post pics as lovely as those shown on the thread.
     
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    Dont forget to book your visit around the factory to see how the cars are built ( I think the new slk is now built in Bremen, but it could have changed). You may get a tour by just turning up but its as well to be safe.
     
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    Dont forget to book your visit around the factory to seehow the cars are built ( I think the new slk is now built in Bremen, but it could have changed)

    Sorry posted twice in error..cant delete it
     
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    I have a friend who has a B&B not far from Reims, she used to be the Host at the hospitality Chateau for Moet et Chandon, could be a useful contact if you dont want to stay in Reims itself.
     
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    The motorways in western Germany are not the best in the country (but probably still better than ours). When you're in Switzerland be careful of your speed - they are very hot on that. If you are sensible I don't find accommodation in Switzerland that much more than France, but Annency is very nice.

    Sounds like you'll have a great time.
     
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    If not already done, check Google maps for routes and satellite images of areas of interest.
     
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    You will have a great time...awesome experience deiving abroad...have you given yourself enough time though ? a week is very short to drive abroad. I would give two weeks min.... ........:)
     
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    Some things to do from your Base in Annecy

    Visit Old Annecy town
    Visit Chateau in old town (great views over Annecy)
    Trip round the lake and a drink at the Casino (not expensive)
    Trip up Col de forclaz where the parachuters jump from.
    Trip round the lake either on the 'Bus Boat' or if you want a romantic meal for you and Mrs Wobly then an evening meal on the cruise / meal boat.
    Trip up the Semnoz (towards Annecy town with lake on right, its left near the Hospital then first left again) Nice if Very hot as cooler and also some various animals kept half way up (sort of mini free zoo).




    If you need the Mercedes Garage in Annecy when you are there its out of town towards the aerodrome / outlets (Auchan supermarket, decathlon, garden centres etc etc)

    So much to do and great drives you will run out of time. When are you there??

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    View from our house, Lake and mountains in Background...You also get some great thunderstorms which are fantastic to watch and don't usually last long :)

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    Two days to Switzerland, Three days there, Two days back home.

    Seems ok. I once drove through France Spain and around Morroco, and back in six days. 3800 miles !!!
     
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