First Days Of My Trip to Europe

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Europe.  The main reason for the trip was to compete in the 2013 Baden Classic rally.  But I went over a few days before the rally to meet up with Harald von Langsdorff in Munich, Germany to see some sights and to drive from Munich westerly to the Baden-Baden area of Germany were we would take part in the rally.  This post is just a brief overview of some of the car-related things that we did in the first couple of days of the trip.

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BMW Museum in Munich, Germany

On the second day that we were in Munich we went to the BMW Museum at BMW’s corporate headquarters in Munich.  In the upcoming weeks and months I will certainly expand on this visit to the museum, but it is a very interesting place for a anyone interested in automobiles or motorcycles to visit.

As you can imagine, there are numerous vehicles on display.  Just one that I picked out to include in this post is the Mille Miglia-prepared BMW 328 that won the 1940 Mille Miglia.  BMW prepared several cars for that event, so I am not sure whether this particular car was the actual winning car or not.  Recently BMW has taken these cars out of the museum for short periods and allowed them to be entered in some of the more recent runnings of the Mille Miglia.

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BMW 328 Mille Miglia

For our personal transportation on the drive from Munich back to Baden-Baden, Harald had rented a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK200.  This is a model that has been made for a few years, but has not been available in North America.  It is similar to my own Mercedes-Benz SLK230 only it has a 2 litre turbocharged engine while my car has a 2.3 litre supercharged engine.  It was a fun car to drive and is capable both at 210 – 220 kph on the Autobahn and during some vigorous driving on the high alpine roads in the mountains along the Germany/Austria border.

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Our Rental – A 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK200

Luggage and poor weather prevented us from putting the top down, but we did enjoy the drive from Munich to Ruette, Austria where we stayed at a lovely mountain inn owned by a high-school friend of mine.  The roads were interesting and there was still a considerable amount of snow at the higher altitudes.

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Typical Alpine Road In Austria

The roads in this area of Germany and Austria are great driving roads.  The image below shows the in-car GPS display of one of the roads that we drove on.  As you can imagine, it was great fun in a car as capable as the Mercedes-Benz SLK200.

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GPS Image Of A Road Near The Germany/Austria Border

 One of the places that we visited was the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Austria.  It was a foggy and rainy day, but it is a very picturesque place to visit.  If this castle looks familiar, then perhaps it is because this is the castle that Walt Disney used as model for his Disneyland theme park.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

This post shows only a few of the things that we did and saw in the first couple of the days of the trip. In the upcoming days, weeks, and months I will be posting more about this trip.  It was great fun!

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