Driving the Grossglockner

From Wikipedia:

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in German Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße) is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria.

It connects Bruck in the state of Salzburg with Heiligenblut in Carinthia via Fuscher Törl and Hochtor Pass at 2,504 m (8,215 ft). The road is named after the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain.

I can’t remember what I was reading that lead me to read the above passage of text, but for some reason it seemed … Read the rest

Day 3: Munich to Fusch, Austria

  
Distance: 110 miles

A short drive down into Austria in preparation for the Gross Glockner was scheduled today.

After a bit of sightseeing in Munich we made the short journey down to Fusch (close to Zell am See) with plenty of time to relax at the outdoor pool surrounded by mountains before making the ten minute trip in Zell am See for dinner.

 

The Rathaus in Marienplatz, Munich

  
Viewed from the
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Day 2: Bonn to Munich

  
Leaving Bonn by 9:00am meant that we arrived on the outskirts of Munich just before 2:30pm.

Before arriving in Munich we stopped off at the former site of the Dachau concentration camp for a couple of hours – an interesting but unsettling visit.

From there we stopped off at a supermarket on the way to the hotel and the evening essentially went down hill from there.

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Day 1 Complete

Buckinghamshire to Bonn, Germany

660km / 410 miles

Setting off from home just after 08:15 we boarded the 11:20am train from Folkestone to Calais.

  
After emerging at the other end we made a quick exit from France and made our way through Belgium. After a quickly crossing a slither of Holland we were on the German Autobahn.

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Driving on the Continent – What do I need?

At the moment the current plan is drive through parts of France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland and Belgium. Each country has different rules to be followed, I’ve listed the individual requirements I found below based on summer driving to form my shopping list.
France & Monaco (Source: The AA)

Warning triangle
Reflective jackets (EN471)
Breathalysers (showing an ‘NF’ number)

Germany (Source: RAC)

Full, valid driving licence
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Lexus LS400 Paint Correction

One week on from the purchase and the LS has had about 400 miles put on it. I had a bit of time free at the weekend so I decided to attempt to refresh the paintwork. Armed with some polish that I had in the garage and a Kestrel DAS6 machine polisher I set about correcting some of the lighter paint defects.

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The Beginning – Buying a Lexus LS400

I wanted something more luxo-barge than sports car and something reliable too.

I saw a GS300 advertised online and I’d never really thought of that so started a but of digging around online and eventually found myself reading an article about a LS400 with 900,000 miles on and the quest to get it to the 1,000,000 mile mark I then read a few sources stating the Federal Aviation Authority had approved a plan for the Read the rest