Innsbruck, Austria and Fast German Cars

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Innsbruck, Austria and Fast German Cars

After leaving Berchtesgaden on Monday afternoon I had a beautiful drive through the mountains, across the Austrian border and through the valley in to Innsbruck, Tyrol. I didn’t find a couch until the last minute, but I have to say Alex was very generous and a great host even though he was busy with school work.

One of the towns I drove through was Münster. I wonder if this is where the cheese got its name? I can only assume since there were more cows than people in town. Here is a photo I took as I was driving through town. The sun was just going down, and it was a beautiful view. I don’t think the pictures do it justice, but turned out good none the less.

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Innsbruck

I really enjoyed the city of Innsbruck. It’s a great city to just wander around. As with many of the destinations I’ve been so far, it is very pedestrian friendly. This city is also very outdoors oriented. It is surrounded by mountains with excellent hiking opportunities 3 seasons of the year, and of course, world class skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Just wish I had the chance to experience some of that famous snow.

Although I’m not much of a museum or guided tour type of person, Ive learned that what I like to do most in a new city is just walk around and see what kind of interesting things I come across. Innsbruck seems to have a beautiful view on every street corner of the mountains or the Inn River and great street side cafes to hang out at.

Later I went on another hike in the mountains even though my knees were starting to hurt a little. Enjoy the pictures from in and around Innsbruck.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

After my two nights in Innsbruck I decided to leave very early Wednesday morning to return the rental car by 2 PM. On my way back I decided to take the long route for two reasons. There was a nice stretch of autobahn I had heard about on the A7 and I wanted to see the Neuschwanstein Castle. This is an amazing work of architecture built by King Ludwig II from 1869-1886. Unfortunately Ludwig died just weeks before the completion of his masterpiece, but it has been open for tourism ever since. This is the castle that the design of the Disney castle is loosely based on.

I didn’t have time for a tour, but it was cool just to see it.

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Back on my way I got on the A7 just outside of Füssen, and quickly saw that wonderful sign, a white circle with 3 black slashes through it indicating an unrestricted zone. There were hardly any cars on the road and conditions were perfect. It was finally time to test out what this Audi can really do.

While it certainly does not have as much power as my old big turbo A4, it does have a very nice amount of torque that will push you back in your seat with a grunt coming out of the tailpipes. It pulls hard all the way to red line and has a nice backfire, when its hot, shifting at red line in 2nd and 3rd gears. Once you get in to 5th you are really starting to move. Take 5th all the way to 6th and you are approaching the speed limiter. I quickly learned that the sticker the rental company put on the dash was not true. It said the speed was limited to 210 km/h, but there was just an alarm that went off to warn that you have exceeded that speed.

I didn’t count, but it didn’t take long at all to get to the real speed limiter at 250 km/h(155 mph) which is where I stayed for about a half hour going back and forth with a new f30 BMW 3 series and both of us trying to keep up with a Porsche 911. Most of the drivers on German roads are very good. They are alert and quickly get out of your way, partly because they have to. This is why I rented a car in Germany. I’ve dreamed of driving fast on the autobahn since I was a kid and it was so worth it. Everything I thought it would be.

I was quickly back in Munich, in much less time than my nav said it would take. I drove the car to a gym that my friend Max from Munich helped me find. It has a free trial membership that you can use twice in 8 days. Afterwords I begrudgingly returned the car to Central Station, after contemplating keeping it and letting the rental company just charge my credit card. I am seriously going to look into getting a new TT when I return to the States even though I am more of a BMW guy these days.

BMW Welt

One of the places I didn’t make it the week before was the BMW World, which I absolutely had to see. I had plenty of time to kill before my 10:50 night train to Amsterdam, so I finally had my chance to see where these beautiful machines are born.

The BMW Welt is housed in a very interesting building outside of Munich right next to Olympic Park where the summer olympics were held in 1972. Stepping inside it lives up to all the hype. The first car I saw was the 750i which is BMWs flagship luxury car. A little too big for me, but its a great looking car BMW designed. Next I saw a couple engines on display which I thoroughly examined. The twin scroll turbo straight 6 and the twin turbo v8. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I spent quite some time going over every inch of these brand new engines.

Taking a walk through I saw the 3 series, 1 series, X1, X3 and, Mom, I even saw one of the 3 series touring wagons. Finally I got to the exiting displays of Rolls Royce and the ///M cars. Overall, I was very impressed with BMW World, and would recommend anyone who goes to Munich to check it out, even if you are not much of a car person.

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I made the night train and after having a horrible sleep, I arrived in Amsterdam at 9 AM the following morning. More on the city of Amsterdam in the next post, which will hopefully come soon. I’d like to get all caught up before I depart for Thailand on Monday afternoon!

Brooks

Brooks

I am traveling the world focusing on adventure and photography.

5 Comments

  • Sue OMalley

    Love reading you posts and seeing your pictures. Enjoy every minute of your trip! 🌍

    November 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm
  • Mom

    I think BMW would also be wise to have you, with your enthusiasm and extensive knowledge, on staff as a test driver!!! Engine inspector!! Or even a spokesperson. Find a way to send your blog posts to the car companies!!!

    You’re seeing so much of this world. And I feel so lucky to be along for this part of the journey. You’re doing a terrific job. Keep it up.

    November 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm
  • timothy aikman

    I’ve been hearing rumors all weekend about these fantastic new posts and couldn’t wait to get to this office this morning to check it all out o my big screen! once again very impressive photographs, how much of your time are you spending setting up these shots, they certainly aren’t a point and click! I was just imagining driving 150mph on I-81, it would be quite a challenge, between 64 year old drivers and potholes, seems like it would be lots of fun. I imagine you might be going dark again for a bit, I imagine se asia will be a far cry from the culture you are experiencing in Europe, not worse, just different. keep up the good work, we are all following with great anticipation and interest.

    November 9, 2015 at 12:22 pm
  • Lara

    155 mph?! Holy cow! Sounds like an incredible feeling. The cars look gorgeous (the pics of your Audi and the BMWs)! Is that due to your photography skills, or do cars just look more amazing when they’re in Europe? Must have been hard to turn that Audi back in!

    November 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm
    • Brooks
      Brooks

      Well I could go into detail about the differences between the cars they get in Europe and what we get stuck with in the US, but I won’t bore anyone with that. Bacically though, yes, cars do look better in Europe.

      November 16, 2015 at 10:07 am

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