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Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Hi,

I'm hoping someone on here can bring some sanity to my plan to take the family to see this tourist attraction in mid-November on a 3 day return trip. We don't own a car. I was planning to hire a car in French sector of Euro/Basel/Mulhouse Airport and drive through France, Switzerland, Austria and then into Germany, and perhaps through Liechtenstein on the way back.

Car hire cost on the French side is much cheaper and I was told on the phone that the vehicle was drivable as it would have the Swiss vignette and even a German eco sticker (whatever that is). Knowing my luck, the vehicle won't have a Swiss vignette but I believe I can purchase one as I pass from the airport roads into Basel via customs (correct?)

Now I discover that Germany has laws requiring the fitting of snow tires from November 1st. Lo and behold, that is a chargeable extra costing more than the rental itself.

So, travelling through these countries on what I thought would be a simple 3 day break is increasingly complex, particularly when you add in any requirement for warning triangles, yellow jackets, breathalysers and god knows what else I haven't even thought about. I've not hired a car outside of the UK so no idea what they come with. I have fired off questions to the hire company and await their response, if I get one.

Wondering if it might be best saving the trip until the Summer when it's packed full of likeminded tourists....? Or have I got it wrong and I can just drive merrily along whilst my 8 year old says she's bored every 5 minutes?

I've read most, if not all, of this forum's and others info about winter tyre requirements, driving a hire car from outside CH but being a CH resident... but

I don't want to just wing it and hope for the best. Any hints, tips or corrections greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

"Now I discover that Germany has laws requiring the fitting of snow tires from November 1st"


Wouldn't this law for German cars only?
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Could you train it for part/all of the way? Or else hire a car in Germany? I would assume it German rental cars would come with snow tires by default.

After a brief search, I saw on the AA website (I assume it's reliable) that the German regulations for all passenger cars and motorbikes including vehicles from foreign countries are to be fitted with winter tires or all-season tires rated M+S. So maybe the French car would be acceptable if it has decent all-seasons?

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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

The Winterreifen Pflicht does not apply selectively to only German cars, but to all cars. The ADAC has a FAQ on this topic.

Simondp, would you consider Interrail?


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Wouldn't this law for German cars only?
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Thanks for answers thus far.

The German law applies to all cars, as does the Austrian law which is more explicit and makes snow tyres compulsory from Nov. 1st (German law seem more subjective, but websites contradict each other). The AA website has indeed been useful.

Funny how the snow tyre rental of €120 is double that of the vehicle rental!
I would definitely consider train but that takes around 7 hours, each way, double the driving time.
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

An Interrail Global Pass for adults starts at £ 146. Might be worth the longer travel time.
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Wondering if it might be best saving the trip until the Summer when it's packed full of likeminded tourists....?

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We went a couple of weeks ago. It was incredibly busy. But, it was also foggy and the castle was hidden in the clouds. I expect you could have the same weather in November.

If I went again, I'd go in Spring or Summer.

Not really answering your question though but as far as driving is concerned, we went back via Austria where a tunnel was closed and we followed a detour up a pass in driving snow.

A Tip: For a visit to the castle, buy tickets online before you go. We did and although the queue at the castle for buying tickets was very, very long - we juts walked straight up to the reserved-tickets counter and picked up our tickets without a wait.
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Thank, Tom. I'm starting to come round to the idea of a Spring visit. I'd at least like to see it from a distance after driving all that time and going through all the shag n' hassle.

Actually, you've helped make my final decision; I shall blame you when telling the wife. No further posts required on the subject. Thanks all.

Cheers,
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

also look at priceline for car rentals at good prices. I have gotten some amazingly cheap deals on there!
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Neuschwanstein is pretty over rated, okay if its nice you get a great photo opportunity from the footbridge over the canyon but inside is bascially an empty shell.

A nice drive though is over Warth and down through Fussen
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Neuschwanstein is pretty over rated, okay if its nice you get a great photo opportunity from the footbridge over the canyon but inside is bascially an empty shell.
The footbridge (die Marienbrücke) is closed for the foreseeable future so that's another reason not to visit at the moment.

Not sure why you thought it was an empty shell inside - we thought the state rooms were pretty amazing.
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Re: Road trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Can I assume, as you have UK as your base, that you are flying to Basel on a 3 day visit, during which you will drive to Neuschwanstein Castle?

Weil am Rhein is a large German town right next to Basel airport. You could easily find a German car hire there. Use www.rentalcars.com for a good price.
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Alternatively fly to southern Germany and drive to Neuschwanstein Castle and you might even have time to visit Linderhof Palace

RyanAir is flying Stansted to Memmingen, Allgäu Airport, flying out on Flight number FR2404, return FR2405 (Not every day!)
http://www.allgaeu-airport.com/passe...te2=08.11.2015

London Stansted to Germany Memmingen ___ Price
06:35 _____________________ 09:20 _____ £9.99 Thursday 12 Nov 2015

Germany Memmingen to London Stansted ___ Price
09:45 _____________________ 10:45 _____ £9.99 Saturday 14 Nov 2015

https://beta.ryanair.com/gb/en/booking/home

You can book & rent a car from Memmingen through RyanAir homepage

Neuschwanstein, open 9am to 3pm http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/engl...ts/neuschw.htm

Linderhof, open 10am to 4pm http://www.schlosslinderhof.de/engli...ce/history.htm

Memmingen - Neuschwanstein - Linderhof
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Rou...nce=&corridor=
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