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Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

The story is that I'm studying in Frankfurt right now and I also have my car here. I've been taking different trips around Germany for quite a few weekends already and it's really comfortable to do cause lots of interesting places are so close to Frankfurt in Europe. The upcoming weekend I have a real plan to get some extremely cool experiences and drive to the Alps. I can basically use Friday till Sunday for the trip and I'd like to build up a route in the Alps which goes through some of the most interesting places that one could experience. This also from the sightseeing point of view as I'm planning to take some nice photos on the way. I do not mind bad road or weather conditions, I just want to go and have some real fun (or adrenaline, whatever it takes!).

I'm aiming the Swiss or Austrian part of Alps, I might be able to touch Italy but not to the French side this time. My own idea was either to go via Innsbruck and continue to some cool locations or another possibility is to proceed via Zürich. I'd love to hear suggestions of breathtaking roads which go on the cliffs of the mountains and perhaps some town names that I could look up via Google Earth and later the GPS. An amazing clip I found was this one . Any similar routes possible in the Swiss or Austrian Alps?

If anyone has some advice to share, please, share with me. I will be really glad if you do.

What is the weather expected to be like those days?

Also, are there any special requirements or suggestions for taking a trip like that with a car? The vehicle is an all-time 4x4 Jeep with winter tires so it should take me through some snow rather fine if anything unusual occurs. In the car I have ofcourse the reflection triangle, wheel chocks, fire extinguisher and other necessary equipment. I've heard that you should be equipped with a safety vest and perhaps there are then some other special items which the police might look for in case of a check?

Thanks a lot for any assistance!!

P.S.

One of my currently planned routes is like this:
1) Frankfurt - Innsbruck, Austria (stay overnight)
2) Innsbruck - Chur, Switzerland OR Innsbruck - Samedan, Switzerland
3) From previous point - Acquarossa, Switzerland
4) Acquarossa - Lucerne, Switzerland (stay overnight)
5) Lucerne - Zürich
6) Zürich - Frankfurt

How does this sound? Would this route take my through my "dreams"?
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

You should be fine, I've seen the French police insist on snow chains but never the Swiss police (and you ain't going into France).

If the weather gets really bad you could always ditch your Jeep and hire a Land Rover
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

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If the weather gets really bad you could always ditch your Jeep and hire a Land Rover
Ok, let's not get to there now as that debate would end up nowhere and I have already made up my mind about those that they are equal, judging from what I've seen and heard

Thanks for your quick reply!
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

Some of those shots in the vid were around Grimsel, Susten and Fuka passes, including glaciers, some of my favorite driving. You will have to check whether the passes are open, but the region is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking. A good ways from Fkft, but you would probably drive over Lucern or Interlaken.
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

...now if you really want to have a kewel time, do this:

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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

Thanks for the info! Amazing photos. About the Grimsel pass... is it the one which I can find in Google Maps and Earth under name Grimsel Passhöhe? Just east of that place there is a very zig-zag road which does look good!

How can I check if those passes are open?
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Thanks for the info! Amazing photos. About the Grimsel pass... is it the one which I can find in Google Maps and Earth under name Grimsel Passhöhe? Just east of that place there is a very zig-zag road which does look good!

How can I check if those passes are open?
Correct, check on the passes here>

http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/verke...e_tunnels.html
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

Thx for the link. As much as I'm able to understand, it looks like the Grimsel pass is unfortunately closed. First of all, the change in the route plan:

First day:
Frankfurt - Samedan, Switzerland (stay overnight)

Second day:
Samedan - Andermatt (stay overnight)

Third day:
Andermatt - Lüzern
Lüzern - Zürich
Zürich - Frankfurt

For the second day I would prefer to add some more driving and visit some of those amazing passes if possible. It's quite hard for me to find the appropriate places on that website and then in Google again etc... Could someone please give me some info which of some interesting currently open passes are near Andermatt?

Greatly appreciated!!
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Could someone please give me some info which of some interesting currently open passes are near Andermatt?

Greatly appreciated!!

Ahhh.... We're in winter now... The passes do not open until late May.
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

Oh I see. But let's say I take a route via a planner like Google Maps to Andermatt... Those roads there should be open I suppose, otherwise there wouldn't be a way to get to the city :S
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

yes, that's true - but the "fun" routes for bends and views are reduced at this time of the year.

You have winter tyres on your motor, I assume?
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This is a useful link, it also lists the passes that require snow chains ("Schneekettenpflicht").
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

I think it is pretty safe to assume that passes around 2000m will be closed, though with the warmer climate we are having now, part of the way up to them may be drivable. On the same TCS website, it this link has expired, go to Reiserouten und Anfahrtsplaene and enter Andermatt in the map section.

http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/verke...ntry=000000185

If the weather is good or the cloud level is low, what you might also want to do is take cable cars up to Gemsstock or whatever, that can be quite spectacular too.
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Cable cars:

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en.cfm/...-list-all.html
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

Thanks. I will have a look.

Another issue I'm having here right now is that I've been trying to get some sleeping place for an acceptable price near Samedan and Andermatt, pretty hard to find. Not even because there are no rooms available but just because it's hard to find cheaper places and then find their phone numbers etc. The general hotel search engines are quite rubbish at least in that region. Can you suggest some websites perhaps in Switzerland or any solutions how I could find a list of hotels that I could call near those areas? Basically they could be anywhere near there and we could drive outside those towns if required. Would simply be great if it was within the 50 km radius.
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Re: Driving to the Alps - some advice please!

Just do a Google search. Go to Google Switzerland, check the pages from Switzerland radial button. and enter "hotel Samedan" or "hotel Andermatt", you will come up with piles. If one you want is full, call them up and ask for their recommendations, they always have their fallbacks.
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