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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Road trip to Grossglockner - 991.1 GTS and 997.2 C4S Reply with quote

14/09/2019 to 17/09/2019.

A short three day road trip.
I went with a neighbour of mine, John, to the Grossglockner region of Austria, calling in to Ulm in southern Germany. On the way home we stopped off in Metz.

John, the owner of a 997.2 C4S of about five years, had yet to experience the delights of a Euro hoon but was keen to break his duck this year; and
being restricted to only two days away from his work, meant that to do anything at least partially meaningful called for a Saturday start.

Catching the 7.20 train from Folkestone saw us in Ulm for beers round about tea time. A bit of an autobahn slog to eat the miles required but gave the newbie a chance to open the taps with his right foot on public roads.
We stayed in the billy basic Ibis, although it was indeed basic it still had reasonable parking.
Ulm was not disappointing, in as much as there were plenty of bars giving a good vibe. The standout feature, literally, was the church which boasts one of the tallest spires in the world apparently.

Next morning we were on the road by about 9am arriving at our destination some six hours or so later.
En route we came across, whilst filling up, a rare beauty in the shape of a German registered 997.2 GT2. We had an appreciative brief chat with the owner.
Our chosen venue for the evening was the Hotel Berggasthof Wallackhaus, Heiligenblut, Grossglockner.
Before hitting the mountains we stopped off on the way in an Austrian town called Zell am See in a beautiful setting by lake Zell.

Heiligenblut lies within the Grossglockner national park, access to which demands 38 Euros from you, less 4 Euros if staying in the national park area, which we were.

The roads and views in the park area are simply stunning and the weather, as it had been for all four days away, gave nothing but bright sunshine and deep blue skies.
The hotel is an independent family run affair and is basically a remote ski lodge 8,000 feet up in the Alps, which makes for a great back drop for your pictures.
Ample parking with no concerns.

Being a Sunday, the thirty mile or so drive up through park wasn't always as empty as we would have perhaps liked, but descending the next day was a different story. A superb run down punctuated only by a herd of marshalled cattle!

We were in the Hotel Mecure in Metz early enough for a walk around the city and for me to purchase the obligatory item of jewellery for Mrs Pzero. A further stroll around the following morning saw us in awe of the impressive cathedral.
Again, no issues with parking.

Not an overly arduous trek to Calais, arriving there in good time to sneak on the earlier train back to Blighty.
Bumped into a UK registered 991 GT3 on our way back to Calais. The owner told us he was returning home after some Monza fun.

A short trip but plenty of miles with some quality fun in Austria.
As a first Euro trip John is smitten and chomping at the bit for more.
Dolomites next year is the plan.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

worship worship worship Heaven and cracking pics. Spend alot of time in that region, ive never got over the Arabic influence in Zel though, its a bit like being back in Basra with all the Shisha pipes and Arabic munues Grin
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics M. Thumb lots of miles in a short time.

Been snowboarding around Zem/Saalback, bet the roads were fun worship
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great pics M. Thumb lots of miles in a short time.

Been snowboarding around Zem/Saalback, bet the roads were fun worship


All the roads encountered were nothing but dry and clean, and yes, fun. Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stayed 3 nights in Zell this July, enabling us an earlyish run on the pass. Most common car seen at that time was Porsches. Smile
It's a glorious road when quiet, and flows a lot more than many passes. We went onto the Dolomites from there.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent.
Nice pics. Cool

Our mate Paul did the Grossglockner on his way home from our trip and said it was great.
I’ve done France, Switzerland and Italy a few times now so next time will be Belgium, Black Forest, Austria and Croatia. I’ll be sure to do the Grossglockner then.

Looks like you had a great time. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky911 wrote:
Excellent.
Nice pics. Cool

Our mate Paul did the Grossglockner on his way home from our trip and said it was great.
I’ve done France, Switzerland and Italy a few times now so next time will be Belgium, Black Forest, Austria and Croatia. I’ll be sure to do the Grossglockner then.

Looks like you had a great time. Thumb


It was indeed a good run out, shame though that it was so short.
I was up there two years ago and from there down through Slovenia and on to Croatia.
You will enjoy Split and Dubrovnik if going, and the coastline but Austria and Germany have the better roads for fun IMO.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looked like a lot of fun.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great trip... I have driven up and down the Grossglockner several times myself.. It can be very busy but if you get there early or late you can get lucky with the traffic. It's only open part of the year between spring and autumn. Last time I drove it there was loads of snow either side of the road which had been cut away as you went higher.. The view from the top with all the snow across the mountain tops was stunning. There are also some stunning roads nearby with amazing switch backs and scenery... makes me want to go back !

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread thumbsup

I can't believe (a) that it's over 6 years since my first 911 'Euro-Hoon' as pax in your 997GTS or (b) that I've just got back from my 12th.

Taking these cars to mainland Europe is so addictive. I only got back last night and like you I'm already thinking of where to go in 2020. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
Great thread thumbsup

I can't believe (a) that it's over 6 years since my first 911 'Euro-Hoon' as pax in your 997GTS or (b) that I've just got back from my 12th.

Taking these cars to mainland Europe is so addictive. I only got back last night and like you I'm already thinking of where to go in 2020. Very Happy


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I've always found the second half of September a more agreeable time for the Euro trips.
The weather is generally good and the holiday season has finished.
Good to see a few current threads detailing owners trips, a couple more to come I fancy Grin looking forward to reading yours and Infrasilver's. He's just returned from the Dolomites.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent write up M.
Did the pass at the end of June with Riviera Bob in his magnificent 3.2 from 1985. We drove out early one morning from Lofer. IIRC we got to the toll gate an hour after it was open. Epic road and scenery. Probably more cyclist than cars/motor bikes at that time of day. It was the furthest part from home of a trip to Switzerland. Incidentally, we got caught out on the first part, as the tour of Switzerland bike race was on, so we had to a bit of replanning to avoid the throng. Made our way back via a stop off in Munich and the best bit of de-restricted autobahn 'ever' heading towards Belgium. I can't recall the road number, but it was so smooth, with almost zero traffic and was driven as fast as my self preservation gene would allow, and to see the 3.2 flying along that stretch of road and the passes was something that will stick in the memory.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pzero wrote:
T8 wrote:
Great thread thumbsup

I can't believe (a) that it's over 6 years since my first 911 'Euro-Hoon' as pax in your 997GTS or (b) that I've just got back from my 12th.

Taking these cars to mainland Europe is so addictive. I only got back last night and like you I'm already thinking of where to go in 2020. Very Happy


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I've always found the second half of September a more agreeable time for the Euro trips.
The weather is generally good and the holiday season has finished.
Good to see a few current threads detailing owners trips, a couple more to come I fancy Grin looking forward to reading yours and Infrasilver's. He's just returned from the Dolomites.


Great write up, a short and sweet road trip, being up GG is one of those life affirming places, the views are stunning I was sad I couldn't fit it into my recent trip.

Now I'm back I'll need to sort sift through my million pictures and will do a write up.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr pg wrote:
It's a glorious road when quiet...........


And few things fill the senses more than shattering the silence throughout the valleys when ascending such places high up in the rev range. thumbsup Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great trip. Wish I was driving down to the South of France this week instead of flying down.

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Looks like a great trip. Wish I was driving down to the South of France this week instead of flying down.

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I was up your way last week. (Boxster was nothing to do with me.)
Have a blast down in France Thumb


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I will Drinkers

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