Driving the Deutsche Alpenstrasse

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The Deutsche Alpenstrasse or German Alpine Highway is one of two places on earth where the speed limit often comes written on your car, rather than on the road. Dreamt up by Hitler in the 1920s and only recently fully completed, it takes in Germany's most spectacular mountainous scenery, castles, and sleepy alpine villages where big chested women in traditional milk-maids attire serve beer in glasses the size of barrels, and balance plates of pork knuckles a foot high. The road runs for some 500km from Lake Constance in the west through the Allgäu and Bavarian Alps to the Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land, remaining within German territory all the way. It follows existing roads so far as possible, with some new sections of road at gradients never exceeding 15%. Bavaria is characterised by its alpine conditions, its mountain lakes, crude peaks and high meadows. Nevertheless, in the summer months it is temperate, with plenty of sunshine. The landscape is dramatic and engaging, and the road look on to a kaleidoscope of chiselled mountain ranges, striking lakeland, and Baroque, Romantic and Gothic architecture in the villages. The towns, monasteries and castles sometimes appear as ancient and otherworldly as the mountains and glacial lakes. The Deutsche Alpenstrasse ends in Berchtesgaden – the most popular part of the Bavarian Alps, full of spectacular landscapes and varied walking. Bavaria is also well known for the way its people hold on with particular determination to their traditions and heritage. Visitors are likely to see a surprising amount of traditional dress, and will be able to enjoy a folk culture of festivals and processions that remains an animated part of local life. Home of all things cosy - fairy tales, castles, thick forests, fireplaces, roast pork and beer.

 

There's no better place to drop the roof of your rented BMW cabrio, say a prayer for sunshine, and give both it - and yourself - a roaring workout for a few days. This is a German Alpine road, not a Sicilian one - so the lanes are wide, the speed limits generous, and your fellow Fritzies in their camper vans and Porsches are nimble yet considerate. No death flashing before your eyes on these bends. Yet with an unforgiving and beautiful backdrop of rugged alpine scenery. If you're hankering for a more exhilarating drive, there are plenty of opportunities for detours around Berchtesgaden with precarious twists and steep hill climbs.

 

De Deutsche Alpenstrasse oftewel de Duitse Alpenroute is niet alleen de oudste toeristische route van Duitsland, maar ook een van de hoogste en mooiste. De Duitse Alpenstrasse is 500 km lang en strekt zich uit van Lindau aan de Bodensee in het zuidwesten, tot Berchtesgaden in het zuidoosten en loopt ongeveer parallel met de Oostenrijkse grens. De landschappen, de beroemde kastelen van Lodewijk II, maar ook de traditionele huizen met hun fleurige gevels maken van dat circuit een must voor al wie Beieren wil zien. De weg voert langs de hoogste bergtoppen van Duitsland, sprookjeskastelen en mooie bergmeren. Neem een week vrij en huur in het land van de BMW een mooie cabrio in Munchen. Voel de frisse alpenwind door je haren, dat zomer zonnetje op je huid terwijl je soepeltjes over de Alpenroute glijdt. Laat je betoveren door Beierens unieke berggebied. Overweldigende bergen, prachtige meren, authentieke dorpen, historische steden en talloze kastelen. Een indrukwekkende en onvergetelijke manier om het zuiden van Beieren van west naar oost te ontdekken!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taken on July 16, 2010