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      09-26-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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10 days. 3000 miles. 18 Alpine passes. 5 ///Ms. THE Alpine Adventure!

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From the UK - two M3s and three 1Ms - a genuine on-the-limit adventure through the entire European Alps from France to Austria, a visit to BMW and Porsche Museums, and the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

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On 1addicts, The Ultimate ///M Euro Drive 2013 (See Journal) for one of our 1M owner's perspective of our trip,

Fellow M3poster, M European Alpine Road Trip '13 - 3100 miles /// 10 days /// 6 countries /// 5 Ms (See Journal).


Our route
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List of mountain passes:

Col de Turini
Col de la Bonette
Col d’Izoard
Col du Galibier
Col de l’Iseran (highest paved pass in the Alps)
Col des Aravis
Grimsel Pass
Furka Pass
St. Gotthard Pass
San Bernardino Pass
Fluela Pass
Ofen Pass
Umbrail Pass
Stelvio Pass
Gavia Pass
Nockalmstrasse
Grossglocker High Alpine Road
Gerlos Alpenstrasse

Enjoy!



Day 1



Boarding the Eurotunnel at 1.30 in the morning!


Under the sea in a train - never gets old!


A third of the way down France and time for a power nap



Two-thirds of the way down France and we stop for our first puncture repair.




Day 2



Casino Square, Monte Carlo, and a lap of the Monaco GP circuit.


First mountain pass: Col de Turini and this marks the start of the Route des Grandes Alpes (Great Alpine Road).



On top of Col de Turini



View of the north side of Col de Turini


2nd mountain pass: Col de la Bonette


3rd pass: Col d’Izoard




Hotel for the night: Alliey & Spa in the village of Monetier-les-Bains in Serre Chevalier






Day 3



Morning! What a quaint hotel, and its views of the French Alps are just serene.



Some members of the hotel staff just can't get up for work!


Breakfast!


4th pass: Col du Galibier - lots of "cow-bell" noises !



Devil's Bridge




Amongst the many forts along the Route Des Grandes Alpes



5th pass: Col de l’Iseran (highest paved pass in the Alps)







View of Lac de Roselend after descending Col de l’Iseran.



Le Dard Waterfall




Day 4



Good morning Switzerland!


7th pass: Grimsel Pass and parked up atop a dam.



View down the north side of Grimsel Pass.


8th pass: Furka Pass



13th pass: Umbrail Pass




Day 5



14th pass: good morning Stelvio from our mountain cabin!




View of the west side of Stelvio Pass.


Our mountain cabin (in a castle)!






Another view of our mountain cabin!





15th pass: Amongst the clouds at Gavia Pass





Spotted an i8 as we were leaving Italy


Arrived Austria and although a little late, our hotel (Glocknerhof) fixed up some food specially for us.




Day 6



Good morning! View of the Austrian Alps from our rooms.



Breakfast with a view!


Another view of the Glocknerhof Hotel


16th pass: Nockalmstrasse




Porsche Museum in Gmund, Austria, the birthplace of the first Porsche named vehicle - the Porsche 356.











Day 7



We depart from our 2nd hotel in Austria


And head straight for the 17th pass: Grossglockner High Alpine Road. We stopped along the pass to view Pasterze glacier near Grossglockner - at approximately 8.4 kilometers in length, it's the longest glacier in Austria and in the Eastern Alps reaching from the 3,453-metre Johannisberg to 2,100 metres above sea level.




Descending Grossglockner High Alpine Road




18th pass: Gerlos Alpenstrasse and the Krimml Wasserfall






Day 8



BMW Welt and the museum




























Day 9



Porsche Stuttgart


























Our hotel at Nurburg, which is owned by the Schmitz (Sabine) family.








Day 10



Nordschleife!



Stay tuned for the videos in the upcoming weeks!

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      09-26-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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wow..

Good friends, fast cars, i can't even find words to describe the scenery or the roads.

Seriously one of the best threads i have ever seen on this forum. Thank you for posting.
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unbelievable.

just fucking unbelievable.

i wish i could do this
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wow..

Good friends, fast cars, i can't even find words to describe the scenery or the roads.

Seriously one of the best threads i have ever seen on this forum. Thank you for posting.
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unbelievable.

just fucking unbelievable.

i wish i could do this
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      09-27-2013, 12:18 AM   #5
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wow! incredible pix! what a great trip. thanks for sharing.
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Stunning!

when next I go to Europe, will use this as a guide, so please do not delete the route/photos
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Amazing shots, amazing destinations. Looking forward to the vids.
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Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing...
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it looks like everyone had a blast.. is that raw meat with fries?! care to explain on that pic? lol thanks
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Has to be one of the most amazing road trips ever. Jealous doesn't even come close to putting it in words!!!
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wow..

Good friends, fast cars, i can't even find words to describe the scenery or the roads.

Seriously one of the best threads i have ever seen on this forum. Thank you for posting.
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Totally jealous! Thanks for sharing
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What everyone else said.. wow.
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Awesome trip!
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The mountains provide a stunning backdrop for all the photos. Personal favorite is the panorama from Col du Galibier.

Thanks for documenting the adventure
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WOW!!! spectacular photos and amazing scenery! Thanks for sharing!

I guess you guys like your steaks "rare" lol
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it looks like everyone had a blast.. is that raw meat with fries?! care to explain on that pic? lol thanks
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WOW!!! spectacular photos and amazing scenery! Thanks for sharing!

I guess you guys like your steaks "rare" lol
The steaks were being seared by the very hot stones they were sitting on, so you can choose how you like it done .

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Stunning!

when next I go to Europe, will use this as a guide, so please do not delete the route/photos
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The mountains provide a stunning backdrop for all the photos. Personal favorite is the panorama from Col du Galibier.

Thanks for documenting the adventure
Thank you to all! It took a great amount of time and effort to get this organised, given that we had to cover so much in a relatively short amount of time, but it was obviously worth every bit !
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Awesome journey. I wish to embark on a driving adventure like that some day.
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wow, I avoid the word epic because it's become so overused that its meaning has been diluted, but that is truly an epic road trip. thanks for taking the time with the photos/write-up.
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Thank you very much for posting this! I am planning a trip together to go back to Europe again and taking my parents with me next summer. This is exactly what I needed regarding the passes and routes! Thank you again!
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This is a journey. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos.
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