Your Car – the VW Beetle
There are some automobiles that are destined to be classics. It might be because of their design, maybe their racing success, or because their engineering was before its time. Very rarely will history play a trick, and let an automobile, already mature in its construction, become more attractive, and win over people until it is no longer possible to imagine life without it.
The Volkswagen Type 1, better known as the VW Beetle, is one of these rare examples. Not the icon for high earners, it was a symbol for a country looking into the future but falling back on earlier virtues such as German workmanship and engineering.
VW Beetle has always evoked fun, laughter, friends and family and is iconic in it’s own way in New Zealand. Now enjoy it through parts of Europe, through quiet country roads, sleepy villages or visiting majestic castles.
Berchtesgaden and Königssee
The Berchtesgaden National Park is extremely picturesque. The route here will take you past sights such as Schliersee, Bayrischzell and Traunstein. Not only does the Berchtesgaden area offer impressive natural beauty, you will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see. Should you take a trip through time at the historical salt mine or enjoy a challenging hike to Saint Bartholomew’s Monastery at the Königsee or visit the Nazi Documentation Centre and the Eagle’s Nest? The salt mine in Berchtesgaden is well worth a visit because it is home to some amazing lighting installations and visitors can explore the mine on a mine train, gliding along wooden tracks, travel on a mine boat or walk through the mine on foot. Not only is Königsee a frequent backdrop for popular music videos, but also a uniquely unspoilt natural spectacle.
“ The Steinerne Meer”
After checking out of your hotel, your drive for the day begins with the notorious Rossfeldpanoramastrasse. Planned and constructed by the Third Reich and a notorious route for motorsport fans, this private toll road leads up the Obersalzberg and continues to the foot of the Ahornbüchsenkopf. Rossfeldstrasse, at more than 1500 m elevation, is the highest ring road in Germany, and from the summit you can enjoy spectacular views of the Dachstein mountain range, the Watzmann and into the Salzkammergut. The tour route continues to Austria. You will then drive on via Hallein and Bischofshofen to the next scenic highlights: Hochkönig and the “Steinerne Meer”. The winding roads of the Hochkönigstrasse are great fun to drive and the impressive Hochkönig provides the perfect Alpine backdrop for your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible tour. Further west, you will reach Saalfelden and travel along the Lofer road and past the Walchensee at Nussdorf am Inn and then back on to Bavaria. The road is named after the “Tatzlwurm”, a mythical creature, winding in narrow bends from the Inn Valley and up until just outside Bayrischzell. Your journey will then take you back to Munich via Schliersee.