Driving Tours in Germany
Available at any time of the year as a self-guided driving tours.
Please note all factory visit requests should be made as far in advance as possible.
Our extraordinary driving tours are for those who want to travel independently but still have guidelines to follow. We will supply route books with the best driving routes, what to see, where to eat, GPS addresses and more. We discuss an itinerary with you then tailor a trip that fits your interests. We will also make arrangements for you to visit automobile factories and schedule test track drives where available, and make appointments for visits to automobile collections and museums. In short our Driving Tours are guided tours without a guide. The tours will take you from the bucolic landscape of northern Germany to the magnificent Alps in the south, and everywhere in-between. You can stay in stately 18th and 17th century castles, in comfortable country inns, and in historic brewery inns. Enjoy the cuisine of these region, real food not industrial food, and visit walled towns and villages whose history dates back to before the Middle Ages. We can arrange visits to Porsche Leipzig and Porsche Stuttgart, to the BMW plants in Leipzig and Munich, to Audi in Ingolstadt in Bavaria and to Autowelt in Wolfsburg. Below are a few suggestions which we can custom tailor for you.
***Germany and Czech Republic – This is one of the best driving tours we offer and specially priced at 1225.00 per person based on two persons traveling together. You will fly into Dresden where you pick up your mid-sized car to drive a short distance into the beautiful Erzgebirge Mountains where your base for the trip is a large, new apartment in a lovely turn of the century Villa, just a hop and a skip from the Czech border. Day tours from there will take you to the splendid Baroque city of Dresden, to Leipzig , refered to as the Saxon Paris, where you can opt to visit the Porsche and BMW factories, and do take a day trip to Prague in the Czech Republic, or drive a few miles over the Czech border to see the magnificent Basilica of Osek, or you can spend a day in the 19th century spa town of Carlovy Vary, Karlsbad in German. Also close to home is the Nutcracker Town of Seiffen and several intriguing castles open to visitors. You will have a route book which will be your personal guide with GPS addresses, what to see and do, the best driving routes, where and what to eat and much more. The tour cost includes accommodations, daily breakfast, a mid-sized car with full insurance, a GPS and your personal route book. The tour is available throughout the year. Early reservations are recommended so that the tour is not already booked when you want to go. Call Helga at Posh Journeys if you would like to receive an itinerary, or send us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Great value for money!
OTHER SUGGESTED ITINERARIES – Prices on request
Castle Driving Tour – Start in Frankfurt and drive north to stay in a castle high on a cliff above the Rhine. Continue along the German Fairytale Road to stay in a romantic castle along the way, then continue to Eisenach to stay in the imposing Wartburg Castle. From there on to a castle in a forest where robber knights once roamed and on to the Baroque city of Dresden. Duration about 10 days. Or elect to continue on to Leipzig to visit either Porsche or BMW, or both. Allow another three days for this extension.
Munich to Salzburg – Start the tour in Munich with a visit to the stunning new BMW Museum, drink beer in the Hofbrauhaus, the largest and most congenial beer parlor in the world. From there drive to Lake Chiemsee to stay on an island in the lake where Mad King Ludwig built one of his fairy tale castles, a replica of Versailles. Then drive south to overnight in a 19th century Hunting Lodge in a off-the-beaten-path location. From there to Garmisch Partenkirchen, the alpine resort at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain. After Garmisch drive to Salzburg. Spend a night in a country castle before driving to Gmuend where you will find a small Porsche Museum as it was here in Gmuend where the first Porsche Coupe was built. You can see the wooden model for it in the Grmuend Porsche Museum. Return to Salzburg for a few days, then back to Munich to spend a night in Erding, a small medieval town near the airport. Duration about 10 days to two weeks.
Stuttgart to Leipzig – Start in Stuttgart with a visit to the Porsche factory and the new Porsche Museum, or if you are a Mercedes fan, tour the Mercedes factory and visit the magnificent new Mercedes Museum as a VIP guest. From Stuttgart head toward the Romantic road for a three day stay in a moated castle where the owner has a small classic car collection. From there drive to the Danube to stay for a two days in a historic brewery inn to visit the towns of Regensburg or Passau, both going back to Roman times. You can also take a ship through the Danube Narrows, the narrowest point of the Danube to the 1000-year old Monastery of Weltenburg. From there head north through the Erzgebirge mountain, home to that venerable fellow the Nutcracker, to end in Dresden.
Porsche to Lamborghini – Start in Leipzig with a factory visit to Porsche and a drive on the test track, or visit BMW, then head south to Munich for a couple days. From there take one of the Alpine Express Trains to Bologna in Italy where a rental car will be waiting for you. Visit Lamborghini and the Pagani factory which builds the world’s most expensive sports cars, visit Galleria Ferrari (if you own a Ferrari we can arrange a factory visit) and be a VIP guest at some of the fabulous private automobile collections in the Bologna/Modena area. Great cars, great food, great wine and great cities will make this a very special driving tour. Allow two weeks.
These are just a few suggestion, you can mix and match or design your very own driving tour, and we will put it together for you. Please note as shown above, that if you want to visit Porsche Stuttgart it is necessary to request the reservation for the factory tour in January. The earlier the better the chances to get the tour on the day you want it. In spite of our good connections it will be nearly impossible to arrange a visit after January.
Please contact Helga van Horn at email@example.com for further Information.
Why does Audi have four rings as its symbol?
It goes back to August Horch who began to produce cars in the town of Zwickau, in the German state of Saxony in 1904, and which soon became the most successful luxury cars in Germany. When he left his own company in 1909, he founded a new one but could not market the cars under his own name Horch. Horch in German means listen, thus he decided to translate listen into Latin which is Audi! Eventual the four Saxon auto makers, Horch, Audi, DKW and Wanderer formed the Auto Union Alliance and used four rings as the symbol for their Union .