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Driving from Lucerne to Munich?

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Driving from Lucerne to Munich?

Should we hire a car drive from Lucerne to Munich? We will we use a Swiss train pass the entire time we are in Switzerland so only hiring a car for the one way drive to Munich. Leaving Lucerne August 13th to fly out of Munich on 16th. I would like to drive if it is a scenic drive without too much stress, I'm not interested on an autobarn drive more so a country side drive. I am considering either staying one night somewhere along the way if it's a good idea. Or would you suggest it's better to train or fly direct from Zurich? I would be happy for any comments or suggestions. Thank you!

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Schindellegi...
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1. Re: Driving from Lucerne to Munich?

First check drop off charges for a car rented in Switzerland and returned in Germany - can easily be more expensive than the car rental price for several days .....

The "normal" route is via Bregenz (Austria), Memmingen - can be done in 4h (provided no traffic jams). Nothing really interesting on that route or at short distance imho. For impressive scenic drives better stay in Switzerland or nearby Austrian and Italian Alps.

There are to many possible detours. In Bavaria you can visit some famous castles - best known Neuschwanstein for instance - more at …bayern.de/englisch/palace/index.htm ). Possible a detour for Innsbruck area, or even southern Tyrol. Check also road toll for Austria (you can get information using www.viamichelin.com as road planner). Possible also detour via Black Forest (imho more for hiking or by bicycle).

But for routes and points of interest maybe better use TA Germany or Austria forums.

And just for a detail - the Swiss public transportation passes not "train (only) passes"

Edited: 3:47 am, June 07, 2018
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2. Re: Driving from Lucerne to Munich?

There are a few routes....some more beautiful than others. If you drive, recommend stopping in Garmisch 1-2 nights. Beautiful area; outdoor sports capital for Germany; going to the Zugsptiz in nice and the King Ludwig castles--Neuschwanstein, Hoenschwangau and the Linderhof…...all within 1 hr of Garmisch. Innsbruck is ~40 min away; old town Innsbruck in nice.

If you flight of out Munich departs in the morning, recommend staying near the airport the night prior; definitely don't want to fight Munich early morning traffic....you will miss your flight.

You could go Lucerne to Lindau and then jump on the German Alpine Strasse...that would be a beautiful drive.

Don't get caught in Lucerne/Zurich early morning traffic or you'll incur an additional/painful extra 90 min of traffic.

Enjoy.

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3. Re: Driving from Lucerne to Munich?

Thank you both for your suggestions, much appreciated!

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