I was trying to get the best picture of the lot but I can’t make up my mind as to which one would be the best suited as a cover for Baden Baden.
My friend had left, so it was a trip just between me and the generator powered BMW. For the first time, I felt lost and a bit lonely. I think I got more comfortable with having someone to cover my back and that day was different. That was the last day before I bid adieu to Stuttgart.
Since the BMW had GPS, I was in less trouble…sort of…though not having Internet in my phone was a major drawback. I set off…majority of the drive being on Autobahn, I happened to see areas with no speed limits. That means sport mode, paddle shifts and almost 240 kmph speeds. Once you shift to sport mode, the exhaust note changes and so does the eagerness of the car to leap forward. The drive was comfortable despite having stiffer suspension. I’m sure it will make for a good car to many of us, who love diesel. The car is around 190 hp but it’s pretty heavy in terms of weight for a coupe. I could feel the weight while doing high speeds.
I reached Baden Baden (Black forest) in around 1 hour and 15 minutes (or a bit more). Then it was all blank. I had no clue as to where to go. Shops were closed due to a public holiday on that day. The ones that were open had irritated shop keepers because they had to open their shops on a public holiday and it’s not a great idea to mess with pissed off Germans. So I went back and sat in my generator powered car browsing through the places and then I found Lichtentaler Allee, which is a walk (or kind of a beautiful garden). So I walked. The first pic is from Lichtentaler Allee.
This is the car in question…
With beautiful eyes…
And a not so bad looking nose with well detailed body
After this I drove around and reached a wine yard. This was somewhere inside and I had no clue how I reached there, all I remember was closing my eyes and selecting a place from the drop down list in GPS.
I was eating my lunch; a Pretzel and thinking about what next! By then I had fallen in love with Pretzels. Then after Pretzel lunch, I started fiddling with the GPS and found Merkur. Yes, I had seen Merkur in trip advisor when I was reading up about Black forest. So Merkur mountains was my next and final destination in Baden Baden, after which I planned to return to Stuttgart and give away my rental car ahead of time.
Right before Merkur, my lunch break
Base of the mountains, absolutely mind blowing. It keeps getting better.
Winch to the top. I was in no mood to walk 4 kms to the top.
The mountains, the city and a parachute man.
Finally I started my journey down. Though I had a ticket to go back in the winch, I decided to walk. A good decision.
On my way down, I met a retired German Engineer and his wife. We spoke a bit about life and work. He retired 5 years ago and now he was in love with Photography, mainly in portrait pictures of his wife. He spoke about his son and lot of things. It was a wonderful experience. They stopped in the way to click some pictures, I carried on.
I aimed to get back to Stuttgart but then an idea occurred. Tubingen which is on the way to Stuttgart is a place I didn’t visit, so I planned to pass by Tubingen.
The outskirts of Tubingen
Tubingen is one of the most beautiful places near Stuttgart. I’m glad I stopped at Tubingen.
The river that ran towards the university. People enjoying their day in rafts.
The beautiful tunnel in Tubingen. Lovely piece of art.
A house with a rooster at the top.
Finally, a parting picture of the little 2 series coupe.
I went back and returned the car. Picked up my luggage and checked in a hostel nearby and the next day morning, I was on my way back.
Before ending this post, I would like to mention a few more things.
- Sixt rentals were pretty good. Excellent customer service at the 24 hour centre which is opposite to the central station. The one is railway station was a joke. A not so friendly young lady. I would go back to Sixt but only at the 24 hr centre. Check their website here.
- Driving in Germany can be tricky. Especially for Indians. There are lot of rules and even if you follow them, you most probably might end up pissing off a few Germans. That’s unavoidable.
- Use GPS while travelling on a rental vehicle. It really helpful
- Finally, stay safe 🙂
This post marks the end of my German journey. Indeed, I would to go back and stay there if I get a chance in the future. It’s such a wonderful place. I envy those who stay in Stuttgart and nearby, it’s a wonderful city. Perfect mix of a city within a country side.