Germany Road Trip to Cologne

Preparation for a Road Trip to Cologne, Germany

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Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Gas


Preparing a Road trip from Budapest to Cologne, Germany
There are several basics for a good road trip: check your car, clean your car to free up space for things to 'take' with you. Paper work: insurance, registration cards, map of the location(s), plans ahead (stop-over accommodations' bookings, parking facilities at stop-overs. Food & water, snacks, meals, music for the ride, GPS, batteries, charging your mobile phone. If you are traveling with your pet dog, you can read the link there about the road trip preparation tips.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Gas

We started the drive from as early as 2 a.m. This was intentional as we know our time on the road will be more than 10 hours, so we want to arrive in Germany before the TUV office for 'Low Emission Zone' sticker closes at 4pm. Working backwards, the buffered time to arrive is 2pm if we start at 2am :)

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Gas

The first stop is to the gas stations in Budapest. It is here we filled up 50 litres of gas. The other plus point of night driving is that the traffic at the gas stations will also be less (in this case, you can see, there is almost no one) :) So you do not have to queue and time savings.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Toll

This is the toll sticker for using the highway within Austria. I am supposed to stick it on the windscreen on my side. So if you have previous toll stickers, you will spend a little time to peel that off first and stick the new one on.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Starting from 2 am

When we begin the road trip, it was already raining. At first it was drizzling only, but it started to get a little heavier.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Wet road

The roads are quite empty in Budapest at this hour, so you can drive past the greens of the traffic lights in a breeze.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Night Driving

This is out of Budapest already, still within Hungary, our plan was to cross Austria inorder to get to Cologne, Germany.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Dawn

In the early morning, the skies are getting brighter and brighter.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Windmills in Austria

We saw a lot of windmills, with signaling red lights as we get closer to the Austrian borders.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Passing Salzburg

Passing it, the motorway signs that shows us leading to Linz and Salzburg.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Breakfast in Austria

As it was raining, we didn't really get to see a sun rise. Glad that it is already the morning, we decided to have a light breakfast in one of the Austrian's gas stations' eating outlet.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Breakfast in Austria

Nice seats at a bar counter that serves hot coffee or tea. This place serves also fresh "cold-cuts" sandwiches which Zsolt likes.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Summer Sandwich for breakfast

This was Zsolt's breakfast for that morning:

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Breakfast, fresh sandwich

Doesn't the baguette looks crispy and fresh?

There is a separated smoking area (separated by a sliding door) where people who smoke can have their breakfast in the other part of this station. Seems all the drivers who are taking a break at this wee hour are all smokers except us :)

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Breakfast place

We continue our way heading to the direction of Salzburg.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Passing Linz

With the GPS, it was quite easy.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, GPS Route check

And the sign leading towards: Amstetten-Ost

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Passing Salzburg

To Haag...
Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Crossing Austria

And past this part of the highway where the BK 'crown' gets more visible! :)

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Burger King's crown in Austria

Just a quick snap. In Austria, the Burger King seemed to be cleverer in their point of sale :)

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Morning in Austria

The early morning blues showing the mountains in the distance and morning mist and clouds...
Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, About to rain

Electronic road signs on the highway with morning transportation trucks starting to increase in numbers.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Passing Linz

We are not going to Salzburg, just that we will be closed to Salzburg.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Fields in Germany

Within a few minutes, we pulled over again, where we decided to have a break near this field.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Expressway Rest stations

It is a highway rest station where there are parking lots. Other than transportation logistics drivers, families on vacation grab their breakfast which they prepared for the road.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Highway Rest rooms

The above is the rest rooms (toilets, WC) at the resting stations.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Fields in Austria

Zsolt took a little nap before we set off for the next part of the journey.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Lots of Clouds in Germany

At about 8AM, the skies looked more blue and there were more clouds.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Beautiful early afternoon

The weather here is slightly better for a couple of hours.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, arriving Germany, No toll charges

Finally we arrive to Donautal. Another gas station, but now we are in Germany.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Bridge in sight

Crossing the borders, we found out that we need not buy toll for Germany, ALL THE WAY! :) From afar, you can see this upright structure...

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Bridge in Germany

It is actually this bridge.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, German settles

Driving past lots of mountains, some with clouds, quite beautiful...This is a settle in Germany and their houses look neat like this.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, a larger German settle

A larger German settle.

Preparation for Road trip: Budapest to Cologne, Passing Berlin

Frankfurt a.M. Wurzburg, Nurnberg....a couple more hours to go and we arrived in Cologne.

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