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Routes to northern Italy

We are off to Venice and the Lakes in September. The initial plan is to travel down through Germany and across Austria to head to Venice first before making our way across northern Italy to Lake Iseo and then Lake Maggiore.


This is just an initial plan so I am open to suggestions. We have been to the Lakes before (Garda and Iseo).


Has anyone done this (or a similar) trip? If so I'd be most grateful for any suggestions/route tips/toll free options/campsites etc...


We are driving a TAG axle Autotrail Comanche which is well over 3500kg and nearly 8.8m long. I mention this as I am aware some routes may be unsuitable for us.


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Hi Graham

From northern France I would then go down through Belgium (no tolls) Luxembourg (slightly cheaper fuel) then either exit into Germany towards Saabrucken Karlsruhe Stuttgart Munich then south into Austria.

Or you could go from Luxembourg, Saabrucken to Strasbourg (French toll) across into Germany Offenburg then down to Basel.

Austria is very expensive on the motorways for a tag & I mean expensive. You will need to purchase a go box. You can avoid this by keeping off the motorways as A roads are toll free.

You can go down through Swiss and purchase a road tax at the border (about £25) for vehicles over 3.5t which can be used for any 10 days in 12 months which is very good value. Much quicker and cheaper than Austria.

Hope that helps.

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If you have children a very good stop off near Strasbourg but over into Germany is Europa Park @ Rust. It’s a brilliant Theme Park and very reasonably priced as is the food & drinks inside.

Brilliant Stelleplaz / campsite outside.

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Cant really help with routes as I tend to just make them up as I go along but if you do go through Austria and you have time the Austrian lakes just east of Salzburg are well worth a visit. Stunning. I found Austria mid summer much quieter than other Alpine countries and practically bereft of motorhomes but loved it.

Also if your going to Maggiore, good Stellplatz at Cannobio which is a lovely town and if you have time just to the east of Maggiore lake Orta is a gem.

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Over the years I’ve been to many places around Europe that Barry has suggested or recommended and never been disappointed yet.
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I think we'll head down through Germany to Munich and then Fussen. From there we can cross into Austria on a B road via the Fern Pass to Innsbruck. From there there is another B road that goes over the Brenner Pass that is toll free.I have no intention of getting a GoBox.


Outline plan is to come back through France if you have any thoughts on that...


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Well you could go back via the Aosta valley, through the Mont Blanc tunnel which spits you out at Chamonix where you can then do a bit of the French Alps maybe around Annecy area. Check out the Route des Grande Alps. Well the top part of it from Lake Leman to Annecy area. Fantastic around there. Then you could head slowly north west through Jura. Lovely region. Comte and Morbier cheese!!! up through Champagne country and back to Calais that way.


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We are off to Venice and the Lakes in September. The initial plan is to travel down through Germany and across Austria to head to Venice first before making our way across northern Italy to Lake Iseo and then Lake Maggiore.


This is just an initial plan so I am open to suggestions. We have been to the Lakes before (Garda and Iseo).


Has anyone done this (or a similar) trip? If so I'd be most grateful for any suggestions/route tips/toll free options/campsites etc...


We are driving a TAG axle Autotrail Comanche which is well over 3500kg and nearly 8.8m long. I mention this as I am aware some routes may be unsuitable for us.


Many thanks in adavance



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Log in to Owners G, we have a new member from Italy and he's just posted a load of really good info including what you need.

https://www.motorhomeowners.org/latest
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Well you could go back via the Aosta valley, through the Mont Blanc tunnel which spits you out at Chamonix where you can then do a bit of the French Alps maybe around Annecy area. Check out the Route des Grande Alps. Well the top part of it from Lake Leman to Annecy area. Fantastic around there. Then you could head slowly north west through Jura. Lovely region. Comte and Morbier cheese!!! up through Champagne country and back to Calais that way.

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This is similar to my thoughts on the return...I'll look into it


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If you need any tips on aires, wild spots etc at more specific locations once you get down to the nitty gritty I can probably help. Also have a few vids of some places on youtube I think. Definitely Jura and Annecy and some old photos of plenty of others.


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