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1935 TOC continental Tour re-creation, September 2020 - Itinerary now added 1st Sep 2020

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED  

In September 1935, the Talbot Owners’ Club undertook a tour of Europe.  They went 2200 miles and reached Salzburg, seeing the sights and staying in the best hotels. The route included France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg and was, looking back in time, an extraordinarily historically significant period to travel through Europe. 

Some years ago, in a junk shop in Warrington, a photo album turned up containing snaps of a pre-war motoring holiday. This eventually found its way to the current Talbot Owners’ Club.  The album records the trip.  They visited the Great War memorials and there are portents of things to come as well as dog carts, steam boats and the very first Autobahns.  Of the eleven cars that took part, two still exist.

This trip reflects so much more than just a motoring holiday.  It captures a different social world as well as an interesting era in architecture, fashion, transport and politics.  Motoring abroad was no easy matter then, with no car ferries, poor roads, border and exchange controls, few places to stop to eat and the difficulty in arranging accommodation.

Inside the front cover of the album there is a hand-drawn map of the route with an itinerary showing where the group went and listing the hotels in which they stayed.  The route was Dover, Calais, Amiens, Reims, Metz, Freiburg, Lindau, St Moritz, Stelvio, Innsbruck, Salzburg on the outward journey, and Munich, Rothenburg, Heidelburg, Coblenz, Mainz, Luxemburg, Reims, Arras, Calais and Dover returning home. The captions are quoted from the album.

The 2020 Re-creation Itinerary

THis trip is open to all Members who can either complete the entire trip or dip in and out. If you are interested in taking part in this historic tour, either all of it or in part, please contact David Roxburgh.

Date

Itinerary

Hotel

Tuesday 1 Sept

Our first day in France. Originally the cars would have been craned on and off the Channel steamers, but now we have the option of roll-on roll-off ferries or the Channel Tunnel. From Calais, the route takes us across Northern France via St Omer and St Pol to our first hotel which is one of the originals where the Tour participants stayed in 1935.

En route, there is an excellent museum at Agincourt and you can tour the battlefield which is very little changed since 1415.

In Amiens, there is a fine cathedral and the famous ‘hortillonages’, or floating gardens.

Grand Hôtel de l’Univers, Amiens

Wednesday 2 Sept

Passing through the battlefields of the Great War, the Armistice site at Compiegne where there is also a chateau and car museum, we continue to Metz, stopping perhaps in Reims to admire the famous cathedral and maybe visit a champagne house. The most affecting site is the French Memorial and Ossuary at Verdun and its surrounding area.

Logis Hotel Diane, Amneville nr Metz

Thursday 3 Sept

The route crosses the Franco/German border, now hardly apparent - quite different to 1935! Maybe stopping to see the chateaux in Saverne, the route goes to Strasbourg and the Cite de l’Automobile (Schlumpf Collection) at Mulhouse. Then on to Freiburg.

Park Hotel Post, Freiburg

Friday 4 Sept

Two nights at this hotel gives the opportunity for a little relaxation in the Black Forest area around Freiburg, which itself has an attractive medieval area. There is a renowned opera house too.

Park Hotel Post, Freiburg

Saturday 5 Sept

From Freiburg, we motor via Lake Titisee, the source of the Danube, and the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen, to Lindau in Switzerland. The town is situated on Lake Constance and a cable car will take you up the mountain to walk and admire the view. The Bayerischer Hof is another of the original hotels from the 1935 trip.

Bayerischerhof, Lindau

Sunday 6 September

Now we’re in the mountains proper via a bit of Austria, Liechenstein and Chur, France, over the Julierpass (2284m) to Silvaplana and St Moritz. Truly breath-taking scenery. The Grand in St Moritz was one of the 1935 hotels, but was burnt down in 1944; this is its replacement. It is very grand!

Kempinski Grand, St Moritz

Monday 7 Sept

For our next 2-night stay, we tackle the Bernina Pass (2328m) into Italy and the famous Stelvio (2757m). These are well-illustrated in the 1935 tour photos – fortunately the road is now properly surfaced! Then back into Austria.

Alpengruss, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

 

Tuesday 8 Sept

In 1935 the tour stayed in Innsbruck itself, but we will be in Garmish-Partenkirchen, within an easy train ride of Innsbruck for two nights. There is lots to see and do – the Hofburg Palace, Oberammergau, the Casino – or relax in the mountain air.

Alpengruss, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

 

Wednesday 9 Sept

On now to Salzburg where, as there is so much to see and do, we are staying for two nights. Mozart, the arts and culture beckon!

Château de Pourtalès,

Salzburg

Thursday 10 Sept

Those interested in a glimpse of what was to come from a 1935 point of view, may like to visit Berchesgarten. If not, there is no shortage of palaces and fortresses – and perhaps shopping – in Salzburg.

Château de Pourtalès,

Salzburg

Friday 11 Sept

Today’s journey takes us to the farthest point of our trip, St Wolfgang on a picturesque lake ringed by mountains. There is a paddle steamer for sightseeing trips.

White Horse Inn, St Wolfgang

Saturday 12 Sept

Again, the White Horse Inn (Hotel im Weissen Rossl) is one of the originals from the 1935 trip. It’s a famous spot, though perhaps a bit touristy nowadays.

White Horse Inn, St Wolfgang

Sunday 13 Sept

The 1935 tour thought it was a wonderful area to enjoy, and we will spend three nights here before the return journey commences.

White Horse Inn, St Wolfgang

Monday 14 Sept

Leaving St Wolfgang, we start our homeward journey to Munich and again, a splendid surviving hotel from 1935. Munich has lots to offer from the BMW Museum to bierkellers!

Bayerischer Hof, Munich

Tuesday 15 Sept

North via Ingolstadt (Audi Museum) to the lovely old medieval - and justly famous - walled town of Rothenberg where we spend two nights.

Burg Hotel, Rothenberg

Wednesday 16 Sept

Rothenberg is where the line-up of Talbot cars was photographed in front of the splendid Rathouse, or Town Hall.

Burg Hotel, Rothenberg

Thursday 17 Sept

Heidelberg beckons; there is a funicular to the castle above the city and a fine baroque old town in this lively university city.

Hotel Auerstein, Heidelberg

Friday 18 Sept

A route through Darmstadt – Art Nouveau, and the only section of motorway to have been completed in 1935, across the Rhine by ferry to Mainz – the Gutenberg Museum, Bingen and through the Rhine gorges to Koblenz.

Rheinkrone, Koblenz

Saturday 19 Sept

Some of Germany’s most beautiful countryside, the Rhine and Mosel valleys, take us to the Roman ruins at Trier and on to Luxembourg. Here the grandson of the 1935 owner eagerly awaits our arrival at this family run hotel which is the last of the originals we will be visiting.

Grand Hotel, Luxembourg

Sunday 20 Sept

Stopping at the fortress at Montmedy, we are now back in France on our way to Reims.

L’Assiette Champenoise,

Reims

Monday 21 Sept

From Reims and beyond Laon the Great War battlefields litter this part of France with memorable names such as Cambrai and Arras, to St Omer and Le Touquet for our last night of the trip. In 1935 bad weather forced a day’s delay crossing the Channel – let’s hope the weather is kinder for us!

Hôtel Barrierre Le Westminster, Le Touquet, (TBC)

Tuesday 22

Sept

Cross the Channel home.

 

 

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