Driving in Eastern Europe??

Old Jul 18th, 2007, 08:23 AM
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Driving in Eastern Europe??

In mid to late August we will fly to Frankfurt, and rent a minivan for 2 weeks. Head south and east to Prague and then down toward Croatia, etc. That is about as specific as I can be at the moment.
According to a couple of websites, the driving distance between Frankfurt and Zagreb is about 1000 miles. Obviously 1000 miles in US in 2 weeks is nothing. How 'bout over there?? There will be 5 of us. Any recommendations as to what to see or where to stay. We have never been to this part of Europe before. All help appreciated. Thank you.
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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 08:33 AM
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We found the road system in Croatia to be pretty good. The highway going between Split and Zagreb is excellent; very new and clean and not as congested. You should't have many problems there.

We have driven in other parts of central Europe, including Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Bosnia and found the road system for the most part to be quite good.

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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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Before finalizing your plans, check that the car rental company allows you to take the car into Eastern Europe.

When we wanted to drive from France to Hungary to visit my relatives, the car rental company said that the car would not be insured in Hungary because of the high theft rate, and we didn't want to take that chance. Dropping the car off in Austria would have been too expensive, so we ended up flying to Budapest.

It's definitely something you want to look into.
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There are superhighways through Germany, Switzerland and Austria. But that is much less interesting than driving on secondary roads. You should get some guide books on these countries to find out what you might want to see on your way to Croatia.

In addition to the issues raised by other posters, be aware that there are heavy cross-country drop-off fees on rentals, so you may have to count on a 2000 mile round-trip.
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Thanks guys.......really appreciate it.
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