Driving the Audi Q5 TDI – The Road to Fall (Sylvensteinspeicher) – Review

By Christian Stampfer on 20 May 2012
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A small village with a population of just a handful of people is normally not worth the drive of 85 km (52 miles) but the Bavarian village of Fall (which owes its name to a waterfall) is the exception to the rule.  Fall’s proximity to the beuatiful Karwendelgebirge (Karwendel Mountains), and the beautiful landscape and nearly unspoiled nature, and the Sylvensteinspeicher, an artificial lake created to protect the river Isar from flooding made it the perfect destination for a drive in our Audi Q5 TDI.  (Be sure to see the multimedia virtual tours of Fall on page 2.)  Fall, incidentally, was originally located in a mountain valley and had to be relocated and rebuilt on higher ground when the the Sylvensteinspeicher project started in 1954.

The drive to Fall in the Audi Q5 started on a grey and hazy Saturday morning. On a normal day, the drive of 85 km (52 miles) should take one and a half hours including a small break. Unfortunately it was not to be the case this day. After I entered the final destination into the Audi MMI navigation system, I began to notice a lot of traffic advisories on the display. I selected the shortest route, reprogrammed the board computer, and started the drive. After the first few kilometers the navigation system began to recalculate my route and I passed the Autobahn A94, which I was originally supposed to take. I followed the alternative route next to the Autobahn in the unwavering faith that the navigation system would suggest the best way to avoid the traffic jam. As I entered the Autobahn A99 in the direction Salzburg, I also encountered 40 km (25 miles) of stop and go traffic.  As I saw the roof boxes and the Dutch license plates on every second car, it hit me: next week was carnival and people were en route to a skiing weekend in the Alps.

Since I relied on the information of the navigation system instead of using my brain, I decided now to leave the Autobahn at the next exit, near Ottobrunn, and to continue via the Bundesstraße (federal highway) B471 and B13. It took one hour and 15 minutes to drive a distance of 40 km (25 miles) and fuel consumption was 9.1 l/100 km (26 mpg).  For the next 30 km (18 miles), starting near Sauerlach,I continued on the Bundesstraße B13 in the direction of Bad Tölz. Not surprisingly, there was heavy stop-and-go traffic, but thanks to the beautiful panorama presented by the Bavarian Alps I felt a little bit compensated.

Click here to continue to Page 2Driving Past Bad Tölz and Virtual Tours of the Drive

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