The Great Escape Route
The 2017 Crumball Great Escape is themed loosely on the sixties film depicting the true life events of the mass breakout of 76 allied airmen from a German POW camp in March 1944, and so the route will take in several historic wartime locations (and plenty more besides) en-route to one of the world's best known festivals, Munich's legendary Oktoberfest... A great place to unwind at the end, and an ideal location to explore some of the fabulous mountain driving roads after the event if you are planning to drive home.
We recommend that teams travel down to the start point in Germany on the Thursday before the Friday official start day. Koblenz is about 4 hours drive from the channel ports and therefore it is not really practicable to travel across the channel very early on the Friday morning, as what could be a long day anyway will be even longer for you, and you will of course miss out on the informal registration get together at a local bar on the Thursday night.
You'll receive further details about the daily stages in due course, once you've registered, but to give you an idea of what's in-store, here's a rough outline of each day's route:
Day 1: Koblenz to Colditz and Dresden (Approximately 320 miles)
We will all meet in a large car park somewhere near Koblenz at 8.30am where all the teams can admire / laugh / and take the usual bets on the durability of each other's vehicles! The first day’s route will take us through the hilly countryside around Koblenz before reaching the famous POW camp at Colditz Castle for mid afternoon. Then it is onto the famous cathedral city of Dresden in Saxony for the evening checkpoint.
Day 2: Dresden to Stalag Luft III and Prague (Approximately 300 miles)
After a walkabout challenge in Dresden teams will head east into Poland to the legendary site in the pine forest of arguably the most famous POW camp, Stalag Luft III, from where the largest mass escape by allied prisoners of war occurred in March 1944. This may look a shorter day on paper but you will of course be driving on Polish roads! Teams will then cross over into the Czech Republic and head south to the fabulous Bohemian capital city of Prague for the escape de-briefing.
Day 3: Prague, Regensburg and Munich (Approximately 250 miles)
A deliberately shorter route today – and intended to allow teams to get to Munich for mid afternoon so that we can hold the presentation ceremony early for those teams who want to head over to the Oktoberfest for the early evening, if they are not staying on for a day or two. A memorable day to challenge car and participants alike, before the party begins in Bavaria's capital.