Lunch at Wissinger & Wetter StellplatzSeptember 22, 2017 in Germany
It was Friday and as we were no longer in pricey Norway or Sweden we could reinstate our routine of eating Friday lunch out. We told the sat nav to avoid motorways and tootled through agricultural land that was dotted with little towns and villages. After a while we spotted Wissinger Eck, a nice looking pub at a crossroads. Parking at a nearby supermarket we went to investigate and found they had daily specials at very reasonable prices. The bar was smokey but the manager welcomed us and gave us the option of sitting in the beer garden, a paved car park with wooden tables, benches and chairs with cushions, throws, coloured tablecloths, burning lanterns and flowers. They'd put a lot of effort into making this little sun trap a pleasant place to be and we certainly appreciated it. Will ordered beer and Vicky an alcohol free pils along with liver sausage and fish, the two daily specials. We couldn't quite follow what was said but realised when the fish fingers appeared with a slice of sausage loaf, that there was fewer fingers available than they normally served so they were substituting. This was fine with us. The food was reasonable and the manager attentive. We revelled in the warmth of the sunshine and this Friday treat. When we came to order the day's desert, the extent of the food shortage became apparent- they didn't have any, despite the fact that we were the first lunch time guests. The manager again substituted with 3 mini cornettos each but didn't charge us. (The bill came to €15). He became even more stressed when someone we assume to be his mother in law came out of a nearby bungalow on a zimmer frame and plonked herself down at a table expecting to be fed. 'We don't have any food!' he cried in German, almost pulling at his hair. Oh dear. It really was a lovely pub and we enjoyed our time there, we just hope they can get more organised in the future!
Nearing our overnight stop we were sent on an 'umleitung' (diversion) due to a closed bridge near to the stellplatz we had programmed in. Wetter was a large, quite industrial town and unfortunately the sat nav took us along a maze of small residential streets with cars parked either side and not much room in between. We used our better judgement when it tried to send us down a very narrow cobbled road marked as a cycle track! Just as we'd given up hope, Will turned into the car park of a swimming pool and we saw signs for camper van parking. What a relief!
Wetter stellplatz was a gravel car park with grass around and a small green corridor ahead of it where people walked, cycled and played with their dogs. There was dog mess in the parking area but a gravel track snaked down the hill to a riverside walk we would have explored further if we weren't moving on in the morning.Read more