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Oberensingen

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  • Day107

    Bad Wilbad Thermal Baths

    October 11, 2016 in Germany

    Vicky still had a few things on her 'list of things to do in Germany' and one was to visit the Thermal Baths at Bad Wilbad. The van was too high to park in the baths' multistorey carpark so we left the van at a campervan parking place about a mile away and headed in through the park. The walk was beautiful with the autumnal trees and a rapidly flowing peaty river that had cut a steep gorge through the valley.

    Palais Thermal contained some of the oldest thermal baths in Europe. The red sandstone building, whilst attractive, didn't draw undue attention when looking at it from the outside. However, the inside was stunning. Mosaic tiled floors led the way through arched doorways into high roofed chambers containing different baths. There were smaller ones for up to about 4 people, medium and larger ones about the size of a learner pool at a leisure centre. Beautiful mosaic wall tiles lined the lower sections of wall, stone pillars rose up from the water, inset arches framed wall paintings and gorgeous stained glass windows whose colours sometines shone on the opposite walls. In the larger baths white stone statues featured in the centre and you could lie back in the warm water and study the stained glass ceilings.

    We were glad to be visiting when we did as there were very few people there and at one point we were the only ones in the main pool with the statue of Venus at its centre.

    The original building had been added to and the complex had a further 2 floors of saunas, plunge pools, showers, swimming pools and an ice machine for you to cool yourself down. On the 2nd floor, you could sit in a sauna or swim in the outdoor pool and have views over Bad Wilbad and the funicular railway trams making their way slowly up and down the autumnal hill opposite.

    This isn't normally the sort of thing we are drawn to do but one of the aims of our travels is to experience things we wouldn't have otherwise and at €21.50 each for 4 hours it was accessible and something we won't forget. We even got into spirit of indulgence and had had a glass of prosecco whilst lying back on wicker loungers in the opulent 'Moorish Hall' lit by around 100 square metres of stained glass ceiling.

    We stayed the night about 70km away in Nurtingen.

    (The photos of inside the baths are from leaflets and a poster).
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  • Day107

    Nurtingen and the van service

    October 11, 2016 in Germany

    Nurtingen is a handy stopover 15 minutes away from the garage. It costs €5 a night but we used a voucher giving us 2 nights for the price of 1.

    For about a month now there has been roadside pumpkin stalls with honesty boxes. We've been meaning to buy one to make soup but many have been difficult to stop at for the van so we were happy to find one that was easy to pull in at along the way!

    Will had booked the van service via email and one of the receptionists spoke good English which made things a lot easier. We'd been asked to get the van there by 8am and be prepared to leave it until 5pm. They'd offered us a hire car at a good rate but unfortunately they didn't allow dogs so that was a no no. However, we were able to stay in the van until they took it in at 9:30am, then took Poppy and her rug into the comfortable waiting area where she made herself at home. The service was completed and the van taken on a test drive by noon. There was a hefty bill but we did get:
    a) Peace of mind that the engine would be in the best condition for tackling the Austrian Alps
    b) A 'free' tin of sausage! (Don't ask whether this is the German equivalent of mints because we are still trying to work it out!)

    We chilled out at Nurtingen for the rest of the day with Vicky giving the van a good clean and Will taking a saunter in to the town.
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