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  • Day1

    Lindau

    July 12 in Germany

    Nach dem wir das Auto fertig gepackt hatten, ging es am Nachmittag los Richtung Bodensee - Ziel: Lindau.
    Nach etwas suchen fanden wir einen super Parkplatz keine Minute vom Ufer entfernt.
    Das neue SUP wird vor dem Znacht noch kurz ausprobiert und dann gwnossen wir noch den Sonnenuntergang (mit lesen oder dem Handy)
    Die Insel Lindau ist wunderschön.

  • Day19

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    September 21, 2016 in Germany

    We struggled getting up in time for this day trip from Munich after "briefly"checking out Oktoberfest the night before, but it was definitely worth the trip.

    King Ludwig II of Bavaria built this castle in the late 1800's and died a few days before it finished. He was a bit crazy, but certainly had the vision to build a stunning castle. This castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney when he created Sleeping Beauty's castle. We thought it was much prettier from afar especially because of the beautiful scenic backdrop it was set in.Read more

  • Day101

    Ulm

    October 5, 2016 in Germany

    The final region in Germany we wanted to visit was the SW and the Black Forest. We'd read that Ulm was a nice town and so after a busy week with Ade we decided to stay 2 nights.

    Parked up about a mile out of the town centre, we took an evening walk in through the park and along the River Danube. The crescent moon was slowly sinking in the dark sky and we heard a splash from the river. Upon closer investigation we saw a rippling disturbance moving downriver. Following it, we were able to make out that it was an otter! Its back breaching the surface as its strong legs and tail worked away underwater.

    Once through the park, we enjoyed a stroll around Ulm. The unbusy night atmosphere was quite different to daytime town visits, our attention being drawn to fairy lights, candles and uplighting. The gothic spire of the church was the main sight and was accompanied by the sound of an organ playing from within.

    Returning to the van it was comforting to have a nice warm drink. The temperature has really dropped this last week and we've gone from using the window screens to reflect the sun's heat during the day to putting them up at night as insulation. We turned the heating on but after a while the temperature was still dropping. After reading the instruction manual and fearing we may have an electrical fault, we discovered that one of our gas bottles hadn't filled properly when we topped up with LPG at the petrol station. The LPG system we have is great in that you can fill one or both bottles by attaching the pump to the external filling point without needing to wait until they are empty. We do however, still need to get used to it!

    Thinking it would be interesting to contrast our night time experience of Ulm with a daytime one, we were getting ready to take the tandem in when we looked out the window and saw a black squirrel just 10m away from the van! We didn't manage to get the camera before it scampered away but we made sure we took when we cycled in through the park. Luckily for us there was another collecting nuts by the river! At one point it was shelling them on a branch stretching out over the river and dropping the shells in the water. We'd heard of black squirrels before but these were our first sightings.

    Daytime Ulm was interesting and we treated ourselves to lunch at the old Rathaus (council house), a building that we were drawn to by the beautiful frescos that adorned the outer walls. Vicky had read about a local dish called spätzle that was supposed to be noodles. Some cheese spätzle was on the menu which, when it was served, turned out to be very similar to macaroni cheese. Will had spicy flammkuchen, a favourite regional dish of his.

    There was a free wildlife photography exhibition on at the modern town hall which we enjoyed before heading over to the church, whose gothic tower is the world's tallest. 768 steps and 162 meters later we reached the top! The distance we could see from that height was certainly impressive and we took some time taking it all in.
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  • Day112

    Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland! Where next?

    October 16, 2016 in Germany

    Today is the end of our 3 month tour of Germany.

    We have enjoyed ourselves immensely and were beginning to feel at home in the country.

    Perhaps Germany isn't the first place to spring to mind when you plan a European tour but we feel it has been the best country to start off in. There are over 6000 stopovers, many of them free and we haven't had to worry about access to water or emptying facilities. There is frequently parking provision specifically for motorhomes in car parks and there are plenty of places to stay outside of official sites. Will knows enough German to get by well and this has made things a whole lot easier. The roads are great (apart from the relatively frequent 'umleitungs' diverting you around road repair work!) Provision for bicycles is second to none and we've loved being able to access city centres along well maintained riverside cycle tracks.

    The only major stumbling block has been internet access. Few places offer free wifi and the Three data Sim doesn't function in Germany. To get a local Sim you need to register it with your passport and German address. We've tried a few and perhaps it is down to our inexperience but topping up has been difficult and so we've made do with roaming a few days a week on Vicky's phone which doesn't always have enough signal.

    Germany is a huge country and so has a wealth of experiences to offer. We've done a lot of kilometers but we've by no means exhausted the opportunities for exploration. From the islands, white sands and lakes of the North East, to the wine making corridors, romantic road and chocolate box towns of the midlands, down to the exhilarating Alpine experiences and tree clad hillsides of the south. Not to mention the stunning city sights, brilliant beer and interesting culture.

    Vicky's favorite places have been Rügen Island and the Black Forest while Will's highlight has been Oktoberfest in Münich.

    We feel we've been spoiled in Germany because it has been so easy to live in the van here. We've got adventures aplenty to look forward to but the coming winter and countries with less provision for vans are likely to lead to a more difficult everyday existence than we have had here.

    In the coming 12 months we plan to visit the following:

    October:
    Liechtenstein (1 night), Austria (about 10 nights), Italy and Slovenia (passing through)

    November:
    Croatia (4-5weeks)

    December:
    Austria

    January - April:
    Italy

    May:
    Slovenia

    June-July:
    Sweden (passing through Austria, Germany, Denmark)

    July - August:
    Norway (passing into the top of Finland)

    September - October:
    Netherlands (5 weeks)

    October:
    Luxembourg (2 weeks)

    October - November:
    Belgium (5 weeks)

    December:
    UK!
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  • Day96

    German Alps (Tegelberg)

    September 30, 2016 in Germany

    We'd read about a fairytale castle nestled on the side of the German Alps and had set today aside to go and see it. We grew increasingly excited as the grey mass of the Alps loomed larger and higher on the horizon. Although the land on the approach was a little hilly, there was a very definite start to the Alpine band of mountains. We were glad our plans didn't include driving through them today.

    Seeing Schloss Neuschwanstein (the castle), we pulled up and took some photos but it was shaded so we weren't able to see it in its full glory. However, we'd spotted a cable car going into the mountains. We decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip on it and were so very glad we did!

    The car was enclosed with about 25 people squashed in but it was a reasonable price and sped up the mountain at ear popping speed. The green valley with its 2 lakes opened up underneath us as we passed by sheer cliff faces and over tall pines. When we reached the upper station we saw what a good day it was for it. The sky was a rich blue, as were Forggensee and Bannwaldsee lakes more than a thousand meters below us. The sun was warm but the air fresh with hardly a breeze. There were dozens of people hangliding from this point, leaping off the side of the cliff and hoping to catch a thermal.

    Our attention was soon drawn to some noisy raven-like birds that we identified as Alpine Coughs- we'd seen Coughs on the Welsh coast last year but this was our first sighting of this charismatic high-altitude bird.

    There was a worn scree stone path leading up to the summit of Tegelberg (marked by a huge metal crucifix) and so we set off along it. The views became unbelievably more stunning as we climbed; the imposing mountains spanning out behind us and to our right. The path began to change from walkable scree to solid rock and we came across our first metal cable pinned to the rock at points with solid metal rods. We carried on up the increasingly steep and precarious 'path' and eventually made it to the top, 1707m above sea level. The vertigo had kicked in for Will but Vicky was exhilarated! There was a panoramic view, made all the more spectacular by the rich colours and contrast brought out by the perfect weather!

    On the cable car journey back down we worked out we were just 2 miles from Austria. Upon reaching the base station we were welcomed off the mountain by the sound of cow bells ringing around the necks of a small heard of bullocks.

    We didn't stay here overnight but thought the experience deserved its own footprint as it will stay in our memories for a very long time.
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  • Day111

    Lindenberg in Allgau

    October 15, 2016 in Germany

    Journeying south towards Austria, we passed Bodensee, the biggest lake in Germany. It's so big that some of it reaches in to Switzerland and Austria. We stopped for lunch overlooking Bodensee and could see the faint outlines of the Swiss Alps on the opposite shore.

    Our final stopover in Germany was Lindenberg in Allgau, a car park reached by climbing up 7 hairpin bends in succession. The official stopover was closed for maintenance but the height barrier to the gravel and grass car park beside it had been opened.

    It was quiet, the main source of noise being the church bells from the nearby village. Will started to make a wooden lid for his beer mug using a branch of wood. Poppy seemed interested in the sanding down process, it was only later we discovered that it was the sandpaper itself she was keen on. We returned to the van to find half the sheet torn to pieces and the rest nowhere to be seen!

    We were encouraged by fellow motorhomers to take a walk around the small lake at the end of the road and are so glad we did. The sun was out and the sky was intense blue above the mix of autumnal deciduous and evergreen trees, their reflections bouncing back from the surface of the still and peaty lake.
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  • Day10

    Fellhorn 2.037m

    September 9 in Austria

    Noch so ein herrlich sonniger Spätsommertag im Allgäu. Wir bummeln langsam in den Tag nachdem Christiane ihre erste Nacht ohne den 13 Monate alten Daniel gut überstanden hat 🙏🏻.

    Es geht vom Hotel direkt zu Fuß gemütlich zum Freibergsee entlang eines Flusses und dann durch den Wald bergan. Dann geht es weiter zur Talstation der Nebelhornbahn. Oben gibt es dann erst einmal ein Happen zu essen bevor es dann auf den Gipfel hoch geht. Ach so ein Weitblick ins Klein Walsertal ist schon schee und da kommen gleich die Erinnerungen an all die Winterurlaube mit Rainer und den Jungs hoch als ich all die Skilifte sehe.

    Tourdaten: 2,5 h; 10km, 360 Hm
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  • Day49

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    October 14, 2017 in Germany

    In keeping with movie themes, we visited Neuschwanstein Castle today, which is the castle that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flew over. It is also the castle that Walt Disney reportedly based the Disneyland castle on. It is located in lower Bavaria close to the Austrian Alps, so only just over an hour drive from where are staying. I read that it is Germany's most visited attraction, and judging by the fact that we are entering low season and the place was positively crawling with people, I can well believe it. Craig wants one of those pen's recently placed on Facebook which has written on it "I hate f****n people". There really are some quite obnoxious people travelling out here.

    If we had lined up for tickets to do the 30 minute guided tour, the earliest we would have been able to do the tour was 3.00pm (and we were there at 10.15am) and tours were leaving every 5 minutes! So King Ludwig II might have been called Mad King Ludwig, but I suspect the tourism board is laughing all the way to the bank with this one.

    That said, it was rather a magical setting, and I suspect the external viewing of the castle was more of a spectacle than the inside, so we settled for that. This included a walk to a bridge over a gorge which looked back along the castle. Just nearby, and down the hill, was the castle where Ludwig lived as a child.

    We drove to another nearby village called Füssel which was crammed with typical Bavarian buildings, lots of cobbled pedestrian streets and with the river Lech running through it. Something we have noticed about all rivers in Germany and Austria - they are in a real hurry to go somewhere and could almost be described as swift water. They are also a lovely colour and crystal clear. There were also a larger number of people casually wearing traditional dress in the streets today – dirndls for the women and lederhosen and related paraphernalia for the men. When we were in Munich yesterday, we dropped into a very large retailer of traditional dress. Just the lederhosen shorts alone retailed for circa €200! A dirndl here was around €100 for a more basic version, but we were seeing them up to €600 in Austria for quite ornate versions.
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  • Day5

    Füssen

    April 3 in Germany

    Füssen is a German town near the border to Austria. The city centre is full of life and you can hang on trying "snowballs" - a cookie amalgama - or drinking a beer while you eat cheese soup or liver dumplings. But the Bavarian town is most known because of the castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau that lie southeast of the town. They were both the creation of a lunatic King Ludwig and Neuschwanstein was an inspiration to Disneyworld castle.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Swabia, Regierungsbezirk Schwaben, Schwaben, Souabe, Svevia

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