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    Planned campervan holiday in Germany Sept.2018

    I spent about 8 years living in Germany whilst I was in The Army, We did have a tent and did do some camping then. This was 20+ years ago.Lots has happened since then including divorce and marrying the new Wife. I've always wanted to go back and the current Mrs is keen too! We've been talking about it for a good while.
    We have recently purchased a nu-venture Rio sand with this in mind.
    We're starting to plan our trip now. I work nights so will finish on the Friday morning, I'll have a few hours kip then we'll drive down to a site near Dover and stay the night.
    We'll then do either Dover/Calais ferry or tunnel Saturday morning and drive to Mohnesee where we're planning on staying 2 nights. We want to go to Munster zoo 1 of the days.
    I then want to visit Detmold and Bielefeld (where I used to be stationed) then work our way down through The Hertz mountains ending up in The Black forrest then
    coming back up the western side towards the Eiffel/luxembourg.. Getting back to the UK on the Friday (so a 2 week trip).

    I'll update this thread as the planning progresses but any recommendations/tips will be appreciated.
    At the moment I'm struggling to find a good on-line map showing caravan/camp sites, we'd rather have EHU and at least a bar

    #2
    We toured Europe last year as far as E Europe (Czech, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary). En route we had stops for a few days each in Hanover, Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Freiburg (Black Forest) and Alpirsbach (Black Forest)

    Can I highly recommend looking at the Alpirsbach site http://camping-alpirsbach.de . One of its unique features is the offer of a free beer on arrival! It has a small bar and restaurant on the campsite - good prices both for food/drink and even beer to take away. Only bottled beer but from the local Alpirsbach brewery about 1 mile walk away in town - half the walk is along a tarmacked woodland track. Nice staff and very friendly and helpful. The recommendation is because they included a Konus card which gives you free bus and train travel across the ENTIRE Black Forest area. Trains from Alpirsbach itself and buses from about 1/4 or so up from the site. It should be possible to cover a large area of the Black Forest from here although we just went to Freudenstadt a couple of times once by bus and once by train. If you are into beer the Alpirsbach brewery tour is interesting but entirely in German. Still it's good value for money in getting a nice little mug and a couple of beers.

    Freiburg is the main town in the region but the campsite was quite small. There is an excellent looking restaurant next door but it was pricey so we went into town. (about 3/4 mile) and there was an excellent restaurant with its own brew-pub. Nice walks from the top of thew cable car.

    We blogged our trip - mine has daily maps and my personal take on the world https://twodriftersbrian.wordpress.com/ and Liz has a better camera and a different perspective https://twodriftersliz.wordpress.com/

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      #3
      rennie sounds great, we've not been to Germany camping so can't recommend anything but I hope you have a great time.
      Graham
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        #4
        That's a good start Brian! thank you very much.I will read the blogs. I can remember visiting Munich and Titisee and I think I did adventure training somewhere near Frieburg
        Last edited by rennie; 13-01-2018, 11:00 AM.

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          #5
          I've now found the ACSI site and we will be getting a card! They also have the map with sites I wanted, I've spent the whole morning looking. Thanks again! what a marvellous forum this is

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            #6
            Rennie, if you haven't already done so, can I recommend that you try some Black Forest Gateau in the Black Forest? It's like Guiness in Dublin - allegedly the same, but totally different. We stayed on site near the village of St. Peter, (camping Steingrubenhof, page 252, Caravan Club's "touring Europe") a few kilometres from Freiburg.
            We moved from there to Bavaria, staying in Dinklesburg.
            Lovely holiday, would like to go back one day.............................

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              #7
              Doh - forgot you may not know about ACSI. We also used Camping Card International https://campingcardinternational.com/ - didn't use it as much as ACSI but still useful. One nice thing is that many sites will take it as proof of ID and hold on to it instead of your passport. I prefer that!

              In the UK we are a member of both Camping & Caravan and Caravan and Motorhome clubs and I think both of them sold the cards, probably at a discount. I didn't deal with that, Liz was trip financier!

              We do reckon we saved quite a bit with our cards though, tens of pounds over the cost of them but we were out a longish time (63 nights) so they got used a lot.

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                #8
                Rennie
                When were you in Detmold and Bielefeld?
                I thoroughly enjoyed and had some good times in both places, accidently going into the Turkish Quarter but due to being British we were warmly welcomed. Paying for the beer at the end of the night (Barman marked your beer mat every time you bought a round) was a bit of a shock.
                Izzy

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                  #9
                  I was in Detmold 86-91, Bielefeld 91-93 ish. I did the Gulf, Belize and some UK courses during that time. Loved Detmold not that keen on Bielefeld

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                    #10
                    I was there in '84.

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                      #11
                      We're getting close now! got the acsi card and booklets, ferries booked, a lot of the route planned etc etc.

                      Anyone got any recommendations for a site for on the way back? Belgium probably, Antwerp, Gent Brussels area?
                      with EHU preferably. For the last night before getting the ferry from Calais at 1420

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                        #12
                        There is a municipal site at Ghent (Blaarmeersen), out by the sports centre. We used it a few years ago. No bar I seem to recall but busses in and out of the town centre enable us to sample plenty of strong Belgium beer.

                        Last trip we stayed just outside Luxembourg city and then an aire (car park really) just a few miles N of Calais for the last night so we didn't have much of a run to get the morning ferry.

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                          #13
                          Oh forgot, on the way on the last trip we camped at Antwerp, camping de molen, an OKsite although a bit cramped. EHU OK but they had a weird socket and pretty much everyone had to hire an adaptor. No extra charge apart from returnable deposit. A pleasant walk into the city crossing the river on the free ferry - the pedestrian tunnel was closed for work at the time. There's also a couple of bars close by, but closed on a Sunday when we arrived - it was OK though as they were open next night.
                          Last edited by BrianTheSnail; 26-08-2018, 11:18 AM.

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                            #14
                            Can I suggest, if it's at all possible in your time frame, that instead of overnighting in or around Dover you catch a late train/ferry and overnight on the other side. Loads of free and safe places a few minutes drive from the ferry/train, or even a few nice fairly close campsites if you arrive early enough. Then you can have a fresh early start the next day with no train/ferry to worry about.
                            I don't need Google, my wife knows everything

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                              #15
                              don't fancy Calais/Dunkirk at all! been through lots of times in car/on bike. don't think they're very safe nowadays either!
                              I've witnessed people trying to get into a lorry! Don't fancy that at all!

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