Joys of Caravanning

12th Trip in Europe 2015 through Belgium, to Germany and Austria and back same way same Car and same Caravan an excellent outfit.

We left the UK on 15th April on the Tunnel at 3.27 in the morning arriving Calais at 5 am European Time.  As usual we made for Germany and Bitburg having not too bad a trip on the Brussels Ring we arrived at our first stop at Prumtal Camping, Oberweis at 11.50 am after two Food and Comfort stops en route.

Prumtal Camping, Oberweis ACSI Camping Card book.  Site no 724 Page 304.

This is a 5* site and we cannot find any fault with it what so ever.  Restaurant still excellent and Staff very Friendly and Helpful.  Last years new Toilet Block still looks brand new and kept like the rest of the camp site exceptionally clean and tidy.  Website here                                                                                       

We were joined here for 3 nights out of our 4 by German friends from Dortmund with their caravan who usually park in front of us at Jodl on the Ossiachersee for a few nights on their way to Croatia.  But this year as they are going to Norway instead they asked if they could meet up with us somewhere along our route south east and picked here at Prumtal.  We had a lovely time with them visiting Bernkastel and eating in Kohler Stuben with them on site our last night

For diesel we went 20 minutes down the road into Vianden, Luxembourg to the garage price was 1.07 Euros (77 pence a litre).

 

Looking over the River Prum.

Market Square Bernkastel.

 2.  Next Stop on the Rhine. Bruckenschanke Camping Platz at Hattenheim near to Eltville.  

We arrived here just after lunch after the Tom Tom taking us to the Ferry of Ingelheim when on arrival we found we were to tall to pass under the bridge on the other side of the river so had to drive back to Bingen. So Everybody please note do not go to this ferry as there is a bridge to go under the road on the opposite side at Oestrich-Winkel which is too low for Caravans and Motor Homes you have to use Bingen to Rudesheim.  We paid 15.10 Euro's £10.88 for 8 metre Caravan, Car and 2 persons which is not bad compared to going round to go over bridges at Wiesbaden/Mainz or Koblenz  

The Campsite is not an ACSI Site and you will not find it in any ACSI Book or App.  A german friend found it for our 2nds Trip and this was our 4th stay there.  They have improved the Toilet/Showers but they are not heated.  The view over the Rhine is wonderful as site is situated on the towpath seperated by a 6 ft chain link fence.  You do get people walking and cycling by.  Good place for Motor Homers as you can cycle to Eltville for shopping or down river to Rudesheim for a longer ride.  The only noise you get at night are the boats on the river which we find facinateing to watch.  The railway is a considerable way from the site and can only be heard faintly if the wind blows a certain way.    Link to website here. There is a locked gate to the site for which you need to pay a fee of 5 Euro's for on arrival and for your first night. No wifi on the pitches but free wifi in the restaurant where you can get good food at a reasonable price.

 

The Sister Ferry coming the other way at Bingen.

The Campsite.

Hotel Cruise Boat going by.

The Campsite.

Campsite.

Third Campsite is a new ACSI Camping Card Site near to Regensburg in Bavaria.

We are staying in this area to visit the ADAC Office in Regensburg and see the girls who take details for membership of this Motoring Breakdown Service that we have belonged to for 7 years or so and to find out new details for joining after the hoo ha of 2 years ago when they announced they would not be taking new British Member.  Well that is all cleared up now and you can either ring Regensburg or Cologne Offices.  Contact me and I will give you the numbers if you are interested in joining.Combined with the visit to the office we did a little shopping in the Centre nearby and then made our way back to the Campsite.

The Campsite is situated just 15 minutes from Regensburg and you can catch a train 1 km from the site into Central Station which is very handy.  We went in by car though.

The Campsite details are Freizeitinsel at Bad Abbach which is situated near to the Danube in lovely open Countryside. Website here  ACSI Site number 792 on Page 327.  It is 16 Euro's a night but they say 2 Euro's supplement for Comfort Pitch but actually said that it was 5 Euro's as April as in season.  I am going to take this up with ACSI and comment later on this subject.

WiFi Point available but I did not go into this.  The Campsite was nicely kept and is terraced.  A Comfort Pitch which we had is very large with water and 16 amp EHU on Pitch.  The Toilet/Shower Block etc was brand new and exceptionally clean and very up to date. Photo's underneath. 

 

Campsite Views

Toilet Block.

Fourth Campsite is Camping Vierthaler situated just below Salzburg in Austria.  This is an ACSI Site but not Camping Card Site.  It is very reasonably priced with Electricity and WiFi all in.  WiFi is excellent and available all over the campsite.  Scenery around is wonderful even though it is minutes off the main A10 Autobahn from Salzburg to Villach.

The Campsite is Family owned and run very friendly and well kept.  From the campsite there are some wonderful places to visit. Hallstatt on the Hallstatersee is just 40 miles away on a lovely round trip we have been on today.

Berchtesgaden is an hour away (not on Autobahn) which is a lovely and very interesting town to visit.  The area of Salzkammergut is a wonderful area with Sees to visit such as Wolfgangsee of White Horse Inn fame and Mondsee with the church used as the cathedral in Sound of Music.

The next village is home to the wonderful Werfen Castle used in the film "Where Eagles Dare" more about this in last years trip and more on the Campsite too.

Werfen Castle.

The Campsite showing up the site and approach road.

The Campsite from the approach road.

National Dress in Berchtesgaden.

Hallstatt.

Fifth Campsite and for 5 weeks is Camping Jodl on the Ossiachersee.  This is an ACSI Inspected Campsite but not a Camping Card Site this year.  If you show your ACSI Card you will get ACSI Price of 16 Euros Plus Taxes making 19 Euro's per night through May and June.  Thia year is the last for Camping Jodl.  It will close down beginning of October for good.  All the existing Buildings will be demolished and new apartments built over the Winter and Spring which will be For Sale.  An end of an era and very sad for us as we will miss our second home very much.  

View from the Caravan of the Ossiachersee and the reflections of the buildings of Steindorf across the See.

I will put a few photo's on and info during the next couple or three weeks.  The last two weeks we have rested rather a lot as John was poorly whe at Werfen and we had to have the Doctor.  He has recovered now.  We have had two Brit outfits here for 6 days each  one Caravan and one Motor Home the latter leaving tomorrow.  We have had Dutch friends visit for 4 days too.  It is lovely meeting up with old friends from former trips. The weather up to today the 10th of May has been Sunny, Warm and Dry.  Just rain in one night last week and a few spots yesterday afternoon.  It has varied between 21 to 30 degrees whch is very nice. 

Both the photo above and below taken at May 1st Maypole Celebrations across the lake at Bodensdorf.

A New Day Trip for us to the nearby See of Weissensee to catch a boat at Dolemitenblick a Gasthof situated at the East end of the See just past the attractive village of Stockenboi in the direction of Spittal an der Drau from te Ossiachersee.  The reason for this trip was to sample a brand new boat brought into Service on the 10th May.  The largest boat on this See was brought down from Germany and finished being assembled at Techendorf at the West end of the See East of the road bridge due to height of the bridge.  The name of this very modern Electric Boat is the Alpenperle.  You can read about the boats and service at www.kaerntenerschifffahrt.at  where you can see details on the Boats on the Ossiachersee, Millstattersee, Worthersee and the Draufluss in Villach the later a river trip.                                                         

One of the stop offs.

The West End.

The Alpenperle

Trip to Italy and then onto Slovenia back to Jodl Camping.

This is a very enjoyable round trip approximately 76 miles and taking most of the day stopping for shopping in Tarvisio, Italy where there is a huge indoor market selling leather goods of all kinds, shoes, handbags, belts and clothing. Outside the market hall on like a market place there is an excellent shop selling handbags, purses etc form 10 Euro's to 200 Wuro's.  Very nice helpful staff but do try for discount.

From here we went to the lovely Lakes of Fucine where we had a picnic. Depending on what sort of Winter it has been is the height and amount of water there is in the top lake.  But plenty of car parking and picnic area with excellent exceptionally clean Toilets situated above the car park. There is also a small Restaurant situated there with seating outside.

After our picnic lunch we made for Slovenia and Kranjska Gora 12 miles away. This is a very popular skiing town is very interesting with a quaint old town and very clean and tidy.  Many small gift shops to wander around and nice places to stop for a coffee or a snack/meal.

We then made for home Jodl Camping over the Wurzen Pass which is very pretty.  Do not think of attempting this Pass with a caravan it has some very steep hills leading up to the mountain to the Slovenien Border.  Best way to Slovenia with Caravan/Motor Home is through the Karawanken Tunnel just outside Villach in Austria. 

 

A Shop in Tarvisio.

The Market Building and the Leather Shop.

The Top Lake at Fucine just a few miles from Tarvisio. 

The Restaurant.

Slovienian countryside taken through car window en route.

Kranjska Gora.  The Ski Slopes. 

The Town.

The Market Place and Church.

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