Joys of European Caravanning


After just over 6 weeks at Jodl Camping on Ossiachersee we regretfully have to leave on our way home to the UK.

Our next stop is back to the new site we stayed at coming down.  We enjoyed it so much and thought after a late start from Jodl and 95 miles it would be a nice rest on our way to Innerbraz which would make it a better mileage for the next day.  We have a rule of trying not to do more than 200 miles a day when on the move between Campsites.  As a reminder I have put another photo of this very nice. friendly campsite.  An update since we were here in April is they have now Free wifi cover over the whole campsite which is excellent.




The next journey takes us into Bavaria, Germany for a few miles past the beautiful Chiemsee which is the largest See in Germany.  We did stay on this See for a few days in a previous trip and there is plenty to see on and around the See.  Catching a boat to visit the Herreninsel and the Fraueninsel lovely places to see, the largest island the Herreninsel is where one of King Ludwigs amazing Castles stands.  More on this on  Joining the A93 just past Rosenheim you soon go over the border and back into Austria and follow the A12 along the Inn Valley past Innsbruck to the village of Innerbraz where the ACSI Campsite Walch's Camping and Landhaus is situated.  This is a very pleasant 5* site for Services and Views etc  This is our 3rd visit and we hope to return again next year.  




As we only 2 nights here means only one day to explore.  We decided to take the road to Bludenz and then to Thurningen here we drove up onto the mountain pass of the Walsertal through the delightful countryside and villages of Raggal, Sonntag, Fontanella Fachinen where we had lunch at Sport Cafe Domig and then on to Au and through the Upper Bregenz Forest to Schoppernau, Schrocken, Warht, Lech, Surs over the Flexonpass to Klosterle, Dalaas and back to Inner Braz.  I do not think you will do a more picturesque trip anywhere in Europe than this, truly breathtaking.


Cafe/Hotel having extension built. 

Inside the Restaurant.

View from the hotel of the valley we had just driven from.

Au a very old town with lots of unusual old farmhouses.



Some shots taken on way from Au to Klosterle




Note the open sided tunnels on the mountain that we have just driven through spectacular scenery and this is near to St. Anton.

On to the Schwarzwald  (Black Forest)

Well here we are now on our way to the Black Forest an area we love it has such charm in the the flower decked small towns with lovely timber buildings.

One word of warning the town of Schramberg now requires a Green or Yellow Vignette to be able to drive through or into. 

Last shots of Braz.


The local Gasthof Traube where we have stayed 3 times on other visits to Braz before coming with the caravan.

Onto our last miles in my beloved Austria so upset to leave it and into our second favourite country of Germany and Lake Contance or Bodensee.  A shot of a Vineyard and view over the lake from the car.


Clock Factory Schramberg BF. 

Campsite Trendcamping Wolfach/Halbmeil. 

We decided to have a change of Campsite this year reason being as we only have 3 nights here Trendcamping is on the main road going into Wolfach we thought easier to get to than Alisehof is through Wolfach and up the road a few miles at Bad Rippoldsay/Schapbach.  Trendcamping is a 5* Camping Card Site at €16 a night.  WiFi €2 for 2 hours only covers the Reception area though.

The Restaurant looked very good in a traditional style, but did not sample the food as the weather was too warm to eat a lot.  The owners of 1 year, were very friendly and helpful speaking English.  Toilets, Showers etc were 5* as they usually are on German camp sites.  On arrival we were given information of the area in English, the Konus Card (see photo below) and were directed to our pitch.  Unfortunately when I booked there were only two pitches vacant, as believe it or not, there was a British Rally of 25 Autotrail Moter Homes arriving the same day as us.  This meant we were right at the end of the topmost level as the site is built on a steep hill. It was a long way down to the Reception, Showers, Restaurant etc. on a very stony road.  Next and opposite to us were three static caravans in very shabby condition, never been cleaned or looked after for years which spoilt our view completely.  Shame because there was a very nice friendly German family just below us on the opposite side who we chatted to.  The pitch itself was good had its own electric point, water tap and grey water waste but long way to the chemical emptying point at the reception.

The evening we arrived the Rally Marshal's organised and  paid for a Traditional Brass Band to play on site opposite the Reception.  A BBQ was put on by the Campsite. This campsite is No 764 on Page 323 of the 2014 ACSI CC Book website is here 


Konus Card.

The Campsite.


Places to visit around Wolfach.

The Band

The Rally

Schiltach.  A quaint old town built along the river.  

We always like to visit here especially to visit the Conditorei/Cafe Bachbeck. to have coffee and kuchen or a piece of quiche to take away to the caravan for supper.  This cafe is owned by a Brit and his German wife and all pastries and cakes are homemade on the premises.   

View of Bridge Schiltach.

Another wonderful Cafe to visit if you love wonderful cakes and good coffee is Cafe Rapple in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach.  Just look at some of these on show, they are huge. 




A beautiful house and garden near Bad Rippoldsau.

Building in Hornberg.

Dorotheenhutte,  2,000 years of Glass making history.

An excellent trip out in Wolfach which is a delightful little town is the Dorotheenhutte where you can eat or drink in the nice cafe, look around the various shops or visit glassblowing demonstration.  The various shops are Zeller Keramik ,  Steif, WMF, Thun, Rosenthal and Christmas Village.    

A nice cold coffee drink on a hot day in the cafe.


Christmas Shop.


A Log Raft outside with carvings..

We regretfully leave the Black Forest 2 days is not enough.

Back now to Prumtal our  17th stay there a is a lot busier than April being a German Holiday weekend, Corpus Christi.   

Summers evening in the Restaurant Kohler Stuben at Prumtal.

Diesel gone up since April but still cheaper than the UK.




The Tunnel. Coquelles



The UK.


Over 9 Weeks away we covered 3,610 miles with the car and just over 2,000 of these with the caravan in tow.  We had NO Punctures this year but did have to have new Air Conditioning unit in the Car.  Lucky it happened in Austria as it was much cheaper having it replaced at the Kia Garage in Gurk than it wpuld have been back here.


TV reception was ok but the Sky HD Box only worked with our 80 cms dish at Oberweis near to Bitburg otherwise we managed to get a few English progams with the Satellite digi box such as Sky News, CNN, True Movies 1 and 2 plus couple of others. With caravan aerial managed to get Austrian TV Orf 1 and 2 so was able to watch the Formula 1 races.

Last Campsite this Trip. 

La Bien Assise at Guines near Calais, France.  website here  Unfortunately this campsite finished taking the Camping Card a week earlier than most.  We thought the charges were rather high. €30 per night the electricity that was included was €4.70 for 6 amps.  Saying that we had an excellent pitch with the excellent wifi having the antenna on the corner of our pitch.