Amersfoort and the Pannenkoekenhuis

From Utrecht we went to explore the town of Amersfoort, just a short drive to the north-east, before we explored the Rhijnauwen near Utrecht and visited a lovely Pannenkoekenhuis directly at the river Kromme Rijn.


Canoeing Utrecht & the Botanical Garden

Today felt like mothers day to me. First Monty took me on his bike to the botanical garden and in the afternoon we went kayaking at the Kromme Rijn.


@ URK and SCHOKLAND

On our second day in Flevoland we visited two former islands in the Ijseelmeer: Urk and Schokland. Both are now part of the new province. Urk still has its harbour, Schokland was already abandoned in 1859 and is now surrounded by meadows instead of rough sea.

Parking for the night @ Lelystad

Lelystad @ Flevoland

We went to explore Flevoland, the twelfth and youngest province in the Netherlands. It consists almost entirely of land that was only won from the IJsselmeer in the 20th century.

Lelystad

The American Motorcycle Museum


Time to visit the museum of classic mobility on wheels "AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM @ Raalte, NL"


Very fine Collection of American bikes!

Kasteel de Haar

Together with our son we went to explore some parts of The Netherlands, starting with an interesting castle close to Utrecht: Kasteel de Haar.

Fairy tail castle ....

2 Years on the road, time to celebrate!

We had reached Utrecht, where our son studies Global Sustainability Science. We were very happy to see him again and will travel together the next days. But we had also an anniversary: since 2 years we are now living in our caravan, travelling through Europa. A good reason to celebrate a little.

Utrecht

@ Aachen

We were on our way to the Netherlands now, but had to stop at Aachen and visit the cathedral which played such an important role in our history.

Guided tour Corona version

Geierlay Suspension Bridge

Today's destination was one of the Top 100 in Germany, the Geierlay suspension bridge, once the longest in Germany, nowadays titled to be the most beautiful one.


Eltz Castle!

Today we visited the Castle of Eltz - one of the most spectacular medieval castles in Germany, very well known and a favourite with photographers too.


Roman Porta Nigra @ Trier and along the Mosel

Today we went for a stroll through Trier before we drove along the river Mosel northwards, enjoying the scenery before we decided on one of the endless number of places for caravans along the river.


Devils Gorge

Narrow gorges and crevices, overgrown with moss and lichen, huge rock towers, mighty stone blocks with bizarre weathering forms - a wild, original landscape we went to explore near Ernzen, close to the border of Luxembourg.


@ Luxembourg

We were so close to the border, we couldn't resist a short visit to the capital of Luxembourg.


@ Völklingen Ironworks

Today our program was not about nature or historic towns, but to explore the industrial monument of the Völklingen Ironworks - an historic landmark of German engineering and an Unesco World Heritage Site.


Historic city of Speyer & fancy rock hike

We stopped at Speyer to admire the Imperial Cathedral and explore the city a little bit, before we drove on to Dahn, where nature left fancy rocks scattered in the hilly landscape to be discovered by hikers.

Speyer

@ Heidelberg

Heidelberg lies at the river Neckar shortly before it flows into the Rhein. The town is very well known for its university and dominated by the ruins of the castle.


Hike along the Neckar river

In the morning the weather looked promising so we went on a hike along the Nekar, on the way back thunder and lightning together with heavy rain made it a little bit uncomfortable, but in total it was a nice tour.

River Nekar and the village of Dilsberg in the distance

"Münster zu Ulm" - impressive gothic architecture

The weather was still a pain, but we managed to use a dry spell to visit Ulm and its impressive churches.

Gargoyle overlooking Ulm

Bronze age & Celtic Heuneburg

Today we went on a journey into the past of Southern Germany, visiting the Celtic Heuneburg and afterwards the Federsee, an area of prehistoric settlement.

HEUNEBURG @ sunset // Foto: LAD. M. Friemelt

Hike along the Danube

We followed the Danube upstream to a region where the river has formed a magnificent valley over the centuries. Our hike took us up onto the cliff and to one of the many castles which flank the river.

Schloß Werenwag - dates back to 11th century 

First summer days ...

After what had felt like a never ending period of bad weather, 2 sunny days were predicted before clouds and rain would be back, therefore we wanted to make the most of it. The first day was spent at a lake with some cycling and swimming, the second day hiking at the Danube valley.



Meteorite impacts in West Africa and Central Europe!

Inspired by the expedition to Mauretania of "Pistenkuh.de" where they took this extraordinary shot of the Tenoumer crater, we started to search for meteorite craters in our area ...

Tenoumer crater Mauretania // Photographer & Copyright by PISTENKUH.de

A rainy day in the park

The continuous bad weather was a challenge for my mood, but we tried to make the best out of it. After exploring cities in the rain, today we went to explore the Palace Gardens of Dennenlohe, even during drizzling rain it was a delight!


Veste Coburg & City of Bamberg

We had reached the most Northern part of Bavaria with Coburg, famous for its magnificent castle. After wondering through the expansive exhibition we turned South again, which sadly didn't lead to a better weather, so we gave up and explored Bamberg in the rain.


Bayreuth

We reached Bayreuth, where we explored the city a little bit including the beautiful opera house and the Hermitage on the outskirts of town.

Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

The Flossenbürg Granite & the Parkstein volcano

The castle of Flossenbürg lies on a granite rock which was quarried for centuries as this formidable stone was used in many constructions all over Germany. We went to explore the castle and its surroundings. Afterwards we discovered the remains of a volcano!


@ Kelheim

Positioned on the confluence of the Danube and the Altmühl, already the Celts had an important town here. Later King Ludwig I of Bavaria crowned the town with the Hall of Liberation.

Parking for the Night at the Danube 

Looking for better off road ability ....


Given that all overland travellers are looking for the best and most capable vehicle for their adventures, I decided some years ago to invest in a TATRA VVN 815 8x8 which is for sure one of the best concepts for extreme off road terrain. Our 8x8 is currently at a workshop near Munich to get it street legal.

Is this the base for our next camper?

Bockerl train ride

After spending the night at a beautiful spot at the Danube we first visited our Tatra at Aigner trucks (more in a separate post) and then started from Arnstorf with our bikes along an old train route called Bockerl until we reached the Bockerl Bridge over the river Isar near Landau.

Chapel for cyclists in need of a rest

We hike at the National Park "Bayerischer Wald"

Exploring the Bavarian Forest, we hiked up to the Great Rachel, with 1.453 metres the second highest peak of the Bavarian Forest by only 3 metres after the Great Arbel. The weather was perfect and we had great views in all directions.

Rachel chapel overlooking the Rachel lake

We start to explore Bavaria

We are finally on the road again and our plan to explore Germany is now in action. Coming from Austria we arrived at Bavaria, where we found a lovely lake for our first stop.

Crossing the border on a minor road

BBQ @ the campfire


There is no real camper life without a campfire! A come together with friends and their brand new camper built on an Unimog was the perfect occasion to gather some wood and to light a fire on which we roasted some sausages and potatoes.