Exploring Schwerin

It was warm, it was sunny and we had reached Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which has the most beautiful castle surrounded by lakes just next to the centre of town.

Schwerin palace

@ Lübeck

The weather was fantastic for our visit to the lovely town of Lübeck which is also called "City of the Seven Towers" and "Gateway to the North". The old centre with many buildings in the style of the North German Brick Gothic is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lübeck
Holstentor - the towns landmark

Vikings @ Haithabu

Haithabu or Hedeby was an important Danish Viking Age trading settlement in the North of Europe from the 8th to the 11th century. We had seen a video documentary about it and were curious to visit the actual site of Hedeby.

Rune stone

Hike @ Flensburg

Near Flensburg at the Baltic Sea we went on a hike along the coast through a natural reserve called Geltinger Birk, a mixture of dunes, moorland, salt marsh and forest.


Trip to Hallig Gröde

We wanted to explore the Wadden Sea of North Friesland and went on a cruise to one of the halligen called Gröde.


Hamburg city walk

We had heard so much about Hamburg and many people recommended to visit the city, therefore we went for a stroll along the Elbe. As we could have predicted we were not the only ones.


Bremerhaven and the watt

We first went to Bremerhaven, where we wanted to visit the maritime museum and then continued to Cuxhaven, to get our first experience with the watt, the tidal flats between the mainland and the little islands in front of the North Sea coast.

Sunset at Bremerhaven

@ Bremen

Today we reached the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, which is the smallest state of Germany consisting mainly of the town of Bremen and Bremerhaven. The historic city centre of Bremen truly  fascinated us.


Hiking around the lake "Zwischenahner Meer"

We needed some fresh air and to walk a little so we chose the Zwischenahner Meer - a nice lake in Lower Saxony - to walk around it.


Building a Cruise Ship

Today we went to explore cruise ships, the big ones. At the river Ems in the Northwest of Germany lies one of the biggest shipyards for these kind of ships. We were curious to see how these huge ships are built.


Eastern Friesland

We went to explore the region of Krummhörn, a remote area of Eastern Friesland (Ostfriesland) in the northwest of Germany, bordering the Netherlands at the mouth of the river Ems.

Pilsum lighthouse

Groningen: Living in style ....

Our last destination in the Netherlands before we will be back to Germany was Menkemaborg, a manor house in the North of Groningen which is presented as if the occupants of the 18th century just had left.

Menkemaborg

Kayaking and biking @ Groningen

We had checked in at a very nice camping, where we could rent kayaks and explore the North of Groningen also per bike.

Camping Marenland

The Mustard Factory

In Eenrum, in the province of Groningen, we found a tiny factory where mustard is produced in the traditional way. We were interested how mustard is made so we went for a visit.

Abrahams Mosterdmakerij also has a wind mill :-)

The Eise Eisigna Planetarium of 1774

In 1774  a wool comber from Franeker in the Netherlands built a model of the solar system in his living room which is still the oldest functional and the largest mechanical orrery worldwide. Something we had to see!!

Orrery from 1774 automatically displays the correct date until today

Amazing "LOUWMAN" Museum of car history


Our friend Hubert took us to the Louwman Museum just outside of Den Haag, which was the best museum on the history of cars we had visited up to now. The collection is incredibly comprehensive and so well presented, it was amazing.


Den Haag fotomuseum & meeting a friend

In Den Haag we went to visit a good friend, but had some time for one of the many museums this city offers. We chose the fotomuseum where the work of 3 different photographers were shown at that time.


The Battle of Arnhem

As an important part of the Second World War, the battle of Arnhem symbolises the effort with which the Allies fought for the liberation of Europe from the Hitler regime. We went to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem to learn more about this part of the war.

British Sherman Firefly Tank @ Arnhem

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