Touring Trip of Central Europe (July 2008)

Part 1: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria (10th-11th)

In 2006 we planned a car tour of Central Europe. I had visited the former Yugoslavia in 1962 when at school and followed it up with a camping trip by motorcycle when at university. Sandra had never seen that part of Europe so we planned a three week trip through Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, returning through Italy, Switzerland, France and Luxembourg. We had booked our ferry, but not the accommodation. Unfortunately, Sandra was diagnosed with breast cancer and we had to cancel the trip.

This year, with Sandra’s treatment complete we decided to try again. We booked the ferry for June, but again had to cancel because some corrective surgery for Sandra took longer to heal than anticipated. We finally set off on Monday 7th July, this time pre-booking some of the accommodation as we were into the tourist season.

It was raining for our journey to Dover for the ferry to Calais, and remained wet for the next two days. We stopped the first night in Durbuy in the Belgian Ardennes, and then on to Schluchsee in the Black Forest for the next two nights where we found a nice apartment. We walked along the lakeshore, visited the nearby lake of Titisee (where we had to sample the Black Forest Gateau), and drove down a picturesque valley called the Witches Hole to a mill.

The next day we travelled to Seefeld in the Austrian Tyrol via the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen in Switzerland (where we spent the morning taking boats around the falls), Bodensee (Lake Constance) for lunch, and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. We arrived just in time to take a horse cart ride up to the Castle before it closed.

After a night in Seefeld we visited Innsbruck then drove over the Gross Glockner Pass, stopping at many points in the National Park, to Lake Bled in Slovenia.