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    Camping in Germany

    HI Everyone,

    This is my first time posting on this site. My wife and I are planning a bike tour of Germany in this August. Not the best time to do it but the only time that we have. We are going to be doing mostly camping and just wondering if anyone has any advice on cheap camping. In Denmark there seems to be a system on campsites that are just open to hikers and cyclists by farmers and I was wondering if there was a similar system in Germany.


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    hmpf, seems to have eaten my first post, duh!

    ANyway, August is a fairly good time to come over, it usually doesnt get as steamingly hot as in many parts of the states for example. In fact, maybe by august, summer will actually show it's sunny face

    So, where are you planning on riding? Big(ish) country after all. AFAIK there's no comparable network of campsites catering specially for cyclists but there's campsites just about EVERYWHERE. Having said that, there are dozens (at least) of dedicated cycling tour pathways in many regions of germany & many have an abundance of prepared campsites along the way so that shouldnt be a problem.

    Helping with any type of planning would be the maps of the ADFC (german cycling club, the "cyclists AAA") that tell you which roads are great and which suck Many of the larger cycling tour paths have their own booklets available (such as alon the Elbe River etc.).

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    Hi Automatic Sheep,

    Thanks for your reply. As this is our first time touring in Germany we be going to the most touristy areas! Yikes! Hopefully it is not too crowded. Basically we are flying into Munich and then we are going to cycle up the romantic road going north and head towards the Rhine which we will follow for a while and at some point depending on time etc cross into France or Belgium and head towards Amsterdamm. From there we will take a ferry to England to visit my family and then fly home from London. We are curently living in Japan but are moving to Canada. We only have about three and a half weeks to get to England and we want to take our time as much as possible so we will just see how far we get by a certain date and then throw our bike on the train so if we are really enjoying cycling around Bavaria and the Rhine area we might not even get to France, which would be fine as we have been there before.

    Do you think the Bavaria area will be too crowded to enjoy during August and do you have any suggestions for good areas to tour?

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    sounds like a good plan really In terms of crowdedness it's good that you're missing the Oktoberfest period (which starts in september, go figure ). I'm not exactly an expert on Bavaria (it's considered to be it's own country by the rest of my host nation and calls itself "free state") but as far as I can tell it should be a good route. Trainservice to "jump" a bit within a region is fairly easy. Long-distance travel by train can be a bit of a bother as no bikes are allowed on the high speed ICE trains but at least there IS train service just about everywhere!

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    Thanks for the info. We are really looking forward to the trip. That last time I was in Europe I was using francs, deuch marks etc so it will be interesting to see the Euro.

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    Itinerary Romantiuc Road fine.
    I should continue to Bonn or Köln and then head for Aachen and Maasticht (southern Netherlands), continue the Vlaanderen-route (Flanders) and visit Leuven and Brussels and then head for Mechelen, Antwerp, Roterdam and Amsterdam. Or skip Amsterdam because you want to go to London and after Brussels you choose for the Zeebugge-ferry, that means you can visit the marvellous little town Bruges.

    If you like more detailed advice for the northwestern part of your trip, please ask your specific questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmwebb View Post
    Thanks for the info. We are really looking forward to the trip. That last time I was in Europe I was using francs, deuch marks etc so it will be interesting to see the Euro.

    Chris
    probably the last time you say that, as soon as you have to start paying in € and later do the math it's € = $$$$$ atm

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    Back from the trip

    Thanks everyone for all of the info. We just got back about a week ago. It was a really nice trip but ya pretty costly. We're not the best budget travelers. There were far to many nice bars, restaurants etc to pass up and I think we only used the camp stove about five times. Drank lots of nice beer though and I suppose that makes up for it a bit.

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    Thanks for telling about your experiece. Should be done more often to motivate the 'advisors'.

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    Ah...didn't realize that the post was as old as it was. I'm in München/Munich. Anyway, glad that you enjoyed it here. I still haven't figured out the camping laws here and I've been here almost 3 years. We haven't camped yet due to the vague nature of the laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arie View Post
    Itinerary Romantiuc Road fine.
    I should continue to Bonn or Köln and then head for Aachen and Maasticht (southern Netherlands), continue the Vlaanderen-route (Flanders) and visit Leuven and Brussels and then head for Mechelen, Antwerp, Roterdam and Amsterdam. Or skip Amsterdam because you want to go to London and after Brussels you choose for the Zeebugge-ferry, that means you can visit the marvellous little town Bruges.

    If you like more detailed advice for the northwestern part of your trip, please ask your specific questions
    Hi arie,
    I apologize for just jumping in here, but I'm touring in Germany in April/May and have a number of questions. I'll be going from Maastricht to Koln and back.

    • I stealth camp. What is the German attitude towards that?
    • In Canada, there are wild animals in the woods, what kind of animal might I see in Germany?
    • Is it possible to buy map books on-line? I'd like to plan my trip ahead
    • I have an un-locked cell phone, all I need is a SIM card. I need the best deal on international calls. Who sells them?


    Thanks in advance for your help.

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