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Inspire me ... 3 months 4 days ago #450666

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Starting to think about summer 2019 holidays - I like to book early as have to go in kids' summer holidays, will be researching now and booking in September probably.
This year we're getting the ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland, then driving down for a week in the Rhine valley just south of Koblenz. Then back for a week on the Dutch coast between the Hague and Amsterdam.
We'd like to go somewhere new in Europe next year. Been to France plenty of times over the previous few years so don't want to go there this time. Needs to have plenty of outdoor activities for both us and two kids (8 and 4), a nice town or two to explore also wouldn't go amiss. I don't want to spend the whole holiday towing so no more than say a full day's drive the other side of a ferry or tunnel. Don't want it to be really hot so Spain is probably out in August.
Was thinking of either Switzerland, by a lake in the mountains somewhere, or going north to Denmark and possibly even crossing over to Sweden depending on driving time. Mrs Tuffty's always wanted to go to the Black Forest in Germany too. Anyone any experience or recommendations of camping in any of these? Anywhere I'm overlooking?

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Inspire me ... 3 months 3 days ago #450682

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Good morning Tuffty,

For Denmark I would use Camping Holbæk Fjord which is about 30 mins from Copenhagen. Child friendly, swimming pool on site and lots to see and do.

I normally have an overnight stop when travelling from the Hoek and use Camping Mitte at Medelby www.camping-mitte.de/de/startseite.htm . The owner Hans also speaks very good English.

Another area you may wish to consider is what the locals call Swiss Saxony arround Dresden. Here I use Camping Luxoase. Again an overnight stop en-route at Knaus Camping Eschwege.

In the Balck Forest, Bad Liebenzell or Kirchzarten are also places to consider.

Hope this assists.

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Inspire me ... 3 months 3 days ago #450683

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I’d echo Swiss Saxony a beautiful area with Dresden close by. The Hartz mountains are worth a stopover and if you are interested in WW2 sites go to Mittlebau Dora, underground V2 factory. . Quedlinburg absolutely beautiful medieval town untouched by war.
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Inspire me ... 3 months 3 days ago #450684

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You could do far worse than take a look at the Salzkammergut region of Austria. There is an awful lot to do and see, plus the mountains and lakes side by side. In July and August the lakes are incredibly warm to swim in and its one of the most beautiful areas of Europe. The lake I would particularly recommend is Woflgangsee staying in either Sankt Gilgen, Sankt Wolfgang or Strobl. That lake in particular has quite a few touring campsites around its edge and I would have to say is the most scenic of the group.

The cable cars up Dachstein, google "the stairway to nothing" and the "five fingers of Dachstein", all easily accessible. Salt mines, ice caves, boat trips, Salzburg, Hallstat is stunning. Schaffberg Mountain Railway. Grossglockner drive, Hohenwerfen castle (where eagles dare) Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest in Europe, the list is endless, far too much for one holiday. Of course, you cannot miss the trip up to the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitlers Mountain retreat.

If you do go down that way, take the opportunity to stopover near Rothenburg 0b der Tauber, the town has to be seen to be believed.
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Inspire me ... 3 months 2 days ago #450756

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Tuffty, Switzerland is Incredibly, expensive, food Beer etc, it is wonderful, And you would need motorway vignets for both car and caravan. Last year €40 each.
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Inspire me ... 3 months 1 day ago #450776

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Stay in the Netherlands . Lovely coast all along from The Hague going up the coast . Very child friendly sites and safe cycling everywhere .
Also not too far from the ferry when returning home .
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Inspire me ... 3 months 1 day ago #450777

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We done Holland last year , stopped around the Delft area , like another post says it's great and safe for cycling , nice and flat, it is a touch on the expensive side though .The site that we stopped on had big pitches and then a 5 minute walk around the park brought you to a big Lake which was great where the kids can just play and go in the water.
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Inspire me ... 3 months 1 day ago #450779

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Thanks all.

We're booked in to Delftse Hout after the ferry crossing this summer, to break up the trip down to the Rhine valley. Then later staying at a place called Koningshof a little further north before we return to the UK. Good to know that Delftse Hout is as good as it looked online!

I accidentally strayed into Switzerland a few years ago on a motorbike tour of the Alps, and before I knew what was happening had bought a vignette, two extremely overpriced tanks of petrol and a ludicrously expensive ham baguette for lunch so am all too aware of the cost penalty! Luckily the views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc made up for it though.

Austria is definitely on the list, probably a little too far for next year though I reckon. Having looked at the Stairway to Nothing I reckon I'll invent a job to do on the van whilst the family go up there - not a great fan of heights!

Great thoughts on Denmark and Swiss Saxony thanks. I reckon Denmark is slightly in the lead at the moment as it would be a completely new country for me which is always good, and Hobaek Fjord looks like a great place.
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Inspire me ... 3 months 1 day ago #450780

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Are you booked into the site i was ? As there is a certain way you have to come in as if you go the other way , there is risk off losing the bottom off your car ?!


It's a kind of an inverted speed bump with a hole in the ground with things sticking up ! Avoid ! You need to come in past the Ikea if you're stopping on the same site.
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Inspire me ... 3 months 1 day ago #450783

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Cool thanks. Just what you need when you've just started to get used to driving on the wrong side of the road :-)
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