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well it just happened that I'm crossing the Harz from Berlin all along the country lanes to Duesseldorf around the same time, approx.. on Th 3/Jul or Fr 4/Jul may on Sat the 5/Jul......... dono yet...... may an option to meet for a pint some where along the way....
now, part of the witches around there, you can find a few biker related places around the Harz.... mainly packed on the weekends...
Parking place "Elend Harz" User Waypoint N51 45.429 / E10 41.019
Parking place "Torfhaus Harz" User Waypoint N51 48.182 / E10 32.192
"URAL shop" User Waypoint N51.622310 / E10.458381 forgot name and address.... not quit a shop, but a guy who is in to this heavy Russian metal.....
part of this.... there are lots of trees and hiking options on mass, if you are coming on your bike.... you will find many endless windy roads and lots of biker, to avoid the touristy sides you better get some recommendation of your friends family....
Germany I feel is a vastly underrated country and has loads to offer unfortunately its often passed through on the way other countries.
You need to think about what you want from the rest of your trip, non stop travel or days to explore and chill out. You could do a whistle stop tour of the country and see as much as you can or pick a couple of areas and do some exploring.
I can recommend areas like the Eifel to the s/west of Koln, or Rhine and Mosel valleys. A bit quieter than the Rhine is the Odenwald area with the Neckar valley.
Even further south you have the Black Forset and mountains of Bavaria. At this time of the year places like Castle Neuschwanstein ( think castle on the film Chitty ,Chitty, Bang Bang. If you are old enough to remember) and the Zugspitze ( highest mountain in Germany) do get busy as does the Rhine and Mosel but still worth a visit.
As for campsites, sorry, on the last few occasions I have used pensions. Unlike the UK you tend to pay for the room not per person so between 2 0r 3 of you its not too bad.
The Autobahns are handy if you need to cover distance fast but you will miss some of the best biking roads if you stick to them all the time.
Thanks for that... Always happy to meet up with bikers.... Don't have a plan other than getting to Einbeck to start with so not sure what dates we'll be around the Harz... Would be good to meet up though. The more we meet the better!
I'm sure that my family's friends will probably over load us with places to go but it's always good to get suggestions from a biker! They know places that no one else does!
We both prefer to see the places that we go to and have a bit of a chill out too other than saying that we've ridden through lots of places. Exploring the places you find is half the fun!
Last year we went to Belguim n Luxemburg. We decided to go the small roads and stopped for some food along the way and saw a entrance to a cave with tours. We asked if the tours were in English and were told that they would be able to tell us some things but not a lot and so we got given tickets free of charge. They also let us leave our helmets in a locked store room. Anyway, the guide ended up telling us loads of things, the guide was fab! One of the most interesting places on the trip but we have no idea where it is as we had not planned to stop!
Sounds like these pensions may be worth thinking about for a few days... are they like B&B's?
absolutely agree with caleyman, other than our dire exchange rate with the euro now, germany and its people are great. The mosel/rhine roads are amazing, we are going back in august, me for the 5th time!
I've stayed in a couple of their recommended hotels and was well impressed with the ones in Germany, although less so in Austria.
I you need a hand with any translations, please feel free to PM me. Likewise, if you plan to visit the Northern Black Forest, let me know and if I'm at home I'll show you a few roads and some places with good .
I went through Germany last year whilst on a trip to Poland and made a detour to see Colditz castle.
What a treat! Colditz is a really nice 'ye olde' style German town, and for an added bonus, when we went to see the castle we discovered that it had been recently restored and a large section of it had been turned into a hostel. So i was able to bore people when i got home about staying the night Colditz castle! The hostel itself is all brand new (at least it was a year ago) and had a really nice canteen where you got a breakfast included in the price. They also had good internet access (which was free). They run a couple of daily guided tours which was very interesting.
Something i thought was funny was the fact that most German people i met (in other parts of germany) hadn't heard of Colditz castle, and didn't know anything of it's history. I guess they don't get the same films we do!
Another wee bonus is the fact that there is a locked compound to keep the bike in, although the whole town looks really sleepy, and i think i would have been happy parking it anywhere.
Lastly, depending on wether it's your thing or not, the German Moto GP is on at the Sachsenring on the 13th July. This is near a city called Chemnitz, which isn't too far from Colditz. If you like that sort of thing it's a good day out. I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm away to look at our map to see where these places are!
One question regarding the moto GP... do you need to book tickets and roughly how much does it cost? We both watch it on TV whenever we find it but have never been to a live one! Works with our dates though!
I love Germany. Great people to talk to and you'll never run out of interesting places to see. I'd live there if my German was good enough to make a living.
Colditz is on my list of places to see on my next trip there, probably early-mid August 2009, as is Rugen Island. Saw a travel documentary on TV, might have been "Riding Eastern Europe" or something equally cheesy but they also said the majority of local's are unaware of Colditz's significance.
The places already suggested like the Mosel, Alps, Black Forest, Nurburgring are great and well worth a visit.
I'm catching the Newcastle ferry tomorrow afternoon to go to the Moto GP at Assen. I bought our tickets through the Moto GP website and paid £105 for 2 general access tickets so it's not cheap. Apparently, Assen is now sold out so I wouldn't travel to an event without pre-ordering them and we're camping as getting a hotel without pre-booking a long time in advance, is impossible for sensible money.
I would definately book in advance to avoid disappointment. I think cost wise you are looking at somewhere in the region of £60 each (one of the more expensive moto gps') They have a little write up in this weeks MCN about going to european moto gp rounds, and they give some information about the Sachsenring. Apparently there is good camping facilities close by.
Although i think tickets can be obtained from a variety of sources, i booked mine through the Sachsenring website;
Hello, I am totally new on this site and wants to know the popular highway routes to travel by bike in Germany and season suitable for it having wellknown tourists sites to become an unforgettable event in life.
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