Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 23 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 155
Smile Germany

Hi there,

I'm new to this site but what I've found so far looks great! Anyway...

We're off to Germany for 15 days on the 2nd July and would like some suggestions on where to go, what to see, good campsites etc...

We are heading to Einbeck for the first days to visit friends of the family and to explore the Harz mountins.

Any suggestions welcome!

Beej n Chris

Last edited by Beej; 23 Jun 2008 at 19:00.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 23 Jun 2008
spooky's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Utopia/Germany
Posts: 280
Hi there,
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.....

Wernigerode/Harz, deals in URAL, Suzuki and quads as well Willkommen beim Ural und Quad Stützpunkthändler
Chausseehaus Bolmke
38855 Wernigerode

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....

have a nice one
spooky
__________________
The trouble is that he was talking in philosophy, but they were listening in gibberish.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hobgoblinontour
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 23 Jun 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Beauly,Scotland
Posts: 31
Hi

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.

Have a great trip
Kev
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 23 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 155
Smile

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!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 23 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 155
Thanks Kev!

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!

e.g.
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?

Keep the suggestions coming!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Gecko's Avatar
Slippery when wet
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Buxton,Derbyshire
Posts: 291
Have a look at BestBikingRoads.com Motorcycle Travel, Motorcycle Touring, Motorcycle Routes, Motorcycle Roads, Motorcycle GPS, GPS Motorcycle Rides, Motorbike Roads lots of recommendations for good roads there from fellow 2-wheelers
__________________
...on the road to nowhere...

Biking roads by bikers for bikers www.bestbikingroads.com
Get involved - save a life today www.bmdw.org
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: N.Yorkshire
Posts: 338
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!
__________________
Harley Davidsons,
The most effective way of turning petrol into noise without the side-effect of horsepower
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Beauly,Scotland
Posts: 31
Yes the 'Pensions' are like B+B. Look for the 'Zimmer Frei' signs.

Kev
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bühl, Germany
Posts: 88
And the second time in 5 minutes that I've posted after Caleyman

The German "Tourenfahrer" magazine has a number of "partner" hotels/pensions that are biker friendly. If you know more or less where you're heading, this should help you:
Deutschland: Motorradhotels | Motorrad-Hotel: TOURENFAHRER PARTNERHAUS - 440 Hotels für Motorrad und Fahrer

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 .

Cheers!

Dave
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 155
Smile

Thanks for the info guys!

Will need to have a look at the websites which have been suggested to see if a route jumps out at us!

Will keep you informed of where we go incase we are passing by any of you as it is always good to meet bikers,

Beej n Chris
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 25 Jun 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Norn Iron
Posts: 13
Hi Beej

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.

Enjoy your trip whatever you decide to do!

Ian
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 25 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 155
Thanks for the info Ian!

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!

Can't wait... less than a week to go!

Beej n Chris
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 26 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sunderland, UK
Posts: 281
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.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 26 Jun 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Norn Iron
Posts: 13
Hi Beej


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;

Sachsenring Circuit

In the article in MCN they give a list of recommended viewing spots.

Another suggestion for your trip - the Nurburgring - Petrol head heaven......

I wish i was heading off myself now!


Ian
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11 Jul 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 4
Route planning suggestions.

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.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Germany Werner Zwick Bike Friendly, Europe 3 28 Jul 2013 21:58
Germany to USA Harti Trip Transport 1 13 Sep 2007 13:26
Germany to Oz radioactiveangel Trip Paperwork 2 27 Jun 2006 07:21
Goa to Germany dinyadegoa Route Planning 3 11 Nov 2005 17:10
USA to Germany ToddPeer Trip Transport 1 23 Aug 2003 08:29

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:42.