Do you like heading out on a city break with your family? Discovering which UK and European destinations are best for visiting with children... You might already have thought of the obvious choices from the Italian splendour of Venice to the exciting city of Porto, but how would a smaller country such as Luxembourg fare? Well there's only way to find out so we headed into see Luxembourg by train from EuropaCamping Nommerlayen.
If you also love combining family campsite holidays with some healthy outdoor adventure? ... Perhaps you're kids would love the hike, scramble and climb to the tops of rocks just outside Europacamping Nommerlayen?... Maybe if you're feeling adventurous you could even challenge yourself to navigate along the narrow ledges or up through natural staircases or gaps in rocks in the harder parts.... Either way, it's an enjoyable walk whatever you choose and certainly suitable for all ages as you can see below.
They say travelling with extended families can be the stuff of dreams — or a living nightmare. For us, we've loved every minute of our shared roadtrip just like last year's 'A Taste of France' joint roadtrip together. So knowing the girl's grandparents loved their visits to Alsace, we've returned to it's capital Strasbourg to share one of our families favourites cities (find our tips for over 50 other European Cities here)
The Cuckoo Clock has its origin in the heart of the Black Forest (Germany), having been invented here in Schoenwald in 1737. So having left the shores of Lake Constance, we've headed into Germany's Black Forest. The Black Forest region in Germany spawned more than just fairy tales like Hameln; it also served as home to the first cuckoo clocks. Black Forest craftsmen have been making cuckoo clocks since the 1600s, and they are still making them today. So we thought where better to get a Design/Technology 'Roadschooling Lesson' on gearing, pulleys, cams..... than in the cuckoo clock capital of Europe!
There is no better place than Lake Constance for bike lovers, especially for anyone staying at Camping Wirthshof. It's impressive Bodensee-Radweg is a 170-mile cycle path for all abilities. From beginners who want to go around one of Europe's most popular lakes to more advanced rider seeking to beat the record for a circumnavigation Surrounded by snowcapped Swiss mountains and forested shores, in Germany its lakeside is strewn with charming villages, fruit farms and picturesque islands. Islands that include the famous Insel Mainau 'Island of Flowers' which had been on our list of 'must sees' (alongside the UNESCO stilt village of Pfahlbau)
With modern day life offering countless options to spend time in front of a 'silver screen' instead of enjoying the great outdoors, it's great to find a campsite that simply shouts 'Get Active'!! Wirthshof's parkland setting close to Lake Constance in south west Germany offers a fantastic natural playground. Making it great for exploring and bike riding, or other popular activities such as the billiard 'mini golf' or indoor or outdoor wooden play park. So it's a great place to tick off quite a few of those outdoors activities that every kid should do.... but where to start!
Perhaps it's more luxury alpine camping due to the cost and facilities at this tastefully decorated campsite... but camping in the high mountains is truly something special. Imagine spending the evening on your pitch, breathing in the clear mountain air while you enjoy the spectacular views all around you at the award winning AlpenCamping in Austria.
So with Austria treating us to an Alpine Pass on the Gerlos Alpine Road (see full blog here) and a chance to hike up the Stubai Glacier (see full blog here), we've moved across to the Tiroler region of Austria.... and a chance to stay at a campsite with its own cable car at Tiroler Zugspitze! So not the normal facilities you might find at a campsite, but then again nor was the Volcano at Camping Solfatara in Naples, Italy (see full blog here). But read on to find out just why this campsite is rightfully the best campsite in Austria
For those who've followed our progress, you might remember our last visit to the Stubai Glacier in April 2016. Yet again it was the lure of the outside space nr Ranalt which proved the perfect spot for a family breakfast and morning's free entertainment (apart from the 3 Euros parking fee for 3hrs)... But this time we wanted to go one better and explore the 'Wilde Wasser Weg / Grawa' waterfalls
Having driven from Lake Bled across the Gerlos Alpine Pass to get to Camping Aufenfeld, we'd been blessed with scorching hot weather for late May... and this didn't relent with the thermometer reaching the dizzy heights of 33°C. So what better place to spend a couple of days than a campsite with it's own outdoor lake!
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