My partner and I are travelling Europe in May 2016. We have roughly three months (or more depending on how long the money lasts). We are in the middle of planning our route but need some advice on best places to visit etc.
We will be arriving by ferry into Calais so that will be our starting point. I should add that we will be travelling in our camper van so no need for trains or planes. Our route so far roughly looks like this:
France (northern) > Belgium > Netherlands > Germany > Switzerland > Austria > Hungary (maybe) > Czech Republic > Poland > Denmark > Norway.
This is just a rough guide we don't really have any destinations planned for when we're in these countries so any advice is very very welcome! Does anybody have any recommendations for places to visit? We won't be going as south as Italy so it will mainly be northern Europe that we're focusing on. We will be doing a lot of walking, mountain biking etc so we would love to visit some national parks but we also want to see some nice cities, especially historic ones! So we are open to anything really!
We will be mainly staying in campsites so if anyone knows of any good sites then that would be great too! Oh and we live in the UK so don't need to travel there.
I find campgrounds to be generally extremely forgettable, but there's one in Norway which does stand out in my memory, just outside of Voss, right below this huge waterfall: tvinde camping.
Note: the waterfall is loud, so you might have trouble sleeping (on the other hand, it's white noise, so I personally managed just fine), and waking up to that sight is totally worth it.
(No idea about facilities or anything else for this camping anymore; I strongly suspect it was very basic, but acceptable.)
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2016, at 09:54 by Sander ]
Thank you Sander for your reply! That sounds amazing! We will put that onto our list and do some research! Thank you
You're very welcome. Also some general advice on places to visit, since I somehow missed that you were also looking for that when I read this thread the first time
In Germany, for hiking, I quite like "Saxon Switzerland". There's a lot of very interesting climbs up to the tops of the various hills, frequently through mossed over gullies and such. This area continues south of the border in the Czech Republic, which would presumably be just as nice.
In the Netherlands, for worthwhile cities to explore for a day, take a look at Leiden and/or Delft.
In Norway I love the desolate highlands of the "Hardangervidda". If you have the time, it's totally worth going up as far as the Lofoten, which are just amazing with their truly pointy mountains and gorgeous colors. If you do go up north that far, and you liked the Hardangervidda, be certain not to miss Saltfjellet-Svartisen either. And I'm guessing Oslo is already a given, but just in case: absolutely worth a visit; I think in Northern Europe only Stockholm surpasses it. Trondheim is quite nice, too, but you'll have seen everything it has to offer in less than a day.
Hi! If it comes to Poland I highly recommend Cracow and Wroclaw. If you are in Cracow you can take a bus and in less than 2 hours you can get to Zakopane and admire beautifoul Tatra Mountains It's worth to stay there for some days. If you would like to have an organised trip around the Poland and see "top places in Poland" I can recommand you a nice polish tourist operator that offers such things with nice price Enjoy!
I would change the '(maybe)' next to Hungary to a definite YES!
I travelled throughout Europe over two years and one of my favourite places was Budapest. We were there in winter so the whole place was covered in snow and very magical, but I imagine it would be great in summer too.
The Buda Castle District is amazing - check out some of the photos here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/hungary/budapest/activities/guided-tours/budapest-walking-tour-buda-castle-district-including-fisherman-s-bastion/item-v-2336BUDCASTLE-id
And there are some great restaurants and 'ruins bars' - bars that have been made out of old buildings in the Jewish quarter that were abandoned after WWII. So they might have a dentist's chair still in there, graffiti on the walls etc but with a modern bar - they are absolutely awesome!
Hope this helps!
I will assume you are Brits and do not have a problem with the Schengen 90 day rule.
For camping I would suggest you research French 'Aires' (also equivalent in other countries) which are free and also France Passion which is camping on a farmer's land in return for an expectation you will buy some cheese or wine or whatever they produce.
Be aware that while 'free camping/wild camping' is allowed in some countries in others it is definitely not.
There are far too many beautiful campsites to list in the countries you may visit but I do have one favourite worth mentioning. It is in the village of Tasch which is as close to Zermatt, Switzerland as you can get with a vehicle. The campground itself is not noteworthy at all, in fact, it is pretty basic. It is the location that cannot be beat. People pay a lot of money to stay in hotels in that area.
Some of what you can expect to see/do in the area.