Having dropped Beth off at the airport, we’d already decided that today we wanted to make our way back to Germany and eventually Austria. Han had found through the park4night app a place to stay in Germany at a bike park. We didn’t expect much but set off on the Czech back roads regardless. Such is the pace of our travels that Beth was safely home before we’d even arrived in Germany…. Read More

Leaving Prague and heading south to Bohemia we based ourselves at a campsite along the shore of Lake Lipno, a great spot for kayaking and relaxing in the Czech sunshine. We were still one up on our usual trio and my sister was really getting into the swing of van life. We were keen to visit the nearby town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known by the travel… Read More

In the Olomouc region of Czech Republic we stumbled upon the fantastic Rychlebské stezky bike park. It offered great trails, a pump track and skills course, and a camping field next to the visitor centre where for £5 a night we had full access to the bar and cafe, hot showers, toilets and all the riding we could manage. We couldn’t believe our luck! There was a great atmosphere with plenty of… Read More

We arrived in Poland on a national holiday, it was a glorious sunny day and families were out in force enjoying the summer holiday. We had planned to visit the southern mountains of Zakopane, but having repeatedly read that it is exceptionally busy in the summer and based on what we had already seen of the crowds on the Slovakian side of the mountain range we just couldn’t face it. Instead we… Read More

Leaving Bratislava behind on a deserted motorway we headed east into Slovakia. We didn’t really know what to expect from this country and we were surprised by both familiar and unfamiliar sights along the way. As the city gave way to countryside the flat landscape of arable farmland could easily have been Lincolnshire or Oxfordshire or pretty much anywhere in the UK. The familiarity continued when we passed through a town and… Read More

Only an hours drive from Vienna and we were in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. This time our access to the city was better than ever as we parked just a stones throw from the centre on the bank of the River Danube in a large free car park among the company of other vans and motorhomes. The compact city centre is a combination of old meets new, the skyline dominated… Read More

Heading east across Austria we spent a couple of nights in the capital. There’s a fantastic motorhome Stellplatz just outside the city centre where we paid €19 for parking with 24hr security, full facilities and even a designated dog area. Knowing Vienna was going be a very busy city and adding to that the fact that Europe was experiencing a heatwave we had kept an eye on the weather forecast and got… Read More

Sometimes things don’t go to plan and on our return to Altenmarkt for what we thought would be our last night, we discovered a tiny water leak coming out from under the kitchen by the door. Following the leak, we identified that it wasn’t the tap or shower, nor did the pump look to be leaking. Digging further, we opened up the back of the van to have a look. It transpired… Read More

After a pleasant visit to Salzburg, we departed south in the hope that we could head towards Tyrol before moving on towards Vienna. Our chosen location was a stellplatz in a village called Altenmarkt im Pongau in Salzburgland. It transpires that this location was also a farm, fine by us. After having a conversation with the landlady in German, we paid for our night. As it was, we spent a total of… Read More

Famed for its Baroque architecture, the birthplace of Mozart and home of the Sound of Music, Salzburg promised a lot. We used the park and ride to get into the city, which was fantastic and made it really easy. Leaving the van safely in the large car park we bought day bus tickets allowing us travel on the whole city centre bus network all day for just €3 each. Chief was allowed… Read More