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We found ourselves driving back into Austria, via Innsbruck towards one of the only free places we could find in the mountains. Originally we’d set our sights on going to Sölden, but they only had a campsite there and we prefer Aires to campsites. Han found an Aire located in the next valley along which would provide us with ample opportunity for walking, mountain views and potentially the cable car ride we’d… Read More

Having spent an amazing few days at Geisskopf Bike Park, we decided to begin our journey south through Germany. We’d always intended to return to Austria as a month earlier it was too warm to hike. As it was now September, it appeared we would leave the +30°C temperatures behind. We knew we’d like Germany, however traveling through it was even more picturesque than we imagined. Although at this point we were… 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

As one of the largest castles in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Spis Castle in the Kosice region of Slovakia definitely seemed worth a visit while we were so close. As ever, the August temperatures dictated we would have to get there early and so we headed off to spend an enjoyable morning exploring the impressive medieval fortress and admiring the views from its vantage point. The castle is used… Read More

In east Slovakia lies a little piece of heaven known as Paradise National Park. We stayed at a campsite within the park that gave us immediate access to all the trails and gorges the park has to offer. We were really looking forward to doing some hiking here. The staff at the information centre spoke impressive English and were fantastic in helping us. A big attraction of the Paradise National Park is… 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