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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

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

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

Delving a little deeper into the Styrian region of Austria we spent a few nights in Liezen and used it as a base to explore the Gesause National park. Parking the van in one of the car parks within the national park we set out on foot following a path that promised to take us up to a waterfall. The first narrow section led us along an overgrown path into a woodland… Read More

Leaving Slovenia north of Kranj we made our way to the Austrian border. Only a few weeks earlier we had cycled into Austria and Italy and commented how freely we were able to move between countries but since then due to the current economic migrant crisis the Austrian government had implemented border controls. There was a light military presence at the border and after checking our passports and taking a look in… Read More