Camping & mobile home holidays in Germany
Campsites we feature in Germany - please click on the links of pages you wish to see.
The 4* Landal Warsberg campsite at Saarburg has plenty of facilities, pools, a great atmosphere, & nearby is the summer toboggan run which is great fun for all ages.
The 4* Campingplatz Kinzigtal campsite at Steinach is a small and peaceful site with a pool complex, slides and horse riding, walking, hiking and cycling trails nearby.
The 5* CampingPark Gitzenweiler Hof at Lindau is located in a wonderful woodland setting with canoe hire on the nearby Lake Constance, horse riding lessons in the campsite and many other facilities.
The 4* Campingplatz Herbolzheim campsite is small and has dramatic views over the Black Forest. The scenery here is fabulous with rolling hills, lakes & valleys + a heated pool complex on site as well as many other amenities.
The 5* Sudsee-Camp is a large campsite at Weitzendorf & has a tropical pool complex with flumes, steam baths & saunas. The campsite is in a woodland setting with direct access to a lakeside beach.
The 5* Birkelt Campsite at Larochette in Luxembourg is called "Little Switzerland" and has an all weather pool complex with a retractable roof. Free WiFi here + canoeing, horse riding etc nearby.
If you have never thought of Germany as a camping or mobile home holiday destination then you may wish to reconsider when you know what this Western European country has to offer.
First of all Germany is huge when you compare it to the UK, and there are vast forests to walk or cycle in, rivers for water sports such as canoeing and huge mountain ranges for those who like hill climbing, hiking or just walking and taking in the spectacular scenery.
If you are history buffs then there is circa 2,000 years of it to delve into and re-discover for yourselves.
Pop in to Berlin, the German capital for a day and take in sights like the iconic Brandenburg Gate, experience some of the nightlife if you can stay that long and the many sites there which relate to WW11.
Further south you may like to pay a visit to Munich where the gigantic Oktoberfest is held in the huge bierkellers there, and of course there is always the 16th-century Hofbrauhaus to take in whilst you are in the area.
There is a whole mass of history waiting for you to find all over the country.
A few facts about Germany
Even if you don't know much about Germany you will know that it is is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. So we shall try to flesh all this out and give you a more rounded portrayal of this lovely country.
Well Germany, with a population of approx 81 million souls, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and it is the 7th largest country in Europe with an area of 137,847 square miles. Compare that to France next door which has approx 66 million inhabitants and an area of 248,573 sq miles - nearly twice as large.
Germany has borders with nine other countries – Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Other boring facts are that there are over 300 types of bread and 1,000 types of sausages in Germany, a country which considers beer to be food! Well done I say, especially as there are 1,500 different beers here.
A brief Geography of Germany
Luckily for the Germans, especially as their country is well over populated, their country is still 1/3rd covered by forests and grassland. By and large this is a beautiful country with a dramatically varying landscape.
There is the North European Plain which extends across the northern areas of the country, and this flat, lowland terrain is crisscrossed by numerous bogs, rivers and streams, and is mostly used as farmland.
The North Sea coastline is a low, marshy wet area with dikes, mudflats and scattered islands but holds little value for holidaymakers of the sort which interest us. The Baltic Sea is hillier with some jagged cliffs. Rugen, Germany's largest island, is forested and rather hilly with steep cliffs and sandy beaches.
Looking further south you will find the hills and mountains of the Eifel and Huynsruck uplands which front the Rhine River Valley, and eastwards through Germany, the Vogelsberg Mountains, Rhon Plateau and Thuringian Forest are the dominate features. The uplands continue eastward, eventually rising into the Ore Mountains on the Czech Republic border.
The far south is mostly hilly with heavily forested mountains. The Bohemian Forest covers a lower mountain range along the Czech Republic border, and along the country's far-southwestern border with the Rhine River and France stands the famous, massive Black Forest.
The Bavarian Alps, the highest mountains in Germany stretch across its southern border with Austria. Snow covered Zugspitze, Germany's highest point is found here.
Stretched along the northern coastline, the Frisian Islands, East and North are separated from the mainland by the Waddenmeer. These barrier islands provide a small level of protection from the North Sea.
It has been said that if you get lost in the Black Forest your chances of getting out alive are slim. We got this fact from a newspaper article, not a comic or children’s book but we have no idea if it is true….there again, where has my partner disappeared to? Keith…..?
Food & drink in Germany
Of course we know that this is a country whose population eats well, and you can tell that by the size of them - by that we don't mean to say they are a race of fat people, merely large to start with.
A typical breakfast to start off the day here in Britain will most probably be a cereal and maybe a slice of toast. Breakfast in Germany (for many people) comprises of cold cuts, smoked salmon, savory spreads, with some bread and fruit. They also like to eat raw vegetables for brekky, such as tomatoes and cucumbers to accompany their other breakfast choices. All in all their breakfasts are not as sweet as ours.
One very popular dish is called sauerbraten, and this is a large roast made of pork, beef or veal with various flavours, depending on the region. In the Rhine region it is flavored with raisins, while in Berlin it is cooked with savory spices. Famous German sausage include bauernwurst (farmer's sausage), which is made with pork. Now we all know that food like this piles the weight on!
Evening dinner in Germany – called “Abendbrot”, meaning "evening bread", consists of a selection of whole grain bread, deli meats and sausages, cheese and a cold or warm drink. Yet we find that over time many families prefer a hot meal in the evening, depending on the time of year and the location as the further north you go the colder it becomes and in those regions winters can be particularly harsh.
Germans love rich, hearty cuisine, though each region has its own definition of what a traditional meal looks like. ... Schweinshaxe (braised pork hock) and Saumagen (pork stomach) are a couple of traditional pork dishes. They do love their pork don't they?
As for desserts in Germany one naturally springs to mind; the gorgeous Black Forest Gâteau which is made from several layers of chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with whipped cream and cherries, decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. Ohhhh!
In some parts of the country it is traditional to add kirschwasser to the mix and this is a clear spirit made from sour cherries. Surely this would give it a "kick" if nothing else. That last sounds pretty much like Polish Sprit which is very, very fiery.
The law in Germany law states that kirschwasser must be present in the cake for it to be labelled a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, and this scrumptious Gâteau must be decorated with true black cherries.
Some regions have their own desserts just as we do in the UK, and the Frankfurter Kranz (or Frankfurt Crown Cake) is a cake specialty of Frankfurt.
Now this is another truly scrummy dessert which starts off by baking a firm sponge cake which is then divided horizontally into two or three rings with thick layers of buttercream icing placed between the rings, usually with a layer of red jam (typically strawberry, blackcurrant or cherry jam).
The outside of the cake is then liberally coated with more buttercream and topped with caramel-covered brittle nuts, called Krokant, some toasted almond flakes and/or ground hazelnuts. Yummy!
Of course there are literally masses more desserts which are peculiar to Germany but sadly there is no room here to describe them all – you would need to pay a gourmet visit there to appreciate all the different foods throughout the country.
We are confident that at the time of writing (May 23 2017) our research shows that there are approximately 1,300 breweries in Germany which produce over 5,000 brands of beer. The highest density of breweries in the world is found in Aufseß (Aufsess) near the city of Bamberg, in the Franconia region of Bavaria with four breweries and only 1,352 citizens. That sounds a rather magical place to live n'est pas?
If beer is your thing then a trip to Bavaria is where you need to go because there are some 40 types and over 4,000 brands of Bavarian beer. Unbelievable when you think of it because this is only a part of the country, albeit a wonderful part.
There is Bockbier (brewed only at Christmas time), wheat beer, Pils, the Smoke Beer of Bamberg, a speciality beer which obtains its taste due to the roasted malt. Unlike most other beers nowadays, where the malt is dried industrially by hot air, the malt for the smoke beer is kiln-dried over an open fire. And where there’s fire, there’s smoke, so the malt takes in the taste of smoke and brings it into the beer. I would just love to try some of that.
The above is a mere sample of the thousands of different beers available in Germany - we would love to describe them all but it would be a huge task and we have many other countries to describe to you, so all we can really suggest is that you take a camping or mobile home holiday there - possibly in October when the Oktoberfest is in full swing.
Last update: 04.08.2017
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