September 10, 2015 at 4:51 PM
As the leaves are turning orange and red most people think that they will have to park their motorhome until next summer.
Great news! You don’t have to because we have a perfect destination for this period, however you will not need your awning for this, not like in summer.
Anyway, today we take you to some of Germany’s most beautiful places, on a tour to Bavaria.
From London it should take about 12 to 14 hours to drive there, we therefore recommend that you stop in Charlemagne’s capital Aachen which is more or less halfway and maybe even spend a day exploring this beautiful city. Your first stop will be Coburg.
Located on the shores of the Itz river, the city was mentioned for the first time in a document in 1056. In the 14th century it was perceived as a Saxon outpost within Franconia (Land of the Franks) due to the sovereignty transfer between the House of Hennenberg and the House of Wettin. However, the House of Hennenberg marked seriously the city with the construction of the mighty Veste Coburg Citadel built starting in 1225, which still dominates the city. Reformer Martin Luther spent six months at the castle meanwhile, his liege lord the Duke of Saxony attended the diet in Augsburg. While quartered at the castle Luther continued his translation of the bible in German. The citadel is divided in three parts the Ducal Palace (Fürstenbau), the Armoury (Rüstkammer) and the Art Collections (Kunstsammlungen).
In the old town you will be able to visit the Ehrenburg Palace, built between 1543 and 1547 it replaced the Veste as the main residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg. According to a popular belief the name “Ehrenburg” (Palace of Honour) was given by Emperor Charles V for having been built without the use of forced labour. In 1690, a fire destroyed the northern part of the palace which gave the occasion to Duke Albert V to rebuild the palace with a new Baroque Style palace built in 1699.
When in Coburg we recommend you visit the Brahaus zu Coburg just next to the Marktplatz where you will be able to enjoy great food and fresh beer. You can access their site here and their menu translated in English.
If you plan to stay for a day or more book a spot at the Maincamping Lichtenfels, it is a city camp site located about 25km (15 miles).
When you are done with the area, just hit the road to Würzburg, it should roughly take 1 hour and 15 minutes, we recommend you take the E48 from Bamberg and take exit 26a to merge in the A7/E45 towards Ulm/Würzburg/Stuttgart take the exit 101 towards Würzburg.
Welcome to Würzburg, a beautiful little city of Northern Bavaria. Settled originally by the Alamanni around the 4th or 5th century and by the Franks in the 6th and 7th. Würzburg was the seat of a Merovingian Duke from 650 AD and was Christianised by 686. On 1 May 704, it is mentioned in a document as castellum Virteburch. In 1237, the city seal depicted the cathedral and portrait of Saint Kilian, the evangelist whom Christianised the area. The city was the seat of several Imperial Diets including the one of 1180 in which Henry the Lion (Duke of Saxony and Bavaria) was banned from the city. In the 17th century the city was the seat of the Würzburg witch trials, leading to an estimated 600 to 900 alleged witches being burnt. In 1720, the Würzburger Residenz foundations were laid and became the seat of the Electorate of Würzburg. During WWII 90% of the city was destroyed in only 17 minutes by 225 Lancaster bombers.
When in Würzburg do not forget to visit the Festung Marienberg (fortress) as well, a 13th century castle rebuilt during the 18th century. If you are hungry we recommend the Wunschlos Glücklich Cafe. If you want to stay in the area for a couple of days we recommend Kalte Quelle Caravanplatz.
Located on the shores of the Pegnitz river and the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. Nuremberg was first mentioned in 1050 with the presence of its Imperial Castle. From 1050 to 1571 the city rose at an incredible rate due to its key location on the trade routes. By 1525, Nuremberg accepted the Protestant Reformation in which Lutherans gained important concession however in 1552 during the Revolution Charles V attacked the city and was forced into a disadvantageous peace. However that troubled period led to a reduction in trade and the wars between the Swedish crown and the empire led to a decline that would last until the 19th century and the industrialisation.
Once there we recommend you visit:
- Nuremberg’s Imperial Castle and its museum
- Memorium Nuremberg Trials
- Wolffscher Bau (Old Town Hall)
If you are hungry visit the Restauration Kopernikus offering traditional Franconian food. If you want to stay in the area the KNAUS Campingpark Nürnberg is the place to stay. When you are done, hit the road towards Kelheim, it is roughly a 70 miles ride so it should take you about 1 and ¼ hour without traffic.
Welcome to Kelheim our last stop for today’s article. We have decided to take you in the city because of its surroundings. Inhabited since prehistorical times the city was then a large iron age oppidum that between the 3rd and 1st century was the second largest of southern Germany, however the first written record dates only from 866 AD.
When in Kelheim do not forget to visit:
- Befreiungshalle (Hall of liberation built to commemorate the victories against Napoleon)
- Altmühl Valley Archaeological Park
- Weltenburg Abbey (Benedictine monastery)
If you plan to stay in the area 3 campsites are located on the outskirts of the city, check here. If you want a traditional Bavarian tavern visit the Weisses Braühaus and try the Hausgemachter Obatzter a nice cheesy meal. It perfectly matches a nice lager beer!
In the next article we will continue this visit to Bavaria that will take you from Ingolstadt to Berchtesgaden. Stay tuned!