So having left the weirdest campsite ever earlier in the week, our next stop, Gulser Moselbogen, which had a great write up in our guide book, outside Koblenz, was next. What a let down to be next to the Mosel river but have no view or access to it, as well as very loud goods trains thundering past all through the night. On the plus side though, it was a 5 minute drive into beautiful Koblenz.
The highlights of Koblenz were seeing the point at which the Mosel and the Rhine meet (the ‘Deutche Eck’ or German Corner), the cable car across the river, which then takes you up to the fort on the hill. Not to mention the amazing bratwurst, rhindwurst and currywurst from the takeaway stand! We were glad we spent the day there, but were eager to leave the campsite.
We decided we had had enough of the middle of Germany and went for one big day of driving to reach the Black Forest, the next stop highlighted on our map. This turned out to be a long and slow 5 hour drive through rain, sleet and even snow, as well as a disgusting roadside picnic spot! However when we arrived in Munstertal Campingplatz we were very impressed. We unhitched at reception, chose our pitch and they parked the caravan for us! The sun was shining and people were friendly.
The scenery around the site is incredible, almost alpine. We are surrounded by mountains, some with snow on, fields, goats and proper Heidi houses. The campsite also has its own free, heated, indoor swimming pool, which we have used every day. Yesterday we went to find the largest toboggan run in Germany only to find it was closed for Winter! We did, however, go on yet another cable car (I’m facing my fears!) to the top of Belchen, the largest peak in the area, it was breath-taking.
Every visitor to the area gets free public transport, which we used to visit the nearby town of Staufen. It was like stepping back in time to Hamlyn, we could imagine the Pied Piper skipping along the cobbled streets, whilst the cuckoo clock chimed and the river ran alongside. We also enjoyed the beer/wine. Who knew German wine was so delicious and cheap! Al is loving paying 50p for a bottle of beer.
This morning I visited my most bizarre and enjoyable sight yet, the Munstertal Campingplatz aqua aerobics class! I not only lowered the age demographic by 30 years, but also got to witness 40, yes 40, old German men and women, in swimming togs, shaking their booties to ‘Gangnam Style’! You can’t buy that!