Discovering a gem in Freiburg, Germany

I was heading from Germany to some potential campsites around Lake Geneva last week, but got stuck in traffic due to an accident near Freiburg in Germany, and took to Google maps to find me a local campsite for the night.

It suggested a campsite on the outskirts of Freiburg, and I headed there with absolutely no expectations.

Wow! Easily the best short stay campsite I have ever been to. Thank you Google Maps…I ended up staying a week!

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The rather long name of “Camping & Gastezimmer am Möslepark in Freiburg” is a bit of a mouthful, but the campsite is superb. Fantastically located right along a stretch of the Black Forest, and on the outskirts of this amazing student town, it offers bike and running paths galore (I am convinced more than car roads) and a calm, relaxing athmosphere that is bliss after a long day on the road.

The management has recently invested in an upgrade of the facilities and they went for upmarket rather than cheap! The facilities were more 5 star hotel like than campsite, but with just the right balance of quality vs practicality with plenty of strong, hot showers.

Attached to the campsite is a hotel with spa facilities and an incredible coffee/cake shop that also served breakfast. They also have a full kitchen with utilities, laundry room with washer/dryer and sinks for hand washing and plenty of well laid out sinks for washing dishes. There are not too many plots (about 30) and they are all short stay (no permanent plots). In the same spirit as Freiburg in general they are extremely eco friendly and focused on recycling and a more natural approach to things. They do not allow plastic or other types of outdoor ground sheets that will damage the grass, for instance. They also offer free, open WiFi that was good enough for me to use for work purposes.

What is strange about the site is that all of the above things I’ve found in some other sites as well but there was balance of things here that just made my whole stay so fantastic. It did not come that cheaply – €150 for 5 days – but it was so worth it, I will certainly be back.

I discovered many trail runs all around the site and the town was within easy reach either by bike or foot, with plenty of supermarkets and other shops.

As an added bonus, I discovered that I was not too far from my dear friend Kiki, who I then got to see towards the end of the week.

If you are ever near Freiburg and need a place to stop, don’t hesitate! 5 Stars.

Scenes from Denmark

In a first for Olli and Rayquaza, we camped in Denmark, in the lovely town of Vejle.

I wanted to go see a client we have there and the campsite  – Vejle City Camping – is about 300m from their offices! Could not be more convenient.

Quick review – lovely campsite, not too cheap but not bad at €104 for 3 nights which included a laundry wash/dry token. Decent, new shower and other facilities and some items for sale in reception. There is a nearby bakery and a bit further (5 more mins walk) a range of small shops and supermarkets.

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They had quite a few spaces but most were still too soggy from the winter and I could only choose from plots which were all a bit slopy. It took a bit of trying to get the van level. The only other thing that bothered me a bit was that it was next to a relatively busy residential road. Though thankfully quiet at night. I got lucky with the light and managed to get this pic of one of their cabins they hire out.

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What was amazing about the campsite was the forest right next to it, and the fantastic trail walking, running and mountain biking options it offers.

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It is truly spectactular and leads to an apparently famous Vejle landmark.

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All in, a nice place to visit – really friendly people, fantastic nature scenes and heaps of access to outdoor things to do.

 

 

Citystop Barcelona Camper Stop

Given me and Olli’s current passportless state, I have to come and see the British consulate in Barcelona first thing tomorrow, and was intrigued when I saw a camper stop in Barcelona’s Sant Marti district.

At first it does not look like much (effectively a truck and motorhome car park) and at €39 per 24 hours for a spot with electricity, not cheap, especially as its winter.

But what a pleasant surprise. Great security (which now is a major comfort) and a central building with nice kitchen, TV room and super showers with very hot water.

It’s right next to a metro stop and for exploring the city whilst knowing your camper is safe, it’s a bargain compared to what you’ll pay for a hotel in the city. And it’s quiet!

Highly recommended, and the graffiti on the wall is actually quite nice, for a change.

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Campsite review : Camp Zagreb

Camp Zagreb is, as the name implies, in/near Zagreb in Croatia. It’s pretty much near the highway, relatively easy to reach. They have 24 hour staffing at the entrance so even if you arrive late, they will have someone to show you to a plot, and sort the paperwork in the morning.

It’s a 4 star campsite, and for one person, motorhome, pet and electricity in June, they charge €24/night, which is fair. The site is located along the Danube and they’ve really invested in facilities – stunning shower and toilet blocks, with access to washing machines, super kitchens and even a doggy shower!

Along the banks of the river they’ve also built a pizzeria and outside lounge / chill space, and there are easily accessible walking trails all round.

Campsite wifi was free and good enough to stream video.

All in, super campsite and I’ll stay there any time again. Highly recommended, they deserve 5 stars!