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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 28-06-2014, 09:06 Thread Starter
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Anything i need to know that's different to France?

Hi All,

We were originally going to France with some family, but they can't make it now, so we're going to take a slightly different route, possibly just about dipping our toes into Germany.

We're going next week, so it's a bit of a last minute decision, is there anything we need to know that's different with regard to driving and Aires.

I've tried to read up on it, but working full-time and getting everything ready doesn't leave me much time.


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Hi

Only the umwelt/emission sticker if you are going into towns, all the rest is pretty much the same.

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Hi there,

Apart from the language, there's not a lot different to MH'ing in Germany. The Germans are friendly and helpful, and where they can, they will happily communicate with you in English, should you ask politely. The country is clean and things are run and organised with the usual German efficiency.
There are Aldi and Lidl supermarkets everywhere, as well as other retail outlets. You will pay a tax (deposit) on all drinks bottles and crates, which is refundable upon exchange or return.

We love Germany, and have visited a few times in Aug/Sept when there is quite a bit going on. The Rhine is interesting, but can be quite industrious in places, and noisy with railways running along each side of it.
The Mosel on the other hand is beautiful and pleasent, and quite stunning in places. Stellplatz are numerous (as Aires are in France) so you shouldn't have a problem finding one, but try to get on before 14.00hrs if you can, otherwise you may well struggle, especially at this time of year.

The germans are big on cycling, with safe cycling routes all over, so you may want to take your bikes.

HTH,

Have a great time,

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Thanks for that,

We've got new electric bikes, and we've bought Mum an electric trike, so that should be fun!

We've got a larger van now, so the idea was to stay a bit longer and use the bikes to get out and see things!

July wouldn't have been our choice, far too busy, we usually go over later in the year.
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Thanks for that,

We've got new electric bikes, and we've bought Mum an electric trike, so that should be fun!

We've got a larger van now, so the idea was to stay a bit longer and use the bikes to get out and see things!

July wouldn't have been our choice, far too busy, we usually go over later in the year.
No problems.

If you need more help or info, just shout or PM me.

Cheers for now,

Jock.
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In France

They (mainly) speak French (very badly)
They use euros
They drive on the wrong side of the road
Priority at roundabouts and from side roads is different
Speed limits and distances are in those new fangled kilometres

Sorry, couldn't resist an over obvious answer to your very wide question

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Don't forget the motorways (autobahns) are free unlike France.
And some don't have speed limits. So keep eyes on mirrors while overtaking a porche could be gaining on you at 150 mph.

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and others have advised in the past that credit cards are not universally accepted - still very much a cash society, although we had no problems with fuel etc when we were there a few years back.


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Get the stellplatz book from Vicarious books, it's an essentail, unless you feel you will be permanently online

Germany is wonderful for motorhomers, enjoy.

Try the Romantic Road, Black Forest, Lake Konstance (Bodensee), Alpine Route, Mosel, Rhine, but also lots of lovely areas in the lesser known parts too.

hth, Ruth
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Best thing about Germany is that it is the other side of Luxembourg.
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