Western Europe country guides

The Netherlands (Holland) motorhome country guide

Rottordam skyline at dusk
Netherlands farm landscape with windmill
Amsterdam canal bridge with parked bicycles
Amsterdam canal boats

Water dominates the history and the landscape of The Netherlands. Today dykes, canals and rivers crisscross all over the country. Between 1927 and 1932, a 30.5km long dyke called Afsluitdijk (the Barrier Dyke) was built, turning the Zuiderzee into the Ijsselmeer, a freshwater lake. The bulb fields, especially the tulips, are a popular tourist destination. The season lasts from the end of March until the first week of May, weather depending. The best-known bulb fields are located behind the North Sea sand dunes, between the cities of Leiden and Den Helder.

Luxembourg motorhome country guide

luxembourg city old bridge night
luxembourg ardennes city europe
vianden castle luxembourg
remich mosellle river twilight

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, to use its full and correct title, is approximately 75km tall from north to south and 50km wide from east to west, so be careful not to drive right through by accident. One or two days will give a good overview and enough time to visit Luxembourg City as well. Northern Grand Duchy has plenty of forested areas with marked walking trails, see www.hiking-in-luxembourg.co.uk .The Mosel Valley forms the eastern border with Germany.

Germany motorhome country guide

neuschwanstein castle germany
germany duisburg tiger turtle art
channel water hamburg city boat
cologne cathedral dom city germany

Germany has it all; bountiful beer, amazing architecture, stunning scenery and toll free roads. History vultures will be flying high at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Bavaria has some pivotal pilgrimage sites including the Wieskirche and octagonal Chapel of Grace with its Black Madonna. Hopeless romantics may wish to start or end their scenic drive along ‘Romantische Strasse’ taking in elaborate country houses and castles along the way. The Romantic Road is Germany’s most popular tourist route and runs from Fussen in southern Bavaria, 340km north to Wurzburg.

France motorhome country guide

castle france mont saint michel
honfleur tourism port boat france
lavender flowers blue monastery
port monaco luxury mediterranean france

France has something for everyone from lavender days in Provence, to awesome alpine activities, and Mediterranean meanders. During the Tour de France, it appears that every motorhome (Camping Car in French) in France is lining the mountain stages. There are annual race stages through the Pyrenees and Alps, but the route changes every year. You can check the stages online at www.letour.fr

Belgium motorhome country guide

Brugge medieval city horse and cart rides Belgium
Petro Paulo in Antwerp Belgium
Brussels garden square Belgium
Town centre promenade and canal Ghent Belgium

Belgium is a country of two halves, two identities and two distinct topographies. The northern half of the country is known as Flanders, Flemish is spoken, and there is strong Dutch influence. Flanders has the countries quota of coastline (65km) otherwise the landscape is flat and cycle lanes go everywhere. The dividing line cuts across Belgium south of Brussels. The south, known as Wallonia, has forested hills and small villages that would not look out of place in France. French is widely spoken and the French influence is obvious.