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Detailed Route to Garda from Calais.
Detailed Route of round Trip to Lake Garda and return to Calais More info can be had by going to my website here

Journey Calais to Lake Garda returning same way or going on to Venice and back via Austria and Germany.

We take the Tunnel train at 3.30 am and the journey to Prumtal Camping Oberweis near to Bitburg our first stop is 275 miles so on top of the journey for us to the Tunnel is quite a long way but being the start of the holiday we are always anxious to get into Germany and one of our favourite campsites on the first day.  We usually set 200 miles or less as our target in a day.

Coming home the same journey is arduous from Prumtal Camping to Le Bien Assise at Guines where we stop 1/2 nights as handy for the Tunnel so this past June I sussed out a good site on the Brussels Ring Road for a 1 night stop.  If we left the UK later in the day we would be inclined to stop there going down too.  For visiting Brussels it is very handy too.

Prumtal Camping is a 5* ACSI Campsite good for 3/4 nights stay,  and probably the best Campsite you will ever stop at.  It is run by the very Friendly Kohler Family and all the staff are helpful and friendly too.  This site on the big field of over 70 serviced pitches has one of the best toilet, shower, laundry facilities we have ever used, having been re- built .  The Block used by the smaller field near entrance is very good too. A credit card type card is given to each person in the party for Gate entrance and Toilet blocks.

There is an excellent Swimming Pool available FOC to visitors. The Kohler Stuben is an excellent 5* Restaurant at 3* prices.  Staff very friendly especially the Head Waiter Kalle and his number 2 Steve.

From this campsite you can visit Luxembourg for a day trip or just nip down to Vianden for cheap duty free Fuel, just 25 minutes away (14 miles)  Driving to Vianden and then on to Ectanacht makes a nice trip.
Just before the border there is an excellent shop on the left in village of Geichlingen to stop and browse in.  If you buy something you can use the
Cafe for a free coffee/tea and cake.

All Garage and Service areas have same price on Fuel so no need to shop around.

A wonderful day trip is to Bernkastel-Kues on the lovely Moselle River which is just 39 miles away a wonderful old German Town.
Park on carpark on river front and walk into the beautiful town.  Lovely place to eat is in Schwannenstrasse or there is a lovely  Conditorei  (Cafe) on the main square called Cafe Hansen  If visiting on a Tuesday the Moselblumchen is closed but the Italian Restaurant next door to Cafe Hansen is good too tried first time in 2016.
From Bernkastel you can then travel down the Moselle to the oldest city in Germany, Trier.   Parking is good in the city centre and at the moment is not on the Umweltplakette  City/Town List more here on this

There are all the Sights/Stores and Shops you will need in this beautiful old city.  Trier is just 23 miles from Oberweis so with the lovely 34 miles trip along to Trier following the Moselle through lovely wine producing towns makes a lovely days outing, or if staying at Prumtal longer a seperate trip to Trier is good too.

Bitburg, nearby is a good place to shop either in the town centre or the area just off the main B51 road leading down to Trier.

From Oberweis to next site of Camping Wa;dpark at Hohensdtadt situated just off the main A8 Autobahn,  between Stuttgart and Munich.    We and most folks use this site for a 1 night stop en route to Austria once in 2010 we did stop 3 nights and visited Ulm and Blaubauren which you can read about in the info on that years trip on my website when it was our third stop after staying on the Rhine on the way down too.

From Hohenstadt you then take the road to Wertach to ACSI Site of Waldesruh which we have not stayed at but near to Gruntensee Camping International which in was then in 2011 an ACSI CC site but or less it rejoins for 2017 is not in the scheme now.
This Campsite is so handy for visiting the famous Neuschwanstein Castle 
The other places to visit in the area are The Zugspitze the mountain which divides  Germany from Austria and the lovely ski town of Garmisch Partenkirchen  from where you can board the Train/Lifts up to the top of the Zugspitze .

Fussen is  a lovely place, nearest small town to the Neuschwanstein Castle   This town lays on the southern end of the famous Romantichestrasse    You could travel down part of this road if you go further along the A8 to Augsburg and join it going south there.  The route we took was past Ulm down to Kempten and then to Wertach.

Before leaving Germany be sure to go to a Garage/Service Area/ADAC Office and purchase your Austrian Vignette.   Here is a good website to read before going into Austria which gives Vignette prices but they could increase in 2017.

The next stop is Innsbruck and the wonderful campsite of Ferienparadies Natterer See  ACSI CC taken out of season the site is situated close to the entrance to the Brenner Motorway you will take to Italy and Lake Garda.  The Toll for the Motorway is €9

Innsbruck is a wonderful city to visit especially the old town.   and there are many places to visit around.  One I can recommend is the Swarovski Factory at Wattens not far away.

The journeys end Lake Garda blog on Italian Autostrada/Toll Roads.

The campsite we have used twice and recommend is Camping San Francesco at Desenzano on the southern end of Garda and good situation to visit Verona or Venice by Train or Car.  they do take the ACSI CC

A days drive around the Lake is excellent and visits the quaint water front towns situated around the lake.  Catching a boat up to the northern end to the town of Riva is a lovely way to spend a day and gives you an insight into which towns you would like to spend time in on your car trip around later.

This being the end of the trip you can return via the same route or to drive to Venice and up through Southern  Austria to Salzburg making two stops on the way back to Hohenstadt and Calais.

I have tried to give you a taster of Germany, Austria and Italy.  The first option you would I think need at least 5 weeks if exploring the different area's en route and possibly another 1/2 weeks added to do the 2nd option.    

Second Option return by Venice, Karnten, (Carinthia, Southern Austria) Salzburg A8 through Germany back up to Hohenstadt.

Route from Folkestone (GB-......) to La Bien Assise (Guines) 3268.3 km (39 Hours, 3 Minutes)

Folkestone (GB-......)                                                                      

0.0 km 15.2 km     Coquelles (F-62231)                                      

15.2 km 206.3 km     Camping Grimbergen (Grimbergen)      

221.6 km 235.0 km Prümtal-Camping Oberweis (Oberweis)      

456.6 km 368.3 km Camping Waldpark Hohenstadt (Hohenstadt)    

824.9 km 149.1 km Waldesruh (Wertach)                              

974.0 km 140.9 km Ferienparadies Natterer See (Natters)    

1114.9 km 270.7 km Camping Village San Francesco (Desenzano del Garda)

1385.6 km 196.3 km Spina Camping Village (Lido di Spina)

1581.9 km 371.4 km Kalkgruber (Ossiach)

1953.3 km 151.1 km Vierthaler (Pfarrwerfen)

2104.4 km 349.4 km Camping Waldpark Hohenstadt (Hohenstadt)

2453.8 km 367.1 km Prümtal-Camping Oberweis (Oberweis)

2820.8 km 235.5 km Camping Grimbergen (Grimbergen)

3056.3 km 212.0 km La Bien Assise (Guines)
3268.3 km 0.0 km

The journey to Venice and site is approx. 130 miles. I have stopped at this site but only one night as due to thunder storm and humid weather there were clouds of Mosquito's so being allergic to them wanted to move up to Austria.

There is such a lot to see in this area but I cannot help due to our short stay.

The next move is on and up to Southern Austria not forgetting your Vignette at the Border.  At the border you will follow signs for Villach and Salzburg.  Outside of Villach you follow signs to the Ossiachersee.  This See is quite large being the third largest in the Karnten area 10.7875 km long and max width of 1,540 m. You can drive around the See or explore it by Boat that runs in season.

At the Eastern end of the See on the Southern side in Alt Ossiach you will find ACSI CC Camping Kalkgruber, though not right on the See front it is a smashing small site run by a lovely lady.  http://www.camping-kalkgruber   though I have not stopped at this campsite myself have visited it twice in 2016 to visit friends due to leaving the caravan at Camping Vierthaler and visiting friends near here in the Mountains.  We stopped at the next door campsite which was sold and pulled down in 2015 for the past 12 years.  Recommended it to our friends of which both couples loved it.
In this area there is the lovely little town of Feldkirchen for major shopping with ample free parking.  There are many places to visit and explore including.
The next big lake of the Worthersee is few miles SE 19.39 km long by 16.5 km wide can be a nice ride around or explore by boat.   The major capital town is Klagenfurt which lays at the east end of this See.

There are a number of Passes that you can explore by car too. the later is reached from the main A10 Autobahn through the Gmund where you can find and visit the Porche Museum  on the left of the road along the valley to drive the pass is the original building that housed the first Porche Factory.

If you are adventuresome, like we are. you can visit Slovenia and Lake Bled in an hour through the Karawanken Tunnel near to Villach if you keep off the main autobahn on the otherside you do not need a Slovenian vignette to get to Bled and onto the ski area town of Kranjska Gora
You can also visit the lovely town and area of Tavisio in Italy just over 35 miles away.

Villach is a large city with an lovely old centre plus a large indoor shopping centre

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From here follow the A10 towards Salzburg and take the turn off to Pfarrwerfen or Werfen  to the lovely secluded campsite of  The owners are a lovely helpful couple who's family have had this site for 60 years odd.   The site does not take ACSI CC but is ACSI approved.  They charge a reasonable fee of €21 which includes Electric.  The site is well kept and has wonderful views of the Mountains and though so near the A10 Autobahn you cannot hear it.   The Salz river runs by and a railway on the other side of that but honestly that did not bother us.

From this campsite you can visit Wolfgangsee a nice ride over the other side of the A10.  Berchtesgaden is 33 miles away along the valley on the road 159 as is Salzburg the later can be reached by the A10 too.  
Nearer to Pffarwerfen  in the next village is the wonderful, famous Hohenwerfen Schloss used in the film "Where Eagles Dare"   Worth going up in the lift and touring the building

For shopping visit Bishofshofen a drive through this small town and through the Pongau area and the Hochkonig pass is worth doing.

After a taste of this beautiful area and Country of Austria I am sure you will want to return as there is so much more to see.  The Austrian Folk are so friendly and helpful and love to speak English so no problems there.

Now the next stop is Walpark at Hohenstadt and on the way en route for Oberweis, Belgium and Calais, you will pass the large See on your right of Chiemsee, largest body of water in Bavaria                                    

When you leave Grimbergen the next and last stop is La Bien Assise  ACSI Camping Card taken and excellent  and safe for last stop as only 15 minutes to the Tunnel and not a lot further to the Port.  One word of warning do book this a couple of weeks ahead as very busy even out of season .http://www.camping-la-bien-assise.

Map of the Route.

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Lots of really detailed help here Dianne - thanks very much for posting it.
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(12-10-2016, 03:29 PM)Blackpool Belle Wrote: Lots of really detailed help here Dianne - thanks very much for posting it.

Thanks Belle I hope it will give some help to Members and Guests using this Forum and thinking of travelling to these areas.
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Thankyou Dianne, I enjoyed reading up on the route, it would be lovely to do it one day.  Heart

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