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Beauty around the corner: Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland

Beauty around the corner: Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland

The compass of our beauty around the corner is pointing towards central Europe for this new chapter, between Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. There are many destinations and all of them different from each other, but we can tell you in advance that you will find a piano in the middle of the mountains, a castle that has probably been part of rock history, a delightful railroad run by ancient steam trains and a wide open landscape dotted with 19 windmills. But enough talk – welcome to this new beauty around the corner post!

Austria

YACHTMOBILE 2000 | Gramastetten

Hallstatt

There are many wonders to discover in the Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched between the mountains and the wonderful shores of the lake of the same name, the village of Hallstatt is so beautiful that it’s literally been copied. There’s one in China, which has also taken the same name. But there’s nothing like the original, where you will discover truly breathtaking mountain scenery and unique history. The commune was already inhabited during the Iron age, around the first millennium B.C., and during this period it was home to a rich and prosperous population.

RENE HOFER – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Donauschlinge

The beautiful blue Danube isn’t just a thing of historical cityscapes and the Vienna dear to Johan Strauss. Here, you can admire the curious and highly photographed bend of the river, which is also the ideal starting point for hiking and biking tours in the beautiful surroundings. And just to make sure you squeeze out every last drop of beauty, you can plan a day trip to Germany in the neighbouring country Passau, known as the “city of three rivers”, where the Danube joins the Inn and the Ilz, a truly singular confluence of rivers.

Belgium

ALPHA MOTORHOMES | Temse

Gand

The liveliness of Ghent extends much further than merely a day or weekend. The city moves deftly between past and present, creating a cultural mix rich in modern urban life and of a past made of art and architecture. Ghent is a city far removed from the idea of a cold and distant northern Europe, but reflects the Flemish culture and the Belgian people – friendly, cosy, and lovers of a cheerful life in the open air. Don’t miss the opportunity to admire the world-famous masterpiece, the Polyptych of Mystical Lamb of the Van Eyck brothers during your visit.

M MOTORHOMES | Tielt

Bruges

The Flemish call it Brugge, and it is the largest city in the province of West Flanders. Often referred to as “the Venice of the North”, it possesses a beauty all its own. With beautiful squares surrounded by marzipan-coloured houses and cobblestone alleyways that run along pretty canals, Bruges is a city full of romance. Among picturesque parks, old hotels and sentimental legends is the Minnemeer (Lake of Love), which takes its name from the legendary history of Mina and his warrior lover, Stromberg. Their folkloric tale ends tragically with the death of the girl, but Stromberg buried her under the small lake, which now grants eternal love to every couple kissing on the bridge.

The Netherlands

CAMPERS & ZO BV | Hardinxveld-Giessendam

Kinderdijk

The windmills of Kinderdijk are a group of 19 monumental windmills in the polder of Alblasserwaard in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the plains of the Alblasserwaard dry. In the area, you can also admire the many watercourses, dams, mills and locks and discover how the Dutch people have used water to their advantage for over 1,000 years.

Switzerland

NEUBURG-HOLIDAYS | Winterthur

Schaffhausen

A colourful village, full of green gardens, artistic places and the Rhine Falls just a few minutes away. The beautiful old town of Schaffhausen is located in the canton of the same name in Switzerland. The famous river that runs through the town creates a landscape to be experienced. Along its banks stretches the city centre, an extraordinary example of Renaissance art and architecture. Schaffhausen is also famous for its numerous bow windows, that is to say, the bright and scenic arched terraces of the houses of the ancient and rich local middle-class families.

AUTOCENTER K. FLAMMER | Glarus
Klöntalersee

An alpine lake is just one of the many must-see landscapes in Switzerland. The Klöntalersee is one of them, and is the ideal setting for trips out of town, hiking in the light, clean mountain air or just a quiet picnic. You can take a relaxing walk along the shores of the lake, enjoy the view and even take a swim or two if the weather and temperature allow it.

GARAGE BARDILL | Landquart

Chur

The town of Chur is nestled in the heart of the canton of Grisons and is the oldest city in Switzerland, boasting over 5,000 years of history. The city centre is completely pedestrianised and definitely worth a visit. This delightful alpine town is also an ideal starting point for many excursions. From gorges, swimmable lakes and thermal spas, to wine cellars and the railway museum, there are many attractions within easy reach and all equally exciting.

CAMPING CAR ROMANDIE | Gumefens

Château de Chillon

In the landscape that must have stood in front of Deep Purple when they wrote “Smoke on the water” this beautiful castle must have been there as well, which fortunately remained intact when the legendary casino caught fire, an event which inspired the song. In its present form, the castle is the result of several centuries of construction and redevelopment. Excavations have been carried out since the end of the 19th century. Those conducted by the archaeologist Albert Naef (1862-1936) indicate that the site has been occupied since the Bronze Age, which accounts for at least 3,000 years of settlement in the area.

ZÜRISEECAMP | Au-Wädenswil

Rapperswil-Jona

Dubbed “the city of roses”, Rapperswil-Jona is located at the upper end of Lake Zurich, and the nearby sports and recreation district of Jona combine attractions, cultural life, excursions and sporting opportunities with a carefree holiday atmosphere. The area has something fun for everyone. There’s a children’s zoo, a Lake Zurich cruise and in summer the 15,000 roses in bloom are certainly among the main attractions.

CAMPINGWELT PORTMANN | Hasle

Brienzer Rothorn

It’s full steam ahead! Since 1892, the Brienz Rothorn Railway in Brienz in the Bernese Oberland has been travelling, smoking and puffing towards the Brienzer Rothorn mountain, the red horn of Brienz. The old steam line only operates in summer and in about an hour it winds through the lovely panorama from Lake Brienz to the mountain. The view of the Bernese Alps, the lake and the Grimsel area is magnificent, as is the view of Pilatus and Hogant. In addition, a year-round cable car connects the Rothorn to the UNESCO biosphere in Entlebuch (Sörenberg).

WOHNMOBIL FERIEN | Gams

Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli

This 170-year-old guesthouse is truly a marvel. It’s built on the edge of the mountain and its back wall is literally made of the stone and rocks of the mountain itself. Its precarious location makes access difficult, and it can only be reached after a steep hike along a mountain path or by cable car. Among the remarkable details is the piano in the living room, which was transported there by helicopter. It has existed for 170 years and was originally a house for farmers.