The Best of Europe - 5 countries, a lot of culture, different food, different languages and last not least perfect riding. We are quite a big group - 19 people, 11 motorcycles, 3 tourguides. Off we go - follow us on the blog.
Time was flying!! Thank you guys for a fantastic week, good riding, lots of fun. Hope we could give you an idea what Europe is like. Believe us - there is much more out there. Hope we see you again. Have a good flight back home... and keep in touch.
A big hug to all of you - Ursula, Jens and Daniel
no funsuckers, ehhh???
The tourguides having fun as well
7. Riding Day Warth (Austria) - Erding (Germany)
We were prepaired for rain - but we had sunshine
Cinderella castle - Neuschwanstein
we stopped for a coffee at the scenic Plansee
Linderhof Castle - the 2nd one of our crazy Bavarian King Ludwig II
Neal - the best sweeper ever
6. Riding Day Schaffhausen (Switzerland) - Warth (Austria)
Briefing in the Panorama Hotel Schaffhausen
Just beautiful along the Rhine river!
Riding along the Lake of Constance
Coffee stop in Hemberg - lovely Switzerland
Best cake ever
Tonyyyyy.... here is a delicious hamburger
Over there is Liechtenstein
The Furka Joch - we made it...
Some more riding pictures from Lynne - thank you Lynne
Here they are:
5. Riding Day - Ribeauvillé (France) - Schaffhausen (Switzerland)
Fresh Fruits on the side of the road... we can´t go by...
Breakfast next to the bikes, the sun is out - another beautiful day waits for us
Hexenlochmühle in Black Forest - that is the place for cookoo clocks and ...
....Black Forest cake
Rothaus brewery - one of the biggest in the Black Forest
Rhinefall in Schaffhausen
4. Riding Day - Restday in Ribeauvillé
Col de Freland, Col du Wettstein,Col de la Schlucht, Col de Bonhomme, Route de Crete, Col des Bagenelle - these are the hills around Ribeauvillé and that is the reason why we have no pictures from today - riding was on the list and not pretty much more else
We had a short coffee in Munster - and then riding again....
They came back from a little adventure at Houte Koenigsburg, got wet, got lost but had fun
Hiking to the nearby castle ruins... tough, but beautiful...
Ribeauville from the top - just great!!!
Cohiba cigars and Elsass wine - a little party started in the back yard of the Hotel
Daniel, Ursula and Jens - the tourguides tried to keep everything under control, but...
...that was not so easy
3. Riding Day Heidelberg - Ribeauvillé (France)
we left Heidelberg on a quiet sunday morning. For the first 50 km we went on the Autobahn - some were amazed that there is no speedlimit....
First stop in Bad Herrenalb - the Black Forest area is just beginning - and the Black Forest Cake is already on our plates...
a twisty, curvy ride through lonely valleys, the typical black forest houses, rolling hills ... what more can you expect on a sunny sunday?
Somewhere in the Black Forest - the original German girls:
and here a nice Kuckoo clock...
Another country is waiting for us:
We entered France in the afternoon - not far from Ribeauville, our destination for the next 2 days
"La vie é en rose" - that was the kind of festival which was going on in town.
The famous "Guglhupf" for desert
ok - I lost the bet and he won a beer...
2. Riding Day Rothenburg - Heidelberg
We had a special tour in the "Car Museum" in Langenburg
Coffee stop and a bit sightseeing at Schöntal monastery
Not only best ride there is - also best food there is
Daniel, the super cook, prepared a delicous picnic
And behind the van is the big surprise....
on the way to Heidelberg we stopped at the Götz von Berlichingen castle in Hornberg - the "you can kiss my ...." guy
A fantastic view down into the Neckar valley
Hotel Ritter in Heidelberg - oldest house in town, in the middle of the pedestrian area
1. Riding Day Erding - Rothenburg
We left Erding and the hopsfield area starts - the biggest in Europe.
hops is needed for brewing beer. 7,5 million liter beer is consumed at the "Oktoberfest" every year.
After lunch in Eichstätt we cruised through the "Altmühltal". Here is the place were theyfound the "Archeopteryx" - the first feathered fossile animal. The same picture covers every the middle school science book in America.
Afternoon ice cream in beautiful Dinkelsbühl
We are heading for Rothenburg now - the most romantic city in Germany
Our hotel the "Reichsküchenmeister"...
The town hall...
We are on the way to the Nightwatch Man`s Tour....
The Nightwatch Man of Rothenburg - he is not only a guide, he is an actor...
a concert for free... and some of the guys ended up in "Hell"
Before tourstart we always offer a Guided City Tour in Munich. Public transport brings us from Erding downtown and we visit the most famous sights in Munich.
Come on - have a look....
Lynda and Richard Godin from Canada were the special guests. We started at "Isartor" - one of the only remaing city gates of the inner city wall.
At "Viktualienmarkt" we had the typical Munich breakfast "white sausages", sweet mustard, a Pretzel and of course a beer...
(I couldn`t manage to turn the pic) I just wanted to show how quick Lynda is adapting to local habits....
22.000 sqm and all kind of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, vine - even flours
Chanterelles - its season at the moment.
We went up the 299 narrow steps to the top of the tower of "Der Alte Peter" - the name means "Old Peter", one of Munich`s oldest churches.
On a clear day you can see the Alps - but it was still spectacular
Marienplatz with the famous Town Hall
the "Frauenkirche" on the left
Viktualienmarkt from high above...
The Glockenspiel - carillion - on the Town Hall. The play starts at 11 am everyday.
Pedestrian area - 300 €/sqm rent, 13.500 pedestrians an hour - shopping, shopping, shopping....
rubbing the snout of the wild boar will bring you good luck....
in the crypt are the sarcophags of the "Wittelsbacher" familiy - here the remains of King Ludwig II - he built Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee. We will visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof at the last riding day.
The devil`s foot print in the "Frauenkirche"
In the background the Hotel Bayerischer Hof - the biggest hotel in Europe until 1924 - Sisi of Austria, Muhamed Ali, Eisenhower just to name some and of course Michael Jackson were on the guest list. After Micheal Jacksons death the fans created a "memorial"
The memorial was erected by King Ludwig I - but of course not for Michael Jackson - King Ludwig erected it for the very famous composer Orlando di Lasso
But the Jackson fans changed everything
Inside the 5 Höfe - 5 courts - highend shopping...
Viscardi gasse - the "shirker`s alley"
the "Feldherrnhalle" - no better picdture possible- sorry - because they preparing a vine festival and everything is occupied
At the entrance of "Hofgarten", next to it Coffe Tambosi - the oldest one in Munich - the place has Italian flair.
Hofgarten with Theatiner Church in the background
A really royal garden...
Bavarian Government - Staatskanzlei
Maximilian street with all the designers ....
special offers at Fendi - what a pitty, we had the wrong credit card
World famous beer hall - the "Hofbräuhaus" - a good place to have lunch
these are the lockers for the beer steins of the regular guest - members of the "Stammtisch"
maybe a kingsize pretzel....
The beergarden of the "Hofbräuhaus"
That`s how most of the locals look like - he also yoddelled
We have to go back - welcome briefing starts - I hope you enjoyed it!!