The Best of Europe tour is over and we would like to say thank you to all tourmembers for the great time we had together during these days! Hope to see you soon again!
Michael, Susan, Christopher, Sue, Joe, Nancy, Sean, Mona, David, Gina, Terry, Kristin, Michael, Alenko, Marilyne, Bob, Nancy, Christine, Gerald, Dorothy, Lauri.
Your tour guides, Axel, Domenico and Gottfried
Riding day 7, Warth - Erding
On the last riding days we are going to see the beautiful Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles, both built by king Ludwig II of Bavaria, and that attract millions of tourists every year. This king was a controversial figure, very introverted and shy, he became king at the joung age of 18 but he was never really interested in the "duties" of a king. King Ludwig is nowadays generally well-liked and even revered by many Bavarians also because his legacy of architecture and art generate a very good tourist income in the region. Neuschwanstein has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle!
Morning briefing on the terrace
Joe and Bob trying their offroad skills!
Coffee Break at lake Plansee
Last coffee break
Riding day 6, Schaffhausen - Warth
Today, we will finally have a taste of the Alps on another beautiful sunny day, the weather seems to be just ideal! We rode from Schaffhausen to the lake Constance (Bodensee in german), a big lake on the river Rhine that is situated between three countries, Switzerland, Germany and Austria! Then a group of riders decided to do a shorter route and followed the lake until reaching Austria and another group did a longer loop to go to see also the Säntis mountain, the highest peak of this region.
We finally reached the beautiful hotel Jaegeralpen, a ski resort located in Warth, where the only neighbours we had were the cows on the surrounding mountain slopes. During dinner, the group received the Best of Europe t-shirt and there was also time to celebrate Terry's birthday!
Over the Säntis mountain
New BMW model, this is a prototype and will be launched in 2014!
Dorothy and Laurie
Gerald and Christine
Christopher and Susan
Bob, great sweeper!
Riding on the Alps
Most expensive t-shirts ever!
Riding day 5, Ribeauvillé - Schaffhausen
Somebody up there must really like us, another perfect day of sun! Maybe the temperature could have been also a little cooler... but we don't complain at all! Today we left the beautiful village of Ribeauvillé and we crossed the Rhine valley again, to enter the Black Forest again, where we visited Hexenlochmühle, an old mill where we tasted the famous black forest cake. After that we had a delicious picnic and we finally entered Switzerland where, before arriving at the hotel, we saw the huge waterfalls of the Rhine, the biggest in Europe!
Black Forest Cake!
The Rhine Falls
Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls
Rest day, Ribeauvillé
Today everybody could sleep more and, after breakfast, our brave riders could choose between two routes, one shorter and one longer... and the most of them chose of course the longer one! But the shorter one also went to the very beautiful castle of Haute Koenigsburg and, when everybody came back to the hotel, we could taste a delicious buffet made with local food!
Terry & Gina
Visiting the Chateau Haute Koenigsburg
The view from the castle
Walls of the castle
Nice view of Ribeauvillé
Riding day 3, Heidelberg - Ribeauvillé
Another sunny day! Today we left Heidelberg and, after a short ride on the motorway, we entered in the Black Forest to ride on the famous "Schwarzwaldhochstrasse", the most famous scenic route in Germany! After that, we crossed the Rhine valley and entered France, to reach the beautiful village of Ribeauvillé.
Coffee break in Marxzell
David, Mona, Christopher, Susan and Sean
Alenko, Michael, Stephan, Bob and Nancy
Gina, Terry, Kristin, Joe
Kristin, Michael, Joe
Domenico and Axel
On the road in the Black Forest
Ribeauvillé by night
Riding day 2, Rothenburg - Heidelberg
Also today the weather was just perfect for riding! We left the beautiful town of Rothenburg and visited the monastery of Schöntal, a beautiful piece of Baroque architechture. After lunch, following the river Neckar, we arrived in Heidelberg, a town famous for its university and popular tourist destination due to its picturesque cityscape.
Checking the master map
Nancy and Sue
David & Mona
Lauri and Dorothy
Alenko & Marilyne
Terry & Gina
Inside the Schoental monastery
Guided visit of the Schoental Monastery
Nancy, Gottfried and Sue
View over the river Neckar from the Hirschhorn
Christine and Gerald
Our hotel in Heidelberg
Stephan, who did an Edelweiss California Tour with Edelweiss, met Nancy and Robert there and came to see them in Heidelberg! What a nice surprise
Fireworks in Heidelberg
Heidelberg by night
Riding day 1, Erding - Rothenburg
What a beautiful sunshine when we woke up this morning, and the weather forecast also looked perfect... so we couldn't wait to start riding and somebody also went down to the garage to take the bike already before the morning briefing!
We left Erding and headed north, using also the highway for a short while, then we stopped in Eichstätt for lunch in the old castle of Willibaldsburg, overlooking the Altmühltal (old valley of the mills). Finally, we reached the gorgeous medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber where, after dinner, we took the chance to follow a very "original" guided tour of the historical centre.
Everybody is starting to take confidence with their bikes and for sure we'll soon start to have even more fun riding!
Gottfried doing the Morning Briefing
Gina, Terry, Christine, Christopher and Susan copying the master map
Ready to go!
Sue, what a big ice cream!!!
Michael enjoying ice cream
Mona, Gina, Terry, Gerald, Christine and TG Domenico
Lunch break at Willibaldsburg
Nancy and Bob
Marilyne and Kristin
Gerald, Domenico and Christine
Kristin and Michael
Leaving Willibaldsburg... whatch the cobblestones!!!
Afternoon Coffee Break
Arrived in Rothenburg!
Dinner time: Susan, Christopher, Sean and Joseph
Alenko and Marilyne
All women like the watchmen George in Rothenburg
Guided tour of the historical centre
Sue and Nancy
Reflections of Rothenburg
Roofs of Rothenburg