The Best of Europe - 5 of the most beautiful countries in Europe - is on a run. We have an international group of riders: 1 Australian, 4 Canadians, 2 Brazilians, 10 Americans and 3 German tourguides. A lot of excitement is waiting for us - follow us on the blog!
The bikes are loaded. What a great time - thanks everybody for beeing with us. Hope to see you again maybe in Tuscany!!!!!
Take care - Ursula, Axel, Ramon
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7. Riding Day: Warth (Austria) - Erding (Germany)
Another gorgeous day starts. The Canadians - James and Sharon, Victor and Wanda
The best sweeper ever!!!
Hey Mike - we turn it on right now!!!
Look! Up there! Is it a bird? No, it's Neuschwanstein castle!
Neuschwanstein castle in the morning mist - sounds romantic (but actually it is a bad picture )
Linderhof - one of the 3 castles of our crazy Bavarian king Ludwig II.
The first air condition in Germany
Last supper back in Erding. Everybody happy, all in one piece - what more can you expect?
Vic, Jay, Charlene, Mike, Diane, Leo, Sharon & Wanda
Debby, Richard, Mike, Mike & Cindy
Jeff & Ramon
6. Riding Day: Schaffhausen (Switzerland) - Warth (Austria)
We are leaving Switzerland but not before having a beautiful ride through the Canton of Appenzell and a stop at the Lake of Constance. Beautiful weather - lets go!! But slowly - we are in Switzerland for a while.
The old wooden bridge of Deissenhofen
Lake Constance. Mike, Diane, Jeff & Robert enjoying the cool morning
Coffee stop in Hemberg high above the rolling hills of Appenzell
It`s mine - and I won`t share.....
The Harleys arrived shortly after.
We took the cable car up to the Säntis. The mountain tried to hide in the clouds, but if you were patient, some good views were waiting.
You better trust Swiss cable-car engineering...
Chris, enjoying being in the clouds with his feet on the ground (for a change...)
Lunch in and above the clouds.
After leaving Switzerland the good riding started again. We crossed the Rhine Valley and up the "Furka Joch" we went - what a ride!
All in one view: Liechtenstein as seen from Switzerland
Sharon & Wanda with the still secret prototype of next years standard bike for all Edelweiss tours.
Debby, Chris, Usrula, Mike and Cindy happy at the Furkajoch
They can`t wait to get married - I wish you it will last for ever!!!
Harleys rolling in
The Harley riders happy to have made it to the top (it is a narrow road...)
Last not least - Hochtannberg Pass - just before our Hotel Jägeralpe in Warth.
Mike said: "That was the best experience of my life outside the bedroom"
Hotel Jägeralpe at sunset
The new bar of the Hotel Jägeralpe - a perfect place to end a day. These "Long Island Ice Tea" tastes fabulous.
Half of the Hotel fell asleep with the giggling of these two girls in the background
5. Riding Day: Ribeauvillé (France) - Schaffhausen (Switzerland) - the land of milk and money
Rich and Debby - the girl on the RT - getting ready
Michael and Charlene
Mr. "turn it off", Cindy and Victor
Jeff - he can`t wait to go
We are going back to Germany`s Black Forest. A small winding road brings us up the "Kandel"
What a view and what a perfect riding weather...
...and perfect paragliding conditions
Hexenlochmühle in the Black Forest is the place for a Black Forest Cake....
and for buying cookoo clocks
"Rothaus" brewery, 1000m above sea level, no other brewery in Germany is located at a higher altitude.
Richard and Mike
Mike and Cindy
A short stop for gas before we cross the Swiss border. Speed limits everywhere - 50, 60, 70 sometimes 80km/h for a short time. Take it easy guys and enjoy the beautiful landscape!!
...and last not least - the Rhinefall near Schaffhausen (Switzerland)
Ursula and "her" group
Ramon and the Harley group
Robert arrives at the hotel in Schaffhausen...
... and Jeff, looking somewhat happy...
... Mike, Mike & Cindy and Debby bringing up the rear.
At last, Ramon and the Harley riders...
... are able to enjoy a boot beer in Schaffhausen.
4. Riding Day: Restday in Ribeauville
Germany won!!!!!!!!!!! 1:0 - what a thrilling game even the Canadian next door screamed and celebrated with us!
Ok let`s go riding! The mountains waiting for us.
After a bit of initial rain we were provided with several hours of dry roads and sunshine which made for incredible driving through the twisted roads and mountains similar to an amusement park
Leo on his Harley! Sorry there was no time for more pictures!!
A stork is going for a walk in Ribeauville.
3. Riding Day: Heidelberg - Ribeauvillé (France)
Soccer World Championship final today: Germany : Argentina
We started in pouring rain in Heidelberg. but the weather soon changed to bright sunshine, mountain views were incredible, the rays of the sun poking through the canopy of the Black Forest.
Stop for an Italian icecream before going to France! Leo and Diane appreciating that....
Arriving at Hotel de la Tour in Ribeauville after a good day riding. In 3 hours the football final starts - go Germany go.....
14th of July - the French getting ready for the celebration of Bastille Day.
And tonight will be the next fireworks!!
2. Riding Day: Rothenburg - Heidelberg
James and Sharon - this guy can ride a Harley - holly molly!!!
Axel tries to heard his cats
Marly and Ramon - they are a bit excited. Tonight Brazil is playing against the Netherlands for the 3rd place in the football world championship
A guided tour in the monastery of Schöntal.
Ramon is arriving with his group at the picnic spot in Möckmühl
Axel pulled in 5 minutes later - real Edelweiss timing
A welcome drink for everybody...
...and some local food in the middle of nature next to the river Jagst - awesome food yumm, yumm
a five star meal prepared by one of the guides - no reservations required.
Ursula presenting warm "Leberkäs", meat loaf, German style.
Alcohol free social.... prost!!!
Smiles from all - the best group so far!!!
The castle of Heidelberg
Dinner in the oldest hotel in town "Zum Ritter St. Georg": Cindy, Mike, Mike; Richard and Deborah.
Axel, Victor and Wanda
Leo, Diane, Charlene and Mike
Ramon, Marla and Chris
They are already excited. The game will start in an hour
The illumination to the Castle of Heidelberg and an awesome firework from the bridge - re-enacting the destruction of the castle in the 18th century by French troops - a perfect ending to a fantastic day.
1. Riding Day: Erding (Munich) - Rothenburg
Ahead of the morning briefing everybody is busy copying the map and preparing routes
Chris from Australia tries to figure out today's route - he has to ride on the other side of the road. We`ll keep an eye on him.
Outside Munich our ride starts with winding roads through the "Hallertau" one of the largest hops growing area in Europe. Hops is needed for brewing beer. 1.339 different breweries in Germany - 632 of the breweries are in Bavaria.
After lunch in Eichstätt we enter the region of the Altmühl valley, the well known Sollnhofner lime stone preserved a lot of fossils. Here is the place where they found the famous "Archaeopteryx" the first feathered animal.
Dinkelsbühl - one of the well known medieval cities along the Romantic Road - is a good place for an ice cream before we continue to Rothenburg.
Market place in Rothenburg - an open-air concert of the "Ambassadors of Music" from Wisconsin at no cost.
Already after the first day Chris has embraced the local culture and custom
The night watchman`s guided city tour in Rothenburg gave us an idea what life was like in medieval times. He was a enthusiastic communicator with many stories to tell always keeping us laughing and enjoying the tour
Rothenburg at sun set
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