Romancing in the Rain – Dinklesbuhl to Rottingen
Dinklesbuhl really didn’t disappoint for beauty, with even the kebab shop being able to be described as pretty. Unfortunately, the rain made for a bit of a miserable walk and rubbish photographs. We stopped at a café for a drink and debated our next move. As an aside, we are finding in Germany as well as in France and Italy that dogs are generally allowed in most places, shops, restaurants, cafes etc, much more that they are in the UK. Although they are generally obsessed in Germany with dogs being on a lead and you rarely see one running free like Juno.
We decided to look around for a while then grab some lunch before continuing north on the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. We had lunch in the Golden Rose, again huge portions and Juno was allowed into the restaurant. It was a lovely, filling meal and the chef was really friendly with perfect spoken English.
We went back to Knigel and gave him a bit of a service then headed north. This section of the drive contained beautiful village after beautiful village, including Feuchwangen and Schillingsfurst. On arrival at the stellplatz in Rothenburg we discovered a large car park on a steep slope, although there was a field at the end for Juno.
We locked up and walked into town for a look around. Rothenburg is certainly pretty but you see immediately that it is the most popular town on the Romantic Road, there were so many tourists and tourist tat shops. I forced Greg to stand like a soldier for a photo and he asked if we could leave! We have received fan (i.e. my mates) feedback that we aren’t including enough photos of the 40 Steps Beyond team, so sorry if you now get bored of looking at us.
We just didn’t get a feel for stellplatz, so decided to carry on. We used our free motorhome stop app to locate another stellplatz nearby on a farm. It sounded just perfect so we bid the Romantic Road a loving goodbye and headed for it.
This stellplatz was living proof not to believe what you read, the app said it had 10 spots, we arrived and there were easily 80 pitches all taken with people running around, kids screaming, it was our idea of hell. So we carried on driving. Now where???
Back to the app…..I found a stellplatz further up the Romantic Road in Rotting and on the river, so we figured we’d like it. The stellplatz was perfect, quiet, close to town and in a really pretty spot.
There was a skate park opposite that I hoped Greg wouldn’t spot!! We headed into town and came across the final hours of a festival – certainly there had been a lot of beer drank. We wondered around enjoying the view and looking for wifi (story of our trip so far and definitely our biggest regret is not doing something to sort out our wifi before we left home). Unsuccessful, we headed home having a chat with our German teacher neighbours, feeling jealous that they spend 5 weeks every summer travelling in their motorhome (not of their jobs though, because teaching is tough!).
Tomorrow we head to the Black Forest, and say goodbye to Bavaria. I have truly loved Bavaria, a beautiful part of the world with exceptionally friendly people, pretty towns and great stellplatz.