Germany/Switzerland.

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  1. Kingmal

    Kingmal Read Only Funster

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    Going to Germany/Switzerland next year, know about the French aires and have a book but what is the situation in the other two countries?> newie to this game. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    Excellent idea.

    "Stelplatz" is the magic word for Germany. But you may also need the word "Umweltzone".

    Switzerland, don't know, but you'll need the word "vignette".

    Just returned from Garda, nippling through Austria in cloak mode, into Fussen. Fussen area is seriously grand. Reschen pass a road to die for.

    All of Switzerland has sights to die for.

    Go for it.
     
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    Hi Kingmal,

    If you like aires you may also be interested in Gruene Zwiebel and Swiss Terroir.

    Both are schemes like the better known France Passion, where you can stay for one night free of charge in a farm, vineyard or similar spot where there is something for sale and they hope to get extra custom out of your stopover. The idea is everyone wins as you save camp site fees and can afford some fresh, local produce for tea - which you are going to eat anyway!

    Here are their sites:

    http://www.gruene-zwiebel.de/ (there is a section in English)

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    http://swissterroir.ch/ (it's just in French, German and Italian, so maybe google translate might help!)

    Hope that helps

    Steve
     
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    Similar system; motorhome stopovers are called stellplatz. They are often a bit more formal than French aires and typically cost from €8 - €15 per night - some are free. There are many books listing stellplatz but the bible is the Bordatlas published by Reisemobil International. It is an excellent guide in two volumes (one for Germany, the other for the rest of Europe) however, it is in German. Quite easy to follow though and uses icons to indicate facilities. It is avaialble from several UK sellers, including Amazon and Vicarious Books (publishers of 'All the Aires' and 'Go Motorhoming Europe' etc.)
    Here is the link to the Reisemobil International site so you can see what I'm talking about.
    http://www.reisemobil-international.de/stellplaetze/bordatlas/

    Germany is excellent for motorhoming. Be aware of Umweltzones however (low emission zones in / around many cities). This only matters if you want to take the MH into cities though - there is a lot of information available if you search.

    In Switzerland you need to pay for a toll system to use the motorways and major roads. We have not gone there yet but many others have and can advise. Vans of MAM less than 3,500 kg have to display a 'fee-paid' symbol on the windscreen (vignette); heavier vans have to have a 'Go-box' that clocks up the miles and is charged accordingly.

    If you have not got it, buy a copy of 'Go Motorhoming Europe' - very good introduction to motorhomes in general and travelling abroad. (It may be out of print currently, but get in an order for the next print run.)
     
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    Would recommend you obtained a current copy of Reise Mobile BORD ATLAS EUROPE which gives details of the majority of available Stellplatz in 28 european countries. Although the contained information is in Germany it is not too difficult to translate.
    Depending on the time of the year you are going, you should consider purchasing an ACSI Card for discounts at certain camping-sites at off peak times.
     
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    we've got the bord atlas thing printed out on a4, you can copy our if you want, we used it the first time we went and were impressed
     
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    Cheers tony. See u later.:BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks to all of those that replied. Great info.
     
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