Must-See Sights and Activities
Oh, what an adventure it has been! Condensing my treasured campervan stop-offs in Germany, Austria, and Slovakia into this blog was no small feat, but somehow, I managed!
From breathtaking landmarks to unforgettable sights, and thrilling activities, these memories are going to stay with me forever. I even included some hidden gems for curious souls.
Feel free to follow my itinerary for an amazing journey or tweak it to your liking.
Germany: Intriguing History, Wholesome Food, and Scenic Bavarian Landscapes
Road-tripping through Germany was an awe-inspiring adventure, filled with an intriguing history and delightful surprises.
My journey began in charming Luxembourg, exploring its rich heritage, and stunning architecture.
From here I drove off to Nuremberg and the town’s medieval charm left me captivated, as I wandered through the ancient castle and walked along the historic city walls.
Straubing and Passau offered a glimpse of the past with their iconic cathedrals and quaint streets too.
I was particularly happy to return to Passau, a charming city I called home for 2 years!
For foodies, Germany is a real paradise.
With mouth-watering sausages, pretzels, and hearty dishes that warmed my soul – I’ll likely try and recreate a few recipes at home.
But it didn’t stop there; the Bavarian landscapes stole my heart with their picturesque mountains, lush forests, and enchanting lakes.
Austria: Mesmerising Nature, Delightful Traditions, and Old Architecture
Traveling on wheels through the diverse landscapes of Austria was nothing short of a heavenly experience.
Each town had a unique, captivating charm whilst St. Pölten, the vibrant capital of Lower Austria, offered a blend of modern architecture and historical landmarks.
The Almtal region with its stunning green valleys, serene lakes, and pristine forests, was truly one of the most beautiful natural settings I’ve ever visited in my lifetime.
Off-the-beaten-path, I discovered the delightful tradition of ‘Heuriger’in the Wachau Valley. These quaint wine taverns offer authentic local wines and homemade delicacies, where locals and travellers alike come together to embrace the region’s flavours.
Slovakia: Folk Culture, Rewarding Hikes, and Breathtaking Views
Exploring Slovakia was an enchanting journey that has left me itching to go back already.
With the goal of visiting a country that I have never been to before; Slovakia was a real discovery.
The country’s rich cultural traditions span many art forms including tapestry and folklore.
My adventure began in Bratislava, where history unfolded through its medieval castle and charming old town.
And then there were the landscapes! The Tatra Mountains’ majestic peaks and the lush countryside offered postcard-perfect vistas at every turn.
For an off-the-beaten-path day, I discovered the picturesque village of Čičmany, known for its distinctive painted wooden houses, an art form unique to Slovakia.
I even got the chance to visit a seamstress, Kaška – Výroba a renovácia krojov in Banska Bystrika, renowned for making traditional folk clothing.
If you are a castle lover – Slovakia holds plenty of them for you. They say that there are over 150 across the country!
My favourite castles in Slovakia were:
- Lietava Castle
- Spis Castle
- Trencin Castle
- Orava Castle
- Bojnice Castle