Hi all we have hundreds of photos but don't want to bore ever one with too many the campsite was called Keuser werth and is a family run site. When we go back this year i will make sure we take more pic`s of the site. No we didn't go up in the balloon there was a balloon festival on while we were there about 12 balloons. more site details to follow.
We absolutely love Germany, we found everyone really friendly. Most people speak some English so no great problem there if you don't speak the language.
We travelled from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, and drove down via Antwerp, all except 15 miles on the motorway, which is free by the way. The roads are certainly quieter than over here, and we found the signposting easy to follow. There are frequent service areas on the motorways, especially in Holland, with proper caravan parking, which is used by caravans only!
The country is extremely clean - we remarked on this to someone, who replied 'of course, we are proud of our country', and it certainly shows. Every bar, restaurant, shop, garage or village we visited was spotlessly clean, and usually with flowers in abundance.
Most areas seemed fairly disabled friendly (apart from Burg Eltz, which was hard work for us all!!) - where we were at Bernkastel, there were cycle paths and Nordic walking paths, and the town itself was 90% pedestrianised and well surfaced. (Nordic walking is just normal walking but with walking poles from what we could see. It's a big thing over there! ;D) The town is a 20 minute stroll along the river path from the site.
The site was quiet and on a 'Halbinsel' (Half island) in the Moselle. There was a small bar and restaurant, and a bakers van called every morning (mmmmmmmmm). There were no flies/mossies even so close to the river. If you look on Google Earth it's easy to see, just to the south of the town. We will put a link to the site later.
We went to a model plane flying day near Cologne, all free to get in, and a full day of all sorts of planes from the rather smart Lufthansa passenger planes, to a WW2 group, to a fantastic stunt flying display. Some of the planes were almost full sized replicas, 90% of full size, they were amazing.
There is a really interesting Air museum at a place called Hermeskeil, it's a private collection and very interesting. There was the world's largest helicopter, a Russian one that was enormous. Also a Concorde that's now a restaurant (we had lucnh on Concorde). More photos of this to follow.
It is also very family friendly, in the evenings, even quite late, it was perfectly safe to walk in the town with no hint of any problems.
All in all we found Germany a super place for a holiday, and this, along with Holland and Belgium, is where we will be taking the caravan for the forseeable future.
If anyone is interested we can spout on for hours about it, so please don't hesitate to PM us for any info.