Top 5 European Destinations to Visit With Your Caravan
Following on from our article on the top destinations to visit in Wales with your touring caravan, we are continuing the series with another instalment of our destinations to visit with your touring caravan. For this instalment, we’ve taken a look and picked our top countries in Europe to visit with your touring caravan in tow. As Wales is one of (if not) the best countries in the world, we have already written a blog on our top picks for destinations around Wales so we will not be featuring Wales in this list. If you are interested in looking at our picks on locations to visit in Wales then check out our blog post here – Top 7 Destinations to Visit in Wales With Your Caravan
Spanning all across Europe, we’ve selected these countries to ensure that you have a lot of adventures to pursue, plenty of memories to make as well as selected some highlights and cultural aspects of each country that you can enjoy. If you are planning your next caravanning adventure abroad then let us know where you will be heading to!
Before You Venture Forth into the Unknown
You likely groan when you read or hear the word but Brexit will likely have an impact on traveling around Europe in the near (or not so near) future. Although there is a lot of uncertainty as to what travelling around Europe will look like when the UK leaves the European Union, there are some precautions that you may need to take in the future. As the rules stand currently, you will be able to travel with your caravan in tow as long as you have a valid UK driving license (and relevant license to tow your caravan.) It’s also recommended to have a European driving kit as some countries require additional objects in your car by law.
There’s a very useful guide on driving in Europe by the AA which you can access via the link. This should let you know about everything that you may need or need to know when travelling to Europe. In regards to Brexit, you may want to consider purchasing an International Driving Permit and Insurance Green Card but as it currently stands when writing this blog post, this is not currently compulsory. It’s important to bear in mind however that the Government recommends spending slightly extra on this to keep you safe rather than sorry.
So take a look at our list below. There is no order as to which countries are best and each will cater to your personal preferences. If you have visited any of these countries with your touring caravan or want to find out more about travelling with your touring caravan then let us know today!
1. Enjoy a Romantic or Action Packed Family Getaway in France
The first country on our list is famous for its cuisine, wine and rich culture. With thousands of years of history spanning back to Ancient Times, France is jam-packed with a wide range of exciting destinations and places to visit. Whether you are exploring Paris, the range of wines available in the Champagne wine region or attractions such as Disney Land or the Louvre – There’s fun for everyone.
- The Louvre – Paris
- Château de Chambord – Loire Valley
- Château de Versailles – Versailles
- Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy
- Cheese & Wine
Fun Fact – Denim as a material was first produced in the French city of Nimes. The word ‘Denim’ actually comes from the phrase “Serge de Nîmes” which translates to ‘From Nimes’
2. Enjoy the Mountainous Picturesque Surroundings in Switzerland
Eastwards is the wonderful country of Switzerland. Famous for key goods such as chocolate, Swiss Army knives and expensive watches – this country is a wonderful destination for those who are looking for a country to visit that is rich in culture and has beautiful scenery.
- Lake Geneva – Geneva
- Zytglogge Clock Tower – Bern
- Limmatquai – Zürich
- Swiss Cheese
- Swiss Chocolate
Fun Fact – Switzerland is a very pet-friendly country – It is illegal to own ‘social’ pets in Switzerland unless you have two of them. If you have a pet such as a guinea pig then denying your pet interaction with its own species is considered as animal cruelty!
3. A Rich & Vibrant Culture in Italy
A country with huge cultural and gastronomical impact across Europe, Italy is adored by many foodies and cultural enthusiasts alike. Many of the worlds greatest art and architecture resides in Italy and the history of structures in cities such as Rome, Venice, Rome & Milan make for a perfect getaway for you and your family.
- The Colosseum – Rome
- Lake Como – Lombardy Region
- The Uffizi Gallery – Florence
- The Food (All of It!)
Fun Fact – Although the tomato is synonymous with Italian Cuisine – It wasn’t even introduced in Italy until the 1540s. In the late 1700s, tomatoes were thought to also be poisonous across Europe! The acidity of the tomatoes meant that lead from pewter plates would poison those who ate them. The poison of the lead was wrongly attributed to the tomato!
4. Enjoy the Diverse & Intricate History of Germany
A country well known for its exciting urban life, welcoming cultures and beautiful landscapes – Germany is a wonderful place to visit on a caravan tour. With a range of intricate tasty delicacies as well as a wide range of different cities to explore, Germany is a fantastic getaway destination for your family for the perfect touring caravan holiday.
- Heidelberg Castle – Heidelberg
- Deutsches Museum – Munich
- The Berlin Wall – Berlin
- Frauenkirche – Dresden
- Sauerkraut & German Beer
Fun Fact – Although Germany is hailed as an urban utopia full of modern sites, around 1/3rd of Germany is still covered in woodland and forest!
5. Visit the Scenic Flat Landscapes of The Netherlands
Offering one of the lowest average elevations of 30 meters, The Netherlands is the perfect place to enjoy an idyllic bike ride whilst taking a break from your caravanning adventure. The Netherlands is also famous for its iconic windmills and tulip fields and is a wonderful place to make memories with your family. Perhaps the most famous city to visit is Amsterdam, which is a huge hit for tourists who are looking to enjoy everything that The Netherlands has to offer.
- Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam
- Rotterdam Zoo – Rotterdam
- Vondelpark – Amsterdam
- Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam
- Lovely Dutch Breakfasts
Fun Fact – Amsterdam is a hugely cultural city that attracts numerous tourists from all over the globe. It’s estimated that over 85% of Amsterdammers can speak more than two languages so it’s a great place to visit if you can speak English.
Plan Your European Adventure!
That’s it for our top picks for countries to visit in Europe with your touring caravan. Have you visited any of the destinations on our list? If there are any other countries that you have visited and would add to your top 5 then let us know!
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