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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The pretty town of Schöningen , Germany

Although we had no problem finding decent overnight spots during the past seven months, it is refreshing to be back in Germany where it's downright easy. Many towns and villages have dedicated motorhome parking, and many of those have facilities for emptying and refilling holding tanks.

We did a longer drive yesterday... got up at 6:30am and drove non stop for an hour and a half before we stopped for breakfast.

Here are some photos from the drive...

German houses.

Yep, we're taking the backroads again.

Through lots of towns and villages.

We went through several where we would have liked to stop and wander around.


Lots of farming and wind generators in the countryside.

Poppies in bloom at the side of the road.

Small castle on the opposite side of the lake.

Zoomed in.

This place looks very old!

Castle wall.

Scenery along the way.

We did 267 kms (165 miles) which is a fairly long driving day for us considering you can't average more than about 60 km/h (36 mph).  Yes, we could have got on the autobahn and cut an hour off our driving time but we would rather do it so that we actually get to see some stuff along the way. Besides, Max gets better fuel mileage at slower speeds.

Here is yesterday's route...

Yesterday's route.

We arrived in the town of Schöningen (pop 11,000) and found the motorhome parking area. There is room for 8 rigs, and we are the only ones here. It is totally free, except the electricity is coin operated... six hours of use for €1, and the fresh water fill is coin operated... 100 liters of water for €1. The waste emptying is free and the overnight stay is free.

Max, parked at GPS 52.133276, 10.960095

We relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and then walked into town after dinner. 

The town of Schöningen dates back to the 13th century.

Schöningen castle.

Old and new.

Pretty gardens.

Scenery around town.

Old buildings.

Pretty quiet in the old central area after dinner.

Too funny. Skinny Joe's Barbershop.

Interesting concave architecture.

This building had an inscription dated 1671.

Really nice little town. 

Today, we are driving some more. Our ferry from Denmark to Norway is a week from today and we are still 750 kms (465 miles) away. We have to find somewhere to do some laundry, plus we want to spend a day in Hamburg. So we better get going!

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  1. Weird little towns and one in sight or animals or birds.... twilight zones. I love the red poppies.

    1. Trust us there were people and cars around when we went through the towns and villages but it definitely was quiet on our evening walk through Schöningen but it was a Tuesday evening after all. Some people were sitting out at a few cafes and pubs. We are back in Western Europe now so it is rare to see stray animals around.

      I love seeing the poppies too!

  2. I spent sometime in Shoningen and Helmstedt back in 1964/67 with the U.S Army Security Agency...greatest time of my life.

    1. We easily could have spent another day in Schöningen, it is a pretty and interesting little town. We drove by Helmstedt but we didn't drive into the town itself but it looks like it would have been another nice place to visit. So glad to hear that you have been in the area and that you had such a good time there. :-)

  3. Pretty cool! So much history. We're enjoying the ride. Hopefully our time is right around the corner.

    1. There is definitely a lot of history here in Europe, it really doesn't matter where you go, you will find it. When you come, make sure you spend time in the small towns along the way rather that just visiting the big cities. I know you both will enjoy your yourselves here and I hope that you get to do it soon. :-)


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