Tours and Routes in Germany.
Black Forest Tour August 2020
Day 1 Leende to Koerperich
Early start from The Hague southwards to Barendrecht and pick up point for 4th member of our party and then motorway to Eindhoven and on the A2 to Leende. This is where the route starts. From Leende a further 25 km on the A2 to the turnoff for Roermond and towards the German border. The first part of this route is a bit stop/ start with a lot of traffic as you pass through the industrial south West of Germany but once past Geilenkirchen it tends to lighten up and more so as you head into the Eifel National Park. The route tends to hug the border of Belgium as it heads south and the roads start to empty and become more winding the further south you go. Past Monschau which is well worth a stop if you have the time. Further south you get into the Vulkan Eifel region and for us our overnight stop at our usual Eifel Hotel Im Goldener Grund.
Day 2. Koerperich to Natzwiller, France
From the Eifel to the Vosges mountain ranges, where temperatures started to seriously rise. The heat was such that riding for longer than 45 minutes became unbearable so much of the time was spent looking for the next shady tree line to drink more water and try to cool down a bit. Driving through the last valley before heading into the mountains, a fountain was spotted, where Bryan only just managed to resist the urge to jump in for a swim, opting to just splash the water onto his head instead. As we drove up the Vosges towards Natzwiller, temperatures started to drop, thankfully. A very light rain shower gave quick relief allowing us to do the lest stretch of the day in an hour and a half of continuous riding. After arrival Bryan still had the energy to go for a quick run. A quick shower afterwards led to him discovering a bunch of bees in his hair (remember the fountain? We weren’t the only ones enjoying the relative coolness...) Looking around the hotel it seemed the restaurant was a fair bit bigger than the hotel itself, and we were delighted to discover that the setup was, in fact, the other way round: it was a Michelin-listed restaurant with a few guest rooms! After a beautiful meal we’re off to bed after a long day. Overnight stay Auberge Metzger
Day 3 Natzwiller to Todtmoos
a visit to the former concentration camp near Natzwiller (Natzweiler-Struthof),
we headed east towards the river Rhine, with temperatures again heading into
the upper 30’s. Crossing the Rhine via ferry at Rhinau, we headed further east
into the foothills of the Schwarzwald, until temperatures took a sudden plunge
and rain started to fall. Quickly, we found a spot where trees allowed us to
take a little shelter while putting on our rain gear, but before long the
initial rain turned into hail, with ice balls up to two cm diameter being more
of a standard than an exception... When the intensity started to reduce after
half an hour, it was time to get underway again, and after another half hour of
riding, skies cleared and we could get rid of the rain gear again. From there,
twisty main roads all the way through the northern half of the Black Forest all
the way into the tiny village of Todtmoos, where we would spend two nights. Overnight stay Hotel Waldwinkel
Day 4 Schwarzwald.
For day 4 we split into 2 groups. Tjarda and Joost decided not to ride the route but would go to BMW to fix a couple of things on Tjarda's bike. Bryan and Grant set off on the original route planned in at 160 km but after reaching the Rhine just outside Basel we decided on a few adjustments to extend by another 100 km. We all met up for lunch and then both groups headed their separate ways again. Weather was great and roads even better. A real riding paradise. We were a bit careful however as there was quite a bit of farm traffic on the roads and also a lot of tourists! The B 500 was a great ride but west of Todtmoos back to the wine area was also a great experience.
Day 5. Todtmoos to Bulligny, France
Leaving the German Black Forest behind us, todays route took us straight through the higher peaks of the Vosges Mountains, driving through the twisties whilst every other corner finding ourselves driving into and out of the clouds. Reaching Bulligny, our stay for the night was a tiny 4 room bed and breakfast at a small winery, with their own wines accompanying a meal with filet mignon grilled over the embers of old grape vines. Overnight stay Maison Crochet
Day 6 Bulligny to Huy, Belgium.
Waking up to a view of the wine tanks, it was time to head north, taking us from the Lorraine region, past the Abbey of Leffe towards the village of Huy, just outside of Liege, where the night was spent in the fully renovated farmhouse belonging the the chateau of Huy. Overnight stay Ferme du Chateau D' Ahin.
Day 7 Huy to Tilburg
The last day took us through the northern bits of Belgium, crossing the border near Tilburg, after which we decided to leave the smaller roads behind us for the last trek home. Midway through the afternoon, we reached the end of our trip, for a well deserved rest (and loads of washing to do!)Joost
Eiffel Tour July 2020
After much deliberation on whether or not to go Bryan and myself decided to go for it!. The previous week the weather had been terrible but Saturday morning at 0700 i set off from The Hague towards the MacDonald's in Barendrecht. Bryan joined shortly afterwards and after a quick bite we headed down the motorway system of Netherlands to Eindhoven. A couple of mistakes due to my poor navigation skills we ended up at the start of the route in Leende. We had a new route this time based on the fact that when we planned our original tour Belgium was still closed to through traffic so the route took us basically across the border by Roermond into Germany. After some traffic through the first part in Germany the roads became quieter and windier and we were back in our element!
One of the big advantages of riding with 2 means you can up the tempo a bit. this we did but we made a real effort to strop every hour for a quick break.
Finally arrived in Koerperich at 1700 having nipped across the border to Vianden and take advantage of the 1 euro per litre fuel. Hotel was great as usual, great schnitzel and Wiezenbier, clean and nice rooms. After a long day 2100 and we were already in our rooms. Great first day ride.
Day 2 and we decided to go for our traditional tour around the Eiffel down to the Mosel for a lunch. On the way passed the new Bridge link over the Mosel to Hahn airport. Again superb roads, great sunshine but the temperature remained around 20 degrees making the riding comfortable. After a ''curry wurst'' in Reil we headed back into the Eiffel and again on the way home quick fuel stop in Vianden. Again a great ride in a beautiful part of the world.
The final day saw us head back north but this time through Germany. This time no visit to Vianden castle but some terrific rods all the way up until close the NL border. A bit of traffic as we got closer to the Ruhr areas of Germany but generally on the smaller windy roads it was quiet. At around 1400 we arrived near Leende and hit the motorway system back home.
A great weekend had by both with a terrific new route to the Eiffel.
Eiffel Tour June 2019
Day 1 - The Hague to Koerperich, Eifel Germany
After meetings and greetings, Grant, Brian, Ray, Joost, Tjarda, and I said goodbye to Arend and Wendy who had dropped by at the Mac in Dordrecht to see us off and set off on our way. We rode for about an hour on the motorways before exiting and heading through The Netherlands and into Belgium via smaller roads. When we left Dordrecht, the weather was fair but as we rode into Germany, the clouds thickened. A light rain shower latter in the afternoon necessitated a short stop in order for us to put on our rain gear but luckily, any additional rain was light and ended as quickly as it started. Towards dinner time, we arrived in Körperich but due to late commitments in joining the others on the trip, Ray and I made our way to our lodging in nearby Mettendorf. We all joined up for dinner and drinks later in the evening before ending our day about 300km from where we started.
Day 2 - The Eifel Tour part 1
The next morning greeted us with a cool and cloudy start, and we began the day’s riding heading out of Körperich. We spent the morning riding many terrific roads through charming small towns/villages before pausing for coffee at a scenic spot high above the Mosel river. We resumed riding and about an hour later, stopped for lunch consisting of delicious currywurst and pomme frites. After finishing our meal, we rode a short distance and stopped at set of locks and watched a small barge/ship being lowered in order to continue its voyage down the river. We then continued our riding to a small winery were I, as well as Joost and Tjarda purchased a few bottles of wine to take home with us. We ended the day’s riding at the hotel where Ray and I were staying for a quick drink, but enjoyed dinner, drinks, and good conversation at Im Goldenen Grund before ending our day.
Day 3 - Eifel tour part 2.
The last full day of riding began with clear skies and seasonal temperatures, and as the planned route was a bit shorter than that of the previous day, we started our ride a bit later in the morning. Although Grant usually leads the way, for this portion of the trip, Brian took the honors. We headed south into Luxemburg and then back into Germany towards Saarburg before stopping for coffee. We then continued riding before stopping for a tasty lunch at a small café along the route. We finished our day towards late afternoon and had a brief drink before adjourning for our final dinner. We then relocated to the hotel’s bar where we watched the Montreal Formula 1 race and the European Cup Finals between The Netherlands and Portugal.
Day 4 - The trip back home.....
On Monday morning, we began our journey back to Den Haag by bidding safe travels to Brian who was heading south on the next leg of his adventure. After a brief stop in Vianden, we continued through Luxemburg and into Belgium where we stopped at Remouchamps to stretch our legs and have some coffee. We bid goodbye to Grant as he continued on to Den Haag on his own as business would take him overseas in the evening. The four of us finished our break and continued riding back to The Netherlands and after a quick stop for lunch made our way to our respective exits off the motorway and back to our homes. About 1324km after it began another great trip came to an end.
Eifel Tour May 2018
Saturday the 19th May, "'Pinksteren''' weekend and we set off at 0645 heading to the Texaco garage to pick up our newest member Richard. Further down the A4 to the MacDonalds at Dordrecht and a quick bite to eat before we set off towards Eindhoven. Grant had forgotten to tighten his chin strap so stopped at the next services but being at the back the rest of the group carried on. Luckily no worries, we all had GPS and the rule is always to meet at the next exit on the route. At Eindhoven the route started proper, through the south of Holland across into Belgium a couple of times before crossing into Germany. The weather got warmer as we headed south and the roads better and more bendy. Scenery was fantastic. We arrived at our hotel Im Goldener Grund around 1700.
Day 2 After a good German breakfast we headed East towards the Mosel river. Weather was wonderful, sunny and warm. Roads great but with a lot of holiday traffic on the river roads. After a stop in Reil for Currywurst for lunch we drove back eastwards, stopping in Urzig to sample some wine and then back towards our hotel. On the way back we encountered our first shower which was a bit annoying seeing it had been dry so far but more importantly the roads were incredibly slippery so the speed came down and the concentration up. Arrived back at our hotel around 1700.
Day 3. Early start from Koerperich and heading west across the border into Luxemburg. Quick photo shoot at the castle in Vianden then back north towards the Belgian border. Afternoon run through Belgium was a mix of straight and rather dull roads coupled with great forest lined bends!
Arrival back at Tilburg was 1530. We went our separate ways from here.
Great weekend had by all!
Below are the pdf and gpx files for the Eifel 2018 Tour.
Eifel & Mosel Tour June 2017
Starting from just South of Eindhoven the route took us down through southern Holland, Maastricht, into Belgium and then into the Northern Eifel area of Germany. Overnight stop was at the hotel Im Goldener Grund in Korperich. Day 2 took us around the Mosel area and Vulkaan Eifel. Great sweeping roads and some great views. Day 3 took us back through Luxembourg to the Belgian border and motorway back home.