The dilemma we faced is which way to travel, as we have a choice, via Austria, Switzerland or France. We opted to go via France and decided on a toll-free route. The Bailey Autograph 79-4’s built in Sat Nav is adjusted to non-toll roads and as a result, we were able to take a scenic route, which also saved us some euros!
The scenery was captivating as we descended to the foothills of the Alps and passed the Roman town of Kempten – the earliest recording of the town originally called Kambodnon is from 50 BC. Due to its Roman and Celtic history, a prominence of Christianity is in the town with impressive churches to visit.
A 90-minute journey later, we arrived at Lindau – a beautiful island on the eastern side of Lake Constance. Protected by the sculpture of the Bavarian lion and an impressive lighthouse, this popular tourist attraction has lots to see including gardens, museums and boat trips.
The coat of arms of Lindau is a Linden tree (Lindau means tree in German) and visiting the Villa Lindenhof, you will see an oasis of calm where locals and visitors enjoy the pool, lake and splendid views towards the Rhine Valley and Austrian mountains.
In the 79-4, we then followed the shoreline of the famous lake that is 63Km long and borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Even though you are in a popular tourist area, the surrounding countryside offers vineyards that are dense with grapes and the farm stalls that adorn the road overflow with apples and pears freshly picked just yards away. Be sure to stop at the many lakeside towns and villages and go for a dip in the sparkling clear waters of the lake. If you’re a sailor or windsurfer then there is no better place!
With the glorious weather and ever-changing scenery, the motorhome made light work of the topography as we headed for the Black Forest and the town of Freiburg. This buzzing town developed quickly because it is strategically located at the junction of trade routes between the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea regions and the Rhine and Danube rivers. Its main trade is now tourism – primarily due to its easy access to the Black Forest.
Claiming itself as a ‘Green City’, whereby the town is striving for sustainability, Freiburg offers something for everyone: picturesque narrow streets for shopping, classic buildings hosting museums/art galleries and of course, something for families – whether that be the zoo, planetarium or the children’s theatre.
As the afternoon passed, we decided on crossing into France and parking for the night. Using our Aires book, we found ourselves at a flourishing vineyard. At a ‘bargain price’ of free (including electric), we have become accustomed to the etiquette of buying from the vendor as a ‘thank you’. For us, this works well as the vendors usually have produce that is exceptional in value and quality and often locally sourced.