TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1

Driving Germany to Italy – 10 Countries in 10 Nights

Preparation for Driving Germany to Italy

Maura had spent the previous 5 days in Greifswald, North Germany sorting out the paperwork and insurance for our new car. Our good friend Carola helped us purchase a BMW 320d Estate from a friend of hers. So Maura had done the deal, organised the paperwork, and we became the proud owners. We were ready for driving Germany to Italy, it would be 10 Countries in 10 Nights.

Greifswald in Northern Germany is definitely worth a visit if you want to unwind, go fishing and enjoy long walks. Having the many inlets and islands to explore means fish from the Baltic Sea is always on the menu.

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Fish Market, Greifswald
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Inlet of Greifswald

However, the surprise was finding thatched cottages in the village of Gristow near Greifswald. It was so picturesque.

The added bonus was a climb to the top of the 13 century church tower with spectacular views. It was worth every step.

TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
Thatched Cottage at Gristow
TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
De Fischer un sin Fru – Local Fish Restaurant, Gristow

Terry had stayed behind in Water Orton near Birmingham to complete the house sit assignment looking after Darcie, Daisy and Mignon. We were both pleased to reunite at Berlin Tegel airport on Tuesday morning after Maura had completed the 3 hour drive.

Our Europe Road Trip – Ten Countries in 10 Nights Map

TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
10 Nights 10 Country Road Trip

This 10 country Europe road trip will be taking us to Berlin (Germany), Wroclaw (Poland), Brno (Chechia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Kittsee (Austria), Hevis (Hungary), Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), San Marino (San Marino) and finally to Moresco (Italy) where our next house sit is located. That’s 10 countries in 10 nights for our road trip driving Germany to Italy. Here is our introduction video on YouTube.

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Day 3 – Five Highlights of Wroclaw Poland

Day 4 – Driving Eastern Europe Four Countries in One Day

Day 5 – Bratislava Old Town 9 Highlights to Visit

Day 610 Must See Sights of Zagreb, The Ultimate Guide to Croatia’s Capital

Day 7The Beauty of Lake Bled – It Will Steal Your Heart

Day 8How to Spend a Day in the Friendly city Ljubljana, Slovenia

Day 9Experiencing Some Lesser Known Northern Italian Towns

Day 10 – Why the Republic of San Marino is the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Germany to the Polish Border – Day One

Our Day One plan was to head towards the Polish border to a town called Gablenz, with a stop in the town of Luckau on the way.  Luckau is regarded as one of the prettiest towns in this part of Germany, it has been dubbed “the Pearl of Lower Lusatia, and we did agree. Here is a clip of the Luckau town square.

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Luckau town centre
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The Red Tower from the 13th century

Two kms from Gablenz was Rakotzbrüke a stone bridge built in the 1880’s that creates a perfect circle in the reflection on the small lake the  bridge crosses.

Our GPS did a great job getting us to Gablenz, but then we spent a frustrating period of 90 minutes searching the three roads that led out of town for the bridge. The weird thing was, we just couldn’t marry up any of the roads with what was showing on the GPS, arrrggghhh!!!

First tip, don’t ask for help from the guy cleaning up the church yard. Firstly, he doesn’t speak any English at all, and secondly he is bat-shit crazy!

Second tip check to see if there are two towns called Gablenz only 23km from each other. Are you kidding? Why?

We had gone to Gablenz Brandenburg, not Gablenz Saxony!  The lady in the butcher shop was a lot more helpful, and way less crazy than the guy in the churchyard. So off we went for another half an hour to our target.

We finally made it to Rakotzbruke around 5.30pm and the timing was perfect as the sun was coming from the right direction for taking photos.

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Rakotzbrüke, near Gablenz Saxony, not Gablenz Brandenburg

We had seen there was a camp ground in the nearby village of Kromlau, so we headed there with the intention of using our newly purchased small tent.  But the ground looked a little lumpy

So when the owner pointed out we could spend €10 on the tent site or €20 on this cabin with access to a kitchen we took the more comfy option. Well we aren’t in our 20’s anymore, or 30’s or 40’s even.

And we remembered to use the One Little Item We Never Travel Without.

TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
Campingplatz Kromlau
TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
There was even a sandy beach at the campground lake

Day 2 – Over the Border to Wroclaw Poland via a castle

With Terry having the best night sleep in a long time, we were both  awake at 8.45am.  We would be leaving Germany and heading into Poland. This would be the 42nd country that we have visited, only 155 to go, lol. As we crossed from Bad Muskau, Germany into Lenica, Poland, we had the feeling we were back in Asia. This was due to the busy roadside market, that the Germans were frequenting for the lower prices.

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Heading into Poland
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We had the feeling we were back in Asia

Wroclaw was our destination for Day 2 of the roadie, with a stop planned at Castle Ksiaz. The drive would be around 3.5 hours.  On the way to the castle we took a side road that led to the small town of Roztoka. Photos taken of a big church, an abandoned mansion and some decorated hay bales.

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What a pretty hay bale
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Roztoka Church

At around 1.30pm we arrived at Ksiaz and had a nice walk to the castle.  A very impressive and well preserved building that was constructed in 1288-92, and survived occupation by two foreign countries (Germany & Russia) in the 20th century. We liked the entrance through a gateway into a small path with cafes and bars lining each side – it is very welcoming.

TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
Castle Ksiaz
TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
The road in to Castle Ksiaz
TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy Part 1
Castle Ksaiz gate

We then headed to Wroclaw, a city of 650,000 residents for the next two nights.  We found the campsite on the outskirts of the city, and again opted for the cabin rather than the tent. Was it because the cabin reminded us of Hobbiton, or because we like some comfort. Or was it because the nights here are a little colder?

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Our Hobbit home for two nights, not Matamata NZ, but Wroclaw Poland

We now have one full day in Wroclaw to explore the city, then head south to Brno. More stories to follow …..

 

 

TravelKiwis 10 Countries 10 Nights Road Trip Germany to Italy via some Eastern European countries.

4 comments

  1. Wow, this is going to be one heck of a road trip guys! 10 countries in 10 days, good on you! I’m glad you were able to find a less crazy person to help you out 😉 Loving the Hobbiton-esque cabin in Poland.

    • TravelKiwis says:

      Hi Priti, we love being on the road, but our next roadie we will stay longer in each place. The cabin was very cosy, and a bit more room than our small tent or the back of the wagon 🙂

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