Thanks to Campaway we were allowed to spend a week with the camper ,or motorhome, and we chose to go to the mountains. We went to Tyrol in Austria with the camper! The ideal road trip to the snow. Find out how we found this experience and what to look out for if you want to go on winter holidays with the camper.
There are a number of things you need to know before you leave on winter break with the camper. There are many more things to think about than a road trip in the summer. For example, did you check that you have winter tires? Or have you thought about snow chains that you have to have with you in certain countries? Additional anti-freeze fluid and window fluid are also recommended to take with you. Furthermore, you will bring a lot more luggage on winter holidays than on summer holidays. Winter clothing alone takes up much more space than summer clothing. Provide your camper van and keep unnecessary stuff at home. Otherwise, your camper will soon be a messy place.
On the move
Travelling with the camper is blissful. You’ll have your place to sleep everywhere and the driving is very relaxing, partly because you drive slower and enjoy being on the go more. Not to mention the comfort and freedom to stop wherever you want. Pay attention to where you stop along the way. It may be pretty much almost anywhere, but better not to be in too secluded car parks by the side of the road. Of course you can stay in remote places when you are off the motorway. That’s the great thing about a road trip. We found being on the road with the camper really superb.
Austria with the camper
Our destination was about 500 miles from where we live. We headed towards Tyrol in Austria. Tyrol is known for its beautiful snowy landscapes and endless mountainviews. This is where we wanted to go. For a week this was also the limit of travel with the camper. In going we drove almost 2 days over it, with sleep on the way, in coming back happy but about 9 hours. This part of Austria was the maximum number of kilometres we would travel for a week. If you want to move on, you basically need more time.
Arriving on winter break, the first thing you do is find a suitable pitch. Just like you do on summer vacation. Nevertheless, campsites in winter are a tad different. We experienced a difference in space on the campsite and friendliness of the operators. Is it the cold weather or not? It’s hard to say. It can help to Google some campsites with reviews in advance. Of course you are free to go whenever you want if the campsite had to stop. That is also what we did on our first residence.
A road trip is of course not complete without some adventure. We decided to travel through this snowy landscape to cities like Innsbruck and Garmisch. As expected, cities are a little more difficult to reach with the camper. The (underground) car parks are not adapted to motorhomes. That’s why you’d better park outside the city and get to the city centre on foot or by public transport. Nevertheless, a city visit to Innsbruck and Garmisch is well worth it if you go to this region in Austria. Garmisch is a bit more charming and authentic than Innsbruck. You will find small shops, bakeries with the best cakes and the occasional local event. And all this bordering on the beautiful décor of the mountains. In Innsbruck you mainly get chains and large buildings, and unfortunately also some crime, but still this city has its charm. Especially in architecture then, we find.
Of course you don’t go to Tyrol in Austria for the big cities, but especially for the breathtaking nature. Mountains, snow, ski slopes and forests color the landscape of Tyrol. We went with our camper in search of the most beautiful pieces of nature that could be found in this region. Especially from walks in Lermoos and Ehrwald we were impressed. It takes some energy to hike up the mountains, but you get so much energy in return. The views are indescribable. But the most beautiful place we saw was nature on the Eibsee. This lake is adjacent to the Zugspitze,the highest mountain in Germany. This area is situated on the border between Austria and Germany. So you can make a day trip to Germany when you are in Tyrol. And it’s more than worth it! Also in the summer the Eibsee and nature around it is beautiful.
Difference with caravan
Traveling with the camper went easy and smooth. Because we have also travelled with the caravan in the past, we do notice some differences. Driving up the mountains went amazingly smoothly with our camper. With the caravan it is much more difficult to drive up some mountains than with the camper. Keep this in mind if you would go on (winter) holidays with the caravan. Finding a pitch is also easier with the camper than with the caravan. Visiting a city is easier if you can disconnect the caravan from your car. With the camper you often have to look for parking a little longer. But that’s about the only downside we experienced when traveling with the camper.
Balance week in Austria with the camper
If we look back afterwards on this trip to Austria with the camper, we can only observe that the weather was a great road trip past breathtaking places. Granted, you have to lose some housing because you don’t sit outside or in your awning so quickly when it’s cold. But most of the time you are busy with other activities during the day and the winter sun can be quite pleasant if you dress well. Nevertheless, for us a road trip to a sunny and warm destination is still the most enjoyable experience. And we hope to do that again soon with a camper! Because that’s a very nice experience!
Travelling by camper or caravan
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