Europe Tour 2019

  • 48 posts
  • 01 September 2019 - 29 September 2019
  • 28 days

Leaving Home

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Gasthof Postkutsche

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Brauereigasthof Stanglbräu

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Spotted the first Austrian lake!

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Driving through Austria in the direction of Slovakia

Because of the incoming rain we decided to move east/north-east, to Slovakia. We drove beautiful mountain roads but after not progressing fast enough we decided to buy the vignette that allows us to drive on the highway to Slovakia.

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MSC Hotel Neunkirchen

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MSC Hotel Neunkirchen

We entered Slovakia!

We entered Slovakia and decided for a quick break at Motorest Bučany. It is a brand-new restaurant and great for a lunch and/or coffee. I also ordered a cola and got this delicous (for us unknown brand) cola.

Later on our trip, I got the same cola served in only Czech Republic. I expected it to be a local former-Czechslovakia brand but it turns out to be owned by Dr. Pepper.

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Banská Štiavnica

Banská Štiavnica is one of Slovakia hidden gems. We didn't know about it either but when we drove the mountain roads and suddenly we saw a fortress on a hill, and then also a church on an even higher hill. The afternoon sunlight made it even better. Banská Štiavnica is a small town (10.000 inhabitants) but seriously every building in the center is in conditional shape and it is breathtaking to drive (or walk) through the center and enjoy the old historical buildings.

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Staying at Villa 27 near Banská Bystrica

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Villa 27

Enjoying the Slovakian Route 66

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Two types of Slovakian Villages

There are two types of Slovakian villages. Villages where nobody is on the streets and villages where everyone is one the streets.

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Lunch break at Spišské Podhradie

Spišské Podhradie is a wonderful town in the east of Slovakia. It has a beautiful castle and church. We decided to get a pizza here which turned out the most 'interesting' pizza I have ever had. Do not go to that place. Go to Spišský salaš instead for lunch.

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Stary Lwów, Krasna, Poland

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Lviv, Ukraine (Special)

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Driving from Lviv to the Romanian border

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Coffee stop at Chalet

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Hotel Family House Lambert, Berehove, Ukraine

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Hotel Family House Lambert

The better Ukrainian roads

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Passing the Ukrainian - Romanian border

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Merry Cemetery, Săpânța, Romania (Special)

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Old and new church next to eachother in Bogdan Vodă

The Maramureș region is (also) famous because of its wooden churches. Here we spotted an old wooden church next to a newly build church. It was also interesting to see that they were building new churches on the Romanian country side, whereas churches in The Netherlands struggle with stagnating visitors.

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So many churches in Maramureș! This time an Orthodox church

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Hotel Alpina Deluxe, Moisei

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Alpina Deluxe

Driving the DN17C from Moisei to Cluj

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Staying with friends in Cluj

Driving small roads from Cluj to Sebes, unexpected offroad

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The view on Piatra Secuiului, Romania

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Hotel Casa Dives

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Hotel Casa Dives

Transfăgărășan, Romania (Special)

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Hotel Subcarpati

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Hotel Subcarpati

Transalpina, Romania (Special)

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Hotel Country Club La Mesteceni

This apartment was 'interesting'. We arrived quite late in the evening after driving the Transalpina and the staff was a bit confused when we arrived. This was even more strange because I called them one hour before to check if their restaurant was opened.

The double room we booked was not available anymore so we got an apartment. It didn't matter to us because we only needed a place to sleep and do the laundry. The apartment we got was mainly used for (their?) students. Not the fanciest place but we slept well and did not use the other areas anyway.

In the morning we found out that we had no warm water but the staff quickly fixed this by turning the boiler on. Obviously the apartment wasn't used for a while and therefore the boiler had been shut off.

There is plenty parking space available for motorcyles. I am not sure if the doors close, but they have 4 garages with space for 2 cars per garage available.

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Country Club La Mesteceni

Coffee stop at Hanul Domnesc

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Driving the twisty DJ582 road to Reșița

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Pensiune Muntii Aninei

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Pensiune Muntii Aninei

Bigar Cascade Water Falls

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Romanian road works are sh*t.

So the road was already quite bad for a while but the situation got worse. We were in a line of cars and went through a section with road works. The Romanian road workers somehow thought it would be a bad idea to close the road and they decided to send the cars and us through the road works behind a truck that was spraying fresh tar on the road. Cars were slowing down, coming almost to a halt. Luckily we were able to roll past the cars so we didn't have to stop with our boots in the tar... but still, the bikes are now covered in tar. Sh*t.

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Hotel Koronna

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Hotel Koronna

Spending two nights at Biser Dunava in Vukovar, Croatia

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Rooms Biser Dunava

Vukovar, Croatia (Special)

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Rooms and Apartment Vinia

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Rooms and Apartment Vinia

Hotel reAktiv

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Hotel reAktiv

Spending the night at Mühlbacherhof

This hotel is excellent for a stop over when travelling through Austria. It is next to the A10 highway and therefore very well connected but also surprisingly quiet. The room we had was very large. It had a separated toilet and bathroom. The beds were very comfortable and the breakfast was superb. Motorcycles can be parked at the regular parking space and this seemed to be very safe.

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Hotel Mühlbacherhof

Czech sunset

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Spending the night at U Gigantu Plzeň

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U Gigantu Wellness Penzion

Exploring the Czech country side

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Spending the night at Zum schwarzen Bär

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Zum schwarzen Bär