Free, independent, self-determined – that's what Vanlife is all about. In this Collection, we have put together a holiday for you to escape the German autumn, in a campervan heading south! We will guide you to seven very different places – from Lake Constance, Tuscany, the Dolomites and Innsbruck. Start your vacation in your camper and let the road trip adventure begin! You can drive wherever you want and wherever the sun shines as you will be completely flexible with all the things you need in your house on wheels. At each stop, we have also picked out great day hikes that will take you to exciting vantage points, stunning landscapes and pretty towns. Your holiday will packed full of action and adventure.
The route starts at the picturesque Lake Constance – to get you into the holiday mood. From there, you will continue on to Lake Como. Depending on which road you choose (toll road or non-toll road), the journey takes between four and six hours. From Lake Como, you will continue to the next highlight: the famous Cinque Terre. Here, you can plan a similar travel time and decide again whether you take the toll motorway or the more relaxed option. Your adventure then continues through Italy to the heart of Tuscany to Florence. If you avoid the toll road, you will spend around four hours on the road, whereas the motorway will save you a lot of time. How about a stopover in Pisa? From Florence, you drive north again to Lake Garda, following country roads for five hours, or three hours on the motorway. From Lake Garda you will head north once more towards the Belluno Dolomites. Here, you should allow at least four hours driving time. For the last leg to Innsbruck, you will be on the road for another three hours. All in all, you will cover around 930 miles (1500 kilometers) – an epic road trip.
The high season in the Alps and Tuscany comes to an end in autumn, so you will easily find a quiet spot for your camper. We have suggested a campsite close to all of the routes but there are nearly always alternatives nearby. You can decide for yourself whether you prefer to wash off the dirt from a hike in the mountains in a lake or under the shower. After scrubbing up after an eventful day of exploring, you can visit towns and villages in the regino or just get comfortable in front of your camper and enjoy „la dolce vita“.
What if I don’t have my own vehicle? No problem. Thanks to PaulCamper, you can still start your road trip. You will find a range of over 5600 different vehicles on their platform, from campers to alcoves all over Germany. So how does it work? At PaulCamper, private and commercial motor home owners lend their beloved vehicles to travelers. When you find a suitable vehicle, you contact the owner personally to clarify the details. PaulCamper promises inclusive services on all vehicles in Germany and Austria including fully comprehensive cover and puncture protection, complete camping equipment and all agreed kilometers. So you won’t incur extra costs at the end of the journey.
What are you waiting for? Wear your sunglasses, put on your road trip music and full speed ahead to your very own camper hiking adventure.
And immediately you are in vacation mode - at Lake Constance, this is in no time. The atmosphere on the Swabian Sea is something very special, the blue water invites you to jump in and the views into the distance give you a great taste of the Alps. This short hike from Hagnau to Meersburg will make your holiday easy.Start is on the campsite Alpenblick on the shores of Lake Constance. From there, you walk a mile, until you reach the tranquil town of Hagnau with its pretty half-timbered houses. On the shores of the lake you walk on towards Meersburg, while you can watch the numerous boats that sail across the lake. The waterfront leads you to Meersburg. How about a refreshing break in the lido?You wander through the narrow and sometimes steep streets of Meersburg's old town with its medieval charm. The Meersburg still dominates today the cityscape and enthroned majestically in the Upper Town. Along the promenade in the Lower Town you will find numerous restaurants and cafes. Let yourself be lulled by the hustle and bustle of the medieval city and enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Constance.These accompany you on your way back to Hagnau, instead of down at the water you are hiking back on the mountain trail. In Hagnau you will find other restaurants and cafés to stop by. Right next to the campsite is a lido for the perfect end to the day.If you prefer to take a boat, you can also return from Meersburg to Hagnau by boat. Or extend your excursion and translate from Meersburg to Constance. All information can be found here: bsb.de/de/fahrplan.
Lake Como is simply predestined for an active holiday. The high mountains around the lake are just waiting to be climbed by you. Because from above, the view of the lake, which is embedded in the foothills of the Alps, even more beautiful. This almost 20-kilometer hike takes you up to the mountains in the north of the lake and a rustic mountain inn.Start is in the place Domaso, where you will find many campsites right on the lake, such as the Piccolo Camping. The hike is not without, after all, it is to climb 1,130 vertical meters. But the beautiful landscape and the increasingly spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains motivate.After a good four kilometers, you will pass a small trattoria. Here you have earned a breather, half of the increase is already behind you. You keep going uphill, initially on a road, then on a narrow footpath. Trees give you shade, in the small rivers that you cross, you can refresh yourself a bit.Soon you have reached the Crotto Dangri. The stone houses are located in a fabulous mountain landscape, surrounded by dense forest and rugged rocks. In the quaint inn you can expect down-to-earth, local cuisine - just right after such an ascent.Well recovered then you start the descent. On the way you will always have fantastic views of the north side of Lake Como. The main part of the descent you go back on beautiful trails. Shortly before the end, in the Vercana, you can treat yourself to a coffee break, before you cover the last few meters to the campsite. The refreshment in the lake you have more than earned.
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Cinque Terre is the picturesque stretch of coast on the Italian Riviera in Liguria, which you will explore today. The five villages along the steep coast - Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore - were terraced in ancient times. There was only limited access from the land side, the trade was almost exclusively over the sea. Even today, only small roads lead to the picturesque villages, so it is best to discover the region on foot.The hike starts at the campsite Acqua Dolce in Levanto and leads you along the cliffs into the National Park. You can expect fantastic views, exciting hiking trails and plenty of terrific postcard motifs. You'll get to know two of the five villages, Monterosso and Vernazza. But if that's not enough for you, you can continue on the coastal path. The good: Back, you can relax by boat and enjoy the unique landscape to conclude from a completely different perspective. You can find the timetable here: cinqueterre5.com/en/cinque-terre-by-boat. Or you choose the cheaper option for the return journey, the train: cinqueterre.eu.com/en/cinque-terre-timetable.Definitely pack enough to drink and sunscreen for this hike. The wild and romantic landscape will take you a few meters in altitude, but the beautiful views are worth the effort. In Monterosso and Vernazza you will find a good selection of restaurants and ice cream parlors for a typical Italian break.Tip: The Cinque Terre National Park is beautiful and therefore very popular with tourists. Start your hike early in the morning, then enjoy the hike in peace - and relax on the beach during the afternoon.
"If Italy, as the poets sing, is comparable to a beautiful woman, Florence is the bouquet of flowers at her heart." This is what the German poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) writes about the capital of Tuscany. This nearly 15-kilometer circular walk offers you beautiful views of the Renaissance city and leads you through the Tuscan countryside peppered with cypress and olive trees. The hike starts at Camping Village Panoramico in Fiesole, north-east of Florence.After one kilometer you will reach Monte Ceceri, from where you have a beautiful view of Florence - the perfect starting point for your hiking day. Particularly noteworthy is the cathedral with its brickwork dome. By the way, in 1505 Leonardo da Vinci started his first, unsuccessful flight test from the 414 meter high mountain.You hike slightly downhill to the Parco della Regina around the Laghetto delle Colonne. The lake was created by the introduction of the water of the Mensola stream into the ancient Cava delle Colonne. The shore of the lake is bordered by boulders that form impressive caves. Even Queen Victoria of England visited this picturesque place, which is perfect for a break.The path leads you slightly uphill through a cypress alley and then on a flat stretch to Villa Gamberaia. It is elevated above the Arno valley with an incomparable view of Florence - especially great to enjoy in the lush flowery garden.On the next two kilometers the trail climbs a bit and leads you through a typical Tuscan landscape. You will pass olive trees and walk the last few kilometers on gravel roads through a sparse forest back to Fiesole. Back in town, it is worth taking a walk to the Roman theater.Be sure to pack enough water and sunscreen for this hike, as you're always on the open air. On your way to Villa Gamberaia, you will pass Settignano, where you will find several places to stop for rest.A nice alternative for a campsite in the heart of Florence can be found here: humancompany.com/de/reiseziele/camping-in-town/firenze-camping-in-town.
On this hike, you'll come out high right at the beginning - and that too is quite relaxed. From Malcesine, where you can camp at the Campeggio Panorama, for example, take the cable car up to the 1,760-meter-high Monte Baldo. But do not worry that the hike will be too unsportsmanlike for you, there are still some 1,000 vertical meters waiting for you.From the mountain railway, the route descends once again to the saddle Bocca di Navene, at 1,420 meters, the deepest point in Monte Baldo, whose mountain range stretches over 30 kilometers. On the way you have beautiful views of the deep blue Lake Garda. From Bocca di Navene you can enjoy the view of the lake from the terrace of the small inn.From now on, you can climb up to the Rifugio Damiano Chiesa, a cozy hut with a breathtaking panorama of Lake Garda, cut deep into the mountain landscape. The cottage is just a few minutes from the summit of Monte Altissimo di Nago (2,078 meters) on the northern edge of the Monte Baldo ridge. Here you have earned a promising break.With fresh energy you hike back to the cable car on the same way and gondola relaxed down to Malcesine.Tip: Start early in the day, then avoid waiting at the cable car and come in peace up to the starting point of the tour. The operation starts at eight o'clock in the morning.
On this twelve-kilometer hike you will get to know a particularly beautiful part of the Belluno Dolomites National Park. You start your tour from the Falzarego Pass at 2,100 meters altitude. In front of you are 600 meters in altitude, but the slopes are quite moderate - and the fabulous landscape is enough distraction.After about a kilometer you reach the Rifugio Col Gallina. How about a (second) breakfast here? Shortly thereafter begins the climb to Cinque Torri. The rock formation towers up to 2,361 meters high. An impressive natural spectacle!It continues, a few meters still wait for you. But the view from the exposed Refugio Nuvolau is worth every meter. From the hut you have a breathtaking view of the national park. Make yourself comfortable on the terrace and just enjoy the awesome panorama.You leave the highest point of your hike and walk back towards Passo Falzarego. After just ten kilometers, it's worth making a short detour: on the hillside of the Croda Negra you can still see some of the remains of the First World War, finds from the war, trenches right through the rocks, battlements and forts. Back on the actual path is no longer far to the starting point.Tip: In the nearby Cortina d'Ampezzo - about half an hour's drive away - you will find several beautiful campsites with great views of the rock faces of the Dolomites.
Off to the alp! This almost 14-kilometer tour takes you from lake to lake: Start is at Natterer See near Innsbruck, at 1,660 vertical meters you expect another body of water and a rustic hut. Start of the hike is at the campsite Ferienparadies Natterer See. Soon the ascent begins towards Muttereralm.The path snakes up over open mountain meadows and through shady conifer forests. In many places you have fantastic views of the mountains of the Karwendel. So walking is a lot of fun.Once at the top, you can reward yourself with a hearty snack in the mountain restaurant. Not far away from the alpine hut lies the artificial lake Speichersee. From the lake, which you have circled quickly, you have great views of the high mountain ranges all around.From the alp it goes down the same way back to the starting point, where you can look forward to a refreshment in the cool lake.