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Text and photo: Magne Reigstad
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, No. 1, February 2016

Båtvei in Germany: Quiet flyter Elbe

We turnout us up on the dam stretching unimaginably far both eastward and westward. The sunset can not be more beautiful, but nature is not to joke when mighty Elbe shows muscles, therefore these endless levee.

Western Norwegian, who grew up between fjord and is mesmerized by flat land, the verdigris, which is divided by a slow flowing river, a river in these parts was the limit in 40 years shared one people in two German nations. Someone told us that during the Cold War was a sport among young fissures on the west side to swim across the river and a comeback just to mess with the East German border guards. True or a persistent myth, not we know - but the distance seems manageable.


We have camped at Camping Elbeling in Elbtalaue outside the small town of Bleckede. It strikes us all first day that virtually all cars have yellow signs. The explanation is simple, Erik and Aliena Kaspers - Square with hosts, coming from the Netherlands. Erik rises never out of the giant clogs whether he serves beer in the restaurant or bikes in place new guests. And clogs are lined up outside many carriages.

Off the beaten track

The space is very far off the beaten track, yet ideally located for day trips to Hamburg and Lüneburg. Bleckede - the nearest town, consists of low brick buildings, small shops, abandoned shops and its own brewery. Just outside the inner city center we find the big discount chains with large parking lots. Provisioning is therefore no problem neither with camper or regular car. Storied Elbradweg runs right past the campground Elbeling and there is steady traffic of bikes all day both in direction Cuxhaven and south towards the Czech Republic.

Every night raster afar cyclists of all age classes at the campsite. We never cease to be impressed by the amount obtained by a set of bike bags. - Here I have a kitchen, sleeping space, food, drink and clothing for both dry and wet days, explaining a female cyclist who is en route to somewhere where it is worth stopping. And camp- asking themselves under a cloudless sky - what do we really three-burner, toilet and refrigerator? Cyclists and camp to have at least one common denominator - the freedom to choose destinations.

Rich in salt

Camping Host Erik have many guests who want to visit Hamburg. - Drive to Luneburg. It takes half an hour. Parker here, right by the train station, he says, and draws the map. The tip is safe. Trains are top in Germany, while buses into rural areas midsummer is as rare as in Norway. Train ticket is valid for bus and rail in the big city. But do not drop Luneburg. Hanseatic League was very active in the town which is on the threshold of Lüneburg Heath. Old Town is cozy with low binding verkshus, parks, churches, cobbled streets and plenty of shops and traditional eateries. The city that built itself rich in salt trade, is over a thousand years old and was not left in ruins during the last war. The old you see here is therefore not restored copies of the Hanseatic times.

war Memories

Visit goals are many in this area, and we would stop Neuengamme. Concentration camp housing prisoners from 28 nations, among them many Norwegian. This huge complex is German efficiency at its cruelest. In the main building there are exhibitions, and there remains of foundations where the barracks stood. And in one corner of the area is the place where prisoners were leveled. At the end of the war was Neuengamme also transit camp for those who were rescued by the white buses. It's easy to create explorers traveling by car or bike in this river landscape. The land is mostly flat and the roads marked with German precision. Small ferries and major bridges crossing the Elbe, but cyclists will notice that the headwinds at times be quite hefty. We rode many kilometers face on prime cycle paths which once constituted the Iron Curtain. Bosses in the old East Germany lowered not on the quality of this type of building yard.

useful reminder

History-conscious people have taken care of watchtowers and remnants of the eerie border fence. Today it is incomprehensible that the communist rulers of the GDR built a 1400 kilometers long fence - the inner German border, that the citizens should not escape from workers' and peasants government. The Iron Curtain stretched 7 from the Black Sea to the Barents Sea. Useful to be reminded that it shared Europe was much more than the Berlin Wall. But nothing is so wrong that it is not good for anything. In the former depopulated border zone, the deadly no man's land, growing the unique fauna and ora. Researchers enjoying themselves in "The Green Belt" and right often Paatra es people with large binoculars along gullies, down in the green and up on the dikes.

Long-footed of providing food

The stork is easiest to spot because you are in fact in the middle of stork countries. Pile with the characteristic nests on top popping up all over, and you often come close to the birds with the thin legs when they are of providing food in the marshes and farmlands. Birds lofty status confirmed by observers hanging up signs telling about life and fate in the nearest stork nests. It passed carefully statistics when it was last laid eggs and was last seen stork chicks up in knots mound.

In heavyweight among the region's excursion, we find Schiffshebewerk Scharnebeck. It is visited annually by 500.000 curious. Here raised both pleasure boats and barges 38 meters up to the next level in the Elbe Seitenkanal. This is unimaginably big stuff out craft moored in two thick trough. The walk up or down takes only three minutes, and then cabin cruisers and new vessel to sail to car town Wolfsburg if that is your goal.

Hood protection

And once again we find ourselves in the middle of a chapter of Europe's recent history. Side channel had to be built because Germany was divided into two and closed borders blocked important waterways. The channel structure was also to stop any armored forces from the east. Huge amounts of sand were required kanalbyggeriet, but afterwards they were large sand pits filled with water and were swimming lakes - with sandy beach. Our hosts have managed to create a small Dutch summer colony in the middle of the German. Erik is satisfied with activity and happy to reveal the tricks. - Our aim is to show us all the relevant travel fairs. It gives results and my countrymen think it's nice that the hosts speak their language, says Erik who commands his son to throw wearing clogs when it's busy at the bar.

Delft-blue to the bathroom

We got us a little special cultural performances on the square in addition to Saturday's "Tropical Eve". A local trekunstner was unleashed on the remaining portion of the trees that have been too high. The artist uses a chainsaw and drill and the funny faces while in arms and guests shooting. This may be somewhat of a sculpture park over the years there are many trees that are on the high side.

Standard and capacity could probably have been better in the shower department, and in the dishwashing area, but instead of being annoyed in the queue, we choose to be charmed by all the toilet lids that are decorated with Dutch wind turbines in Delft blue. Pure coincidence made us choose Camping Elbeling. In the same lush river landscape is also

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