Travelling down from Denmark to Southern Germany with our camper, we broke up the journey with stops in Harz National Park, Bamberg and Nuremberg. The latter two were our first real city stops in Germany and we were so happy with what we were able to find for parking a campervan.
When first considering living in a campervan in Europe, I presumed we would generally be avoiding cities and finding parking and campsites out in the sticks. Camping in nature is definitely fine by us, but there is also something about small European cities and towns that we love. There’s nothing better than wandering, lost, down small alleys and along cobbled streets to find striking architecture and hidden, local eateries.
For this, and the amazing campsites we found, Bamberg and Nuremberg were amazing.
Wandering, drinking and camping in Bamberg
It takes around 2.5 hours to reach Bamberg from the bottom of Harz National Park and if you skirt around the town to the southern end, you can find this campervan parking, known in Germany as a wohnmobile stellplatz.
Located along the canal and right next to the park and ride, this campsite in Bamberg is extremely well positioned. It is a pay-at-meter system for 16 euros a night and then you pay at the plug for electricity. We plugged in to a hook-up that still had money left so that was a win for us.
We only stayed for one night but could easily have spent longer here if we had needed to have a work day – it was really peaceful, despite being so close to the road.
You can use the toilets at the park and ride building and there is an amazing organic bakery by the bus stop too!
It only took us about 30 minutes to walk into the centre of Bamberg with Jimi and we had an amazing few hours wandering the old streets. Bamberg is small, so it is really easy to take in all the sights – like the incredible Old Town Hall – by just wandering around.
Our one aim outside of aimless wandering was to stop by the historic smoked beer house of Shlenkerla. This beautiful old brewery has been running since 1405 and serves a unique and delicious dark, smokey ale straight from traditional wooden barrels. The place had such atmosphere and was full of friends chatting and drinking. The menu looked good but we were cooking back at the van. They allow dogs inside too!
If you are travelling down or across Germany and need an interesting place to stop, or if you are interested in the rich history and culture of Bavaria, then Bamberg is a fantastic place to visit – campervan or not!
Sausages, schlosser and camping in Nuremberg
It’s only another 60 kilometers from Bamberg to Nuremberg, but it is definitely worth stopping in both locations.
We found this campsite in Nuremberg which is just beyond Wohrder Lake, next to the main road. It is very small and there are no facilities, but it is totally free! We were really happy to stay here for just a night and loved that the lake and park area were so close by for us to walk Jimi.
To get to town, we took a walk past the lake and along the canal into the center of Nuremberg and it took no longer than an hour. We strolled around the pretty streets and up to the castle for incredible views over the town.
Then, like all good walks, we ended up at a famous eatery right next to the Sebaldus Church. Apparently, this Bratwursthausle is where the beloved bratwurst was first eaten. We shared 8 bratwurst along with potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels – very Bavarian! We also enjoyed a few local beers to wash it down and it was seriously delicious. A must if you are in Nuremberg.
Venturing into Bamberg and Nuremberg with our campervan was super easy and made us excited to wander and eat our way across all of Europe’s charming towns.