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How to Get to Bayerisch Eisenstein

Driving from the UK

Driving time from Calais by our recommended route is normally max. 10 hours - obviously traffic jams and roadworks can increase the time. Extra time needs to be allowed for breaks. It can be done in one day but this is only advisable if you really like long drives and have tolerant passengers.

We recommend the following route: Calais - Reims - Metz - Saarbruecken - Mannheim - Heilbronn - Nuernberg - Regensburg - Deggendorf- then country roads to Bayerisch Eisenstein (signposted from Deggendorf).

This route has the least traffic and is therefore usually faster in spite of being marginally longer than the route recommended by all SatNavs and navigation websites (through Belgium).We drive regularly between the UK and Bayerisch Eisenstein and always drive through France rather than Belgium. There are tolls to pay on the French section of the route but the cost is well worth it because of the lack of traffic.

If you bring your own car from the UK, your UK insurance will normally cover you for driving in the Czech Republic with no extra cost or restrictions. You should also carry your V5 with you as you will be asked for this if you are stopped for any reason. If you intend to drive in major cities, you may need an emissions sticker for your car. You can check which areas it applies to and order a sticker here: environmental-badge

Overnight stops

An alternative idea is to have at least one overnight stop in each direction and make the journey part of the holiday - there are plenty of nice towns and other places to visit on the way, for example: Heidelberg, the motor museum at Sinsheim, Nuernberg, Regensburg

Remember, you do not have to book exact weeks with us (Saturday to Saturday) - you can arrive and depart on any day and stay any number of days.

For overnight stops, we recommend

Driving through France

Hostellerie Saint Louis
(About 30 minutes from Calais)

A bit out of the way but worth it we think. The bedrooms are somewhat eclectic in design but the dining area is spread through several elegant rooms and the food is excellent. Double room from €130.

Hostellerie du Chateau, Neuville St Amand
(Approx 1.5 hours from Calais, 8 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein).

5-10 minutes from the autoroute, on the edge of the village, surrounded by spacious gardens. Very peaceful. We stayed in the main house where the bedroom and bathroom had distinctly eccentric decoration but were comfortable, if basic and old fashioned and also the extension which is more modern. The food and wine in the restaurant were superb.

Weingut Thul, near Trier, on the Mosel, one of our wine suppliers
(Approx. 4.5 hours from Calais, 5.5 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein)

Very simple ensuite rooms. Light food available in house but places to eat nearby.

Schlosshotel at Neckar-Bischofsheim, near Heilbronn
(Approx 6.5 hours from Calais, 3.5 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein).

Lovely Hotel but now under new ownership so details/prices may have changed.

In the centre of a small town, but very quiet, overlooking a park where the (small) castle is. Very elegant but also very comfortable and casual. Excellent service and food. The restaurant can be a bit pricey - the traditional part of the menu is excellent value. Double room with park view €145, without park view €135. Special rates have been negotiated for Bavarian Forest Holidays customers - please email us at for details.

This hotel has the advantage of being close to the Motor and Technology Museum at Sinsheim (right next to the motorway and 10 minutes from the hotel). The museum has a huge range of planes (including a French Concorde and a Konkordski), trains, cars, motor bikes etc. It is open every day of the year 09.00 to 18.00

Driving from Belgium/Netherlands

We recommend the E45 to bypass Frankfurt, then Wuerzburg - Nuernberg - Deggendorf and country roads to Bayerisch Eisenstein, (It looks like a bit of a detour to get to, but the traffic is much lighter on the E45 than on the Rhine autobahns).

For overnight stops on this route, we recommend:

The Stone House at Prichsenstadt
(3 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein)

Only just become available for letting, this house sleeps up to 6, of which 2 are in bunk beds. The house is in a lovely old wine village, within walking distance of numerous restaurants. It is available for overnight stays at €85-100 per night for the whole house or why not make it the first or last part of a 2 centre holiday with our apartments? The house is within easy driving distance of Wuerzburg, Bamberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber and not far from Nuernberg, Fulda, Fraenkische Schweiz etc. The town is also home to one of our wine suppliers (Wagner) and close to Probst and Zehntkeller..

Zehntkeller, Near Wuerzburg - one of our wine suppliers
(3 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein)

In Ipfhofen: a former prince-bishop's palace, the rooms are up to date and comfortable, the restaurant is traditional with good food and the wines are Zehntkeller's own production. 3 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein.

Landgasthof Schwarzer Adler, Ulsenheim - the best place to stay if visiting our wine supplier Bergmann
(3 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein - off the Nuernberg-Heilbronn motorway but not too far. Also convenient if coming from Belgium)

A lovely old village Gasthof. Simple rooms and very good food. Nice courtyard for sitting out in fine weather.

Hotel Burg Colmberg, near Nuernberg
(3 hours from Bayerisch Eisenstein)

This is a real medieval castle with lots of atmosphere, fantastic views, excellent food and close to the autobahn. Double rooms from €79 including breakfast.

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Bavarian Forest Holidays
Hans-Watzlik-Strasse 8
94252 Bayerisch Eisenstein

(Germany) +49 (0) 9925 90 32 04
(UK) 07813 811 497 (Martin)
(Ulrike – Germany) +49 (0) 160 9171 8011



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Forest walk

Arriving by train from the UK

Baby bear in the Bavarian Forest National Park

Cookery lesson

Bavarian Forest mountains

Martin with the first Sengzelten

Regensburg Cathedral

Rissloch falls

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