Travelled : 159 kilometres from Potsdam to Cottbus, Brandenburg (state).
Visited : Cottbus and Schloos Banitz
Stayed : Municipal Stellplatz Cottsbus, €12 includes all the usual facilities. N51.74641 E14.35282 (CamperContact).
We make an early start to beat the time-clock on the parking machine, preferring €20 rather than €30 if we left after 9 am. Having enjoyed our time in Potsdam we are looking forward traveling south and hopefully seeing a few less people. It’s now autumn and the holidays are over in Germany. We don’t get far before we spot a Lidl and stop for a quick shop. Now you may ask why do we shop so often ? Well we only have a small fridge, not a lot of cupboard space and Pam like fresh fruit. More importantly, nothing is open on Sunday’s in German unless it sells alcohol.
As usual the German autobahn provide a smooth run, except for a 10 kilometre detour because an exit ramp or ausfahrt was closed. Have I previously mentioned that every off-ramp in Germany has a sign with an arrow “AUSFAHRT”. A couple of hours later we roll into Cottbus and make our way to the stellplatz. Seeing an official looking person in a reflective jacket, I have one of the most confusing conversations I’ve ever had, but as Johannes said, ‘the rules become self evident’. Firstly go to the office at the zoo, tell them you have a campercar and get a key. OK where’s the zoo ? A small steam train trundles past and heads up the track, in the distance an elephant raises his head to acknowledge the train. It all makes sense now.
We have been chatting with our Belgium neighbours, they highly recommend Dresden, so what the heck let’s go to Dresden.
Michael and Pam