Leaving Cortina d’Ampezzo and The Dolomite Mountains, we set forth towards the quaint German town of Schwäbisch Gmünd to meet with friends for the Cannstatter Volksfest in nearby Stuttgart. En-route to the final destination of our road trip, we decided to make a few small detours and ended up travelling through Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Germany before finally residing at a campsite on the French side of the Rhine River. While we had planned to visit all these nation-states excluding France on our journey north, we were quietly chuffed to realise we had visited five countries in a single afternoon.
After a single night stay comprised of intense table tennis battles and viewing French Big Brother, we left our Rhine River locale and re-entered Germany for the three-hour drive to Schwäbisch Gmünd. The next morning we arose early and departed with our friends by train to Stuttgart for the Cannstatter Volksfest, also known as the Cannstatter Wasen, The Wasen or perhaps most simply The Stuttgart Beer Festival.
Essentially a localised version of Oktoberfest, it was incredible to see thousands of cheerful Germans standing on tables while singing and dancing to folk songs in traditional attire. While a little rowdy, the atmosphere was incredibly jovial and provided us with a fine snapshot of German culture. PROST!!!!!!!!
The following morning we arose early to drive the final leg of our 6-week European road trip adventure to Bonn, where we returned our faithful campervan “Willy” to his legal owners at Tour Europe 🙁
Thanks for the memories Willy, you are what they say you are, a superstar.