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Old 06-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Planning a Trip to Germany

Hey guys,

I'm planning a three week trip to Germany this August for a three day conference in Cologne. But I figure if I got there weeks in advance, I can goof off and take an awesome vacation. I've got a couple of fellow riders potentially coming with me (sadly, not adventure riders - they're crotch rocket guys), and we want to rent bikes there and roam around in the beautiful countryside.

Have you guys got any recommendations on where to find motorcycle rental shop or where to find the best ride? I was thinking I'd land in Berlin, get a bike there, and ride to someplace a long ways away, like Munich or Hamburg.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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Don't rent in Germany. Although it would be fine.

Rent from IMT Bike in Barcelona, and then hit Germany after riding up through the Pyrenees to Normandy, across France through Belgium and your first trek through Germany to Poland, and then back to Germany to your conference.

After the conference, hit the Bavarian Alps, Italy (spend LOTS of time in Italy), France, and back to Barcelona.

I usually charge for advice like this, but because I like you, it's free.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Great advice.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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PS

You'll never guess the best country on this itinerary....

It's Poland

After this trip, do something that will include Prague. You will thank me forever.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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Great advice.
From a guy himself who knows how to travel
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
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PS, sometimes my advice is a few months old, but I'm 10 days back from being in France, Spain (Barcelona and Valencia most significantly), and Italy.

Did I say spend lots of time in Italy? I never get enough of Italy.

But my favorite town is Barcelona. By about a mile.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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I'm planning a three week trip to Germany this August for a three day conference in Cologne.
A 3 week trip for a 3 day conference is the basis for all of my extensive mapping advice.

You can EASILY do it
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #8
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Google Map the route I gave you in post #2

You will be shocked how short it really is, compared to what you thought it was or what a map overlay on the U.S. would look like.

And if all this doesn't convince you....

Think about what showing up at your conference with the first part of your trip done and that tale to tell would do for you "bar marketability" at the hotel
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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Think about what showing up at your conference with the first part of your trip done and that tale to tell would do for you "bar marketability" at the hotel
Haha that's a pretty good idea. And it sounds like an awesome ride. I'm not completely opposed to traveling across Europe like that, but I'm trying to stay centered in Germany for now. The conference I'm going to is part tech instruction and part job fair. I'm hoping to get a job someday in Germany, and when I do, I'll for sure make awesome treks like that across Europe on my bike. For now, I want to limit this vacation to Germany. I really want to see what it's like to live there, so I'll be looking at how getting an apartment works there, what taxes are like, what a commute through Berlin is like, etc. As lame as that sounds, haha. The bike ride around Germany would be just a tiny scratch for the itch to see the world from my GS.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:12 PM   #10
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Ok, well, then stay in Germany and look up Katarina Witt

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:13 AM   #11
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There is a place in the German Alps that let you rent Testbikes for a day.
If you want to ride longer they rent you another bike the next day.
Part of promoting different models, not a bad deal

http://www.highbike-paznaun.com/

When in Germany get the "Tourenfahrer" and "Motorrad" magazins.
The have rentals in their classified.

Koeln is a cool city, I grew up close by!

To the south west is the Eifel region and to the east Bergisches land both great areas for touring.

Ne scheene Jroos

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Old 06-06-2013, 02:38 AM   #12
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You'll never guess the best country on this itinerary....

It's Poland
Can you give some more details about Poland? Routes, POIs or general advice? I'll be crossing it going from LT to DE soon, any information would be very useful for me.
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Can you give some more details about Poland? Routes, POIs or general advice? I'll be crossing it going from LT to DE soon, any information would be very useful for me.
You don't need me - you need this resource:

LINK

See post #9 in the link
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:17 AM   #14
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About 75kms south of Cologne is the town of Adenau. Well worth a visit to drive the local toll road.

You'll never look at toll roads the same way again
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:23 AM   #15
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The whole Eifel area sw of cologne has tons of great motorcycle roads and if you're into it, you can have a look at the Nürburgring, a quite famous racetrack...

Oh btw. my wife and an me have a hotel in the Rursee area, if you come that way you might want to check us out: www.hinterdenspiegeln.de
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