|9 MAY 2020
|Distance 295 km
|Driving time 6:00 h
|IBIS Hotel Koblenz City
|Schloss Hotel Landstuhl
|Kräuter Café Wissembourg
|Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden
|GPX – route
|GPX – track
Day 2 of the Spring Tour 2020 will start early; we’ve got quite some miles to cover (295 km / 180 mls). But they will all be worth it.
From Koblenz city we will cross the river Rhine and drive to the south for a few miles, with the river on our right hand side. Soon though we’ll say goodbye to the Rhine for a while and head for the green hills of the Eifel region.
Not without a reason; the hill climb track Lorch – Ransel is nearby. We will make it a hill descent though! Have a look at the Ransel Classic 2019 video for an impression of the curvy roads we’ll encounter.
After turning back to the river, we’ll do some sailing too to cross the Rhine. At Lorch-Niederheimback the ferry will be our means of transport to the other side.
Our first stop will be Castle Rheichenstein in Trechtingshausen on the banks of the Rhine. Here we’ll enjoy a cup of coffee and marvellous views across the river.
This is also a final goodbye to the Rhine as the next part will take us to through a hilly landschape in southern direction. In Landstuhl we will enjoy a nice lunch at the Schlosshotel Landstuhl which is very close to Burg Nanstein, a good example of medivial fortresses built in Europe.
Further south we go, more hills will be part of the beautiful views as we climb up to over 500 m altitude. We’ll pass Hermersbergerhof amidst the dark and dense forrests.
Just as tea time is calling us, we will cross the French border for the first time. The Kräuter Café in Wissembourg is the place to enjoy the last stop over of the day.
Freshened up we are ready for the last leg of the day. After about an hours drive spa town Baden-Baden will welcome us. The name of the city is derived from ‘bathing’ because of the natural hot springs. Other cities located at hot springs in this part of Europe were also named ‘Baden’. This city wanted to distinguish itself from the others, hence ‘Baden-Baden’. Sometimes it can be as easy as that. Our hotel for the night is the Holiday Inn Express, on the outskirts of the city. We will enjoy this nice town in the evening for dinner. And a well deserved good night sleep afterwards.