Western Europe Campervan itinerary
Check out this suggested North Eastern tour of Europe in one of our cool, quirky and surprisingly spacious Spaceship campervans! A 15 day tour will take you to some of Europe’s most stunning destinations and with our example itinerary, you will breathe in the sights of countries such as Belgium, Holland and Germany on a round-trip all the way back to England again. It’s a big trip with a long drive ahead but plenty to see and do along the way, and we promise some seriously fun times ahead…
Start your Spaceships Europe campervan tour at the Spaceship spaceport in Hayes in the North East. Pick up your camper and head direct to Ramsgate, East of England – here you need to jump on the ferry crossing to Oostende in Belgium. Once you arrive in Oostende head straight to Bruges, a beautiful little old town in Belgium that is a must! Find a restaurant by the waterfront or hop to a few bars around the city and stay here overnight in our Space Mate, Camping Memling.
Spend the morning taking in the old town of Bruges (don’t miss the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Church of Our Lady), take a bike tour to soak up the sights of the city or pop into a pub just off the Markt square with 300 different beers! Bar hopping in this central city square is a great way to end the night and it’s always bustling with tourists and locals alike.
For day 3, get up nice and early to say goodbye to Bruges and head straight to Brussels, the cosmopolitan and culture-filled capital of Belgium. Check out the Manneken Pis statue (the iconic statue of a little boy taking a wee) or indulge yourself in calories and take a chocolate tour to find out more about European chocolate making. Walk along the Old Town area and witness some great architecture (City Hall is pretty amazing) or if you want to experience grand arches mixed with lush greenery, head to Cinquantenaire Park where the manicured grassy areas will provide the ultimate picnic spot. Then finish the day/night with some authentic Belgian cuisine – if the Belgian waffles, chocolate and beer haven’t filled you to the brim already, that is!
On the 4th day, it’s time to take the campervan out into the countryside of Belgium and onto Amsterdam where you can check out amazing fields of flowers and windmills, and enjoy a taste of rural life in Europe. There are farms en route to stop and try some Dutch cheese, some of the finest in the world (Edam anyone?) or you can explore the beautiful towns and villages along the way. The drive direct from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 ½ hours and if cities are more your thing then you can hop on and hop off in numerous destinations including Antwerp (Diamond Capital of the world) or Rotterdam (one of the largest ports in the world) before finishing up in our next stop, the exciting city of Amsterdam…
Days 5 - 6
Amsterdam is recognised as one of the most liberal cities in the world. Alternative fashion and alternative lifestyle is weaved into national culture and it’s the sort of laid-back, open-minded city where anything goes. We like to think that everyone has a place to fit in here, so you’ll be sure to have a great time. Amsterdam is famed for its red light district and the many “coffee shops” but beyond that, there’s also some amazing sights and incredible city tours; you’ll come across lovely canals, endless cycling routes (bikes are the main mode of transport for many locals), awesome architecture and a centre that is rich in history and culture. This is one of Spaceship Campervans’ favourite cities; and you will be able to stay overnight at our fab Space Station, Camping Zeeburg – the perfect place to make base for a couple of night. Some of our favourite sights and attractions in the city include the red light district area for fascination alone, the Anne Frank Museum, city canal tour or hire boats, the Heineken Beer factory, the Van Gogh museum, the Bols Museum or Vondelpark which is great for exploring on two wheels.
After a good day or two walking around Amsterdam, take your trip to Germany. It takes around 4 hours direct to Hanover but if you have time, stop at Bad Bentheim to discover the Old Town area and Bentheim Castle along the way. You can also stop off at a place called Osnabruck with a rich history in war (2/3rds of the city was destroyed in WW2) and whilst you’re here, check out the castle and gardens before heading to Hanover to spend the night.
Hanover is not your traditional architecture laden European city (due to WW2) but it has some gardens, parks and an awesome lake. Grab some breakfast or brunch in a local café and spend the morning exploring before heading to Berlin, which will take you around 3 hours.
Days 9 - 10
Berlin, Germany’s capital is rich in modern history dating back to WW2 up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 which separated East and West Germany. The city has been reconstructed from being badly hit from the war and the Cold War which followed and it’s suggested to take one of the numerous walking tours available to fully comprehend the history behind the city. You cannot miss Checkpoint Charlie (fascinating museum), Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, German Parliament the Budestag and the numerous museums and galleries made available. As much has been reconstructed since the war, you will still find great architecture to check out – it’s a truly fascinating and interesting city, especially for culture vultures who love to learn or for those who take an interest in history.
For great food and drink and a relaxed atmosphere, be sure to visit the hipster neighbourhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain where you can some nice bars, cafes and restaurants to wind down in.
Days 11 - 12
Rise early and make tracks for Munich, the capital of Bavaria; a journey that will take you about 6 hours. Once you arrive in Munich make sure you visit the Glockenspiel, the German Beer Halls (Home of Oktoberfest), and the Eisbach River (where you can surf all year round). Plus you don’t want to miss the English Garden and the main square the Marienplatz where all the action happens. Marienplatz is definitely worth visiting both in the day and at night too if you’ve got the time as it’s buzzing with people in the afternoon and the buildings light up beautifully at night, perfect for night time photography fans who want to capture a great shot.
A great day trip if also want is a visit to the Schloss Neuschwanstein, an amazing 19th Century Romanesque Revival castle sitting atop a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen. Schloss Neuschwanstein is the inspiration behind the iconic Walt Disney castle so it’s truly a fairytale sight.
Days 13 - 14
Now it’s time to make your way back to the UK travelling westwards but not before stopping at Stuttgart (2 hours) and then heading to Luxembourg (6 hours from Munich). If you don’t have time to stop off at both places, we would recommend Luxembourg over Stuttgart as it’s a destination with much more to see and do – plus the Grund neighbourhood is such a cool place to grab some food and an ice cold beer or two. Whilst in Luxembourg, make sure you also check out the Fortress (one of the best preserved in Europe), the Notre Dame Cathedral, or the Casemates which are a series of tunnels running under the city. You are also not too far away from the beautiful countryside and the lush forests will provide a seriously scenic drive home…
A sad day as you say goodbye to your European adventure and make your final leg to Calais (about 3 ½ hour drive) for the ferry crossing back to Dover. Once in Dover, you will need to take the 2 hour journey to our Spaceship depot in Hayes where our team will greet you.
So as you can tell, you can travel and see so much in 2 weeks! As with all our well thought out itineraries, you can adjust the destinations and stopovers to fit in with your interests and if you’ve got extra time, we recommend Amsterdam and Berlin as the ideal cities to extend your stay. The Bavarian countryside (near Munich) and the Holland Countryside are both also extremely beautiful so if you want to enjoy a rural camper holiday, we suggest you spend some extra days exploring the lovely small towns and villages. But the itinerary is totally up to you and is never fixed – that’s the beauty of a Spaceship! We hope you enjoy your Western Europe campervan tour!