On a mission to Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart before crossing the Rhine to visit the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Days 61-64 Stuttgart to Luxembourg)

Today's featured photo shows a barge making it's way down the River Rhine near Karlsruhe in Germany. 9 weeks ago, I had started this year's tour by cycling along the Rhine for 200 km in the Netherlands. I had also came across the Rhine a week ago while cycling through Austria. Now here near Karlsruhe, … Continue reading On a mission to Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart before crossing the Rhine to visit the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Days 61-64 Stuttgart to Luxembourg)

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Visiting the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart and following in Joxer’s footsteps by touring the Neckar stadium, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Days 58-60 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows the Mercedes Benz Arena in the Cannstatt district of Stuttgart. Back in 1988, this stadium was called the Neckar Stadium and it was here that Ireland played England in the Euro 88 football tournament on June 12th. After 6 minutes, Ray Houghton scored a header and Ireland had to hang on … Continue reading Visiting the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart and following in Joxer’s footsteps by touring the Neckar stadium, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Days 58-60 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Cycling from Italy to Germany via Austria Switzerland and Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2019 (2018 Days 55 – 57 Prato allo Stelvio to Bregenz)

Today's featured photo shows the A14 motorway in Austria near Bregenz with the Alps in the background. The A14 motorway in Austria is part of E60 road network which runs all the way from Brest in France to Bucherest in Romania and then onto Irkeshtam in China. The E60 motorway passes through about a dozen … Continue reading Cycling from Italy to Germany via Austria Switzerland and Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2019 (2018 Days 55 – 57 Prato allo Stelvio to Bregenz)

Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

Today's featured photo shows the River Danube gently flowing past the German city of Passau. I crossed over the mighty Danube here at Passau on my way to České Budějovice and would later cross over it again on my way to Vienna. I have crossed over bigger rivers such as the Seine at Le Havre … Continue reading Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

Rest and recuperation in Munich as I meet up with relatives before resuming my journey through Bavaria to the Austrian border (2018 Days 25-28 Munich to Passau)

Today's featured photo shows my sister Karen and her daughter Aoibheann trying to run me over on 2 motorbikes outside the BMW World museum in Munich. They had flown in from Dublin for a weekend break in Germany's third largest city. It was great to meet up with them and get a rest for a … Continue reading Rest and recuperation in Munich as I meet up with relatives before resuming my journey through Bavaria to the Austrian border (2018 Days 25-28 Munich to Passau)

BMW have just had a record year but they will need to up their game big time to avoid being overtaken by their rivals (2018 Day 24 Munich)

Today's featured photo shows BMW's famous cylinder shaped global headquarters building which is as much a symbol of Munich as the Eifel Tower in Paris. BMW has been based here in Munich since 1922 and last year, achieved record profits and sales. In 2017, the company sold over 2 million vehicles for the first time … Continue reading BMW have just had a record year but they will need to up their game big time to avoid being overtaken by their rivals (2018 Day 24 Munich)

Audi’s car factory in Ingolstadt may not be as big as VW’s in Wolfsburg but it is even more impressive and what Audi are planning here is really audacious (2018 Day 24 Ingolstadt)

Today's featured photo shows the Audi museum opposite the company's headquarters in Ingolstadt in Bavaria. Audi have been based in Ingolstadt since 1949 and in 2000 opened this stylish museum to showcase their heritage. The Audi museum features about 50 current models and 50 historic models dating all the way back to 1899 when Audi … Continue reading Audi’s car factory in Ingolstadt may not be as big as VW’s in Wolfsburg but it is even more impressive and what Audi are planning here is really audacious (2018 Day 24 Ingolstadt)

East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but remnants of it’s past can still be seen here and there (2018 Days 19-23 Dresden to Nuremburg)

Today's featured photo shows the old border crossing between East and West Germany at Modlareuth in Bavaria. Modlareuth was nicknamed "Little Berlin" because for 45 years, this small village was divided in 2 by the Iron Curtain. Hundreds of soldiers were stationed here guarding this small corner of East Germany but that all changed in … Continue reading East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but remnants of it’s past can still be seen here and there (2018 Days 19-23 Dresden to Nuremburg)

A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (2018 Days 17-18 Wittenberg to Dresden)

Today's featured photo shows a Tesla Model S electric car charging at a charging station in Dresden. But this is no ordinary charging station as this station is located beside the Volkswagen Transparent car factory, where VW build an electric version of their Golf hatchback, which they call the E-Golf. But the fact there were … Continue reading A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (2018 Days 17-18 Wittenberg to Dresden)

On the road to Wittenberg, where 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door and changed history forever (2018 Day 16 Berlin to Wittenberg)

Today's featured image shows a statue of Martin Luther in Wittenberg town square, about 110 km south of Berlin. It was in Wittenberg where Martin Luther famously nailed the 95 Theses to the All Saints Church door, an event that marked the beginning of the Reformation and the Protestant religion. That event took place on … Continue reading On the road to Wittenberg, where 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door and changed history forever (2018 Day 16 Berlin to Wittenberg)

Germany’s capital has been so utterly transformed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is now little trace of 45 years of communist rule to be seen anywhere in East Berlin (2018 Days 14-15 Berlin)

Today's featured photo shows a billboard which displays an image taken in the late Eighties of groups of tourists standing on a viewing platform to see over the Berlin Wall. The billboard is located in a small square not far from Checkpoint Charlie. The exact location where the photo was taken is not specified but … Continue reading Germany’s capital has been so utterly transformed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is now little trace of 45 years of communist rule to be seen anywhere in East Berlin (2018 Days 14-15 Berlin)

30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but crossing into Poland is like going back in time (2018 Days 08-13 Wolfsburg to Szczecin)

Today's featured photo shows graffiti on a wharf at the Polish port of Szczecin on the Baltic Sea. Szczecin has only been part of Poland for the last 70 years and for most of it's history, it was part of Germany and called Stettin. Indeed, Winston Churchill famously name-checked Stettin in his historic Iron Curtain … Continue reading 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but crossing into Poland is like going back in time (2018 Days 08-13 Wolfsburg to Szczecin)