Route details for London to Hamburg, Germany
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First we travelled from London to the Eurostar terminal in Folkestone in Kent (approx 1hr 30mins). The cost of taking your car/van on the trains through the tunnel depends on the time when you want to travel and the size of your vehicle, as well as the length of your stay away, however you can get return tickets for a car from as little as £44. Once you have booked your ticket you are advised to arrive at the port approx 1 hour in advance of your travel time. The journey time on the train itself is only half an hour and the was very efficient when we travelled - we were impressed! One word of warning, whilst you can get out of your vehicle on the train, there is nothing to do, apart from use the toilet facilities! No coffee or tea or TV etc, so bring something to amuse yourself in the car. From Calais, France we drove to Brugges, Belgium, and stayed the night. There was little traffic and it was an interesting drive as the route pretty much follows the coast and as the landscape is so flat you can see for miles. The journey time from Calais to Brugges was just over an hour. Brugges is a beautiful city, although quite touristy. There are loads of gorgeous restaurants and cafes by the water to eat in. Please note there is little car parking in the city so choose your hotel carefully if you are planning on bringing your car. From Brugges, we travelled to Hamburg in Germany, our main destination. The journey took just over 6 hours. Once in Germany, we travelled mainly on the Autobahns (motorways) where there is an advisory speed limit of 130km/hr, but no actual speed limits set. My husband was really looking forward to this! In reality, most of the Autobahns did have speed limits in most places, but just certain specific areas which were not subjected to a specific limit! We were visiting Hamburg in order to watch the European Hockey League tournament and it is not somewhere I would otherwise have chosen to visit, however, it was a beautiful place, with lovely old buildings in the centre of town and we stayed in a gorgeous lakeside hotel. There was lots to do and see for a weekend.