So after nearly three weeks in one place, we’ve just travelled through four different countries in only two days!
We need to get to Poland, and had originally planned to drive from Budapest through Slovakia to get there. However that would have entailed crossing the Carpathian/Tatras mountains but, with the recent snow falls that we’ve had, we weren’t going to risk that in the van. Instead, we’ve opted to drive through Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Dresden in Germany, stopping in Bratislava along the way – some 450 miles.
We left Budapest early yesterday, leaving one other van at the site which was occupied by four lads from Berlin, and a couple of hours into the journey they whizzed past us on the motorway. Our camperstop in Bratislava was a freebie car park overlooking the Danube, and we were surprised to see the van belonging to the four Berlin lads parked there, so we were now neighbours again!
As it was mid-afternoon, we had enough time to cross the river and explore. It’s a charming city, nice and compact and so easy to wander round in a couple of hours.
Driving through four countries in continental Europe might sound straightforward, but it’s certainly not the case when it comes to road tolls for a vehicle like ours which has a Maximum Gross Weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes. If you’d like to know more, then I’ve added a Road Tolls page to the Van Life section.
We’ll be staying here in Dresden for three or four nights, and from here it should be a simple drive into Poland.