From Germany’s Sauerland region to Mediterranean diversity and far away destinations – CARAVAN SALON 2023 invites visitors to a journey around the world
Hall 3 to thrill visitors with camping accessories, destinations and tips related to all outdoor activities
Travel&Nature CONNECTED in the centre of the hall
Hall 3 is the centre for national and international regions and of course campsites and pitches. Photo: Messe Düsseldorf / Constanze Tillmann
Hall 3 of CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF has become a real dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With hiking destinations from all over the world it will delight visitors from 25 August to 3 September. The line-up of destinations is as varied as the options offered to trekking, cycling, climbing or paddleboarding fans. Commenting on this, Director Stefan Koschke says: “Hall 3 is the centre for national and international regions and of course campsites and pitches and innovative caravanning and outdoor equipment. With our partners “Deutscher Wanderverband” and “Wandermagazin” journal we have created this platform showcasing attractive and popular destinations. I am particularly delighted that the Travel&Nature CONNECTED stage has proven a high-calibre information forum enthusiastically welcomed by visitors.”
On the Travel&Nature CONNECTED stage, exhibitors and travel experts will be putting on a colourful programme all about caravanning tourism, outdoor activities and nature experiences. The stage, which this year can be found in the centre of Hall 3, allows interested visitors to find out about new equipment, leisure activities and destinations on the spot.
“Tourismus NRW” (E18), for example, lures visitors to North Rhine-Westphalia with a varied line-up – be it the 1,000 mountains of the Sauerland, the beauties of the Volcanic Eifel or the relaxed naturescapes of the Lower Rhine. The Wallonian Tourism Centre (C17, Part-time participation 25 - 29 August) from our Belgian neighbours will present an interactive map with the most attractive destinations in the south of Belgium: here the untouched moors in the Ardennes Forest, the enchanting Ourthe region or medieval ruins can be explored and included on a round trip. The Grand Duchy of Luxemburg is also a genuine hikers’ paradise with its wildly romantic regions such as the Devil’s Gorge near Echternach (E15).
“Nationale Naturlandschaften” (National Nature Landscapes) brings together dream destinations as varied as “Naturpark Hohe Mark” in the Münsterland or the “Bayerischer Wald” and “Kellerwald-Edersee” national parks (C30). The national park in the “Bayerischer Wald” boasts just under 25,000 hectares and will present its motto “Let Nature be Nature” in Hall 3; because here, forests are being restored from cultivated forests back to natural ones with lynxes, otters, capercaillies, and Ural owls finding a home here once again.
Just recently opened and already represented in Hall 3 are the looped “Riesling-Schleifen” trails in Rheingau. 14 “delicious” trails of between four and eight kilometres long can be “tasted” in the region located between Flörsheim am Main and Lorch am Rhein. “Machmal Ruhrlaub” reads the motto of the Ruhr Valley deep down in the west of Germany, which offers excellent routes for cycling past disused railway lines, former collieries and coal pits (E18). Germany’s largest winter sports region north of the Alps is marketed under the heading “DeinSauerland”. However, active outdoor fans are not only thrilled by winter in the land of the 1,000 mountains and caves but also by four long-distance hiking trails (E18). By way of a contrast, the region surrounding Freiburg promises visitors Mediterranean air and a refreshing summit experience on the highest mountains of the Black Forest; here, Germany’s highest vineyards and the Black Forest “shake hands” as it were at the famous Glottertal valley (F18). Nature, plenty of culture and insider tips are centre-stage in the presentation care of “Thüringen Tourismus” (F18) while the “Siegerland-Wittgenstein” tourism association presents its region under the motto “Get out of the hustle and bustle. Into the quiet and peace” (E18). Finally, 14 attractive and eventful hikes – also ideal for the family – come care of the “Westerwald-Verein” and its home region (F16).
Sicily introduces itself not only as a one-of-a-kind swimming and beach paradise but also promising unadulterated hiking delights around Mount Etna, Europe’s highest, active volcano at 3,357 metres (J17). Genuine “lake experiences” are offered by Austria’s southernmost state, Kärnten, home to Europe’s warmest bathing lake, the Kloppeiner See (H 30). In the sunny south of Switzerland, “Tessin Tourismus” (H29) invites hikers to spectacular trails and presents its impressive architectural and culinary assets. Also aiming high is the “Zillertal”: here, unlimited skiing 365 days a year, fresh mountain air and high-octane biking trails are the name of the game (J29). Information about the historical, 3,000-year-old city of Zadar and discovery tours of the Dalmatian coast and its mountain ridges come care of the tourism association of the Zadar-Croatia region (K25).
And anyone gripped with wanderlust should sound out the most exotic and beautiful campsites down under at the stand of the Australian Caravan Association (C04).
However, numerous top-class European campsites will also feature once again; like the Mauterndorf (J27) campsite in Lungau in the province of Salzburg. This will present the gorgeous hiking and mountain-biking trails around Grosseck and Speiereck. Located at the heart of the Berchtesgadener Land national park is Camping Allweglehen (E09); this campsite advertises cuddly marmot days in early winter while the popular beach campsite “Waging am See” (E08) provides the opportunity to escape from everyday life and chill out at Upper Bavaria’s warmest lake. Those drawn to the north will strike it rich with Camping Stoverstrand (K26) right on the banks of the Elbe River and close to the vibrant harbour city of Hamburg. “Meer Urlaub” (a play on words meaning More/Seaside Holidays) is the claim care of Nordseecamp Norddeich, which invites campers to a relaxing stay (K26). Südseecamp in the Lüneburger Heide, by contrast, offers holiday fun galore for young and old at the exotic “Südsee Badeparadies” (K26). The campsites in Southern Tyrol promise 365 days of finest camping with perfect ski slopes, extensive bike trails and breath-taking hiking trails. The campsites surrounding Valencia invite tourists to a relaxed stay with a unique combination of picturesque culture and culinary delights (G18).
Comprehensive information on campsites and holiday destinations worldwide for outdoor fans also comes care of the international holiday chains and regional associations located in Hall 3. Presented here will be Camping Germany (E04), Svensk camping (A20, Part-time participation 25 - 29 August), Premiumcamps (D04), Molecaten (F30), Nature Vacations (H17), KUGA TOURS (E16), Träume leben – Canada Dream Tours (F29), Ferienstrassen.info (A18), Spanischer Campingverband (E30) and Camping Car Park (J18).