Camping Belchenblick, Staufen im Breisgau, Tel 076337045

To find Site:-Leave A5 autobahn at junction 64a and follow signs for Bad Krozingen and Staufen. As you approach Staufen follow road signed for Munstertal. The campsite is on the left a few hundred metres after the exiting Staufen sign. After crossing the railway line turn to the right and wait outside the campsite until booked in.

Camping Belchenblick has a superb location on the edge of the delightful town of Staufen im Breisgau in Southern Germany. This campsite has 230 pitches, they vary in size but the average would be 80/90 sq metres. This can feel a bit tight when the campsite is busy. They are laid out in two sections. The smaller section is in front of the reception building and is mostly open although there are maturing trees around the perimeter. The more established, larger section, is situated behind the reception building and has more shade. Pitches are allocated on arrival and you are assisted onto your pitch by one of the staff. No doubt you could request a different pitch if you were not happy with the one you were given. Each pitch has its own electric point with a 16 amp supply. Electricity is metered and charged at the end of your stay. Whilst this may be a fairer method of charging you could be surprised by how much you use particularly if you favour using the caravan facilities rather than site facilities. Unless you request a pitch with its own water point, (limited in number) the nearest water points are at the two toilet blocks which can be something of a trek from the most distant pitches. There are two toilet blocks, the original one near the old reception which whilst it is kept spotless is showing its age. The newer block, which is part of the reception building, is absolutely superb. It has individual shower rooms which include a toilet for one stop ablutions. The block also has dish wash facilities and washing machines. The campsite has a small indoor swimming pool and there is a games room with the likes of table tennis. There is a small bar which seems to be frequented by the permanent campers, rather surprisingly for a campsite of this size it does not have a restaurant although takeaway food can be ordered at the excellent campsite shop. What many UK visitors will find difficult to get accustomed to is the closure of the site from 12.30 to 3.00pm, which, unless you plan ahead can be inconvenient. There is limited parking immediately outside the campsite and a larger area a bit further away but this can be full of people using the adjacent municipal open air swimming pool. The local railway  runs alongside the campsite which provides some interest but also some noise although trains stop by the early evening. It is usually the early morning where the noise is most intrusive, particularly if you are at the town end where you get the ping, ping of the level crossing as well! The more open area of the campsite tends to suffer more road noise. This campsite only accepts payment in cash or Travellers Cheques, no bank or credit cards.

Out and about it is an easy walk into Staufen. The town has three supermarkets, all close together. In my view the Aktiv is the best of the bunch. The site does do bicycle hire if you don't have your own and this is a good location to discover how good the Germans are at providing off road cycle ways. Switzerland is only 50 miles away if you fancy that excursion, but remember you will need a vignette if you want to use the Swiss motorway system. Freiburg is a reasonably short journey by car or train.

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