In Altenberg on the Czech border, visitors can also expect a summer toboggan run.

In Altenberg on the Czech border, visitors can also expect a summer toboggan run.

In addition, the development of the Ducato is strongly geared towards the needs of the caravanning industry – for example in terms of axle load, transmission, motorization and trailer loads. Klaus Lewandowski, motorhome expert in the Berlin-Brandenburg regional association of the German Camping Club, confirms this: "Earlier than others, Fiat advocated the possibility of motorhome bodies."

The round seating group as the hit of the season

As much as the industry is dominated by the Fiat Ducato: There is no shortage of different designs. The design of the interior is very diverse in the common variants, from box vans to partially integrated mobiles to the dying models with alcove roofs. "Some manufacturers offer up to 30 floor plan variants" says Horx. The aim is to meet customer requirements as individually as possible. Should it be single beds or a French bed? Should the walls be variable? "The absolute hit this year is the round seating area in the rear of the vehicle" Lewandowski calls a trend.

Luxury and glamor come to the fore

In principle, luxury and glamor also play an increasingly important role in the field of mobile homes up to a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tons. From "Glamping" a word creation from glamor and camping, speaks CIVD spokesman Horx. High-quality interior fittings are also in demand in the smaller mobiles. Prototypes already have a sauna, solarium and other amenities on board. "The interior is in the foreground when choosing a vehicle, not the chassis" stresses Horx ashley madison agency.

It saves weight

If the motorhome is to be driven with a class B driver’s license, it must not be too heavy and, including passengers and luggage, not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. The more lavish the on-board equipment, the less room there is for the payload. Often that is only 350 kilograms or less. Wehrmann therefore speaks of a particular challenge that the developers are meeting with innovative floor plans and lightweight construction. Horx gives an example: "Instead of heavy wooden floor panels, carbon fiber reinforced materials are used."

When in doubt, the microwave must stay at home

But Lewandowski recommends customers to always pay attention to their weight and payload even with modern vehicles based on transporters. You don’t necessarily have to take a microwave or flat screen TV with you when you travel. For the long-time mobile home owner, a comfortable bed, kitchenette, washing facility and, for the winter, heating are still the most important features. This applies regardless of whether the chassis comes from Fiat or Ford.

Not only children love tobogganing. In order not to miss out on this fun even when there is no snow, it is worth visiting a summer toboggan run. Admire a selection of summer toboggan runs in our photo show.

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Germany’s longest summer toboggan runs

The double chairlift takes you up the mountain and then the fun starts in the Alpsee Coaster in Immenstadt in Bavaria. The route is about three kilometers long and offers 68 curves, 23 waves, 7 jumps and 4 bridges over paths and streams. You can also hear one or the other scream echoing through the landscape. The thrill of the rapid descent at up to 30 kilometers per hour on the year-round passable route, which climbs up to 350 meters in altitude, lasts six to ten minutes. The fascinating route delights young and old. One of the most spectacular toboggan runs in Germany awaits visitors on the Hasenhorn in Todtnau in the Black Forest. You can get to the starting point of the rail-guided Hasenhorn Coaster very comfortably with the modern double chairlift and then you go on a 2700 meter long ride with a height difference of 385 meters.

Summer toboggan runs: harmony on the slope

The Jaudenhang-Flitzer is a total of 1600 meters long with a height difference of 120 meters. The Jaudenhang-Flitzer, which incidentally is dismantled again and again at the end of the season, blends harmoniously into the landscape not far from Lenggries. During the summer season, Germany’s longest classic summer toboggan run awaits its visitors on Tölz’s local mountain, Blomberg, with a total length of 1286 meters and a difference in altitude of 220 meters. The Fort Fun Adventure Land also offers a 1250 meter long summer toboggan run. However, the train is only one of the 40 attractions in the amusement park, which is very scenic. The Tegelbergbahn summer toboggan run is located directly at the Tegelbergbahn valley station in the middle of the Allgäu. It has a length of 760 meters, but is still a lot of fun on the relatively short route. And a quick look across the border: The Rittisberg Coaster in Austria is not to be despised with its length of one kilometer and nine meters from the ground.

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More summer toboggan runs in Germany

With the Franken toboggan run, a classic summer toboggan run and the Alpine Coaster Frankenbob, the Pottenstein summer toboggan run in Franconian Switzerland offers two facilities. With a promotional length of exactly 1000 meters, there are several other summer toboggan runs such as the Alpspitzbahn in the beautiful Allgäu Nesselwang, the Egidi-Buckel summer toboggan run in Sankt Englmar in the Bavarian Forest or the Harzbob around the Hexentanzplatz in Thale in Saxony-Anhalt.

The highest summer toboggan run in the world

The Alpine Coaster on Glacier 3000 in Switzerland offers a wild glacier ride. The highest toboggan run in the world makes the adrenaline level soar. At up to six meters above the ground and close to the abyss, guests experience a top-class driving experience. The track length is 1000 meters, with a height difference of 110 meters. The maximum gradient is around 30 percent. In addition, there is a 520 degree gyro, 10 curves, 6 waves, 3 jumps and 2 bridges.

The queen of curves

The double chair lift on the Hirschberg in the Bregenz Forest is unfortunately closed at the moment, but hopefully it will open again soon. Because there the visitor can expect a rapid ride over 1850 meters with 80 curves. The children and parents set the pace at which they go down into the valley, because the sledges are equipped with handy brake sticks. Whoever made it down safely not only had a lot of fun but also had weak knees. The Hirschberg summer toboggan run, however, only operates in dry weather. There is also a summer toboggan run in the Harz Mountains – more precisely in Wippra. Here, too, big and small guests get their money’s worth.

And even more summer toboggan runs

But that’s not all. In Altenberg on the Czech border, visitors can also expect a summer toboggan run. With a difference in altitude of 70 meters, guests can let off steam at 1000 meters. The descent takes two to five minutes (depending on your courage). And anyone who is in Eibenstock (south of Zwickau) can enjoy the summer toboggan run there. That is between Deggendorf and Passau "Bear bobsleigh Grafenau" to find. It is located directly on the Bavarian Forest National Park. From a leisurely forest route to a breathtaking steep slope, this cable car has everything to offer. A highlight is also hidden in Brotterode: The "Inselsberg summer toboggan run". The same operator also offers a train in Pottenstein, Wald-Michelbach and on the Wasserkuppe. Of the "Harz bob" sends the visitors in Thale deeper and also in Wippra the visitors get their money’s worth. Vacationers in Austria can take a ride on the "Rittisberg Coaster" venture into Ramsau and those who spend their free time in Italy can find out about the "Klausberg speedster" looking forward.

Further information

Please inform yourself about the opening times on the operator’s website before arrival, as these depend on the weather.

The highest toboggan run in the world: www.gstaad.ch, www.glacier3000.ch, Gstaad 3000 AG, Le Chalet, CH-3780 Gstaad, Switzerland, Tel. +41 (0) 24 492 09 23, Fax +41 (0) 24 492 09 24, info@glacier3000.ch; The longest summer toboggan run in the world: www.hirschberg.at Tobogganing in Franconian Switzerland: Franconian toboggan run and Pottenstein summer toboggan run www.sommerrodelbahnen-pottenstein.de Hirschberg summer toboggan run: www.hirschberg.at; Toboggan run in Wippra: www.wippra-harz.de/RodelbahnSommerrodelbahn Altenberg: www.sommerrodelbahn-altenberg.deSommerrodelbahn-altenberg.deSommerrodelbahn Eibenstock: www.bobbahn-eibenstock.deBobbahn Grafenau: www.sommerrodelbahn-grafenau.deInselsberg Sommerrodelbahn.deSommerrodelbahn.de : www.sommerrodelbahnen-pottenstein.de Summer toboggan run Thale: www.seilbahnen-thale.de Summer toboggan run Wald-Michelbach: www.sommerrodelbahn-wald-michelbach.de Summer toboggan run Wasserkuppe: www.sommerrodelbahnen-wasserkuppe.deRodelbahn Wippra.de/ www.wippelbahn -Coaster: www.rittisberg.at

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Cyclocross as a cycling sport spanned a shadowy existence for years, while the discipline in the Benelux countries already has masses of fans. But it will also be here in Germany "Cyclo-cross road cycling" more and more popular. The toughest racing cyclists fight their way through the mud on difficult routes, while recreational cyclists appreciate the versatility of sports bikes with racing handlebars and tread tires. Whether on asphalt, forest paths or unpaved bike paths: Cyclocross conquers the routes – see for yourself in the photo show.

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Cyclocross: cycling regardless of the weather or the ground

Cyclocross races once solved a dilemma for racing cyclists: In winter there were and are hardly any (road) races. And training is often difficult in cold, wet autumn-winter weather. Because road cycling is a sport for seasoned athletes who are not afraid of falling, French cyclists began to train their skills in preparation for the season regardless of the surface or weather: the first cross-country races date back to the turn of the century and took place on the French Riviera . Hence the name Cyclocross, borrowed from French.

The idea in detail: fitness and coordination can be wonderfully trained over hill and dale. So the racing cyclists of that time cycled steeply uphill and rapidly downhill off the beaten track. By today’s standards, you were miles away from first-class road surfaces anyway, but the athletes went even further: in some places the bike had to be shouldered.

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Racing bike is adapted to the terrain

Now a racing bike – then as now – is primarily designed for speed on the road and is not intended for off-road use. In the mud, the thin, low-profile bicycle tires quickly reach their limits and the tire clearance on the frame and fork, crammed with mud, tends to increase rolling resistance. That did not prevent the ambitious “pioneer crossers” from rolling through the countryside on their racing bikes and finally holding the first cyclo-cross World Cup in Paris in 1950. The racing bike adapted to the requirements almost just as quickly – presumably the adaptation was made by the riders of the bikes themselves – and knew how to counteract the tough off-road use with cyclocross details. Special bicycle frames and forks made room for thicker, coarse tires.