Charly: Starting in Sczeczin, which was formally the German city of Stettin, we traveled along the coastline. We enjoyed the old architecture and the learned more about the history of this really old city.
From there we went to Kolobrzeg, which was formally the German city Kolberg. There we visited the old lighthouse. The lighthouse is near the beach promenade where tourists get fresh smoked fish, enjoy the port, and the view of the beach.
On the way to Gdansk, we stopped to see a military museum in Ustka, which was formally the German city Stolpmünde. They display a lot of historic war machines like airplanes, tanks, and artillery. While the men enjoyed the museum, the women enjoyed a good coffee.
Later we went to Gdansk, which was formally the German city Danzig. Gdansk is loaded with history. The city was founded at the end of the ninth or beginning of the tenth century. Later the city belonged to the Hanseatic League.
TCM: What were some of your favorite places in Poland and along the Baltic coast that you would recommend to others?
Charly: The whole area is beautiful, and I think everyone who would like to travel here should start from Hamburg, Germany and travel via Lübeck, Rostock, the Island Usedom, Swinouscie, Kolberg, Mielno, Darlowo, and Ustka to Gdansk. The trip is not that long as Germany and Poland are not big countries. From Hamburg to Gdansk you have only around 450 miles, but there is so much to see, and so much to explore, that you could easily fill three weeks with such a trip.
Editor: We invited Charly’s traveling friend Heinrich to contribute to this article as he accompanied Charly with another rented Four Wheel Camper.
Heinrich: We recommend the towns of Kohlberg and Danzig. The east Baltic Sea coast of Poland has wonderful landscapes for holidays, especially with children. The Poland coast is also much cheaper than Germany.
Above: It is slow on the island of Usedom, so a small chat shortens the waiting time
TCM: Sounds like a plan. What challenges are there to truck camping in Europe?
Charly: I have found that there have been no challenges at all. The truck can drive nearly everywhere I want to go. We have many campgrounds here and in every bigger city there are places with water and power stations where people can stay a night or two.
Heinrich: It’s easier to travel through Europe with a truck camper than with a caravan or trailer because the streets in the little towns are sometimes very narrow. You can also leave the truck camper in the campground and drive the truck everywhere you want. It’s also easier to drive with the truck camper than with a normal car and a caravan. At the campground you only need a small place.
Above: A short rest at the harbor, with historic ships
TCM: Did you caravan together for the entire trip?
Charly: Heike and Heinrich are friends of ours. They do not own the camper, but they do have a truck. The Four Wheel Camper dealer here helped us with second camper, and we helped him with some nice pictures from our trip. Since we are back, Heike and Heinrich are seriously interested in buying a Four Wheel Camper because they enjoyed the travel, and have been surprised on how easy their truck was to convert into a motorhome.
TCM: Where do you plan to travel next with your Four Wheel Camper?
Charly: We plan to travel all up to Scandinavia by way of Sweden and Norway. South-France and Monaco is a destination, but we also want to go to the countries of Scotland and Ireland.
TCM: Heinrich; since you don’t own a camper, what are your camping plans in the future?