Camping Paradies Franken, Simmershofen
We spent a night at Camping Paradies Franken before starting Germany’s Romantic Road. Though strictly speaking not on the Romantic Road itself the campsite is close to the northern end, in a place called Simmershofen. Depending on whether you are heading north to south or south to north it would be worth considering at the start or end of a Romantic Road tour. As we got closer I noticed the surrounding landscape was very flat. It’s a campsite with a very rural feel about it.
Camping Paradies Franken – Facilities
The check-in process was quick and painless. The receptionist spoke good English and was very helpful with information about the campsite. We only stayed one night but that was enough to get an idea about the facilities on offer. The shower block was very modern looking and kept very clean. Being off season it was not very busy so there was never a queue for the showers. In all honesty the number of showers seems about right for the number of pitches at this campsite.
The site also benefits from having a restaurant and bar which is useful if you don’t feel like cooking. We didn’t use the restaurant as Russell has a habit of loading his motorhome to the gills. We could have probably fed an army for the 2 weeks we would be away. Free wifi was also very welcome and the signal strength and speed seemed decent. The pitches seemed to be a mixture of grass and hardstanding. Being winter, trees were bare and there was little landscaping. The surrounding being flat led to it feeling very windy at times.
Electric was at 16A (Amps) but unlike most UK campsites it is not unlimited. At the time of writing 4KW was included in the price which is likely to suffice in summer. In winter however, depending on your needs, you are likely to use more than this. Each extra KW was charged at very high rates by UK standards. Apparently this is partly due to green taxes in Germany which apply to normal consumers but not their heavy industries. If you are planning to visit during winter in a vehicle with average insulation either expect a high final bill or look elsewhere.
Camping Paradies Franken – Summary
The facilities and standards are first rate at this campsite. The only downside is the fact that electricity is not unlimited. For a winter visit you need to consider this carefully before booking. I don’t know who the typical customer is for this campsite. I’m not sure if there is enough to do locally to stay here for a week. As a one night option for those doing the Romantic Road it makes sense but for those who have a shower on board their motorhome I would probably use the Stellplatz that exist in the popular towns on the Romantic Road.
Though this article is aimed mainly at the motorhome community, it should be noted that Camping Paradies Franken also could appeal to campers with tents. Indeed they even had a few camping pods that you can rent.