Volkswagen just released their brand new television commercial with pop star Helene Fischer as well as Domi and Zainab’s Herbie. Click here or on the picture below to watch the spot!
We arrived back home! Safely! Herbie made it again – and this while pulling a caravan the long way round Africa. Our dream of traveling this last missing continent (except Antarctica of course) became actually reality. Since September 2009 we visited 80 countries while driving two Volkswagen Beetles from 1963 with campers in tow for more than 115,000 miles (or 185,000 kilometers) around the globe. We need a break and Herbie a pit stop! Therefore we’ll stay home for quite…
Yesterday, the newsmagazine “Heute” published something about Herbie’s World Tour. The picture was taken in the Atacama Desert of Chile on our trip across South America. We’ve already done 150,000 kilometers so far and our 34 horsepower are still running.
Herbie’s World Tour got featured in the latest edition of “FUSCA & CIA”, a Brazilian magazine about the air-cooled Volkswagen Bug. The story goes over eight full pages and includes a lot of pictures from our travels around the world. The article is written in Portuguese by Luiz Guedes Jr. from Brazil.
Just before continuing our trip across Europe in summer last year, Domi visited a junior high school class in Arbesbach, Lower Austria, to tell them a bit about traveling around the world in a Volkswagen Beetle from 1963 pulling a matching camper. Many thanks to teacher Manuela Brauneis (second from right) who invited us to come! A local newspaper named “Bezirksblatt” wrote a short story about the meeting. You can find more articles about our 34 horses riding around the…
We forgot posting a well done German written article by Verena Eissner-Eissenstein in WIENER, an Austrian magazine, about our journey across Europe and the experiences we got while traveling around the globe. You can the article also on the following website: www.wiener-online.at/2011/08/herbie-gibt-gas/
You can also read the whole article at: http://www.campingclub.at/jart/prj3/oeamtc_camping/data/uploads/camping-revue/CR6/page41.html
Our adventure around the world started in September 2009. We traveled all through Asia, Australia, North and Central America and arrived back home safely in March this year. During the summer we were with Herbie and the camper on a kind of Euro trip across Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. We drove all together more than 75,000 miles (120.000 kilometers)…
On our way back to the South we had to change the inner front bearing on the left side. In a town called Rugby (where football/rugby was invented) we found we needed – a shop for air-cooled VW spare parts – Status VW.
Just when we drove into the city of Edinburgh (Scotland) the clutch cable broke. So we stopped at the next supermarket parking lot to replace it.
The Highlands of Scotland:
Somewhere on the East Coast of England (Great Britain).
Aldi/Hofer and VW 1303 Bugs also exist in Great Britain.
Hoffmann-Speedster, our sponsor partner and major VW spare parts distributor in Europe, is located in Viersen.
Coming from Sweden we had to go across three pretty expensive bridges in Denmark to reach Germany where we brought Evi to the main train station in Hamburg in order for her to go home. On the same day we saw another young couple with an old VW Bug and a camper in tow.
Quite chilly days we had here way up North in Norway and the other countries. And we thought the Scandinavians would be warm in summer. We’ve already driven more than 5000 kilometers on our trip across Europe.
On our way through Sweden we passed a little town called Ängelholm where a VW meeting took place.
Finally we got a ticket on one of the ships going from Tallinn (Estonia) to Helsinki. We were amazed how many vehicles could fit in such a “ferry”. After two hours on board we reached our destination: Finland.
We are already far away from home – sitting at the harbor of Tallinn (Estonia) waiting for a ship to get over to Helsinki (Finland). In the meantime we met another kind of a Herbie replica. The guy is working for a driving school in Finland. Yes, in Herbie! Border crossing in Lithuania and Latvia.
Herbie No II is powered by a 1600i (injection) motor built in Mexico and installed by our dear friend and air-cooled Volkswagen enthusiast Meister Friedrich Hübsch. The only motor oil we use on our trips around the world – a fully synthetic 5w-50.
We drove through Germany and the Czech Republic to reach Poland. In the following days we’ll travel across the Baltic’s in order to take a ferry to Finland. We took a rest at a little church in the middle of nowhere in Poland (above). And here is just a picture of what we eat during our travels (below). Very healthy!
After a day on the freeway we had a stop at the headquarter of Porsche Austria. We got invited to a little photo shooting with employers of the company. Herbie, Zainab, Evi, Domi and the camper at Porschehof in Salzburg (above). And one of the last Volkswagen Bugs called “Última Edición” they produced in Puebla, Mexico (below).
It’s the first day on our trip through Europe and our last one in Austria. We are spending the night just outside of Salzburg. Tomorrow we’ll visit people from Volkswagen-Porsche before we’re heading Northeast. Here are some pictures: Herbie and the camper Evi (Zainab’s sister) and Domi were sitting in the front row.
This is our plan how we want to drive around Europe. We’ll go first North to the Baltic’s, from there to Scandinavia, then to the islands of Great Britain and Ireland and in the end to the Western European parts.