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Gary Kinghorn
19-04-2007, 12:44 PM
This trip report was written by 10 year old catherine and demonstrates that the ring is not just a place for petrol heads, kids can have just as much fun too.


Why I enjoy going to Germany.

My dad has got a car that he likes to drive at the ring, and so we go there camping on holiday, and have lots of fun! The ring is not just for Dads and Mums to go racing around, it is a fun place for kids too.

Swimming.
At the swimming pool in Adenau, there are two pools, one inside and one outside. In the outside pool there is a huge blue slide, but it is only open when it is warm, I think there are some water fountains out there too. In the inside pool there are two diving boards one big and one small. You can take some things to eat and drink at the pool side, because there are lots of tables and chairs, plus there is a shop where you can buy some sweets. There is another pool where babies can play, and they have lots of little toys for them to play with.

Viewing points – waving at drivers.
There are a lot of viewing points, nearly at every corner on the Nurburgring, e.g. the Karussel, the mini Karussel, Adenau forst and so on. But my favourite bit is where you wave at every car, lorry, camper van, and motorbike as they go past you at the viewing point. If the people are nice they wave back. We have a lot of fun with this as they wave, and pip their horns, and if they go around a few times they get used to you being there and wave even more.
My brother(11) loves having passenger laps in fast cars, and so he stays with my dad at the Ring car park, and he talks to people and asks if he can go out with them.
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He waves to us all the time as he goes past.

Sleeping over at German friend’s house.
I have made friends with a German family, as their dad drives the Ring. I have been invited to sleep over at their house.
Kim and Karin are very nice girls, and their mum Claire and their dad Karl are very nice too. They have a huge trampoline in the garden and we play out on that for ages.
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I have been trying to learn a little bit of German so I can talk to them in German, and we have a little giggle when I practise it with them.

Camping.
Camping is a lot of fun, its not just boring things like having to sleep in a proper bed – it’s more exciting if you sleep out in a tent.
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There are a lot of things that you can do in a tent that you cannot do in a hotel – we can make fires every night and watch them. We go off and collect the wood and then chop it all up, and sometimes there are huge big logs to pick up and they are the best bits. We can play out all the time we are there, we went on an Easter egg hunt on this trip
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that the campsite had arranged, you can go on adventure walks, etc. We make our own food and then eat it outside.


Going out for tea.
You can go out to tea at pubs, such as the Comfy corner where lots of people from the Northloop met and had a meal. The kids ate in a separate room as they did not want to eat with the adults, and it was great!
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We went to the Chinese last year with Jake, Matthew and Hannah(and their dad Simon and Mum Michaela) and had a nice meal, with lots of nice food. We went to the PistonKlaus with Jake, Matthew, Hannah, Simon, Michaela; Oliver, his nice granddad and dad Nick.

Theme park.

Wild und Freizeitpark - This was a good theme park. The roller coaster was the best ride, and the first time I went on it I screamed all the way around. On the last time around I could keep my hands in the air and shout “Whoo” all the way around. My other favourite bit was a water ride, which had a fast and a slow run – I went in the fast run most. One of my other favourites was “wasserbob” where you went up in a boat and then you can down fast into the water.


I also liked a ride where 2 people in a tub with a steering wheel, and you turn it one way to touch the edge, and turn it the other way to spin you to the other side. It was so Fun!
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Phantasia land – This is like Alton Towers with lots of fast rides that turn you upside down, and make you feel wobbly. I was scared on the black Mamba ride. We went here last year and had a great day out, but I cannot remember much of it.


Tobogganing.
This is where you sat in little snow sledge, with a lever in the middle at the front. When you pull it back towards you then you slow down, and so I always keep it forwards so I do not break! You go down a windy track, and it is fun, exciting, fast and brilliant.
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Cable cars.
We went on a day trip to Cochem, and we went on some cable cars. There are seats for 2 people in them, but upsettingly children have to go up with an adult, and children cannot go by themselves.
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At the top there is a cross and there is a banister and you can see for miles around.
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We found a small lizard in the rocks, and we were trying to touch it.

So that is why I really enjoy going to Germany, because there are a lot of things to do.

Ed_
21-04-2007, 04:56 AM
Quite a literate 10 year old! Tell her it is a brake, not "break" on the toboggan. My kids loved the luge at Winterberg. At the time they were too young to go down alone and I had to go with them. I ignored all the brake signs, except for the last one of course! Highly recommended.

Stip
23-04-2007, 04:16 PM
@Matty

Nexttime you are onthe Ring i come with my Family.
My oldest son is 9 and the twins are 6years old.
They are crazy about cars and racingcars and you can learn german and theach them english :)

Stip

Juanjo
01-05-2007, 11:47 PM
Thanks Gary this was great and I'm looking forward to take my Luca (8 now) there...

Juan :thumb: