EUROPEAN TOURING ROUTE ACCOMMODATION

SLEEP AT GREAT HOTELS

Your back is aching, your arms are shaking. A long days ride can take its toll, we present the best places to rest up, put the feet up and grab a refreshing beverage!

CULTURE

TAKE IN SOME LOCAL CULTURE

Tour in depth, and get immersed in local culture, wherever you stop. Enjoy the best aspects the diverse regions and people have to offer!

THE BEST OF EUROPEAN FOOD

DINNER TIME!

Europe is a place where travelling 50 kilometres, one can see the landscape, the language changing, and deliciously, the food also. The most mouth-watering delights await you. There is no hunger like a touring hunger!

ROUTES

THE BEST ROUTES

We do more than list off a load of directions, we curate our routes to include the absolute best that Europe has to offer.
We know this, because we have driven and ridden all of them ourselves, guaranteed!

GET MUSICAL

THE MUSIC IS IN YOU

Summertime in Europe offers many festivals and music events to take in. From Nordkapp to Cadiz, you will find the best places to take a pit stop and take in a festival that is to your taste!

HANSE WEEKEND, LÜBECK, GERMANY

Every year, we take the short ride from Denmark to the Hanseatic town of Lübeck in northern Germany, to check out the annual Hanse-Weekend motorbike event. After a great start in 2009, and over 200,000 visitors and 15,000 motorbikers in 2010, they expected around 25,000 motorbikes this year, from all over northern Europe and Scandinavia.

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

The location for an event of this size could not be better, situated in the heart of the old warehouse district, along the banks of the River Trave, just 100 meters across the river from the old town of Lübeck. The first thing you notice, apart from the 19,999 other motorbikes, were the practical parking arrangements, and quick access from the bike parking area to the event itself. 

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

Musically, the event was well-equipped, with two large stages, one at each end of the main thoroughfare. The live bands were belting out a solid mix of rock, country, blues, 50's, 60's and some other indescernable genre, that I couldn't really identify.

The main Biergarten was situated around halfway between the two stages, with smaller bars and food merchants, scattered randomly along both sides of the main drag. In between these, were a series of trader stalls, selling everything from clothing, merchandise, helmets, jewelry, accessories, equipment, animal tails, hands from rats, heads from birds, and other useful artifacts. After having purchased more then you should have, and eaten too much, and had too many beers, you could also get yourself a tattoo or two, as well as maybe some piercings in dark places, all in broad daylight.

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

Running parallel to the main strip, was a large warehouse or exhibition hall, which contained everything from bars and food merchants, to custom bike builders, yet another music stage, and some custom painters and artists. The work of motorbike artist Michael Knepper (www.michaelknepper.de) was on display also, as well as the artist himself.

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

A range of custom builders we represented in various locations around the dockland site, with names like Habermann Performance, famous for their unconventional symbiotic relationship between design technique and perfect handling, being one of the more prominent candidates. Customizer Anatol Egbuna was also present, specialising in individual parts for custom bikes, made of high quality materials. As well as manufacturing specific custom parts, he also builds bikes, and won first prize for his Sportster at Hamburg Harley Days in 2010.

No self-respecting Biker Event would be complete with the obligatory Custom builder competition, and this year's event covered the genres of Streetfighter, Harley Custom, Racing, Metric, Radical, Classic, Sportster and Three-Wheeler, with prizes for Best Paint Job and Best Show Bike.

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

As evening rolled in over Lübeck, the smell of grills and food permeated the air, and the atmosphere intensified, as the beer flowed freely, and music became louder. At the height of it, Motorcycle Stuntrider Rainer Schwarz, known as one of the best stuntriders in Europe, demonstrated his astonishing new Pyro-Show, burning off another couple of Dunlop rear-tyres, adding to the 150  tyres that he melts in over 40 events around Europe, each season.

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

As night settled, the entire area came alive to the sound of 20,000 motorbikes leaving the docklands in all directions, to find their way back home, providing a spectacular ending to a nice trip to Lübeck. See you there next year?



www.hanse-weekend-luebeck.de