Bad Windsheim – the rally of the “giants”
There was a rare sight at the weekend for any walkers strolling between the thermal baths, the “high ropes” assault course and Külsheim The mobile home park seemed to be bursting at the seams. Some 70 Phoenix mobile homes had gathered, each weighing between six and twelve tons, and eight to ten metres long. And the reason? The annual mobile home owners' rally was being staged in the spa town, with the vehicles coming from Aschbach.
“Those taking part in the rally were from all parts of Germany, some from Flensburg or the Allgäu, or from Leipzig or Trier,“ according to the PhoeniX Sales Director, Wolfgang Steinbauer, who also added that some PhoeniX mobile home owners had travelled from Germany’s neighbours of Austria and Switzerland. Bad Windsheim had once again been chosen as the location for the rally ahead of Rothenburg or Naumburg for two reasons: firstly, the site that is much preferred by all the participants had become available and secondly, so Steinbauer added with a smile, because the participants could indulge in three main activities of “eating, partaking of the culture and taking physical exercise to get in shape“. In the case of the last activity he meant the Franken Theme (Franconia thermal baths). To those taking part in the rally, the fact that the thermal baths and the old town were so close was a real temptation.
Varied programme of events
A full and varied programme awaited the enthusiasts. In addition to the opening of the Imperial Free City Christmas Market there was the attraction of a supper with music provided by the Bad Windsheim choir. The visit to the open-air museum lived up to expectations, as did the dance, at which the head of the company Johannes Schell played in the band. There was a period of contemplation at the Advent service at the Spitalkirche at which the group “Sax for Five“, of which Rüdiger Götz is a member, played; this occasion marked the close of the rally. Each rally is wonderful, according to; she joined the rally after a six-hour journey from the Glarus region in Switzerland. As chairperson of the Swiss PhoeniX Mobile Home Club she strongly made the point: “We love coming here, the people in the shops and restaurants are very friendly“. Ilona Zaudtke from Hamburg is also full of praise. She arrived at the “pretty little town“ with her husband, stopping over at Einbeck and Hammelburg on the way. The two of them know Bad Windsheim already; Ilona Zaudtke completed a driving course for women in the town.
According to Gerti Hellmann from Augsburg “the thermal baths were great“. This was her second visit to Bad Windsheim with her husband and the mobile home. You could see her enthusiasm for the spa facilities and the town written all over her face. Klaus and Ulrike Anner from Saalfeld in Thuringia put it this way: “Many camp sites do not provide such comfort as this site“ and it’s proximity to the town is highly commended. Juanita and Hans-Jürgen Seitz from a small village near Fürstenfeldbruck recalled “the last time we were here the whole place was a building site“. The two of them have a lot of good things to say about the town: “the people in the town are incredibly nice, this is a well-known fact“.
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