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International Tandem Rally 2017
Camping Nahetal

55585 Oberhausen-an-der-Nahe
Saturday 5th. - Saturday 12th. August

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The club has not visited Germany since Osnabruck in 2007 so a return is long overdue. Many large campsites there are filled with permanent or seasonal pitches and finding one that could accommodate our rally has been difficult. After much searching Pia and Tilman have found this site for us in the Nahe valley of Germany. 350 miles or 560 Km. from Calais. Other accommodation is available nearby.


The area:
Have you ever been to Germany? Bavaria is certainly the most known and is said to be the most beautiful region of Germany.
The Naheland however is an insider's tip in the southwest of Germany and less touristy.
Contrasting landscapes of wine, woody hills, some open fields and small rivers make the region between Bingen on the Rhine and the Saarland an interesting cyclist destination .
The AONB Soonwald-Nahe,  the rivers Nahe, Glan or Alsenz, the lonely forests of the Hunsrück mountains, and the famous Rhine valley not far away are waiting to be discovered. You will ride on many signposted cycle paths, but also on quiet secondary roads. Plus the disused railway tracks that make up formidable cycle tracks: along the Nahe river and the Glan on the way to Meisenheim, small charming town.

The campsite is situated more or less in between the airports of Frankfurt/Main and Frankfurt/Hahn (Hunsrück). It is some 450 km from the Hook to Oberhausen/Nahe, add 100 km from Calais - much closer than Bavaria! It's a small site so register soon. But the owners are friendly and welcoming Dutchmen and have promised to provide electric hook ups for our pitches. Also, we will have a barbecue fireplace! 
Unfortunately the nearest store will be a 10 km ride away in Bad Münster, but it's a flat ride if you want to cycle! 
Plus you can order bread, rolls, baguette and croissants each day for the next day.
On the campsite there are 2 chalets for rent plus some caravans (book individually with the campsite).

The event:
A range of activities is being planned for the rally including:

  • Welcome party - Saturday
  • Tandem Games - Monday
  • Wine tasting - Several nights pre-book on arrival
  • Coach trip to Mainz - Wednesday.
  • Local food and drink - Thursday 
  • Last night barbecue and music by 'The Late Guys'- Friday
  • A visit to the vintage Vintage tractor collection in Oberhausen will be available.


5th. July 2017 - Route sheets and gpx tracks have been added this week and a link e-mailed to all participants.
Various rides are planned and will be available on our routes page. A link will be sent to all participants. We will offer short, medium and long routes, which will be round trips,  and a new category: The flat routes.  Because it's a hilly region they might take you there and back on the same way, but you will definetely not have to climb. Basically, they will take you up and down a river (Nahe, Glan, Alsenz). 
Maps. 1:70,000 Kompass (Plasticised, weather proof and tear resistant)
Kompass 3061 ( Hunsrück Obere Nahe - covers the campsite.)
Kompass 3089 (Rheinhessen Rheingau Naheland, Mainz)
Kompass 3093 (Pfälzerwald Kaiserslautern)

All these are available to order in the UK from The Map Shop @ £7.25 + Carriage. Click on the links for more information


New - 17th. March 2017
We have additional tent pitches at the local canoe club approx 2 Km. from the main site.
These will be for tents only (No Chemical Toilets). No small children unable to swim as the site is alongside a lake with no shallow areas. Electricity is included.
The site has showers and toilets for ladies and gents.
You will have use of the kitchen, assembly room,barbecue and outside tables and chairs.
Campers have to use waste bags purchased from the club at 3 Euros.
Early arrival is possible from Saturday 29th. July but everyone must leave at the end of the rally on Saturday 12th. August as another group will be arriving.
Members of the canoe club will be around for their meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please select 'Canoe Club Tent' from the accommodation drop down list.

Camping Nahetal - Main Rally Site.
We have a limited number of pitches for this rally. These are all fully booked.

The following is available by booking direct with Camping Nahetal

Ixus Caravan :  €475,-  (rent), €24,- Bedwasch, €35,- (cleaning)  =   € 534,- incl. ;  Max. 4 Persons
Tabbert Caravan : €500,-  (rent),  €24,- Bedwasch,  €35,- (cleaning)  = €559,- incl.  Max. 4 Persons

The mobile homes on the Camping Nahetal website are fully booked.
Website for Camping Nahetal

Accomodation off site:
Nearby hotels and B&Bs available. We will prepare a list. Please contact tci2017@tandem-club.org.uk.
Other places in Oberhausen (In German).
Duchroth (in German)
Niederhausen - Zum Stausee has a wedding and is fully booked 5/6 August.
Gut Herrmannsberg is on top of the next hill and very ritzy.

Camping Prices payable to Camping Nahetal on departure:

Adult pitch fee for Tents, Caravans and Motorhomes Per person (18+) per night €10.00
Child Pitch fee Per child (-18) per night €4.00
Electricity connection fee - once (plus €0.60 per kWh paid on departure) per pitch per night €1.50
Garbage disposal Per pitch per night €1.00
A 25% discount will be applied for bookings through the Tandem Club


Payment for your camping pitch must be paid to Camping Nahetal on departure. The Tandem Club will make a pitch reservation for you once payment of the Rally fee has been received. You do not need to contact the campsite unless you wish to  book Static caravans or additional days which must be booked direct with Camping Nahetal.

When you complete the booking form you will be offered three ways to pay:
UK bookings:

  • Card - via Nochex .(Our preferred method)
  • BACS - Bank transfer. Please note the Rally account is different from the account used for your membership. 
  • Cheque - Payable to The Tandem Club
  • More details will be shown on the booking form. 

Non UK Bookings:

  • BACS to a Dutch Euro account

Any queries please contact The 2017 International Rally Team

Map showing location of Camping Nahetal


Terms and Conditions.
Booking confirmation:
Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received in full and cleared which should be before the closing date for bookings. Dishonoured cheques will result in the cancellation of your booking.
Members Only:
U.K. Residents must be members of The Tandem Club (UK). Annual membership is £10.00 or €18 per year with membership for the first Joint Member or 'Family' member free. If you'd like to become a member of The Tandem Club, link to the Subscription Details page by clicking here. Non U.K. residents may be either members of the Tandem Club or their own regional club.

If you participate in any ride or event organised by the Tandem Club you do so entirely at your own risk. The Club, its officers and ride organisers accept no responsibility for loss, damage to property, accident, injury or death, that may occur, however caused, whether by negligence, deliberate act or otherwise.

 Cancellations and refunds.
The rally fee will not be refunded after the closing date. Refund of other components will depend on what the Club can recover from the campsite and/or other suppliers. Members may wish to consider taking out Holiday Insurance to cover losses the Club cannot refund.

 Photographs taken at the event may be published on the Tandem Club Website, The Tandem Club Facebook pages and The Tandem Club Journal