As much as I love the peace and tranquillity offered in most parts of the valley, there are times I fancy doing something crazy. Of course, the river offers plenty of scope for thrill junkies from water skiing to being dragged behind a boat at high speed on an inflatable sausage. Sadly, those things have limited appeal to people like me who were not blessed with water wings from an early age.So I was very happy to discover that there is a way to get the adrenalin pumping without having to get a dunking – taking your own car or motorbike for an epic blast around the “Nordschleife” of the world-famous Nürburgring, just 45 km from Cochem.
Believe it or not, one lap only costs €27, whilst €100 will get you four laps around this legendary stretch of tarmac. Not bad for doing something most people only ever dream of. For me, it is one of those “things to do before you die” experiences. But just be careful doing it otherwise it could be the last thing you do before you die!
Nürburgring also offers a variety of other activities such as karting, racing driver training, co-pilot rides and off-road experiences. Of course, there is also the regular calendar or races. For more details, click here to go to their website (in English).