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One thing which has not been mentioned is that tens of thousands of European farmers have used the subsidies to diversify their activities. In Germany alone there are thousands of farmers which offer bed and breakfast to holiday makers at extremely advantageous conditions. The farms are kept in their historic splendour and offer all the modern amneties. Often it is regarded as "pocket money" for the farmer's wife who manages it. Breakfast is absolutely gorgeous, it is fresh bread, milk, fruit from the garden, home made cake and marmelades etc.

Hier are the prices:

Bed and Breakfast per person per day,
room with bath, shower, wc

1-2 nights 15,00 EUR
3-4 nights 13,50 EUR
more tan 5 nights 13,00 EUR
kids until 3 years free
kids 3-10 years  4,00 EUR
reduction for kids until 12 years

It should also be said that Germany doesn't know private property rights in the English/American sense where the public can be kept out of woods, fields and lawns.

There is no trespassing in Germany.

People are free to go where ever they like. No closed private roads, no closed private beaches and kids are allowed to climb on every treen while their parents are free to put up a picnic table.

All this is made possible with a little extra financial help from the CAP.  

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819

by Ritter on Fri Dec 16th, 2005 at 11:19:35 AM EST
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that's changed somewhat in England and Wales due to the 'Right to Roam' act of 2000, that allows access to a further 1.8 million hectares of countryside, Scotland has no tresspass law
by ------- on Sun Dec 18th, 2005 at 09:57:54 AM EST
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