Walking the Way of the Cross in Kevelaer

There are many more walks in the Lower Rhine Plains between Krefeld and the Dutch-German border other than the two that we introduced here over the past two weeks.

The European Long Distance Trail GR8, for example, will take you from Nijmegen to Kalkar or Xanten and beyond, while an extensive network of picturesque foot paths connects the rivers Niers and Kleine Niers.

On the plus side, there are many other

Walking the Way of the Cross in Kevelaer

Breath of Fresh Air in Skulptur Projekte 2017 Muenster

Art in the public arena: this has been the overriding topic of all Skulptur Projekte exhibitions in the West German town of Münster since 1977.

Every ten years – the event coincides with every other documenta at Kassel, modern art’s most famous regular showcase – cutting-edge sculptures are put on display across the historic Old Town and even in the surrounding, often park-like countryside, allowing the visitors to combine an introduction into the

Breath of Fresh Air in Skulptur Projekte 2017 Muenster

Walking the Walk Along the Lucca Wall

In Tuscany, landscape and urbanity are so closely interwoven that they create one large tapestry of culture which is governed by consistent aesthetic, economic and historical principles. While the Renaissance town palazzi reflect the pride and the wealth of the landowning families (it is said that Florentine rulers never ate or served anything in their town homes that had not come from their own estates), the landscape – more than anywhere else in

Walking the Walk Along the Lucca Wall

Where the Spirit of Bohemian Berlin Has (Just About) Survived

Finding the essence, the true spirit or soul of a place: this is perhaps the most difficult thing to attempt on one’s travels. It is certainly the most frequent source of frustrations. We travel to a place where we have never been but of which we have heard, seen and fantasized a lot about, and rather than seeing anything that we would recognize as the “true” so-and-so, we only get

Where the Spirit of Bohemian Berlin Has (Just About) Survived

Potsdam Fast and Slow: A Daytrip Destination from Berlin

The city of Potsdam is the number one daytrip destination from Berlin.

And for good reasons, too: it is surrounded by parks and forests, contains several picturesque bodies of water and provides paths for hiking and biking.

Above all, however, it is full of history: old history – as the former residence of Prussia’s most famous monarch – and contemporary history – as the home of the world-famous

Potsdam Fast and Slow: A Daytrip Destination from Berlin

Marl Masters Modern Sculpture in Public Spaces

This week, the latest edition of the Skulptur Projekte will be opening in the northwestern German city of Münster. This open-air art exhibition is staged once every ten years and scheduled to coincide with that year’s documenta, the world’s foremost showcase of modern art. The Skulptur Projekte is narrower in focus than the documenta (which is held every five years in Kassel, approx. 200 km to the east) but in its smaller niche – modern

Marl Masters Modern Sculpture in Public Spaces

Tales of the Unexpected – The Fishermen of Hastings

One of the best things about hiking and about travelling in general is that, every now and then, you are running into something totally unexpected: something that you did not even know existed when you set out in the morning and that, in the evening, has enriched your understanding of that particular town, region or country, although you may still have not quite worked out in which ways and exactly how.

No, let

Tales of the Unexpected – The Fishermen of Hastings

Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

London Walks

Legendary towns have legendary streets and quarters. I have never lived in New York City, but I know what everybody knows: that Madison Avenue is a by-word for the country’s (and the world’s) advertising industry, that Broadway is the home of live entertainment and that Wall Street is the place from where the gangsters operate (spot the joke). But London, another legendary town, is – to my knowledge – the only

Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

Walks to Salute the Fame of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge

Of all the combat actions and hostile encounters that together make up the Battle of the Bulge, the struggle for Bastogne in eastern Belgium is the one you are most likely to have heard about.

One reason for the fame of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge is the undoubtedly great psychological importance that the siege of the area acquired in the later stages of WWII: the Germans badly wanted this consolation

Walks to Salute the Fame of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge

A Remembrance Hike on the Schumann’s Eck Memorial Trail

The Liberation Route Europe (which follows the movement of the Allied advance through northern Europe in the latter stages of WWII) is complemented by a wide range of shorter memorial trails around towns and villages, which are often laid out as circular walks to commemorate local events.

One of the most famous and interesting of the shorter WWII Remembrance Hike is on the Schumann’s Eck Memorial Trail, designed as a monument to the

A Remembrance Hike on the Schumann’s Eck Memorial Trail