The Way of the Wire

German Hiking Trails The Drahthandelsweg One of the things that mark out hiking trails in Germany is their attention to detail. German hiking trails are carefully routed, making sure that you take in the best views and everything of interest along the way from pre-historic caves to breeding grounds of rare species.

For some trails, however, even that is not enough: these trails link their route with something that has happened some time

The Way of the Wire

Sauerland – Germany’s Best Kept Secret

Where to Go in Germany Germany’s Best Kept Secret The Sauerland is one of Germany’s best kept secrets, unknown even to many Germans (at least to those who live outside of the Sauerland’s home state of North Rhine Westphalia), never mind to foreigners.

And since it is such a quiet and unspoilt area, it is, of course, all the more attractive for hikers: with its low-lying hills and gentle slopes, the region is

Sauerland – Germany’s Best Kept Secret

Have You Ever Been to a Hiking Train Station?

Easy Hikes in Germany Getting Off at the Hiking Train Station

The train station in the West German town of Iserlohn is officially labelled a Wanderbahnhof, a “hiking train station”. When I came across that term for the first time, I was as clueless as you are now.

It turns out that once a year, in a drive to get holiday makers off the roads, public bodies all over Germany

Have You Ever Been to a Hiking Train Station?

The Railtrack Hiking Trail

Easy Hikes in Germany The Erzbahn – A Railtrack Hiking Trail Some hiking trails have always been hiking trails, and there is nothing wrong with that. Others, however, have a history behind them: itinerant tradesmen may have been using them for centuries to carry their wares from village to village, or the trail gives you the chance of walking in the footsteps of customs officers who were once patrolling a neighbouring “bandit country”.

The Railtrack Hiking Trail

West Germany’s Favourite Daytrip Destination – Syburg

Where to Go in Germany Daytrip Destination: Syburg I had seen the Syburg (not knowing at the time what it was called) many times from the train and on various hikes in the area, always wondering how its disparate elements – the monument with the equestrian statue, the medieval ruins – were connected. It simply did not seem to make much sense.

I had seen it so many times, in

West Germany’s Favourite Daytrip Destination – Syburg

Not Quite American Buffalos

"European buffalos in Germany"

What to See in Germany Buffalos on the Rothaarsteig If you are going to take on the Rothaarsteig in central Germany anytime soon, you must not miss this: for the first time in hundreds of years, buffalos will again roam the forests of Europe – south of Kühhude (Bad Berleburg), alongside Stage 4 following the Rothaarsteig in a north-south direction.

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European buffalos have been living in

Not Quite American Buffalos

Ottenshof – A Restaurant with a Past

"Ottenshof restaurant in Paderborn Germany"

Where to Go in Germany This is a postscript to the Wewelsburg walk from earlier in the year. Remember this walk we did through the charming landscape of the Alme valley near the west German city of Paderborn, where we discovered one of the Holy Shrines of the pagan death cult otherwise known as National Socialism? Ottenshof – A Restaurant with a Nazi Past

Once you are in the area,

Ottenshof – A Restaurant with a Past

Are You Ready to Spend Two Hours in Berlin?

"two hours in berlin"

Guest Post:

By Thomas Dowson

Two Hours in Berlin in Winter Berlin, it seems, has more than its fair share of monuments and memorials. Whether this is true or not I do not know. Someone once told me Washington DC could rival the German capital for the number of memorials. Given Berlin’s history, it would not be that surprising if it were indeed true, or even if visitors just get the impression that

Are You Ready to Spend Two Hours in Berlin?

The Baptism of Nature Hike on the Rothaarsteig

"easy hiker jr."

Hiking in Germany

Of all our major hikes in Germany, the only one I have never told you about is our trip to the Rothaarsteig. This is a rather odd omission because the trip was, in a way, the most important of them all: our first ever, our baptism of nature hike, if you so wish, the place were Easy Hiker was born.

Baptism of Nature Hike on the Rothaarsteig

The Baptism of Nature Hike on the Rothaarsteig

The Last Crusade

What to See in Germany Himmler’s Last Crusade Whether you decide to take a half-day hike on the Jesuitenpfad or, like us, go for the “lazy” option of a short walk along the river Alme, Wewelsburg Castle will be the highlight of your trip to this part of the Paderborner Land.

The original Wewelsburg castle was built in the early Middle Ages, but the exteriors you see today largely come

The Last Crusade