Baltic Blues and Reds in Poel near Wismar

Where to Go in Germany A Short Hike in the Island of Poel near Wismar The island of Poel is idyllic in a lonesome and slightly forlorn way, all flat land, empty beaches and unobstructed views all the way to the blurred line where the grey seas and the grey skies merge.

And if, after all this melancholy, you need cheering up a little, you can combine today’s hike with

Baltic Blues and Reds in Poel near Wismar

This Time You Absolutely Only Have Two Hours In Hamburg

"Swans and ducks on the Binnenalster"

Spend Two Hours in Hamburg

The best thing about Deutsche Bahn’s Across-the-Country 1-day rail pass (the “Quer-durchs-Land” ticket or QdL for short) is that it’s very cheap. Forty eight euros for two people on any regional train in Germany: that’s an unbeatable offer.

Journeys take a little longer than on the fast IC trains, that much is for certain, and their trajectories may be slightly more convoluted, but that can

This Time You Absolutely Only Have Two Hours In Hamburg

The City of Seven Lakes

"A lake view in Schwerin"

Hiking in Germany The City of Seven Lakes in Germany Mountains provide the underlying theme of most hiking trails: England has the South Downs, France the Massif Central and Germany the gently rolling landscapes of its various Mittelgebirges.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have always enjoyed my hikes through this type of landcape, otherwise I would not have done so many of them.

But it is also true that, after

The City of Seven Lakes

Black Forest Hiking Season Open Soon

Hiking in the Black Forest

There are two types of holidaymakers with two radically different philosophies: on the one hand, you have the nomads who are for ever driven by their curiosity for the new and would not dream of visiting the same place twice, and on the other hand, you have the settlers who, once they have found their favourite spot in the world, always return, year after year. I, myself, am

Black Forest Hiking Season Open Soon

Hiking A Man Made Mountain

"One of the balconies of the Balcony Promenade in Hoheward Park in the Ruhrgebiet in Germany "

Hiking in Germany A Man Made Mountain In Europe, at least, no landscape has been left untouched by man. Think about it: what chance does a forest, a meadow or any other biotope stand in close vicinity to a tribe of busy apes like us – and what defense mechanisms does it have? They can’t very well run away and start afresh somewhere else – and besides, where would that be: on Mars?

Trees

Hiking A Man Made Mountain

Hiking In The Old German Industrial Heartland

"An old factory seen from the Westfalenpark in Dortmund"

Hiking in Germany

We continue our exploration of the Ruhrgebiet:

Hiking the old German Industrial Heartland The Emscherweg

This walk is short, just right for the time of the year when there are so few hours between dawn and dusk. It features a park, a river promenade and a lake.

St. Petri Church

But beware: nothing is quite what it seems. The idyll is

Hiking In The Old German Industrial Heartland

Guns And Nazis On A Day Hiking Trail

"Friedrich Albert Krupp statue by das Kleine Haus in Essen Germany"

On a Day Hiking Trail

The Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s old industrial heartland, may not be rich with cultural sights, but Villa Hügel – the former residence of the Krupp family – on the shores of Lake Baldeney (popular day hiking trail and site for local day trippers) is a must see for anybody with even a faint interest in 20th century history.

It is obvious from

Guns And Nazis On A Day Hiking Trail

Guns and Forests in a Ruhrgebiet Hiking Trail

"Statue of Alfred Krupp by the side entrance of the family home Villa Huegel"

Day hiking in Germany Guns and Forest on a Hiking Trail? Over the next few months, I am going to tell you – in a loose series of posts – a little bit about day hikes in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s old industrial heartland.

The Ruhrgebiet may not be an area that many foreigners will want to visit for its natural beauty. It is, after all, not the Rhineland or the Black Forest. Even

Guns and Forests in a Ruhrgebiet Hiking Trail

Five Christmas Markets All In A Row

"Christmas market in Essen Germany"

What to See in Germany Christmas Markets in Germany Even at this time of year, hiking in Central and Northern Europe can be fun – until about 3 p.m., that is.

By which time, at the best of times, the pale sun is getting even paler and slowly begins to set while the temperature drops another couple of degrees. This is nature’s way of telling you: Quick! Search shelter! Look

Five Christmas Markets All In A Row

Hiking And Christmas Markets in Germany

"Christmas market in Trier Germany copyright Tourist Information Trier"

Let’s face it, fellow hikers: November is not the best month of the year for hiking

The weather is getting murkier by the day, the trees are shedding their leaves, the clouds barely seem to lift, and, worst of all, the days are getting seriously short. Which is not good news unless you happen to like hiking in the dark (and I still have to meet someone who does).

Hiking And Christmas Markets in Germany