Blocksberg Or Bocksberg

"Easy Hiker with his mom in a cable car up to Brocken in Germany"

Easy hiking in Germany I’m sure you will agree. To visit the mountains without getting to the summit of one is like traveling to the sea without dipping as much as your toe into the water.

So when we recently visited the Harz mountains in northern Germany and had no time to climb the Brocken (aka the Blocksberg), the highest peak of the range, we decided that the Bocksberg, separated

Blocksberg Or Bocksberg

A Peep Show Machine And Video Games

Where to Go in Germany An Old Peep Show Machine In the age before computers and video games, itinerant amusement parks in the 30s to the 50s were the place kids and adults could have some fun.

At the end of our day hike on the Siebengebirge south of Bonn in Germany, we chanced upon these vintage games machine circa 30s and 50s . On offer was a mechanical fortune teller, a peep

A Peep Show Machine And Video Games

How Do You Call it: Seilbahn or Cable Car?

"Cable car in Brocken Germany"

Seilbahn or Cable Car?

The English call it a cable car, the Americans say aerial tramway and the Japanese refer to it as the Ropeway. For the Germans, it’s Seilbahn.

The prototype of the Seilbahn or cable car was first built in 1644 basically to move soil to build defenses up in the hills. In the 1860s, it became the most efficient means to transport ore mined from high mountains to

How Do You Call it: Seilbahn or Cable Car?

The Hexenstieg Is Where Witches Go Hiking

"A witch doll in a tourist shop in Goslar Germany"

Hiking in Germany

 

Where Witches Go Hiking

Trail

The Harzer Hexenstieg in North Germany, about 200 km (130 miles) west of Berlin, with a total length of 97 km (in 5 to 7 stages) from Osterode to Thale across what was once the most fiercely protected border in Europe.

Profile

The Harz is the wildest, most rugged and most untouched of the mountain ranges in northern

The Hexenstieg Is Where Witches Go Hiking

An Old Ore Mine That Hitler Used

"Rammelsberg Ore mine museum in Harz Germany"

Where to Go in Germany

“Tourists” – to paraphrase Napoleon – “from the heights of these buildings, ten centuries of industrial activity are looking down on you!”

Well, up to a point. This is the old ore mine that Hitler used for his war efforts.

It is true that, when the Rammelsberg pit near Goslar in the Harz mountains of Northern Germany was closed in 1988, it

An Old Ore Mine That Hitler Used

An Example Of German Inventiveness: The Striegelhaus

The Striegelhaus an example of German inventiveness

German Inventiveness on Show

There is much more to this wooden shed than meets the eye. Or to the picturesque little lake that surrounds it. In fact, both belong to one of the technological wonders of the “Old” – i.e. pre-industrial – world:

The water management system of the mines in the Harz mountains of Northern Germany. A good example of German inventiveness.

An Example Of German Inventiveness: The Striegelhaus

How To Get The Best of the Oktoberfest in Lake Starnberg

Day Hikes in Germany

 

Lake Starnberg

In Munich for the Oktoberfest and already yearning for something else to see than men in short trousers and vomiting Aussies?

Then I suggest the oompah-free zone of Lake Starnberg.

There is no shortage of attractive hiking destinations for day trips near Munich where you are during the Oktoberfest. Both the Goldsteig and the Altmühl-Panoramaweg “top trails” are just a train

How To Get The Best of the Oktoberfest in Lake Starnberg

Finding a Hiking Trail at Your Doorstep

"Wolbeck hike in Muensterland"

Day Hiking in Germany

 

Find a hiking trail at your doorstep – Wolbeck near Muenster

For years now, we have spent most of our summers in Germany, mainly in the northwestern city of Münster.

Germany is where we discovered hiking, and we used Münster as the base for many hiking trips around the country, but for some strange reason it had never occurred to us to explore the countryside right

Finding a Hiking Trail at Your Doorstep

A Tale of Two Piles on a Day Hike to a Moated Castle

"Haus Rueschhaus in Muensterland hiking trail"

Day hiking in Germany

 

Hiking between Two Moated Castles Is there a prettier sight than a moated castle, a stately home entirely surrounded by a body of water?

Probably not – but there are nevertheless good reasons why our forefathers did not build more of them. Moated castles were only ever constructed in areas that met three conditions.:

First, the land had to be flat. If you are a

A Tale of Two Piles on a Day Hike to a Moated Castle

Muenster Is My Kind Of Town

"Muenster Germany Prinzipalmarkt"

Muenster The world record holder of backwards running is from Muenster NRW. But that is not what makes it worth a detour if you are already visiting Duesseldorf, Cologne, Bonn or Aachen. (Perhaps you’re also on an easy hike in the nearby Hermannshoehen trail?) Muenster is a charming town that is not short on historical significance.

From the Prinzipalmarkt, while having a hearty German lunch, you can look up

Muenster Is My Kind Of Town