A Japanese Garden in Duesseldorf

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8000 Japanese citizens live in the German city of Düsseldorf and they built a little colony complete with a Japanese Garden in Duesseldorfproviding middle and upper management people of Japanese companies in the city with their home comforts with Japanese shops and Japanese restaurants. There is probably no other place in Europe where you find such a wide array of excellent Japanese eateries.

A Japanese Garden in Duesseldorf

Smelly Waters and the Spirit of European Unity in Aachen

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The day when the Easy Hikers helped European history come full circle When the weather is cold and wet, as it was for the Christmas season in Germany, only the most intrepid dare to defy the elements out on the trails in the countryside. Easy Hikers, meanwhile, retreat to the smallest of outdoors: the city walk, especially in Germany where cities have a charm all of their own at that time of the year, even

Smelly Waters and the Spirit of European Unity in Aachen

A Neanderthal Hike

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Following in the footsteps of our distant ancestor – and meeting some of his four-legged friends

Why Neanderthal Man? Why is he the star in that collection of human ancestors, more famous than Peking man* and Heidelberg man, never mind the even less snappily named Homo Habilis and Australopithecus?

There may be sound scientific reasons for this, but I suspect that the onomatopoeic qualities of his name have a

A Neanderthal Hike

A Hike to a Medieval Castle Called Castle

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Easy Hikes in Germany: A Medieval Castle Called Castle To wrap up this summer’s series of walks in North Rhine Westphalia – very nearly in time for Christmas, come to think of it – today’s post is dedicated to another neglected bit of the German countryside, the “Bergisches Land” in the east of NRW state.

The trail leads from the train station of Schaberg to Schloss Burg (English translation: Castle Castle), a taut

A Hike to a Medieval Castle Called Castle

Wonder at the Cathedral and More with Two Hours in Cologne

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Got Two Hours in Cologne?

Cologne is one of Germany’s main hiking hubs: whether you are going to the Rheinsteig, the Rothaarsteig, the Eifelsteig or any other trail in the Northwest of Germany, you are likely to pass through.

But rather than just hopping off the airport bus into Cologne central station or using the station to change from one train to the other, why not step out of the

Wonder at the Cathedral and More with Two Hours in Cologne

The Rheinsteig Hiking Trail

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The Rheinsteig Hiking Trail Trail

A very, very long 320 km from Bonn in the north (near Cologne) to Wiesbaden in the south (near Frankfurt) in 23 stages. Who has time for that? Which is why I strongly recommend to concentrate on the views-and-castles-galore central stretch between Koblenz and Rüdesheim on stages 12 to 19.

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The Rheinsteig hiking trail– showy, high-profile and glamorous – is, in

The Rheinsteig Hiking Trail

Hiking Eifelsteig in Germany

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In 2008, sections of several older German hiking trails through the rural and underdeveloped Eifel region (southwest of Cologne, near the German-Belgian border) were patched together to form the continuous Eifelsteig: 300 km, divided into 15 stages, from Aachen to Trier.

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The Eifel is different from other easy hiking areas in other, more subtle ways. Many German regions, particularly in

Hiking Eifelsteig in Germany

Hiking The Siebengebirge

Hiking in Germany Hiking the Siebengebirge or Seven Mountains Range The Siebengebirge, the “Seven Mountains Range”, is said to have been the place where Siegfried – the hero of the Nibelungenlied and Wagner’s Ring cycle – learned the Art of Warcraft from the treacherous Mime and where he eventually slayed the dragon.

It is also rumoured to be the “land of the 7 mountains” where according to an ancient folk myth 7 miners of small

Hiking The Siebengebirge

Easy Hiking In The Mosel Region

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A guest post by Melvin Boecher

The Calmont Klettersteig in Bremm by the Mosel in Germany – a two and a half hour adventure hike. Not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo. (Narrow paths and steep slopes are part of the package.)

If, however, heights hold no fear for you, you should not miss the walk along the Calmont Klettersteig. This hiking trail leads you straight through the

Easy Hiking In The Mosel Region