Lakeside Hiking Trails for the Easiest of Easy Hikes

Lakeside hiking trails are, in general, good fun.

Good fun: it is this lack of more profound ambitions that makes lakeside hiking trails popular but that also limits their appeal. If one were to classify hiking routes according to their level of complexity, trails around small inland lakes would wind up at the very bottom of such a list: the easy-listening choice of hiking, the Barry Manilow to the Tristan and

Lakeside Hiking Trails for the Easiest of Easy Hikes

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

Where and How to See Modern Sculptures in Muenster

Earlier in the year, we took you on a “sculp-tour” through the city of Münster (in northwest Germany), which hosts an internationally famous sculpture exhibition every ten years and which – since 1977 – has become one of Europe’s hot spots for urban modern art. The city, one of Germany’s finest, is equally well-known for its historic town centre and for its large number of urban beauty spots. Having concentrated on the first for part

Where and How to See Modern Sculptures in Muenster

Care for a “Sculptour” in a Modern Art Hotspot?

Münster is one of western Germany’s most favourite day trip destinations and also happens to be a modern art hotspot. People from the region and beyond like to come here partly to experience the town’s ancient and interesting history: in 1535, the Siege of Münster ended the tyrannical regime of the eccentric Jan van Leiden, a sort of medieval Pol Pot, and in 1648, this was where the Peace of Westphalia

Care for a “Sculptour” in a Modern Art Hotspot?

Have You Seen the Roadside Shrines of Northwest Germany?

Catholicism, in theory, is the same all over the world In reality, however, its practices are as different as a village in rural Germany is from Rio de Janeiro. Catholicism is probably best thought of as an abstract concept like “art” or “music” – certain basic rules are the same, but everybody creates something distinct and different out of them, guided by even older, underlying customs and traditions.

In this process, almost every

Have You Seen the Roadside Shrines of Northwest Germany?

Soest – One of the Leading Cities of Europe…

… no more, but still a “hiking hub” – and well worth a visit in its own right Just before the hiking season gets underway in our part of the world, here is some unfinished business from last year, something I have been wanting to tell you for some time but never got around to writing about because there was always something more timely and urgent on the list of half-finished posts. So here it

Soest – One of the Leading Cities of Europe…

Frolicking in a French Rococo Garden in Germany

Walks in Germany: A Historic Walk in the German Countryside The trail around the Bagno Park in Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt (in northwest Germany) makes for the perfect winter walk. It is not too long to be exhausting, but not too short either (just right, as a matter of fact, to get you going after all the rich Christmas food and too many days of idleness) and features everything that makes such a walk successful: an Old Town,

Frolicking in a French Rococo Garden in Germany

The Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Things to See in Germany Stumbling Upon the Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Bad Oeynhausen has many things for easy hikers to enjoy – a river, a canal and lakes for a waterside walk, a forest with a deer enclosure and a park that is stuffed with classicist monuments.

And what’s more, to complement and contrast all those magnificent spa town temples and palaces, their arcades and Doric columns, the townscape even features a

The Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Good Oeynhausen – Just What the Doctor Ordered

"what the doctor ordered"

Easy Hikes in Germany Just What the Doctor Ordered Easy hiking, it turns out, is good for you. (I have always suspected that.) No, seriously: good not only in the way that it helps you to discover new things and broaden your horizon, not even good for your health in the sense that it is broadly better to spend a day out in the fresh air than, say, in the pub, no: it can save

Good Oeynhausen – Just What the Doctor Ordered

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