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

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 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

A Nazi Monument in the Centre of the World

Day Hikes in Germany Hiking Past a Nazi Monument Considering the big shadow the Third Reich was once (and, up to a point, still is) casting over Germany, there are relatively few places in the country that can still give you a whiff of that old Nazi sulphur.

There are, specifically, only a few examples left of what you could call “Nazi architecture”. While most towns and cities still have buildings from the

A Nazi Monument in the Centre of the World

An Autumn Walk

"Muenster Castle viewed from the back"

Walking in Germany An Autumn Walk in Muenster Going out for a longer walk or a hike at this time of year can be a bit of a problem. Once you have taken into account that you sleep a little bit longer (because staying in a warm bed can be pretty tempting when it’s still dark outside), that it takes you longer to get going (than in May or June when you wake up to

An Autumn Walk

Hike Along Three Moated Castles But Don’t Mention The Siege

"Burg Gemen in Germany"

Easy hiking in Germany Hike along Three Moated Castles Borken in the extreme northwestern corner of North Rhine Westphalia is, in a way, a strange mongrel of a town: staunchly catholic, rural and conservative, it is culturally a part of the Münsterland, although in fact geographically closer to the coketowns and coal mines of the Ruhr – and more conveniently located for them, too.

The distance from Borken to Münster is 60 km,

Hike Along Three Moated Castles But Don’t Mention The Siege

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