Smelly Waters and the Spirit of European Unity in Aachen

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

Who Invented Currywurst?

The Easy Hikers atone for past falsehoods by revealing the truth about Germany’s national dish As a final note to our brief stay in Berlin, here is something that, admittedly, is only somewhat tenuously linked with hiking. Something in lieu of an official retraction, an apology or (what they called under communism) “criticism and self-criticism”. And, to use a modern term, something to achieve “closure”.

There must have been, over

Who Invented Currywurst?

One of a Kind

Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been turned into a paradise for cyclists, windsurfers, wild birds, crazy golfers, baseball fans – and walkers Hiking, in a certain way, is like listening to popular music – because, let’s face it, most hikes do not really offer anything strikingly original like something you have never seen before, but rather rearrange familiar motifs: trees, meadows, wooded hills, a river, a lake, views of farms and distant church steeples.

One of a Kind

More Ghosts from the Past …

… and some splendid views of Berlin’s most famous tourist attractions in Part Two of the Berlin Wall Trail Something that I did not mention in Part 1 of this post: the Berlin Wall walk is also a great way of discovering the city. It mixes the discovery of quarters that you would otherwise be unlikely to visit with interesting views of most of Berlin landmarks, sometimes from afar …

More Ghosts from the Past …

Ghosts of the 20th Century

Hitler, Stalin, Kaiser Bill: see them all on a walk along the Berlin Wall Trail Some of the world’s greatest cities are defined by a single building: Paris, for example, by the sleek elegance of the Eiffel Tower, Sydney by the brashness and sheer daring of its Opera House. And then there is Berlin, a city whose most famous structure no longer exists but continues to nevertheless haunt the city, occasionally to materialize in brutal

Ghosts of the 20th Century

The Perfect Hiking Trail

The circular walk around the moated castle of Kemnade and the medieval Blankenstein fortress ticks all the boxes of a pleasant hiking experience Some hikes are great because they focus exclusively on One Big Thing and never let you forget how magnificent that One Big Thing is: hikes through the Grand Canyon, for example, fall into this category, but so do – one level down on the scale of awesomeness – ascents of the smaller

The Perfect Hiking Trail

Freiburg – Beer, Buzz and the Black Forest

If you want to explore the Black Forest, one of Germany’s main hiking regions, you basically have the choice between two options A couple of years ago, we went from town to town, tackling consecutive stages of the Westweg trail: the classic “long-distance hiking mode”. This has always been my preferred way of hiking.

But this time, we had to think of something else because the trip to the Black

Freiburg – Beer, Buzz and the Black Forest

Black Forest for Beginners: Lake Titi

A short train away from Freiburg, you can familiarize yourself with some of the area’s charms in a brief and very easy walk There is, of course, no law that says every hiking trip to the Black Forest must include at least one stage of the Westweg.

There is, however, a nagging feeling that without such a stage, your trip would seem strangely incomplete, in the same way that a

Black Forest for Beginners: Lake Titi

Cuckoo Clockwork in the Black Forest

The multi-award winning Wutach trail may be a trifle remote but is ultimately easy to reach – thanks to the ruthless efficiency of the local transport system

No offense to all the places where we have recently been hiking: thank you Greece, thank you Tuscany, thank you Gran Canaria, you were wonderful and we had a lovely time, but the fact remains that hiking in Germany is something rather special and unique. This

Cuckoo Clockwork in the Black Forest

A Neanderthal Hike

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 lot

A Neanderthal Hike