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

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

A Hike to a Medieval Castle Called Castle

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

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

A Walk to the Most Famous Dambusters Raid Target

What to See in Germany The Most Famous Operation Chastise Target What was the greatest military feat of WWII? If you are from North America, you might say: the D-Day landings, while Russians would probably go for the defence of Stalingrad. But I suspect that, if you are English, you will be thinking of a less obvious candidate.

The choice of the dambusters raid may, at first sight, seem slightly

A Walk to the Most Famous Dambusters Raid Target

Find Out Where the Youth Hostel All Began

Where to Go in Germany Altena – Where the Youth Hostel was Born Looking back on our hiking weekend in the Sauerland, I have just one regret: that we had neither the time nor the energy to explore the town of Altena, our last destination.

I don’t know whether Altena deserves a daytrip in its own right, unless, of course, you have an unnatural interest in wire. In addition to hosting the world’s

Find Out Where the Youth Hostel All Began