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

One of the Wine Festivals You Might not yet Know

Do You Know Your German Wine Festivals? Having told you so much about wine festivals in the Palatinate for the past two weeks, we simply have to take you to one.

Although I must quickly add that the Kaisertafel in Speyer, the region’s historic capital, is not, strictly speaking, a “wine festival” and more of a Town Festival where wine plays no more than a supporting role. But it was

One of the Wine Festivals You Might not yet Know

A Tale of Two Castles

"Neu-Wolfstein castle ruin in the Palatinate"

Hiking in Germany Two Castles with a Medieval Tale to Tell Wolfstein, the starting point or final stop of the Pfälzer Höhenweg hiking trail in the northern Palatinate, is a handsome small town with quite a few period buildings …..

… but most of the visitor’s interest will inevitably focus on its two castles nearby, called Alt-Wolfstein and Neu-Wolfstein. Alt-Wolfstein is a ruin, …

… built probably

A Tale of Two Castles

Our Best One-Day Hiking Trip in the Palatinate Forest

Where to go hiking in Germany Easy Hiker never pretends to have all the answers. For example, one question that I still have not been able to settle after all these years on the road is this: What’s the better hiking holiday – a continuous trail that you follow from town to town or a series of one-day hikes?

One-day hikes certainly have advantages: for one, you can put your heavy stuff away

Our Best One-Day Hiking Trip in the Palatinate Forest

Soul Rocks in the Palatinate

"A bottle of hiker's wine, from the Palatinate"

Hiking in Germany For our second hiking trip in the Palatinate, we tackled the stretch between Waldfischbach and Heltersberg, which is largely identical with stage 4 of the 9-stage “Pfälzer Waldpfad” (the Palatine Forest Trail). The Soul Rocks in the Palatinate

Out of our three planned hikes, this was the one about which I had been most wary: for one, it was the longest at 12 km (our hosts from the Rheinland-Pfalz Tourism

Soul Rocks in the Palatinate

Easy Hiking and Riesling in the Palatinate

"A glass of riesling from the Palatinate Germany"

Hiking in Germany Hiking and Riesling in the Palatinate

Courtesy of Wikipedia

There are certainly regions in Germany with a higher profile than the Palatinate – even the natives of this part of southwestern Germany would probably accept that without objections. The Palatinate’s problem is that it is a little “stashed away” at some distance from the busy transport routes that link Germany’s main economic regions.

Opportunities of first

Easy Hiking and Riesling in the Palatinate

A Nightingale in a Coal Mine

"An old coal mine along the Muttental hiking trail in Germany"

Day Hiking in Germany A Coal Mine Called Nightingale Nightingale or Nachtigall Colliery (“Zeche Nachtigall“) at the foot of the Muttental trail prides itself on being the “cradle of coal mining” in West Germany.

Coal was actually dug out of the surrounding hillsides as long as 300 years ago, and in 1839, at the very dawn of the Industrial Age, one of Germany’s first deep mining shafts was sunk here.

A Nightingale in a Coal Mine

Wonder at the Cathedral and More with Two Hours in Cologne

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 Lake District of the Ruhr

"Lake Böllert along the Duisburger Seenplatte"

Easy hiking in Germany Meet the Lake District of the Ruhr A few weeks ago, we travelled all the way to the Mecklenburger Seenplatte in Germany’s “Far East” to experience a near-Scandinavian blend of beauty and bleakness. This week, we discovered that we could have had all of that much closer to “home”.

Well, nearly all of that. The Duisburger Seenplatte (Duisburg Lakeland) on the western edge of the Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s old industrial

The Lake District of the Ruhr