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

The Way of the Wire

German Hiking Trails The Drahthandelsweg One of the things that mark out hiking trails in Germany is their attention to detail. German hiking trails are carefully routed, making sure that you take in the best views and everything of interest along the way from pre-historic caves to breeding grounds of rare species.

For some trails, however, even that is not enough: these trails link their route with something that has happened some time

The Way of the Wire

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?