I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)

What is the worst enemy of a hiker?

Not the cold: you can quite easily defeat the cold by wearing an extra layer of clothing – and by pulling your thickest sweater on top. It’s not the heat, either – there is an old and trusted weapon against hot weather, called “taking it easy”. It’s not even short winter days: you can leave early. And neither is it the snow – I have

I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)

A Passion for All that is Wine

Dirk has a Passion for All that is Wine

The German wine-growing season is slowly reaching its climax: Bad Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt, the world’s largest wine festival, has just broken a new attendance record (with nearly 700,000 visitors over two weekends), while many similar festivities still remain to look forward to. Today and for the rest of the week, we will return to one of Germany’s foremost wine-growing regions.

I firmly

A Passion for All that is Wine

Fancy Two Days in a Vineyard?

"Dirk Renzelmann of Gut ZumStein in the Palatinate"

The ZumStein vineyard in Bad Dürkheim is one of the oldest and one of the most modern in the Palatinate wine region. It has a long tradition of producing high-quality whites for clients in Germany and abroad (including some prestigious corporate ones), but owner Dirk Renzelmann makes it a point of offering more. A lot more.

Dirk Renzelmann – proprietor of ZumStein and wine grower in Bad Durkheim

ZumStein hosts

Fancy Two Days in a Vineyard?

Day Dreaming of Adventures and Glory

"easy hiking as adventure for beginners"

Still Day Dreaming of Adventures and Glory?

Continuing, in a fashion, from where I left with my last post (the final item on my “Summer reading list about hiking”), here is something which is not directly referring to hiking – actually, quite honestly, it makes no direct reference to hiking at all – but which is carried by the same observation: namely that civilisation, for all of its merits, leaves a huge hole

Day Dreaming of Adventures and Glory

A Summer Reading List About Hiking

"Easy Hiking essentials"

When you read this, we will probably be on our way, exploring the hiking trails, castles and vineyards of southwestern Germany on the invitation of the Rhineland-Palatinate Tourism Board. More of that soon.

We will be away all of this week and try to keep you up to date as much as we can, but life as a hiking blogger has one great disadvantage: posting from the trip

A Summer Reading List About Hiking

Hiking 101: What Is A Forest?

Hands up everybody who spontaneously said “Something with a lot of trees in it.”

What is a Forest?

Strange, isn’t it, how much we take certain things for granted without ever thinking much about them. Forests are there – because they have always been there, haven’t they?

This is an idea that probably still lurks around in many people’s heads: that forests are the land that

Hiking 101: What Is A Forest?

Hiking Trips To Remember

"Oregon Trail by glennwilliamspdx @ flickr"

Guest Post by Chris Rowlands This post is brought to you by MoneySupermarket.com where Chris Rowlands works. He regularly writes content for a variety of travel related blogs and dreams of travelling to far off shores to give him new experiences to write about.

For those who love to go hiking, the good news is that there are plenty of great choices of places to go. In fact, there are some superb hiking

Hiking Trips To Remember

Disastrous Days Out Are Gifts From Heaven

Remember the series of hikes in the Münsterland we undertook last summer? I told you stories about moated castles, stately homes and the poetess Annette von Droste Hülshoff…

But not about the one we took to Ibbenbüren to hike through the Teutoburg Forest.

Disastrous Days Out

I have been silent about this day for a good reason, as you soon shall see, but since today, the

Disastrous Days Out Are Gifts From Heaven

Gift For A Hiker Kept Indoors For This Holiday Season

Ho- Ho- Ho, fellow hikers – yes, it’s that time of year again when we are hoping to be richly rewarded for being good throughout the year. Indeed, Santa Claus has a Christmas gift for a hiker kept indoors for this holiday season, right there in the digital stocking.

Shall we have a look, then at my gift for a hiker? (Just click on the image to continue reading.)

For those

Gift For A Hiker Kept Indoors For This Holiday Season

Is The German Forest Dying?

"Easy Hiker going through cut tree trunks on a hiking trail"

The German Forest

One more reason to go hiking in Germany’s forests: they may not be there for much longer. In 20 or 30 years, there will still be life in the German countryside, but perhaps not as we know it.

In the 1980s, the German forest appeared to be on its last leaves.

The German press was horrified. “Up there, all summits are toxic” was the title of a

Is The German Forest Dying?