A Sad Note to a Sunny Hike

"Alongside a hiking trail is a tombstone marking the spot where battered body of Angelique Dumetz was found in Compiegne"

In Memory of Angelique Dumetz

The day we chose to hike in Compiegne was perfectly sunny and hot as any summer day considering Autumn has already arrived.

We were jauntily reaching the end of the first half of the trail when we saw, alongside the trail, this “tomb” or what we took as one. It was actually just a marble tombstone leaning against a rectangular slab of quarry stone.

A Sad Note to a Sunny Hike

There are Pink Witches Everywhere in Harz

"A witch doll in a tourist shop in Goslar Germany"

Pink Witches!

We were recently in the Harz region of Germany where we went hiking in the trail called Hexenstieg. The tale is told that that pink witches congregated annually at the Brocken peak.

This, the locals find, is enough justification for them to have witches’s figurines, dolls and more general knickknacks in front of bakeries, dangling from the ceiling of hairdressers’ boutiques and in

There are Pink Witches Everywhere in Harz

Surreal Hiking

"A hiking signpost apparently blank in Paris"

A Surreal Hiking Experience

On one of our recent hiking trips near Paris, we were shocked to discover that not only were we on a road to nowhere but that all available alternatives looked equally doomed.

Personally, I blame Ingmar Bergman (clocks with no face and all that).

 

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Surreal Hiking

How Hostels Compare With Discount Hotels

"Hostel am Aasee in Muenster Germany"

Youth hostels have, for the past few years, working hard to edge into the lower end of the tourism market. But are they a viable alternative to discount hotels?

How Hostels Compare with Discount Hotels

I already posted a few lines here about European non-profit Youth Hostels in general, but on the occasion of our recent trip to Innsbruck, we had the opportunity of actually trying one out.

Admittedly,

How Hostels Compare With Discount Hotels

How To: Getting Cheapest Train Tickets in Germany

Transport Tips for Germany Getting Cheapest Train Tickets in Germany

Over the years, the Deutsche Bahn has been trying to improve their online services at www.db.de. Today, you can now conduct a transaction in at least 10 languages.

Language aside, though, what may be self-evident to its regular online customers might be missed by those who may be ordering their cheapest train tickets in Germany via the DB ticketing portal for

How To: Getting Cheapest Train Tickets in Germany

Is This The Cheapest Train Ticket In Germany?

"Ticket machines in German Hauptbahnhof"

Transport Tips for Germany Cheapest Train Ticket in Germany

Last year, we gave Deutsche Bahn a bit more than €600 to ferry our family of 4, plus dog, from our holiday base in West Germany to the city of Erfurt in the East, and back.

This year, we only spent €120 for our round-trip to the north eastern town of Goslar, which is roughly the same distance.

The big savings was possible with

Is This The Cheapest Train Ticket In Germany?

Rocky Road To The Tree Line

"The rocky hiking road beyond the tree line of the Alps"

Beyond the Tree Line of the Alps

For most of us lowlanders, the tree line is a fairly abstract notion. We know – well, most of us do – that trees not only refuse to “grow until they reach the sky” (to paraphrase a German proverb) but that they, at a certain elevation, simply refuse to grow at all.

To reach this tree line in central Europe, you have to take

Rocky Road To The Tree Line

How To Make Hiking A Premium Product with Wellness

"An Alpine scene complete wth a cow in Tyrol"

Hiking and the German Concept of Wellness

At first glance, they are not the easiest of bedfellows, yet they seem to be moving closer together all the time.

The term wellness originally comes from alternative medicine: more than a hundred years ago, some doctors wanted to embed physical fitness in a more holistic understanding of good health, some sort of a “general harmony of body, soul and natural environment”.

How To Make Hiking A Premium Product with Wellness

Is Innsbruck Missing Out?

"Innsbruck Town centre Austria"

Innsbruck During our recent trip to the Travel Bloggers Unite conference, we also had the opportunity of spending a few days in the city of Innsbruck.

Our impression: the Tyrolean capital looks perfectly set as a hub for hiking excursions in the area, but – for some reason – appears determined to miss this opportunity.

Tourist towns all over the Alps have the same dilemma: they have built up huge

Is Innsbruck Missing Out?

What Makes The Old Town Of Goslar A UNESCO World Heritage Site?

"Timbered house in Goslar in Germany"

Where to Go in Germany Goslar The Hexenstieg in the Harz, Germany’s northernmost mountain range, is one of the country’s top hiking trails. During the Cold War period, the Iron Curtain (aka the frontier between east and west Germany) ran right through the heart of the Harz, and the region (a restricted zone in the east, a neglected dead end in the west) was largely bypassed by the post-war economic development on either side. As

What Makes The Old Town Of Goslar A UNESCO World Heritage Site?