Hiking the Voltaire Trail in the Lower Rhine Valley

Last week, we enjoyed the baroque splendour of the landscaped gardens around the Prinz Moritz trail.

Today, we stay in the same area and (roughly) the same period of German history, moving only a few kilometres up the Lower Rhine Valley and a few decades down the line to the time of the friendship between Prussia’s most flamboyant monarch, Frederick the Great, and the French philosopher Voltaire.

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Hiking the Voltaire Trail in the Lower Rhine Valley

Lower Rhine Valley Hiking Routes in Germany

Germany is Europe’s premier hiking country: nowhere else on the “old continent” will you be able to find a similarly large number and variety of well-designed and diligently maintained trails.

Few hikers outside of Germany, however, will be able to name a trail that does not run either through the Black Forest or along the central section of the Rhine (the one with all the castles and vineyards).

Fewer people still

Lower Rhine Valley Hiking Routes in Germany

Five Tips to Ensure Hiking Daytrip Success

We might as well admit it: summer (the northern European variety, at least) is pretty much over, and full-blown autumn will soon be upon us.

But the news is not all bad: this is the right time to take out your hiking boots and go for that long walk that you have excused yourself from all summer long because it was “too hot”.

So off you go!

And to make sure

Five Tips to Ensure Hiking Daytrip Success

The Easiest of Easy Hikes in the Back Country of the Italian Riviera

If you are a frequent guest of this blog, you may remember our “two towns for one day’s walk” series of short and easy hikes which connect two villages along the Riviera coast (like Ventimiglia to Bordighera or Bordighera to San Remo or from Alassio to Laigueglia).

In the mountainous back country, meanwhile, such a hike is a far more difficult proposition: nearly all of these walks would be a great

The Easiest of Easy Hikes in the Back Country of the Italian Riviera

Walking the Walk Along the Lucca Wall

In Tuscany, landscape and urbanity are so closely interwoven that they create one large tapestry of culture which is governed by consistent aesthetic, economic and historical principles. While the Renaissance town palazzi reflect the pride and the wealth of the landowning families (it is said that Florentine rulers never ate or served anything in their town homes that had not come from their own estates), the landscape – more than anywhere else in

Walking the Walk Along the Lucca Wall

Easy Hiking Experience and More in Cinque Terre

One of the best, perhaps the single best feature of the Cinque Terre’s signature trail – the Blue Path – is its variety of views: you see the villages from different angles, sometimes in isolation and sometimes several at a time, sometimes from the front and sometimes from behind, sometimes from far away and sometimes from close up.

As far as Vernazza is concerned, the good-bye is even more scenic than the welcome

Easy Hiking Experience and More in Cinque Terre

Easy Hiking Experience in Cinque Terre – How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip

Italy’s Cinque Terre National Park is home to the Mediterranean’s most famous network of hiking paths. So famous in fact that nearly all our acquaintances have, over the years, reacted with stunned disbelief when we told them that we – despite living so close to the Cinque Terre’s home region of Liguria – had never been. Imagine you meet an art historian from the Greater Paris region who confesses that,

Easy Hiking Experience in Cinque Terre – How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip

Lakeside Hiking Trails for the Easiest of Easy Hikes

Lakeside hiking trails are, in general, good fun.

Good fun: it is this lack of more profound ambitions that makes lakeside hiking trails popular but that also limits their appeal. If one were to classify hiking routes according to their level of complexity, trails around small inland lakes would wind up at the very bottom of such a list: the easy-listening choice of hiking, the Barry Manilow to the Tristan and Isolde

Lakeside Hiking Trails for the Easiest of Easy Hikes

What Do You Know About the Palm Trees of Bordighera?

The Beodo palm grove is one of the most stunning sights in the whole of Northern Italy. If you have ever taken the bus from Ventimiglia in the direction of Sanremo and Genoa, you will probably have seen it and may have wondered what transported this piece of tropical landscape to the northern Italian coast.

If so, then you are not alone. Nobody seems to be entirely sure

What Do You Know About the Palm Trees of Bordighera?

Take a Lovely Spring Hike in the Italian Riviera

One of the most reliably surprising experiences of any trip to the Riviera usually happens right at the start, even before you have fully arrived.

When you come by plane from northern Europe, you will be flying over the snow-capped peaks of the High Alps one moment, then you blink, and the next time you look out of the window you are already looking at the vast blue expanse of

Take a Lovely Spring Hike in the Italian Riviera