A Neanderthal Hike

Following in the footsteps of our distant ancestor – and meeting some of his four-legged friends

Why Neanderthal Man? Why is he the star in that collection of human ancestors, more famous than Peking man* and Heidelberg man, never mind the even less snappily named Homo Habilis and Australopithecus?

There may be sound scientific reasons for this, but I suspect that the onomatopoeic qualities of his name have a lot

A Neanderthal Hike

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?

Not Quite American Buffalos

"European buffalos in Germany"

What to See in Germany Buffalos on the Rothaarsteig If you are going to take on the Rothaarsteig in central Germany anytime soon, you must not miss this: for the first time in hundreds of years, buffalos will again roam the forests of Europe – south of Kühhude (Bad Berleburg), alongside Stage 4 following the Rothaarsteig in a north-south direction.

Urheber-Bildabdruck: Rothaarsteigverein:www.rothaarsteig.de www.kappest.de www.boconcept.de www.tatonka.de

 

European buffalos have been living in

Not Quite American Buffalos

The Baptism of Nature Hike on the Rothaarsteig

"easy hiker jr."

Hiking in Germany

Of all our major hikes in Germany, the only one I have never told you about is our trip to the Rothaarsteig. This is a rather odd omission because the trip was, in a way, the most important of them all: our first ever, our baptism of nature hike, if you so wish, the place were Easy Hiker was born.

Baptism of Nature Hike on the Rothaarsteig

The Baptism of Nature Hike on the Rothaarsteig

Baltic Blues and Reds in Poel near Wismar

Where to Go in Germany A Short Hike in the Island of Poel near Wismar The island of Poel is idyllic in a lonesome and slightly forlorn way, all flat land, empty beaches and unobstructed views all the way to the blurred line where the grey seas and the grey skies merge.

And if, after all this melancholy, you need cheering up a little, you can combine today’s hike with

Baltic Blues and Reds in Poel near Wismar

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?

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?

The Saar Loop In Germany

"prettiest german hiking trail

Hiking in Germany The Saar Loop Who says that everything in Germany is efficient?

 

The river Saar definitely is not, ambling slowly through the idyllic valleys of the “Rhenish massif” and managing to make a 10 km detour out of the short 2 km as the crow flies trip from Besseringen (seen on the left of the picture, behind the bend) to Mettlach, seen on the right.

 

The Saar Loop In Germany

Some of the Festivals In Germany

"Bierborse poster"

Some Festivals in Germany There’s more to German festivals than the Oktoberfest. Why not combine your hike with a trip to coincide with one of the festivals in Germany – or vice versa? Here are some suggestions. 1) Rhine in Flames – Nights of Bengal Fire

A night of fireworks on the Seven Mountains. Ideal if you are on a business trip in Cologne or hiking on the Rheinsteig.

2) Kulmbach Bierfest

Some of the Festivals In Germany

The Rheinsteig Hiking Trail

"View from the top of a Rheinsteig hiking trail"

Hiking in Germany

 

The Rheinsteig Hiking Trail Trail

A very, very long 320 km from Bonn in the north (near Cologne) to Wiesbaden in the south (near Frankfurt) in 23 stages. Who has time for that? Which is why I strongly recommend to concentrate on the views-and-castles-galore central stretch between Koblenz and Rüdesheim on stages 12 to 19.

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The Rheinsteig hiking trail– showy, high-profile and glamorous – is, in many

The Rheinsteig Hiking Trail