Soul Rocks in the Palatinate

"A bottle of hiker's wine, from the Palatinate"

Hiking in Germany For our second hiking trip in the Palatinate, we tackled the stretch between Waldfischbach and Heltersberg, which is largely identical with stage 4 of the 9-stage “Pfälzer Waldpfad” (the Palatine Forest Trail). The Soul Rocks in the Palatinate

Out of our three planned hikes, this was the one about which I had been most wary: for one, it was the longest at 12 km (our hosts from the Rheinland-Pfalz Tourism

Soul Rocks in the Palatinate

The Coalminers Trail

"Witten Muttental Mining Museum in Germany"

Hiking in Germany The Coalminers Trail There are two things you should know about the Muttental Mining Trail, east of the Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s old industrial heartland:

Firstly, for nearly all of the trail’s 9 km, you would never think that you are in the middle of what is essentially a city of 7 or 8 million people, the fifth largest urban agglomeration in Europe. Even on the few occasions where you leave the

The Coalminers Trail

Cercedilla Dreaming

"Part of the forest around El Escorial for Cercedellia dreaming near Madrid"

Cercedilla Dreaming All the leaves are brown…

… and the skies are grey.

I’ve been for a walk …

…. on a winter’s day.

Cercedilla Dreaming

Hiking In The Old German Industrial Heartland

"An old factory seen from the Westfalenpark in Dortmund"

Hiking in Germany

We continue our exploration of the Ruhrgebiet:

Hiking the old German Industrial Heartland The Emscherweg

This walk is short, just right for the time of the year when there are so few hours between dawn and dusk. It features a park, a river promenade and a lake.

St. Petri Church

But beware: nothing is quite what it seems. The idyll is

Hiking In The Old German Industrial Heartland