Category Archives: Hiking

Burg Eltz, Germany’s Most Enchanting Fairy-Tale Castle

Ok, we get it.  Some of you loyal readers are perhaps getting a bit tired of seeing our posts about one German castle after another. But we ask you to bear with us for one more castle – just one more! Perhaps you’re planning your first trip to Germany and are trying to prioritize what sites to see.  Or maybe you’ve been before and love Continue reading Burg Eltz, Germany’s Most Enchanting Fairy-Tale Castle

Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Germany has over 20,000 castles. If that seems a bit crazy to you, you’re not alone!  While we won’t be able to visit all of them, we definitely have a list of ones we’d like to see while in Germany.  For some time, one of them has been Löwenburg Castle, or Lion’s Castle – sometimes also referred to as Schloss Wilhelmshöhe.  Perched Continue reading Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

We’re on a roll!  In one weekend, we visited a castle and two national parks in Germany.  After hiking on Sunday at Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, we spent the better part of my birthday exploring Wartburg Castle before heading north toward Hainich National Park.  Just 8 km from the castle as a crow flies, the distance by car is Continue reading Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Regardless of where we happen to be living or what the weather may be like, June always marks the beginning of summer in my mind.  That means the start of a season filled with hiking, camping, kayaking, and the outdoors in any form we can find it.  As we enter our first summer in Germany, it means a chance to visit some of the Continue reading Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Saxon Switzerland National Park

If you browse to a map of Germany and zoom in on its central eastern border, you’ll see a small dark green patch.  This region is Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of Germany’s 16 national parks.  Straddling the German/Czech border, the park is almost evenly divided between the two countries with about 90 square Continue reading Saxon Switzerland National Park

Harz National Park

It’s feasible to drive across the entire country of Germany, north to south, tip to tip, in less than 11 hours.  Living in Europe, we constantly see the pervasive impact of humans on the environment; at times it seems impossible to escape.  Yet this country of just 357,000 square kilometers is home to 16 national parks, an Continue reading Harz National Park

Exploring Harz’s Tree Top Trail

Now is the time of year when it’s starting to feel like winter has perhaps overstayed its welcome and needs to make a decision.  It’s high time for it to bow out gracefully for summer’s arrival so we can start exploring some of Germany’s waterways by kayak.  Either that, or it needs to rage back in with a vengeance and drop some fresh Continue reading Exploring Harz’s Tree Top Trail

Ruine Rieswarte Loop Hike

Several weeks ago, an anonymous visitor left a comment on a previous blog, sharing that they had lived in Nikoalusberg in the ’80s.  They also suggested we hike to the ruins of the “Wachturm”, a watch tower not far from our village.  Setting out on a chilly but sunny Saturday afternoon, Travis, Touille, and I went in search of this Continue reading Ruine Rieswarte Loop Hike

Nikolausberg, Our New “Onnens” In Germany

With not a mountain in sight, central Germany is a vast maze of nicely gravelled farm roads, orderly rows of crops converging into meticulously rectangular fields, and quiet patches of forest.  Apart from the A7 (Autobahn) that slices north/south through the countryside like a fat ribbon, the heart of the country we now call Continue reading Nikolausberg, Our New “Onnens” In Germany

The Fab Four Hit The French Alps

The landscape surrounding Chamonix, France is dominated by one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world – the Mont Blanc massif.  While Mont Blanc might seem like the star of the show as the highest peak in the Alps, topping out at a rather immodest 4,810 meters (15,781 feet), it’s surrounded by a visual smorgasbord of Continue reading The Fab Four Hit The French Alps