Hiking in the Alps

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From Andermatt to Brig: from the Reuss to the Rhône

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September 28th 2019

Hospental-upon-Reuss and Brig/Naters-upon-Rhone

This morning I had breakfast in Hotel Drei Könige&Post in Andermatt for the last time. I needed to make just a short journey to my next destination: in Brig, where I had enjoyed myself so much in September last year. I took the 10.38 hrs. train and passed by the village of Hospental, from where the road over the Gotthard Pass towards the south starts. The day before yesterday, Thursday September 26th, I had gone there by foot – only in the early afternoon, when the rain had stopped. The weather improved more and more as that afternoon went on. Continue reading

Zurich: through the city and to the Uetliberg mountain

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September 23rd 2019

Nice raclette at Monika and Olivier’s and a trip through the heartland of Switzerland

Hotel Plattenhof is a nice hotel in a quiet neighbourhood, near the University. Yesterday morning it was even more quiet, because it was Sunday morning… Hotel Plattenhof calls itself a design hotel and that is true. Everywhere is trendy, but especially functional design, also in the hotel rooms. Even in the corridors and in the stairwell was multi-coloured design! Continue reading

Aarau: a stop-over in a beautiful old town

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September 21st 2019

A visit to a school friend from the Romanche course

This morning I left Arnhem by the 09.17 hrs ICE train to Basel SBB in transit to Zurich, where I will be staying until Monday afternoon. I had a stop-over in the city of Aarau: there Verena is living, a lady I met a few years ago during the course Rhaeto-Romanic (Vallader) in Scuol. We had a connection and as she had invited me already several times to visit her when I had the occasion, I had sent her an e-mail to ask her whether a visit for today would be convenient. Continue reading

Mals and surroundings: to Laatsch, Glurns and the Tartscher Bichl Rock

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August 10th 2019

Walking in the rain and in the sunshine…

Yesterday, August 9th, I woke up with only minor muscle pain after my wild hiking adventure on Stage 69 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina the day before: from Taufers i.M. over the Rifair Scharte and the Glurnser Köpfl back to Glurns and Mals. That morning I have just taken a picture of the Glurnser Köpfl in the morning sun…! Continue reading

Munich: a tour through town in a day and a half

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August 3rd 2019

A personal view on Munich…

Yesterday early in the morning my train trip to Munich began. As I prefer to have plenty of time for changing trains, I took this time the somewhat slower, but much nicer route via Cologne an Koblenz to Mannheim and mainly along the river Rhine, where the Rhine flows through a deep gorge with steep rock walls, a. o. along the Loreley. Continue reading

Train journey from Küblis via Davos to Scuol

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June 13th 2019

The Kirchner Museum in Davos and the historic train to Filisur

The day before yesterday the weather was fine contrary to the forecasts, which made the trip to Davos pleasant. My main item of the day was a visit to the Kirchner Museum. Continue reading

Friedrichshafen: war and peace at the Lake Constance

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June 6th 2019

Zeppelin and many reminders of the 1944/1945 bombing

Today it is D-Day, the day on which in the whole world attention is paid to the first day of the Operation Overlord. The Allied started an operation with amphibious landings – on the largest scale ever seen in history – on the coasts of Normandy to set in motion the liberation of Western Europe and to put an end to the Nazi-German siege. However it would still take until May 1945 before the Second World War had definitively ended (in Europe). We can count ourselves lucky that we have been able to keep peace for already 75 years! Continue reading

Through the Black Forest and at the Lake Constance

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June 5th 2019

A mountain track by train and evening atmosphere by the water

This morning I left Arnhem by train just after nine o’clock to go to Offenburg in the southern part of Germany. There I changed trains to Constance at the Lake Constance: this Schwarzwaldexpess (Black Forest Railway) connects Karlsruhe to the north of Offenburg with Constance at Lake Constance through the middle part of the Black Forest. Continue reading

Bled: from the Lake to the Vintgar Gorge

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May 7th 2019

A beautiful palette of many shades of blue and green!

Last Sunday, May 5th, passed on in a mix of plenty of rain and a strong northern wind, which caused the candle-like flowers of the chestnut tree in front of my hotel room to dance. I took a quiet day as to outdoor activities: I just focussed on Slovenia and her recent history. The country has been allotted to ever changing coalitions… Continue reading

Gorizia: walking in the city and hiking to the Monte Calvario

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May 3rd 2019

About old buildings and battlefields

Yesterday was my last morning in Trieste. Again it was sun-drenched. After another copious breakfast with the good espresso I walked to the railway station to buy a single fare ticket to Gorizia for the next part of my trip. At half past eleven the train left – it took me past all spots I had been or hiked in the past few days. Continue reading

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