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

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

Schaffhausen: over the river Rhine to the Rhine Falls

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June 7th 2019

The calmness and the force of water

Today a second voyage by ship was on my program: from the harbour of Constance to Schaffhausen over the western part of the Lake Constance, the Untersee, and the start of the navigable river Rhine to Schaffhausen. There I would like to see the Schaffhauser Rheinfall, the largest waterfall in Europe! Continue reading

Sistiana and Duino: Stages B3 (end) and B4 (part 1) of the Yellow Trail

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April 30th 2019

Nature along the coast and a cave in the mountains

Yesterday, April 29th, I set off to finally complete the Stage B3 of the Yellow Trail: last year on May 14th 2018 I took the wrong direction somewhere between Prosecco and Sistiana and arrived at the railway station of Bivio d’Aurisana in the pouring rain. At the same railway station I started in good spirits for the end of the stage. Now I had the opportunity to have a look at the marble quarry of Cava Romana through the gate and over the fence… Continue reading

Miramare: a romantic castle on the seaside

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April 28th 2019

A thunderstorm at sea and rain in the Park

This morning the sky was cloudy and a splash of rain was falling… That’s why I made the plan to go to the Castello di Miramare Castle, about 10 kilometres to the west of Trieste. It is one of the touristic hotspots in this region, especially because the interior and the furniture haven’t changed since the times when Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg (1832–1867), Emperor’s Franz Josef I. younger brother, and his wife Charlotte of Belgium lived there (from 1860 to 1864). Continue reading

Salzburg: a city of Baroque, music and nature

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April 25th 2019

A lot of Mozart and beautiful panoramas, but also a chamois!

Yesterday, Wednesday April 24th, I arrived around half past two after a rather uneventful journey in Munich. There I had to look for my connecting train to Salzburg: due to some delay I was really running late and, because of ongoing construction works to the platforms of the main station, I had to squeeze through the crowds, carrying my (still quite heavy…) rucksack in a totally foreign railway station. Slightly out of breath I plumbed down in the slow train to Salzburg, leaving five minutes to three. Continue reading

Brig, an 800-year old Alpine town

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September 14th 2018

A little stroll through this historic town

Today I left Arnhem in the early hours and arrived in Brig around five o’clock in the afternoon after a somewhat exhausting journey. Anyway I knew the railway station from the times that I used to change trains which would transport me to other destinations. But I have spent a night in Brig, more than ten years ago, before I travelled with the Glacier Express (“the slowest express train in the world”…) to Grisons. Then I stayed over at Hotel Europe, near the railway station – and there I checked in again now. I liked it then – that is why I chose the hotel again. Continue reading

A walk from Mals across the Mals Heath to Burgeis

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July 29th 2018

Fruit, old houses and a war memorial

This morning I started off without a fixed plan once again, but I had a destination however: a building of which I supposed that it was a war memorial, because an Italian flag was flying. It is situated alongside the main road from the Reschen Pass to Mals. I passed this building already many times, when I took the bus to Switzerland. Continue reading

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