Hiking in the Alps

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Blatten/Belalp: Stage 96 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina – part 1

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September 30th 2019

Through the Aletsch forest and over the dam of the Gibidum Reservoir

This morning I took the 10.48 hrs train from Brig to Mörel, and got off two stops and 17 minutes later. The railway station in between is called Bitsch – it is funny to hear in what way this is announced in the train in English: it really sounds like “bitch” instead of “beach“! In Mörel it was only a three minutes’ walk to the valley station of the gondola, which eventually ends in Riederalp. The first part of the track goes to the village Ried-Mörel on the mountain shoulder. The gondola moves on very slowly, so people heading for Ried-Mörel can get off without a problem. Passengers for Riederalp have to remain seated: the gondola continues on another cable to the end station Riederalp. 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

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

Leukerbad: Stage 98 of the Red Trail

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June 29th 2018

A Stage with beautiful views, but not from ladders…

Yesterday, June 28th, I left Leukerbad by bus for Leuk, in order to take the train to Gampel/Steg. There is the start of Stage R98. Again the weather was splendid. It was a short walk from the railway station Gampel/Steg to the starting point of the Stage. Continue reading

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