Hiking in the Alps

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Simplon Pass: Stage 6 of the Blue Trail of the Via Alpina (reverse direction) – part 1

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October 3rd 2019

Over Stockalper’s and Napoleon’s road

Today I left in the 10.18 hrs Postal car for Simplon-Dorf over the Simplon Pass. Because of today’s fine weather I had planned to hike a part of a stage of the Via Alpina: Stage 6 of the Blue Trail officially runs from the Simplon Pass to the village of Zwischbergen, on the border to Italy. Today I hiked from Simplon-Dorf to the Simplon Pass, a part of this stage and in the reverse direction! And again in an aera I didn’t know. Continue reading

Andermatt: the Höhenweg from Gütsch to the Oberalp Pass

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September 27th 2019

From wind mills along the mountain slopes to a lighthouse!

Today the weather was fine with down in the village nice temperatures and not too much wind. Now I would like to do what I had been up to last Tuesday, September 24th, but what I have skipped for the concert by the Suvorov Cadet’s Band: to go with the gondola from Andermatt by the middle station Nätschen to the end station Gütsch, from there by foot over the Höhenweg to close by the mountain top of the Schneehüenerstock, then to go down with another gondola and via the Oberalp Pass back by train to Andermatt. Continue reading

Andermatt: through the Schöllenen Gorge to Göschenen

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September 25th 2019

“Places of power” and a battle by General Suvorov in 1799

This morning the rain came pouring down again. Therefore I have the opportunity to tell about the past days in Andermatt which I found very special. Actually by chance I was able to attend the commemoration ceremonies around the Russian “Generalissimus Suworow” and his heroic actions in the Schöllenen Gorge during his battle with Napoleon’s troops on September 24th and 25th 1799, now 220 years ago. Continue reading

The river Adige: from the source near Reschen to Bolzano

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August 5th 2019

… and also to the anti-tank barrier at the Plamort/Pian dei Morti

Yesterday morning I left Munich with the 7.34 hrs Eurocity-Express. In the beginning the landscape wasn’t very interesting, but near Innsbruck the mountains were already partly visible between the patches of clouds. From Innsbruck the journey continued to the Brenner Pass. From the train it became obvious that the Brenner Pass is a very important traffic artery: due to the Sunday’s driving ban for the international road traffic all parking lots were overflowing with lorries and trucks with trailer. 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

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

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

Basovizza: a remembrance of the Second World War

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May 1st 2019

The First of May: from a festive day to a commemoration of a massacre

This morning the sun was shining brightly: a nice perspective for the celebration of May 1st – Labour’s Day, in Italy very much an official holyday! I had read somewhere that near the little village of Basovizza, approximately 10 kilometres to the northeast of Trieste, not only still exists an authentic border control post with the former Yugoslavia dating from the Cold War, but also a national memorial for the victims of the Second World War, who were thrown into so-called “Foibe“, the deep sinkholes in the Karst in this area. Continue reading

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