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    Geierlay Bridge: a must-do in the German Hunsrück

    The Geierlay bridge: a must-do in the German Hunsrück Looking for a something fun to do in the German Hunsrück region? Then definitely consider the Geierlay suspension bridge. This suspension bridge in Germany is located in the Hunsrück just a three-hour drive from the Dutch-German border. I visited the bridge three times in recent years, the last time I even was completely alone. Below you will first find my original report and photos from August 2016, followed by updates and tips that I added following my second and most recent visit in May 2019. Looking for a hotel at the Geierlay bridge? You will find this later in the report,…

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    Hiking in the Harz: climbing Brocken

    Climbing Brocken – the highest peak in the Harz Mountains Brocken measures 1.141 meters above sea level and is the highest mountain in the Harz region as well as the highest mountain in northern Germany. During your trip to the Harz Mountains you can visit this special place, you certainly shouldn’t not miss it. You can climb Brocken on foot (my favorite!), with the famous Brockenbahn steamtrain or by bike.   Since the 17th century, the Harz was seen as the place in Germany where the witches gathered. In Goethe’s “Faust” he brings the witches together at Brocken. The fact that Goethe once visited this place has also contributed to…

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    Hiking on the Rheinsteig Trail in Germany

    A few weeks ago I made my first trip of the year to Germany. I’m in fact a big fan of Germany because there are numerous great hiking trails and you barely ever run into people when hiking them. A few months ago I hiked a part of the Saar-Hunsrück Steig and this time I headed out on the Rheinsteig Trail. This 320 kilometer lang walk is one of the Top Trails of Germany and is known for its large gain in elevation, which makes it a perfect training for my hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. My hiking buddy for this weekend was Rianne, whom I know through a…

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    Losing your heart to the Harz – a movie

    It already seems ages ago … and yet it was just a couple of weeks. When describing our trip to Germany’s Harz region to a fellow travel blogger shortly after, the first thing I mentioned is “you know what, our car broke down”. By now, we already forgot the car broke down and we had to stay longer than planned (not one minute too long though!). When posting my first picture on Facebook, my boss left a comment: “lose your Herz (heart) to the Harz” … which is exactly what we did. How come? Here’s why:   – The silence … On the trails that we hiked, there were almost no other people. Only when…