Hiking in Heimbach (Eifel)

As there were two holidays last week, I decided to get out of town to take a short vacation in Heimbach (Eifel) for some hiking. The Eifel is only two hours away by train, but you feel so much closer to nature around all the forests and lakes.

Burg Hengebach

Burg Hengebach mit Brücke

The landscape is dominated by various reservoirs and dams, most notably the Rur dam. Below the view from the Hirschley atop the Kermeter onto the Rur lake.

Hirschley Panorama

Rursee

More reservoirs downstream from the Rur dam.

Stauanlage Heimbach

Rurtalsperre

The Art Nouveau hydro-electric power plant in Heimbach.

Jugendstilkraftwerk

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Pictures from Wangerooge

Coming home from work on Friday of last week, I decided I needed to get out of the city for the weekend. Destination: Wangerooge, an island in the North Sea.

Überweg Klein

The weather wasn’t ideal on Saturday, but it was nonetheless the best travel experience I’ve had in a long time. And on Sunday, shortly before heading home, the sky cleared up creating these perfect vistas.

Düne (1)

Möwe über Düne

Dünenpanorama

Sunset

You just don’t get to see sunsets like this in the city.

Sonnenuntergang (3)

Sonnenuntergang (4)

Sonnenuntergang (2)

Sunrise

I woke up early on Sunday and thus got to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.

Sonnenaufgang (1)

Sonnenaufgang (2)

Going home

Seals in the distance (poor quality, because I had to shoot through the ferry window).

Robben

One last look back to Wangerooge before it was time to take the train back home.

Aus der Ferne

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

My love of hiking and old cities was the reason I travelled to Heidelberg two years ago. And while Heidelberg’s old city is beautiful, it has nothing on Rothenburg ob der Tauber; this year’s getaway after a busy Maskerade week.

Rathausplatz (2)

After climbing 220 steps to the top of the town hall tower I got this beautiful view as the sun rose over the city.

Rothenburg vom Rathausturm aus

Same location from two different perspectives: looking down from the top of the town hall tower into the Tauber valley in the morning…

Blick von der Stadt runter ins Tal

…and looking up from the valley to the city later in the day.

Blick vom Tal hoch zur Stadt

One can only imagine what farmers must have felt like looking up to the imposing city on the hill as the came up from their farms in the valley.

Auf dem Weg vom Tal zur Stadt

The city building code is very strict about preserving its medieval atmosphere, so even modern brands use old-timey signage to fit in.

Tor Klein

My favorite spot in the city: the quiet garden behind the old monastery.

Klostergarten