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.
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.
More reservoirs downstream from the Rur dam.
The Art Nouveau hydro-electric power plant in Heimbach.
More pictures from the last full day of my Obereggenen vacation: sunset in the vines above Obereggenen.
Since I was a kid, my family has been going to the village of Obereggenen near Schliengen in the black forest for fall vacation. So for the 30th anniversary of our first vacation, we all spent the weekend there again.
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.
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.
You just don’t get to see sunsets like this in the city.
I woke up early on Sunday and thus got to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.
Seals in the distance (poor quality, because I had to shoot through the ferry window).
One last look back to Wangerooge before it was time to take the train back home.
Thanks to a public holiday I had the day off and decided to pay Düsseldorf-Unterbach and -Eller a visit. Thus checking off two more items from my list of 111 Places to see in Düsseldorf. I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather to go hiking at Lake Unterbach (Unterbacher See).
On my way to Eller, this arch of unknown purpose caught my eye.
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.
After climbing 220 steps to the top of the town hall tower I got this beautiful view as the sun rose over the city.
Same location from two different perspectives: looking down from the top of the town hall tower into the Tauber valley in the morning…
…and looking up from the valley to the city later in the day.
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.
The city building code is very strict about preserving its medieval atmosphere, so even modern brands use old-timey signage to fit in.
My favorite spot in the city: the quiet garden behind the old monastery.
On the third day of our trip to Berchtesgaden we went to the Obersalzberg to see the Obersalzberg Documentation and visit the remains of the Platterhofbunker.
Afterwards we hiked along the Carl Linde path to the upper station of the Obersalzbergbahn tramway to take us back to Berchtesgaden.
The day ended with a beautiful sunset in Schönau.