After climbing the mountains around Lake Bled on day 2 of our Slovenia trip, on day 3 we took the bus to Lake Bohinji in Triglav National Park.
From there we hiked a few miles up to Stara Fuzina and on through Mostnica Gorge to the waterfall at its Northern end.
Mostnica Gorge itself is at times extremely narrow and you literally have to climb between roots and tree trunks to make your way through. Towards the end, though, you walk through a valley and are presented with beautiful vistas of the Julian Alps.
It’s been almost two years since M and I went to Berchtesgaden, so it was time again for our bi-annual hiking trip. So after landing in Ljubljana, we took the bus to Lake Bled and spent a couple of days there.
I highly recommend the hike up Osojnica Hill. It is pretty steep at times, but the views of the lake and its surroundings from up there are simply breathtaking.
I couldn’t get enough of the postcard-worthy views of Bled Island and the vegetation around Lake Bled.
From our hotel room balcony we had a direct view of Bled Castle. And despite some rain on the first night and discouraging weather forecasts for the week, the new day welcomed us with this gorgeous view.
In my quest to visit the capitals of Europe, I was able to cross another one off the list this month: Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia.
The city is rather small, but features an interesting combination of architectural styles: The small, sometimes dilapidated houses in the Old Town had a Mediterranean flair, almost like Rome.
On the other hand there are places like Republic Square and several residential high-rise buildings whose architecture seems influenced by Soviet ideals.
And of course there is classic architecture from when Slovenia was under Habsburg rule that might just as well fit in Vienna.
My love of old cities had already taken me down to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Heidelberg, so I don’t know why I had never been to Ghent, which is a lot closer. However, while all of these places feature beautiful medieval architecture, Ghent feels the most vibrant. Unlike Rothenburg, which forbids any changes that alter the cities appearance, Ghent feels more alive as it also incorporates modern elements in beautiful symbioses. And it is build around several rivers and canals which – as you can probably tell from the number of photos – has its very own appeal.
The weather the first day wasn’t great, so all of that day’s pictures a bit gloomy.
I got a very early start on the second day and was rewarded by these beautiful sights during the blue hour.
On my way home, a final look back at the church towers that define Ghent’s skyline and are visible from almost anywhere in the city.
Getting up at two o’clock this morning wasn’t easy, but being able to see the sun rise over the Ruhr from the Tetrahedron in Bottrop was so worth it.
After Lübeck’s sights in part 1, this post is dedicated to the less splendid but no less interesting parts of town: signs of companies that have been in business for a long time; signs of companies that have been out of business for a long time. Starting with the now defunct Eden cinema that even has its own Wikipedia page.
Over the Easter holiday I spent two days in Lübeck, Northern Germany. With some of the highlights already published on my Instagram, here’s the full report.
Coming from the train station, you enter the city through Holstentor, its most iconic landmark.
Lübeck Cathedral with Mühlenteich.
The townhall below is particularly curious: it combines several different materials, colors and styles while also lacking a clear architectural focal point.
In general, I just fell in love with the historic crow-stepped gable town houses you find everywhere.
Model of the historic city center with Holstentor on the left, town hall in the center and the cathedral at the bottom: