CELLE, Germany | day trip from Hanover

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Celle is a quaint historic town just north from Hanover in Lower Saxony and despite its rather smaller size it is simply one of the most beautiful cities in terms of traditional architecture in Germany and therefore definitely deserves its own blog post. Besides its incredible old town with over 400 timber-framed houses, there is also a castle, a couple …

Erfurt Germany Thüringen what to see and do road trip

ERFURT, Germany | weekend trip to Thüringen´s capital city

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A couple of years ago Lu and I visited Erfurt, an interesting capital and at the same time the largest city in the German state of Thuringia during a short camping road trip through this part of former East Germany. Charming streets and squares surrounded by typical multi-apartment houses built in the “Fachwerk” style, many cafes, restaurants, museums, churches, over …

Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft national park Germany

VORPOMMERSCHE BODDENLANDSCHAFT NATIONAL PARK, Germany | Fischland – Zings – Darß peninsula, Hiddensee island and Rügen island

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After our recent, now already my third, visit to the largest national park in the German state Mecklenburg Vorpommern, it is really about time to post somehting about these beautiful places on the Baltic coast. For most of you these are probably less-known spots with names you can´t pronounce out loud, but trust me, these enchanting forests, wild lonely beaches, …

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MECKLENBURG LAKE PLATEAU, Germany | Müritz national park and active holidays in the land of thousands lakes

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Into this recent road trip through northern Germany we have included many of those parts of the country that we wanted to visit while we are still living around here. One of these places were also the lakes on Mecklenburg lake plateau in on of the lesser developed German states called Mecklenburg – Vorpommern. I know, I know, again lots …

What to see and do in Harz national park in Germany

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN HARZ NATIONAL PARK & AROUND, Germany | hiking, skiing, sightseeing and more

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Harz National Park is a wonderful nature reserve stretching over 2 German federal states, Lower Saxony (where we live) and Saxony-Anhalt. Over 90% of this area is covered with lush forests, including bogs, creeks, lakes, rivers, ice age granite rocks. The park is also part of the Natura 2000 network and is well known as the perfect place for hiking, …

our 2019 | 18 countries & many adventures

Katja BRAZIL, CROATIA, DEFENDER TRIPS, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY | SICILY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, MALTA, NORWAY, POLAND, SEYCHELLES, SLOVENIA, SWEDEN, THE NETHERLANDS, TURKEY Leave a Comment

2019 already waved goodbye and with this post we are remembering our adventures of the past year one more time. It was definitely not a boring one in terms of travel – we ended up visiting 18 countries on 3 different continents! Some of them with Lu and some of them just the two of us. Besides these really awesome …

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EXTERNSTEINE, Germany | day trip to Horn-Bad Meinberg and Lippe

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These amazing 40 meters high rock formations, halfway between Dortmund and Hanover, close to the smaller cities Bielefeld and Paderborn, are really worth visiting if you are driving in the area. The sight is quite well known amongst the Germans, but it seems like the international tourists have not yet really discovered it. We stopped here on our way back …

THÜRINGEN, Germany | 4 days camping road trip to Sangerhausen, Erfurt, Eisenach and Drachenschlucht

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Not so long ago, it was still kind of planned that we pack up our “summer clothes” and drive off to SYLT – a German island I´ve been really eager to visit ever since I moved over here. But then, well, as we by now probably all know, plans changed. It would have been a long drive by myself and …

SAXON SWITZERLAND national park, Germany | 4 days trip to one of the best German parks close to Czech republic

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In the beginning of May Lu and me decided to visit this park together with my parents who were just visiting from Slovenia. Getting out of the house, exploring something new and catching some fresh air was wonderful. After STOPPING IN DRESDEN FOR A DAY on the way to the park, we spent 2 nights in an apartment in a …

DRESDEN, Germany | weekend city trip to the capital of German state Saxony

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This year´s 1st of May came conveniently on a Monday, which meant we had a longer weekend without taking a day off work. Already a couple of months ago we decided to head to the wonderful SACHSEN SWITZERLAND NATIONAL PARK and possibly make a stop in Dresden on the way, as I´ve never been there yet. Due to our separation …

Best Christmas markets in Germany travel December

GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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December in Germany is all about Christmas markets! Smell the sweet cinnamon waffles, mulled wine, gingerbread and grilled sausages while strolling around in the labyrinths with food & hand made products stands – BIG TOWNS set up several Christmas markets on larger town´s squares, SMALLER CITIES have one Christmas market and even the smallest VILLAGES usually organise a 1-day Christmas …

Dinner at a Michelin 3-Star Restaurant Aqua Wolfsburg Germany

dinner at a Michelin 3 *** restaurant | AQUA, Wolfsburg, Germany

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Eating at a Michelin star restaurant has to be one of those things many people who love exquisite food have on their “do at least once in a lifetime list”. And it is not just about good food. Surely, one can eat a delicious meal in a simple street food stand somewhere in Asia as well. Here it is also …

Lüneburger Heide Germany what to see and do

LÜNEBURGER HEIDE, Germany | weekend trip to the pink heath fields close to Hamburg

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I have to admit I had no clue this beautiful nature park with fields of blooming heath even existed before I moved to Germany. It is located quite close to the busy higway between Hanover and Hamburg but if you don´t know it´s there you will not see it from the road. Up until now we´ve visited Lüneburger Heide two …

“WATTWANDERUNG”, Germany | mudflat hiking in the Wadden sea from Neßmersiel to Baltrum island in East Frisia

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Between continental Europe and the North Sea´s FRISIAN ISLANDS, located in Netherlands, Germany and Denmark lies the so-called “WATTENMEER” (Wadden Sea). This intertidal zone is on the UNESCO´s World Heritage List and it´s a favourite spot for a unique experience – walking to an island! Yes, you heard it right – when the tide is low, one can walk several …

NORTHERN GERMANY road trip | Hamburg – Lübeck – Scharbeutz – Kiel

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Moving to Germany gave me the opportunity to use some of the weekends (especially those few longer ones) for short trips to different parts of the country where I have never been before. Especially the NORTHERN COASTAL PART is so different to anything I knew before and that´s why I always love to go there. Last year in the early …