Germany: A morning hike to the Sebnitz River

Sumpf-Vergissmeinnicht Purpur-Storchschnabel As the overall area around Bad Schandau is not wide, it is possible to start nearly every hike in the surrounding area. Same is true for the towns of Altendorf, Mittelndorf and Lichtenhain. All towns are tiny and mainly quiet, away from the crowds in Bad Schandau. The Malerweg, a long distance hiking trail is connecting all the trails in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The trail is 112 kilometer…

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Germany: Vacation at home (Elbe Sandstone Mountains)

After months in home office, cabin fever got to me. I knew I needed to get out for a few days. As big travel plan will not happen this year, at least not internationally, I needed an alternative. Even that starting from the 1st July most of the European borders are open again, I made a list in my head where I wanted to go in Germany and never did. One…

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Germany: Back to the roots

Natternkopf Disteln Essigbaum (Vinegar Tree) As a kid I found my tiny hometown in the Saale Valley mostly boring. I had no eye for the surrounding nature, neither the appreciation for the silence the countryside is offering. I somewhere heard something like "First you have to see the world in order to appreciate your home". For me this is totally true. With being away from home now for over 20 years,…

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Germany: Another 4:30 am challenge

As summer is approaching Germany with high temperatures, we did another 4:30 am challenge in order to take an early morning hike. The last two weeks we got temperatures around 30 degree. For my taste this is not really hiking weather. In order to enjoy hikes anyway, early mornings needs to be used. In the morning the air is still fresh, the temperature is mild and the birds songs are the…

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Germany: This atmosphere in the morning

We started this day again at 4:30 am, in order to enjoy the morning atmosphere in the woods. Our hike today lead us from the Monbach Valley in the Monbach Gorge to the Wolfschlucht. The Monbach Gorge was created around 350,000 years ago. When the Nagold river cut into the sandstone of the Monbach Valley. The Gorge was developed in 1901 and is part of the Black Forest East Trail. Moos…

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Germany: The 4:30 am Challenge

This morning lead us again in the North Black Forest. In order to avoid once more the crowds we set our alarm to 4:30 am. Hikes are more intense in the morning hours, quiet nature only broken through by bird singing. On the way to Kaltenbronn we saw an amazing Sun Rise. The sky was bathed in a soft pink color. Even that a sun rise start every day, it is…

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Germany: Attention Wilderness!

Lucky Clover Fir Moss Today we started really early in order to enjoy a special hike. Or better a combination out of two wilderness hikes in the Northern Black Forest. The Wildnispfad (Wilderness Hike) and the Luchspfad (Lynx Hike). Both paths are around 4 kilometer long and can be combined easily. Starting point was the parking lot near the Hotel Plättig. The overall round took us 3 hours and included a…

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Germany: Tree Top Path in the Black Forest

With another very overcast day ahead, I was on the search of an activity that also can be done in light rain. I knew Bad Wildbad only for having a Bike Park, which I sadly not visited yet, but I was not aware what else it had to offer. With following the recommendation of a friend we drove to the Tree Top Path on the Sommerberg.  Tree Top Path (Bad Wildberg)…

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Germany: Road trip in the North Black Forest

Adlerfarn Waldkiefer Fichte Heidelbeeren Even with a real moody weather predicted for today, I planned a short road trip in the North Black Forest. Following first the Schwarzwaldhochstraße to the Lotharpfad and then following the Murg Valley to Gernsbach. Both roads got their own charm and are particularly popular for motorcycle. As the weather was overcast, rainy and foggy we mostly had the streets for ourself. Weiße Lichtnelke Leimkraut Teppich-Knöterich Lotharpfad…

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Germany: Hike at the Mummelsee (Hornisgrinde)

Today's day-trip lead us over the Schwarzwaldhochstraße to the Mummelsee. Which is a well-known tourist attraction and with that the parking lot was already filled up in the morning. The place is not only known for the lake, it also offers five different main hiking options near and far around the lake. The hikes further away from the lake are less crowded and worth the visit. Scheiden-Wollgrass Bergkiefer Spieß-Weide We chose…

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