Portugal: The best for last (GR50 Ermida)

Just pure nature (Ermida) At our last day in Portugal, we aimed for a special hike. Up to the Lourica (1359 m). The hike can be started near Ermida. It is already a pictures drive up to this mountain town. Shortly before the town of Ermida there are two parking slots, in order to start the hike on the GR50. Or just take a photo of the amazing landscape. As our…

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Portugal: Back in the Geres National Park (GR50 from Soajo)

Two weeks in Portugal went by like nothing, as we not been ready to face the Covid-19 situation in Germany just yet, we extend our stay in Portugal for another week. In Geres we got a taste of the Geres Nation Park and the GR50. In order to see more of the park we decided to go Soajo. A more quiet and countryside region of the Geres National Park. Also, here…

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Portugal: In the Geres National Park (GR50 from Geres)

Geres After leaving the west coast of Viana do Castelo behind, we took a detour to the airport of Porto in order to pick up our rental. After that we went directly to the town of Geres in the Geres National Park. The town of Geres mainly consists of Hotels and Restaurants. It is busy and really touristy. So not really for our taste but it fitted the purpose to see…

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Germany: Hikes in the Black Forest National Park

With having the Black Forest National Park right into our backyard. Find on this page a couple of shorter and longer day hikes that can be done in the Northern part of the park. The park was found in January 2014 and is the first National Park in Baden Württemberg. Compared to other National Park worldwide, there is no park entry to be paid. In the Wolfsschlucht (Baden-Baden) Nice hike through…

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Germany: Up to the Kuhstall (Himmelsleiter)

Another popular but totally worth wile tour in Saxon Switzerland is the hike up to the Kuhstall. In order to avoid the crowds we started the tour around 8 am at the Lichtenhainer Waterfall parking lot. At that time we were the only car. It is important to start this tour early, as there is not only a huge parking lot but also the last station of the Kirnitzschtalbahn. The train…

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Germany: Morning hike to the Affensteine

Wald-Geißbart Find the right way Glockenblume This morning should be another 4:30 am challenge but without torturing my family, it became 6 am. The time was right, and we been the only people at the Beutenfall parking lot, where we started this hike. Originally I planned this tour to be around 8 kilometer, but all went a bit different as planned. The first part of the hike was over a wide…

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Germany: Iconic hike to the Schrammsteine (Elbe Sandstone Mountains)

One hike that cannot be missed in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are the Schrammsteine. There are hikes in various lengths leading up to this iconic rock formation. The Schrammsteine are an elongated, strongly jagged rock group of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. It is located east of Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland and lies in the district of Ostrau. In the north they are bordered by the Kirnitzschtal and Hohe Liebe, in…

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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: 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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