The Bavarian Alps, Germany

Saturday 23 September 2017 - lunch break in Heidelberg I had heard that Heidelberg was a really nice town so I decided to stop there for a few hours. Unfortunately, a gazillion other people had had the same idea and it took half an hour to find a parking garage which still had room. And …

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Höhr-Grenzhausen – cute German village

Fri 22 - Sat 23 September 2017 For my Italy road trip this was a convenient first stop near Koblenz. The apartment turned up in a wide Booking search and was really good value for money. Had a nice beer, did a short 45 minute walk in the hills, and had a typically German dinner. …

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Berlin and surroundings 2016

A 10 day holiday in one of my favorite places on earth: Berlin! 😀 I had visited 6 times before but I can't get enough of this place. If it weren't for my life back home (friends, work, beach volleyball etc) I'd move there. I drove over by car and brought my own bike. I …

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Stay overnight in Heiden, lovely hotel

.... and great asparagus and other food and beers in the restaurant! What a convivial hotel. Despite many other guests in the restaurant I did not feel out of place solo. And the staff were fast and very friendly and helpful. The beer garden also looked lovely, unfortunately it rained hard when I was there. …

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Cool coal mine

On the way back home I stopped for a few hours and visited Zeche Zollverein in Essen. This former coal mine and cokes factory gives tours through the old factory, has a few cool industrial cafes, and features the Red Dot design museum. This museum displays design products of all kinds: furniture, lamps, bikes, vacuum …

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Historical Trier

It was going to be a very rainy day so instead of doing the hike I had in mind, I visited Trier in Germany, and Echternach in Luxembourg. Trier turned out to be a pleasant town. Parking was quite expensive though. I had a good lunch at some Italian place. Visited the cathedral, did some …

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Sleepy border town Ralingen as a base

After a fun weekend with 8 friends and a baby in the Twente region in the Netherlands, and having to be in Twente again 6 days later, I decided to spend the in between time holidaying. Hiking in the Müllerthal region in Luxembourg was my main goal. This hotel in Ralingen - though in Germany …

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