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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Wernigerode castle

Looked around the town, had expensive, not-so-good coffee on the touristy main square (staff was a bit snooty too). When I asked whether they had wifi for the guests, she looked at me like I had just escaped from a lunatic asylum. No wifi anywhere in this whole Harz region, not that I could find …

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Thale: foresty mountain hike and DDR museum

I actually wanted to do this hike a day later but rain was predicted for Tuesday, and sun for this Monday. So I did the hike on Monday even though I had not really seen Quedlinburg yet (the town where my apartment for the week was!). Hike up to witches' dancing place   This particular …

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Quedlinburg: medieval hansa town

Arrived in Quedlinburg in the early evening, a beautiful medieval UNESCO World Heritage town with about 1,300 original half-timbered houses. The city center is a maze of one-way streets combined with construction works blocking off routes I needed, but the apartment owner had already offered to come find me if I could not find the …

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Catching rats in Hameln

On the Sunday I moved bases: from the hotel in Bad Pyrmont, to an apartment for a full week in Quedlinburg, 2 hours drive. On the way over I stopped in medieval hansa town Hameln for a couple of hours. The famous tale of the rat catcher comes from here, and is exploited to the …

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Bad Pyrmont: pretty town, old folk and a spa

So funny, on the drive over I came very close to the town where my surname comes from, in the Detmold / Bielefeld region. But I didn't visit that particular village again, it had been quite a long drive as it was and that would have cost me an extra hour. Old folk Bad Pyrmont... …

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Stopover in Zutphen

Spent an hour and a half in medieval town Zutphen en route, to stretch my legs and have lunch. Recommended! A beautiful place full of old architecture, hidden courtyards, cute shops and cafes.