Category Archives: Germany

Remembrance with Kebab: Babi Yar

I don’t know what exactly I expected when I went to the site of the largest mass shooting in the Holocaust, but this I didn’t expect. Continue reading

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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 9) Neuschwanstein Castle

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Berichts. 148 Neuschwanstein lies high above the valley, on a rock that is not really suitable for construction. The local authorities should never have approved this. I am sure there were some bribes involved… It takes … Continue reading

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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 8) Hohenschwangau Castle

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. 123 Although it’s a local bus, operated by the City of Füssen, bus no. 78 shows the destination only in English: “Hohenschwangau Castles”. This must be the loss of German culture that some people are … Continue reading

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Make use of autumn!

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. Usually, my articles are months, years or even decades behind actual events. But today, there are a few photos from yesterday’s hike in Amberg-Sulzbach County in Germany to remind you: Take advantage of autumn while … Continue reading

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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 7) Füssen

After a spooky night in the woods, I have a UNESCO world heritage site all to myself. And the destination of the hike finally comes into view. Continue reading

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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 6) Walden

Another day that would not end in a warm bed, but outside in a rainy night… Until I discovered a hut deep in the forest.
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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 5) Ammer Gorge

I had barely survived the night in the cemetery. I had not found anything to eat. And yet, on the fifth day of the hike, I would face the most dangerous part: the Ammer Gorge.
Luckily, I would soon bump into two pilgrims. Continue reading

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Why is German reunification celebrated on 3 October?

Today, Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany on 3 October 1990. The history buffs among you will know that the Berlin Wall fell almost a year earlier, on 9 November 1989. So why … Continue reading

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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 4) The Longest Day

On the fourth day of the hike through Bavaria, I discover the secret 5G factory, climb the highest mountain and spend the night in a cemetery.
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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 3) Lake Ammer

On the third stage of my hike, I was just about to set up my camp in a park, when a helpful stranger invited me into his lakeside villa.
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