Category Archives: Travel

One Hundred Years Ago, Lawrence of Arabia killed the Railroad – March 1923: Transjordan

Zur deutschen Fassung. Not quite a hundred, but still more than thirty years ago, I was in Australia as an exchange student. I don’t think I have ever told stories from that time, because back then, we still took pictures … Continue reading

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Hiking on the First Day of Spring

Zur deutschen Fassung. Whatever the weather forecast, the calendar, meteorologists or theologians say – for me, yesterday was the first day of spring. And so I went for a hike: As always in this area, plenty of water, requiring large … Continue reading

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Journey to the Center of Europe – Kremnica, Slovakia

Zur deutschen Fassung. For the project “Journey to the Center of Europe”, I am going to visit all the places that have ever laid claim to being the geographical center of Europe or the European Union. And write about them. This … Continue reading

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Köpenick – First Impressions

Zur deutschen Fassung. Berlin, at least as you know it today, is a rather young city. It was only created in 1920, when several surrounding towns, villages and rural estates were incorporated into Greater Berlin, which became 13 times the … Continue reading

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The Battlefield of Waterloo, Looking for the Bones, and a Surprising Supper

Zur deutschen Fassung. “Little Napoleon wants to be picked up on platform 2, please. And hurry, or he’ll lay waste to the whole town!” Only when I hear this announcement and look out of the train window, I realize what … Continue reading

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The most beautiful city in Germany that you never heard of

Zur deutschen Fassung. It always makes me sad when people visit Germany, and their only plan is to see Berlin and Munich. Or maybe that silly castle in the mountains. Which is really just one of thousands of castles in … Continue reading

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The Castle in the Fog

The things you discover when stumbling through the foggy moorlands, running from poachers, peat cutters, and the horsemen of the apocalypse. Continue reading

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The Romance of Railroad Travel

Zur deutschen Fassung. When I write about my railroad journeys around the world, whether it’s crossing Canada by train, taking the Orient Express, or going almost all the way to the North Cape, the eyes of readers fill with longing … Continue reading

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Let’s take the Train into the Sunset!

Photographed at the train station in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Links:

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The largest Roman city you never heard of: Gorsium

Fumbling through the Puszta fog, somewhere between Balaton and Buda, between Pannonia and Pest, I discovered the largest Roman city you probably never heard of: Gorsium. Continue reading

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