Going to Barcelona, London, Paris or Rome? Here are some tips for an active autumn city break Now that summer is over, and the holiday season behind us, it’s time to plan your autumn city break. Here is a suggestion: why not include a hike in your travel arrangements?
This does not have to be something difficult. Ideally, such a “city break hike” would be not too taxing: short and easy even by Easy Hiking standards, something you can do in a comfortable pair of shoes rather than hiking boots (since you will not want to carry a pair of those in your flight luggage), something where you find a pretty village at the end of a road where you can have a cup of coffee or a light meal. Plus it must be easy to reach by public transport.
Fortunately, most popular destinations have several
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The Easy Hikers atone for past falsehoods by revealing the truth about Germany’s national dish As a final note to our brief stay in Berlin, here is something that, admittedly, is only somewhat tenuously linked with hiking. Something in lieu of an official retraction, an apology or (what they called under communism) “criticism and self-criticism”. And, to use a modern term, something to achieve “closure”.
There must have been, over the years, many a post where I have made some very tall claims indeed, twisted the truth in the most abominable fashion or expressed some truly outrageous opinions, but overall, my dear friends, you have been letting me off fairly easy.
Only once did I really get heat from you. This was when I suggested – on the occasion of a restaurant recommendation connected with one of our hikes in the West
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Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been turned into a paradise for cyclists, windsurfers, wild birds, crazy golfers, baseball fans – and walkers Hiking, in a certain way, is like listening to popular music – because, let’s face it, most hikes do not really offer anything strikingly original like something you have never seen before, but rather rearrange familiar motifs: trees, meadows, wooded hills, a river, a lake, views of farms and distant church steeples.
The same is true for urban walks, where interesting cityscapes mix houses where something important has happened with houses where somebody interesting once lived and houses that are merely pretty to look at.
Only a few walks offer something genuinely different and are truly “one of a kind”. This is one of them.
It is an odd thing that, while most of the truly legendary train stations
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… and some splendid views of Berlin’s most famous tourist attractions in Part Two of the Berlin Wall Trail Something that I did not mention in Part 1 of this post: the Berlin Wall walk is also a great way of discovering the city. It mixes the discovery of quarters that you would otherwise be unlikely to visit with interesting views of most of Berlin landmarks, sometimes from afar …
… but sometimes from very close up, too.
Nowhere will you get as close to the city’s major landmarks as you do in the walk’s central section, the one through the new quarter of Germany’s Federal Government.
The government of the old West Germany had, of course, resided in Bonn, an otherwise sleepy provincial city on the banks of the river Rhine, and when Berlin, once again, became the capital
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Hitler, Stalin, Kaiser Bill: see them all on a walk along the Berlin Wall Trail Some of the world’s greatest cities are defined by a single building: Paris, for example, by the sleek elegance of the Eiffel Tower, Sydney by the brashness and sheer daring of its Opera House. And then there is Berlin, a city whose most famous structure no longer exists but continues to nevertheless haunt the city, occasionally to materialize in brutal fragments …
… or as an artfully conceived monument seemingly at will and without warning.
Mainly, however, the Berlin Wall has been erased from the face of the city, and all that remains is a double line of cobblestones that zigzags – apparently at random – through city squares, public gardens and streets.
A structure that, by
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