Hohentwiel Fortress

Hohentwiel Fortress in Germany was one of Baden-Wüerttemberg’s largest fortresses. Starting from a smaller medieval castle situated on top of the Hohentwiel – a long time inactive volcano of the Hegau group of volcanoes – in the 16th century it was extended into a larger fortress. As far as I know, Hohentwiel went through some […]

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A Weekend in Edinburgh

Last weekend I had the chance to be in Scotland for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2012 (see also previous entry). Taking an early flight on Friday, there was half of Friday and all of Saturday to explore Edinburgh before the run on Sunday, and the weather was brilliant. Unlike usual Scottish summer (and spring, winter […]

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Canals and Boats – Amsterdam

Last weekend I had a chance to stay in Amsterdam for a couple of days. Weather was great, so I spent all Sunday walking the old town with its canals, bridges, old merchant houses, boats and the Red Light District. The latter actually covers about one fifth of the central old town. If you skip […]

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Winter at the sea (Amrum island)

Towards the end of this calendar year I was sort of forced to take some days off. Since I hate to “waste” vacation days for nothing, the plan for a calm week at the German North Sea was quickly made and last week I found myself on Amrum, a small sandy island off the German […]

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The Saalfeld mine (Feengrotten)

The Saalfeld underground mine – better known as “Feengrotten” (German for “fairy caves”) – is a small system of artificial tunnels, passages and galleries, which are connected with some natural caves. Saalfeld is located in the German state of Thuringia, actually just 30 miles from my current home. Today I went to Saalfeld (in good […]

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