Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hamelin (Hameln)

Hamelin (or Hameln in German) is a town in Lower Saxony, which is famous for the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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Picture: Hochzeitshaus (foreground) and Marktkirche St. Nicolai

Hamelin is situated at the banks of the river Weser. From here you can start boat tours to Bodenwerder or other cities along the Weser during the summer months.
The city started with a monastery and became a fortified town later on. You can still see some parts of the city wall but it's not a lot left of it. When you are walking in the pedestrian area of Hamelin you can see many half-timbered and stone houses, which are in the stile of the Weser Renaissance.
In and around Hamelin are many places to go for a walk. Along the Weser you can also find hiking or cycling trails, which give you a beautiful view of the landscape around you.
When you are in the city, it can happen that you meet the Pied Piper on the street. He can be hired for guided tours of the city through the tourist information. During the summer months, you can watch a performance of the story of the Pied Piper every Sunday on the stage you can see on the picture above.
You can visit different churches, the museum and other parts if you want to get to know Hamelin better. It's also a nice place for shopping with a big shopping mall and different shops in the pedestrian zone. If your feet are tired from walking, you can find many cafés or restaurants to have a rest. Some nice places in summer are the beer garden and restaurant on the Werder, the island in the river Weser. If you ask someone for it, they can sure point you into the right direction.
Hamelin is a nice town with a lot of history and great architecture, which is really worth a visit.


You can find more information here:
Stadt Hameln (German and English)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Boltenhagen

Boltenhagen is a small seaside resort on the Baltic Sea in Germany. It is close to Lübeck and Wismar.

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Boltenhagen is a holiday town and there are many tourists there, especially in the summer months. You can choose if you want to stay in a hotel or a holiday flat. That's up to you.
As everywhere in Germany you have to pay visitor's tax when you want to be at the beach but there is a pier as well and it's free to go onto it.

You can either be at the beach the whole day when you are in Boltenhagen or you can hire a bike and take a tour along the coast or into the country. There are many scenic streets that are great for cycling. When you don't want to cycle you can step into the small train "Carolinchen" and go onto a trip to the steep coast or other destinations.
If you have enough of the beach and nature you can visit one of the castles or churches which you can find around Boltenhagen. A great place to go to on rainy days is the butterfly park in Klütz. There you can watch different butterflies and it's nice and warm in the rainforest-like glass dome.
It is no problem to find a nice restaurant or café after a day on the beach and you have supermarkets and bakeries at hand, too. Close to the town centre you can find a shop called "My Choc" where you can decide what you want to have in your chocolate (i.e. cranberries, walnuts or coffee) and you can pick up your special chocolate the next day. Very good.
In the town are also many little shops where you can buy clothes, different products made out of sallow thorn or the typical tourist stuff. If you want some bigger shops, you have to visit Wismar, which is not so far away.

You can find more information here:

Friday, March 29, 2013

Wisentgehege

The Wisentgehege is a deer park in northern Germany where you can watch European animals. It's open all year round.

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Picture:
Wolves in the Wisentgehege

First, the Wisentgehege was only for breeding European bisons and that's where it got it's name from. Now you can find around 100 different animal species there including Przewalski’s horses, wolverines, elks and different deer species.
One of the main purposes of the deer park is the conservation breeding of endangered animals but it's also a shelter for injured birds of prey.

The deer park is situated in a woody area with old trees and nice paths to walk on. Some of the animals are in enclosures but some, like the deer, have a wide space almost like in the wild. During the day there are different "shows" the visitors can watch. You can see feedings of different animals or an air show with the birds of prey. There is a lot to learn in the Wisentgehege, not only about the animals but about nature in general, too.
They are always building new enclosures for the animals and try to keep them in a natural way. You can spend a day in the Wisentgehge and take a picnic along with you if you want. There are many nice places where you can sit and eat but there is also a restaurant when you don't want to take food along.
The Wisentgehege is a great place to watch European animals in a nature like environment and to spend a nice day with your family.


If you want to read more, you can have a look here:
http://www.wisentgehege-springe.de/ (German)
Wikipedia (German)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan or Old Town is the centre of Stockholm and the place of the first settlement. It's located on one of Stockholm's many islands.

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Pictures:
Gamla Stan seen from Slussen
The Royal Castle

Although most of the tourists visit Gamla Stan when they come to Stockholm, it's a lovely place to have a wander around. It can get crowed throughout the day but in summer it's also nice to visit Gamla Stan in the evening when most of the tourists are gone. The atmosphere on the cobbled streets is unique and you can find small squares or interesting streets around every corner. You can reach Gamla Stan easily with the metro because it has it's own station and then walk around as much as you like.

There are many attractions in Gamla Stan and one that should be named is the Royal Castle. You can argue if you like the outside of the castle or not but the inside is quite impressive. The changing of the guard is also an event that you shouldn't miss when you are there at the right time. You can have a look at different churches, for example Storkyrkan or Tyska Kyrkan. You don't need to pay to get into Tyska Kyrkan (German Church) and it's worth a visit but not as big as Storkyrkan. A couple of museums are also located in Gamla Stan, like the Nobel Museum.

You can find many shops in the small streets of Gamla Stan, where you can buy typical tourist souvenirs but also clothes or handicrafts. I guess everybody will find a nice place in Gamla Stan and the food there is good too. One of my favourite cafés is still a Swiss pastry shop where you can get tasty pies and cakes. There are also many picture opportunities in Gamla Stan but you aren't allowed to take pictures in every museum.

Have a look here if you want to read more:
http://www.visitstockholm.com 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fanø

The Danish island Fanø is located in the North Sea and has beautiful beaches and nature with different animals, which are living on the island.

After the rain
Beach
Pictures:
Fanø beach

Fanø belongs to the Danish Wadden Sea Islands and the only way to reach it is via ferry from Esbjerg. The island is only 16 km long and 5 km wide and originated from a sandbank. The main town on the island is Nordby where you arrive with the ferry. Other towns are Sønderho, Rindby and Fanø Bad. Fanø is a tourist island, so you will find many people there in the summer and you have to book in advance when you want to rent a hotel room or a summer cottage but you can also get some last minute. Even more people are on the island when the International Kiteflyer-Meeting is held there in June.

You can explore the island with a car, on foot, with your bike or from the back of a horse.
The beaches are mostly on the western shore and you are even allowed to drive with your car directly down to the water. There are even bus stops on the beach. In the north-west of the island is a huge sandbank, which is called "Søren-Jessens-Sand" and you can explore it on a guided tour. There are huge dunes on some parts of the island but you can also find heath and a pine wood. You will probably spot quite a lot of animals like rabbits, deer and different birds when you wander around. There is a boat tour where you can watch seals when you are lucky but it also gives you a great view of the monument "Men at Sea"

Most of the guided tours and other activities are in the summer months but you can always have a look at the two churches or different museums on the island. You have many options for taking pictures especially with the sometimes fast changing weather.
When you have enough from nature, you can always take the ferry to Esbjerg and spend a day there.

If you want to read more, you can go here: