Hiking trails lead to sights and viewpoints

wandern 02In addition to routes that are suitable for day trips, the hiking organizations have also created and marked long-distance hiking trails that are divided into several daily stages. A special category of these routes are pilgrimage routes.
The motivation to hike is subject to considerable fluctuations, both among different age groups and generations, as well as in terms of the type of hiking and the trend over time. While it was still a natural professional necessity with the journeyman trade, combined with experience, adventure and personal maturation, the generation of the youth movement and the wandering bird celebrated hiking in songs and undertakings as emancipation from the encrusted adult world, as an escape from the desolate cities’ romantic discovery of nature and as an indispensable part of their special youth culture.
A study commissioned by the fitness magazine Fit for Fun from the Cologne Institute for Prevention and Aftercare (IPN) came to the conclusion that the energy expenditure when hiking is comparable to that when jogging. For example, the test subjects consumed as much food energy during a 2-hour hike in the lowlands as when jogging for 75 minutes. The gentle way is also said to be advantageous because the automatic pace adjustment rarely causes physical overstrain.

Hike to the cave church in the Dolomite rocks at Scharzfeld

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Hike to the cave church in the Dolomite rocks near Scharzfeld

We had often passed the eye-catching dolomite rocks near Scharzfeld on our way through the Harz Mountains, and now there was finally enough time for a short hike up the rocks and on to the legendary "Unicorn Cave".

Hike around the Oderteich near Sonnenberg

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Hike around the Oderteich near Sonnenberg

We were on our way back from Braunlage to Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the early afternoon when the wonderful sunshine, despite the forecast for rain, forced us to stop at the Oderteich car park.

Hiking Bad Grund – From Albert Tower to World Forest

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Hiking Bad Grund – From Albert Tower to World Forest

A next Harz hiking destination was quickly found with the so-called World Forest, as well as other destinations in the Bad Grund area, so we also had the Albert Tower, the Hübichenstein and the quarry of the limestone mining area in mind.

WeltWald Harz and the search for the stamp post 129

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WeltWald Harz and the search for the stamp office 129

Once again we were on a hiking tour in the Harz mountains, had already visited the Hübichenstein near Bad Grund and now wanted to go to the Harz hiking pin stamping point 129 to add another stamp to our hiking pass.

Königsburg ruins and waterfall - stamps 41 and 42

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Königsburg ruins and Königshütte waterfall - stamps 41 and 42

Today we have decided to visit the ruins of the Königsburg and the Königshütter waterfall in order, as announced, to fill our hiking pass with more stamps for the Harzer hiking pin.

Hiking trail "Huttaler Wider Waage" - stamps 127 & 128

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Hiking trail

As already reported in our article on the Harzer hiking needles, we had found increasing interest in the targeted hike to the multi-layered stamping points to the special highlights of the Harz hiking trails and thus also decided to equip ourselves with hiking passes and to supplement them with the various stamps.

Long-distance hiking trail Rennsteig - follow Kammweg

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Long-distance hiking trail Rennsteig - we follow the Kammweg

"Rennsteig" hiking trail in the Thuringian Forest, which is now marked with a distinctive "R", has been used for many centuries by people with a wide variety of interests, whose motives could hardly be more different.

Wadden hike to bird protection on Minsener Oldeoog

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Wadden area hike to bird protection island on Minsener Oldeoog

Once you have arrived in the northern part of Germany, a hearty wadden sea area hike should of course not be missed by Brita and Gerda during the travel program with alaturka.

Hiking trail along the idyllic Feldaist River in Austria

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Hiking trail along the idyllic Feldaist River in Austria

At the beginning of our hike into the picturesque Feldaist valley, which we have planned for today, the Bruckmühle in Pregarten is our chosen starting point and is now home to active cultural and artistic workers as well as the region’s associations.

A tour to the Mühlviertel and hiking along Feldaist

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A tour to the Mühlviertel and hiking along Feldaist

For the non-Austrian, a little introductory explanation: The term “Mühlviertel” is used to describe a landscape in Austria that represents one of the four historical “quarters” of Upper Austria. It is that part of Upper Austria that lies north of the Danube and belongs to the granite and gneiss highlands.

Hike to Kloppstock spring and to the Bismarck tower

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Hike to the Kloppstock spring and to the Bismarck tower

After visiting the state school in Pforta and getting to know one of it´s “master students”, Friedrich Gottlieb Kloppstock (we will report after the introduction), we also wanted to hike the circular hiking trail to the Bismarck Tower, which begins at the school and which leads to a spring named with writers name.

Walk to the ancient town Kyaneai in Lycia

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Walk to the ancient town Kyaneai in Lycia

And once again, we had arranged to meet with Wolfgang Dorn and his tour group, this time in the small town Yavu near Kas to visit the ancient city Kyaneai in Lycia.

Kas - Hiking the village along its alley´s

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Kas and Beautiful Beaches

Near the beautiful Taurus Mountains, covered with wild macchia, about 110 miles to the north of Antalya, you will find the still-dreamy, beautiful village of Kaş, situated on a scenic slope. A place to forget all your cares!

Hiking at Gömbe and Ucarsu Waterfall

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Gömbe and Ucarsu Waterfall

As part of our two day journey, we took off in Korkuteli direction after Termessos to reach our next target; Gömbe near Uyluk Mountain (elv.3024 m.). Many of the Turks residing along the shore relocate to mountain sides known as “uplands” in order to escape from the summer heat.

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