Back in Slovakia (part 2): High Tatras (Východná Vysoká, Obrovský vodopád)


The following text is not a stand alone article but the direct continuation of part 1 of my Slovakia series: ascending Slavkovský štít and Veľká Svišťovka and visiting the Zelené pleso mountain lake. That article contains general information about the High Tatras mountain range as well.

High Tatras

I hiked in the central part of the High Tatras still and departed from the train station in Poprad early in the morning by using the inexpensive meter-gauge railway connection (Tatranské Elektrické Železnice, TEŽ).

Východná Vysoká, August 15

Ascending …

Back in Slovakia (part 1): High Tatras (Slavkovský štít, Veľká Svišťovka, Zelené pleso)


After my sabbatical in spring, I returned to Slovakia with a hiking schedule for the High Tatras mountain range in my backpack.

Before I went by train to Poprad in the Prešov Region (north-eastern Slovakia) where I was going to stay for one week, I spent one day in my second home Bratislava (I traveled by plane from Nuremberg to Budapest, and from there by train to the capital of Slovakia: a convenient and very cheap connection).

Poprad, August 12

The city Poprad-Tatry in the Prešovský kraj suggests itself …

Engineering series 5: Rhine-Main-Danube Canal


Apart from hiking, cycling is one of my favorite activities during weekends or short vacations.

Bike tours alongside the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.

There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg to the city center of Bamberg, I need about three and a half hours with my mountain bike.