Category Archives: Hiking

Back in Slovakia (part 5): Spišská Nová Ves and Slovak Paradise

Slovakia, February 2020

Introduction

Winter fades gradually into spring, the days get longer and I am once more in my second home Slovakia.

This time I visited the Slovak Paradise and Košice (see part 6) in eastern Slovakia.

Slovenský raj

The Slovak Paradise (Slovenský raj) is a jagged limestone plateau without a dominating mountain ridge.

The national park, with its northern edge around ten kilometers southwards of Poprad-Tatry, stretches over a total area of around two hundred square kilometers – small in comparison with the Low …

Sentier cathare and Montségur

Traveling in France

If you have followed this blog-project for a while you might think me as one experienced, solid and well-traveled guy who has probably scores of travel stories in mind (all worth writing about, of course).

This would really be a cool thing, but I have to admit that this is unfortunately not exactly the case – I never traveled that much in my life, and I visited France (one of my favorite destinations by now and the immediate neighbor of Germany, after all) for the first time …

Back in Slovakia (part 4): Banská Bystrica, Veľká Fatra, Žilina, Malá Fatra

Slovakia, December 2019

Introduction

My Christmas vacation was a welcome opportunity to spend a couple of days in Slovakia to visit my friends in Bratislava.

But I also wanted to make a few short hiking tours in the Fatra mountains in Central Slovakia, provided that the weather conditions would allow this.

Banská Bystrica

I stayed in Banská Bystrica, a medium-sized city with around 80.000 inhabitants, throughout the whole Christmas holidays.

The most important city of Central Slovakia has a noteworthy history of copper-, silver- and gold-mining. German mining …