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"Nur wo du zu Fuß warst, bist du auch wirklich gewesen." Goethe
- Thomas 🖤💚
The weather was not so nice today, it rained for a relatively long time, but that doesn't stop you ...On our plan we still had the beautiful harbor town of Zierikzee and we really wanted to see it.We park our car directly on a free parking lot in front of Zierikzee, in the village itself only locals with a special ID are allowed to park.The port city of Zierikzee looks back on a rich history and has over 500 listed buildings in the city center and the surrounding area. Zierikzee already had an interesting silhouette at the beginning of the 15th century with walls, city gates, churches, towers and mills. Much of it can still be seen today but unfortunately one day is not enough if you really want to see everything ...We start near the windmill "Den Haas" and right at the beginning we can see beautiful old ships lying in the port canals. But we don't stay here long, because we want to walk around Zierikzee first to get an impression of the beautiful town.We pass some small bridges that can be used to get to the old town.
It doesn't take long before we walk past the first city gate, a magnificent building from the 14th century, and a few minutes' walk further we reach the marvelous port gate with its white drawbridge, which is located directly at the old port.
We have been here for a long time, because there are some photos to be taken ...
We walk along the port canal back towards the starting point, our circuit is over and we now want to look at the small alleys in the city center.
There is really a lot to see and it would just take too long to describe it and I would be missing a lot of details. So just look at the photos and get a taste for it ...We explored many small quaint shops and also caught ourselves that we just couldn't hold back on one or the other souvenir ...The place has so much to offer, ideally you should take your time here and maybe stop by in a warmer season, because everywhere you can sit outside ...After about 4 hours we start our way home and despite the initial rain we have had a nice day ...
December 9, 2021
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Today we went on a hike around Veere followed by a city tour.
We park our car right at the entrance to the village on the left, there is a free car park here.
The weather is nice, the sun is shining, but at 4 degrees and a stiff breeze around our noses, it is easy for us to pick up the pace right from the start, because that way we will be nice and warm ...
We walk through beautiful meadows and forest sections, the landscape is very varied, as is almost everywhere in Zeeland. The many watercourses and moorlands are very nice to look at. We walk through this beautiful area for almost an hour until we slowly approach the old city wall of Veere. Now we're walking along the banks of the Veerse-Meer, the water is crystal clear ...
We can see the imposing town hall of Veere, the Grotkerk (large church) and also the mole (windmill) of the place. Of course we take our photos and dawdle a lot ...
We continue towards the city wall and can see the Veere windmill from afar, of course we have to stop by there too. The mill is very well preserved and is probably also used as a house, it's a shame that you can't visit it from the inside.
We now walk the same way back to the city wall and now we can see better what we passed on the way to the windmill, de Steene Beer….
De Steene Beer is a connecting road between the dike and the fortress. You can still walk through these corridors and we feel transported into a bygone era ...
We walk through the covered walkway and peer outside through the loopholes. De Steene Beer is part of the old bastion from Napoleon's time, which is said to have hidden here around 1800 ...
We are now walking along the city wall towards the harbor, we now have wonderful views of Veere, the harbor, the town hall and the bastion! A very nice atmosphere that cannot be put into words. We walk through the beautiful little streets from the 16th / 17th century and also visit the few small shops that are open today.
We also take a short coffee break and relax with a waffle and poffertjes with butter and sugar. It is 3 p.m. and a beautiful carillon sounds at the town hall (every hour on the hour) to which we listen before we continue walking and discover a really nice little shop ... A striking pink facade draws our eyes to one of the most beautiful shops in Veere: Grandma's candy shop ("Snoepwinkel). Here you can choose from over 100 different types of old Dutch sweets, such as "Ulevellen" and "Duimdrop". Of course we buy something here too ...
It is slowly getting fresher and we are now tackling the last two kilometers, passing the large and small churches, both of which unfortunately we cannot visit from the inside. At the old cistern we turn left on our way, pass the Veere lock system, until we are back at the starting point.
We experienced a wonderful place and a varied hike, it was a very nice day.
December 8, 2021
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We get to see a lot of water and a whole series of buildings worth seeing in Middelburg today. Today we will explore the city on foot.
It starts from the parking lot in the very south of the tour (Albert Heijn, hour € 2.10 / day ticket € 10.60). and then first of all beautifully along the inland port to the northeast. At the end of the harbor we keep to the left and walk almost directly to the very beautiful market square of the city.
But we omit the actual center around the mighty abbey and the Petrus and Pauluskirche and instead walk further west and back to the water. Along the canals, it goes through the landscape west of the center and then further into the heart of Middelburg. In addition to the sights mentioned above, many other churches and beautiful buildings await our discovery here.
To list all of these now would go beyond the description and to be honest, I can't write something about every place or building, the photos speak for themselves again, individual details can be read from the highlight description.On the way back to the parking lot there are many cozy places to stop for refreshments to end the round.
Nice, but also exhausting if you really want to see and experience everything.
December 7, 2021
- 03:4511.1 mi3.0 mph500 ft350 ft
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Today's hike takes us from Burgh-Haamstede, through the Zeepeduinen, to the beach of Burgh-Haamstede and back through the Westenschouwen dunes.
We park our car near the Plaza Market in Burgh-Haamstede, where parking is free.
A few minutes after we started walking we pass the magnificent Kreuzkirche, a striking and really beautiful church tower attracts our attention.
It is around 10:30 a.m. and there is not much going on in the village yet, we take advantage of it and look at the small shops as we walk past, a small bakery, a fruit shop and a wood atelier have done it to us ...
After a short while we arrive at the Zeepeduinen nature reserve and we immerse ourselves in a different landscape.
The next almost 2 hours show us how varied this landscape is. A small birch forest at the beginning turns into numerous sand dunes which are surrounded by small moor lakes.
Occasionally we come across small pine trees until we walk into a rustic pine forest.
We have seldom seen such a varied landscape until now.
We are lucky and can admire deer that run past us within reach, but unfortunately we do not meet wild horses that also live here.
We pass a small climbing park and are still amazed by the magnificent, rustic pine trees when we walk over a small wall and then arrive directly at the beach in Burgh-Haamstede.
It is a beautiful and really long beach, contrary to the many other beaches on Zeeland, this beach has no promenades and is not surrounded by numerous houses.
We enjoy this unspoilt nature and look forward to the beach section of our hike!
It is low water, which allows us to walk very far to the water, here it is much easier to walk than on the edge of the dunes in the deep sand.
Countless groynes we walk past, the many wooden breakwaters always invite you to take a photo.
We enjoy the rays of the sun, the wind and the sea!
Cutters passing by, which we wave to, the time goes by quickly and we leave the beach after about 5km and now take the hiking trail to the Westenschouwen dunes.
On our left we can admire the western lighthouse of Burgh-Haamstede before we walk in the deep sand through sea buckthorn bushes, small forest sections to the dunes.
A really beautiful landscape, we can look into the interior for kilometers!
Our way leads us for about 1.5 hours through the dune landscape, past a bunker from the Second World War to a lookout tower from which we can already see the church tower of Burgh.
We have become tired and hungry, our next and last destination, the Banquetbakkerij Sonnemans, inspires us again and we now quickly walk the last 2 kilometers in the direction of the café.
It's a really nice and cozy little café, we're lucky, we get a table at exactly the right coffee time and enjoy apple-caramel cake and two cups of coffee. The Banetbakkerij Sonnemans is a small bakery, café and museum in one. After we have eaten our cake, we marvel at the wonderfully rustic decor and simply can't resist buying something from the many regional delicacies. Just because of this bakery / café, today's trip was more than worth it. If you are in the area, you should definitely stop here!
Rested and full, we tackle the last 800 meters to the car and are more than satisfied, a very nice hike is over ...
December 6, 2021
- Thomas 🖤💚
The weather is nice, the sun is shining and today we go on a dune hike.
We park our car in a parking lot near the dunes.
The hike takes us over the highest dunes in the Netherlands. At Groot-Valkenisse, the dune peaks rise a good 46 meters above sea level.
First we walk along the beach and enjoy the sun and the beautiful beach panorama. After a short stretch on the beach we walk along the dune path and we get magnificent views of Walcheren and the Westerschelde.
In summer, Zoutelande is a lively seaside resort for families with a beautiful, south-facing sandy beach. Together with the beaches of Dishoek and Westkapelle, the beaches of Zoutelande are also known as the "Zeeland Riviera".
On the other side of the dune is the shopping street with great shops and inviting street cafes.
The promenade turns into a beautiful hiking trail that leads through the dunes. The view over Walcheren and the sea, on which large ocean-going ships sail past the coast, makes this hike a real experience. We also hike over one of the highest dunes in the Netherlands - just right for two summiteers ....
Nowhere else do the big ocean-going ships sail so close to the coast as we have read here between Zoutelande and Vlissingen and we also see it like this towards the end of our hike ... On the other side of the Scheldt you can see a colorful patchwork carpet let yourself wander out of fields and meadows as well as villages with pointed church towers.
The way back to Zoutelande leads us through the forest, where we pass some anti-tank traps and bunkers from the Second World War.
After almost two hours, the path leads us back to the starting point and we don't miss the opportunity to take a detour to the mill in Zoutelande and the Katharinenkirche.
A few more hundred meters along the beach and a beautiful hike is over ...
December 5, 2021
- 01:425.92 mi3.5 mph100 ft100 ft
- Thomas 🖤💚
It's Saturday, it's raining and it's windy, what do you do when you are at the North Sea?
A walk on the beach!We park our car in the free car park near Vrouwnenpolder.
Well packed with rain pants and a rain jacket, we start, we walk over the dune and are already right on the beach.
A stiff breeze blows around our ears right from the start ...We walk about 5 km along the beach and although it is raining we have fun ...
We deliberately ignore the various beach restaurants and do not stop in, we want to use the time and run ...There is not much to describe, the photos speak for themselves.
At the beach club "Aloha" we leave the beach and walk along the path along the nature reserve "Oranjezon" and it seems to us that we are suddenly in a different area.
Rustic pines, lush pastures on which horses (Koniks - real wild horses) graze and a moor and heather landscape on which we even get to see deer and deer ...
A really varied hike for the eye and the soul ...
December 4, 2021
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In the past you could drive to Vilsalpsee until 10 a.m. and park there, after the hike you could drive back at any time of the day.
This has been massively restricted since September 20, 2021 and there is a driving ban for private cars in both directions between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Attention, the barrier system films vehicles in the event of violations and displays follow ...We parked our car at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Vilsalpsee, the parking fee is € 7.From the parking lot we walk past the lake for a while and then keep to the right. However, the hiking trail shown in Komoot no longer exists, it has been moved a little further to the east.
The path leads us a bit through the forest, so early in the morning we hear the deer roar, a radio play of a different kind ...We come out of the forest and can enjoy the lake again in its peace, we take photos and then it goes uphill ...
The incline is 30 degrees and it just won't stop ...
We still go quickly and after less than an hour we arrive at the upper Rossalpe.
The rocky summit structure and the summit cross of the Gaishorn can already be seen, an impressive sight !!
We are now walking directly into the north ridge of the Gaishorn, the sun is now hiding on the south side of the Gaishorn, so that we walk up in the cool and at times very fresh shade.
On the flank up to the ridge we take our hands with us a few times, for us it is a very varied ascent. In some places the path partially breaks, but with a few glances we can always find our way.
We get to the summit ridge without much difficulty and on this very comfortably to the cross.
At this point it should be said that it is better to walk the north ridge without sticks, they hinder more than they help.A longer rest at the summit is simply a must here! Because it takes a while until we have had enough of the countless peaks and valleys around us.
We enjoy the wonderful view and can't get enough of it!
We make our long snack and after almost an hour we decide to resume our tour.
For the descent we orientate ourselves in the direction of Rauhhorn, we briefly consider whether we should also dare this path, but decide against it. We branch off to the left at the Geißeckjoch in the direction of Vilsalpsee and climb the steep path over the alpine meadows back to the valley floor.
The first (and very welcome) stop is the Vilsalpe - there is a bit more going on here.
Due to the current situation, a queue has formed up to the gate.
We decide against a stop and walk back to the starting point along the banks of the Vilsalpsee.It was a really wonderful hike with the most impressive summit for us so far!In addition, it was an additional birthday experience for Sonja today!
September 24, 2021
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It should be a quiet day today ...
But the weather was so nice that we decided to do a short circular hike to Alpe Mitterhaus in the Retterschwanger valley.We park our car in the Grüebplätzle car park in Bad Oberdorf, with the Allgäu-Walsercard there are no fees.We start from the parking lot in the direction of Hinterstein and pass the upper hammer mill.
Here you can buy very nice cast iron pans ...
The weather is great and we walk relaxed through little Bruck, passing a beautiful little chapel from the 18th century.After the old power plant we get into the forest and now walk on the rustic Jägersteig in the direction of Mitterhaus Alpe.
After the cool section of the forest, we now walk the remaining 2km to the alp in the sun. We have picture book weather, not a single cloud can be seen in the sky.
We enjoy the air, the sun and above all the beautiful landscape.
We look to our left at the Breitenberg, which we hiked to the summit the day before and are amazed at how high it looks from here ...When we arrive at the Alpe, we treat ourselves to coffee and cheesecake and an elderberry spritzer each time.
After 30 minutes we make our way back and enjoy the landscape and the wonderful weather again.A small, easy round to relax comes to an end.
September 23, 2021
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Today our hike should lead us to the Breitenberg, which catches our eye again and again when we look to Hinterstein from the direction of Bad Hindelang.We park our car on the hiking car park in Hinterstein, the day ticket costs € 10, parking is free with the Allgäu-Walser Card.We first walk a short distance along Giebelstrasse, then over the Vorsäß bridge and cross the Ostrach. The cold, clear air is a pleasure! The sun is shining from the slightly cloudy sky. Soon we will exchange the warming rays of the sun for the coolness of the mountain forest. A forest path now leads now and then quite steeply uphill. We save ourselves the detour through "hell", we prefer to have it heavenly today.Again and again, magical views of the surrounding mountains open up - of Bschießer, Ponten, Geißhorn and all the other two thousand meter peaks that shine gray-white against the blue of the sky and greet you from the other side of the Hintersteiner Valley. Numerous hairpin bends later, the forest gradually begins to thin out. The tree line is in sight.A really wonderful view of the pastures of the Älpele-Alpe opens up in front of us.We look up the cirque. At the entrance of the large cirque below the Breitenberg summit, the hut of the Untere Älpele-Alpe stands picturesquely at around 1,300 meters. We can't help it. We have to take a short rest on the terrace.
The view from here is breathtaking, and the sun warms us more than we'd like.
Now is the right time to put the hiking jackets in your backpack.We'll manage the last stretch to the summit in a T-shirt.We continue on a narrow path, intoxicated by the scenery, the clear air and the warming rays of the sun.
We cross a steep slope that we can climb with the help of safety ropes.
We still have two smaller climbs through a channel in front of us and suddenly it looms in front of us, the summit cross of the Breitenberg.
We keep walking up in tight serpentines, the path seems to lead nowhere at its end. An abyss opens up.
Bad Hindelang and Bad Oberedorf are a thousand meters further down at our feet. At this point the path turns suddenly to the left, it is not far anymore.At the summit we enjoy the panoramic view. It is uniquely beautiful. To the north the view sweeps over the Allgäu, in the south we marvel at the rock panorama of the Rotspitze, Heubatspitze and Thumb Group, and from the east our good friends still say hello from the ascent in the morning. The entry in the summit book is a must, as is the embrace of the summit cross.
After a long snack, you can continue about 30 minutes later.We walk on the west side of the Breitenberg through a really beautiful forest of stone pine bushes.
We leave the high passages on the left and go carefully down to the Häblesgund. Here, in the shady high valley between Breitenberg and Rotspitze.Shortly after the hut in the lower square, the mountain path suddenly joins a wide, roughly graveled path.
In the past, a narrow mountain path must have led down into the Rettenschwanger Valley. Reluctantly, we go downhill on the forest highway and try to cope with the anger about the spoiling of our hiking experience by counting the many, many bends.We now walk over the Jägersteig through an approximately 2 km long section of forest, which makes us a little more forgiving of the path.
We cross the Ostrach over a bridge and walk through a cow pasture towards the parking lot.A long and really beautiful tour comes to an end.
September 22, 2021