Sledging at Feldberg

Last week I’ve organized a hike trip to Feldberg, the highest peak in Black Forest. It was such a warm and sunny day, that the temperature was above 25 degrees Centigrade. It was April, but it was like in the hottest few days of July. Actually, it is never so hot and such good weather in Black Forest. And definitely not in the first days of April! Sometimes it is even colder than in the northern Alps. There are a lot of days when on Feldberg (about 1450 m high) it is colder than on Zugspitze, the highest peak in the German Alps at almost 3000. The day was so hot, that we even hiked with bathing suits and barefoot. It was a great pleasure.

You can imagine how surprised we were, when we’ve seen that there is still some snow on the slopes of the peak.

There were even some guys snowboarding.

So, we decided to do use the great weather and nature play and have a lot of fun, by doing something very unique – barefoot and bathing suit sledging in the snow. We hat no sledges, but we were smart enough to create such. Just enjoy the pictures as we’ve enjoyed the fun 🙂

At the end we were so tired, that we’ve done some sun bathing in the snow. A great cold-warm feeling for the whole body.

And now I have a good tan from the beginning of April 🙂

Fountains in Durlach and Water for the Public

There are quite a lot of fountains and springs in Durlach. Some of them are really very beautiful.

But the most important thing is that the water from all of them is drinkable. Normally that’s not the case in Germany, which makes it sometimes very complicated to find water in and outside the cities. We have so much water, but there are no public springs with drinkable water. We have to start to build again public springs. They can always be useful.

Sustainable Forest Management

Oberwald is a nice forest in Karlsruhe. It starts just after the central station and extends to Aue. Through this forest I walk everyday to my office in Durlach. It’s a beautiful one with some really nice old trees. I was shocked one morning, when I’ve seen that exactly those old trees have been fallen down.

Such highways in the forest can stay for decades.

That seems really scary and it definitely don’t have to be done like this.

They cut down the oldest trees. It could have been better to cut some younger ones and some old one, in order to have more balance.

It looks ugly and brutal. I know that we need the wood and that it is the most sustainable natural material we have and that it is good to use wood instead of some other materials. But the forest management has to be done sustainable. It is possible.

City Free Tours Extended?

Have you ever heard about free city tours? Just type in free tours and a city name and you will be amazed in who many cities there are free city tours. On these tours you can learn quite a lot about the city from people who live there. You can obtain a lot of insider tips. And it is not commercial. It’s for free. Of course a small donation is always welcome if you are happy with the tour. I love the idea and I’m very happy that even Sofia has its own free tour.

Everyone can create free tours in their cities, so feel free to do this. You are not only going to make a lot of tourists happy, but you’ll also meet some great people and have a lot of fun.

On the other hand, sooner or later the free city tours can become quite standard and lose their charm. The only difference with the normal commercial tours will be that they are free. Here some ideas what to do in order to make them always different and always interesting not only for tourist, but also for locals:

1. Change the route.

2. Show not only the typical tourist attractions, but also the everyday life, for example a working area, a living quarter, a market.

3. Make some special tours which have some particular topics. It can be traditional cooking, history, outgoing night, literature, animals in the city, architecture, in the city, restaurants, parks, hotels, language, religions, sports and so on. There is an enormous variety. These tours can be made from time to time and be announced ahead. But they can be done very spontaneous as well.

4. Orientate yourself on the different events that are going on in that particular time and visit them together with the tourists.

5. Go outside the city and show the near region – mountains, rivers, sea, nature and so on.

6. Just visit some local people together.

Just be creative.

Have a Break, Go to the Durlacher Turmberg

My office is in Dulach, near the Durlacher Turmberg. It is a small hill above the medieval city of Durlach with an old tower above it. I like to go there in the lunch break or after work, because it is so nice there and it is so near.

It is the perfect place to go in the break and to have some sun, fresh air and new inspirations. It is the best thing of working in Durlach! And because it is a hill, it is a great place to have some physical training in the break. 100 high metres are not bad for the breaks. Especially when I choose the steep way with the steps!

But that is not the only one nice way. There are some other ways, so you can see the wine yards and the forest from the south. I think that this is the most beautiful way to go there.

The most special thing is of course the magnificent view from the top of the tower. When the weather is nice and it is a little windy, then the view goes as far as the Bergstr, the Weinstr, Kraichgau, Rhine River Valley, Black Forest and even Vosges and Taunus. From there you can see even the cathedral of Strasbourg and the skyscrapers of Frankfurt.

Well, today was not such day, but the view was still great.

Of course, you can visit Durlacher Turmberg as a tourist as well. Then, when you are on the top, be sure to check the restaurant and drink some nice wine form the wine yards on the hill. I don’t like to say this, but if you are lazy to climb the hill, you can always take the cable car.