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Winter Weekend Break

Hi everyone,

our trip into the German mountains has pretty much become a regular thing. Just in case you haven't seen the blog post from last year please check out the link. Similarly to last year we flew from London Heathrow to Hannover in Germany from where we drove roughly one hour to our apartment in Wernigerode

 

The area is most famous for its beautiful landscapes and scenic valleys and mountains. Therefore it's quite popular for hikers. The first day we hiked to the Brocken Mountain, which is the highest mountain in northern Germany.

Here are some more shots from the drone which Anja bravely carried all the way up to the summit.

On our way back down we got rewarded by the most beautiful sunset. 

The next day we went a different route to see a sled dog race that was taking place nearby. From there we continued our hike through some dark forests and some striking clearings. The entire area used to belong to the former German Democratic Republic during the Cold War. Even until today you can still see evidence from that time, mostly in the shape of abandoned watchtowers that marked the borders between east and west Germany.  

The Harz Mountains - A hike through the snow

Hi,

although pretty unknown to the outside world the Harz Mountains are one of the biggest mountain ranges in Northern Germany. It occupies well over 2000 square kilometers with the highest summit reaching more than 1100m. It is particularly popular amongst hikers and there are plenty of routes, guiding you though dark forests and lush valleys along sharp cliffs and hillsides to scenic peaks and picturesque villages.

 

A lot of German fairy tales originated in the Harz mountains. The Brothers Grimm took a lot of inspiration for theirs stories from various places in the area, and even Heinrich Heine and Goethe were frequent guests.

Tonight the mountain’s mad with magic
— Faust, Goethe

For us the journey started less magical at Heathrow Airport at 5am in the morning. We took the plane from London to Hannover from where it's only about an hour long drive to our accommodation in Werningerode. For the first 2 days of our stay the weather had gotten quite chilly and it was snowing a lot. The third day we got really lucky and were rewarded with sunshine and a dark blue sky what led to some fantastic photos.