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Road Trip through the Lake District

Hi everyone,

this Easter we decided to hit the road and head north towards the Lake District, one of the biggest National Parks in the UK. We took the train from London Euston towards Lancaster where we rented a car and continued our journey towards Windermere

 

This time of the year weather is key. On our arrival day we we're quite lucky and did several stops on our way to Windermere, enjoying the springlike sun.

On the second day we weren't quite as lucky. It was mostly grey and pouring rain was splashing agains the windscreen of our car. So we decided to focus our trip on destinations that can mostly be reached with the car. We took the road from Windermere towards Penrith via the Kirkstone Pass. Roads can become surprisingly steep, some passes climb up to 35%, definitely not recommended for bigger vehicles and weak breaks.

The third day started dry and the sky was looking promising so we started towards Ambleside. From there we we took the Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass towards Boot, which is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and stunning routes in the Lakeland.

On the last day we started early for boat tour on the Derwentwater Lake. Boats launch from Keswick every 30 minutes and offers a stunning view over lakes and mountains. A trip around the whole of the lake will take about 1 hour.

Back ashore, we had quite some time left before hour train would depart to London so we decided to take the way back via the valley of Buttermere

Conclusion after 4 days in the Lake District: We will definitely come back in Summer. Enjoy the rest of the photos.

Hitting the Slopes: Ski Trip to Austria

Servus,

when we got off the plane in Innsbruck, things weren't quite as white as we expected. Instead of a fluffy layer of snow it was mostly grey and foggy. Being located roughly 570m above sea-level this isn't really unusual but as we continued our journey via train towards the Zillertal the fog quickly grew into a tick layer of mist. But still, the weather forecast promised blue skies and sunshine, unfortunately preceded by two days of heavy snowing. So after two foggy days with almost zero sight the sun finally broke through the clouds and revealed the snow covered slopes surrounded by untouched powder.

 

The Zillertal is located in the heart of the Austrian Alps. The valley is based at around 600m above sea-level with the surrounding summits and connected skiing area rising from 1200m to almost 3000m. During winter season it is hugely popular among skiers from all over Europe. 

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.