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This was a wonderful and challenging day hike. It took my husband and I 9 hours to complete with a few breaks and a stop at the summit for lunch. We were so lucky to have perfect weather for our hike. The scariest part was crossing the snow on the slope on the backside of the mountain, but the views at the top were worth it. I recommend taking the loop counterclockwise as we did. The way down was a tad longer, yet easier than the ascent. We hiked this at the end of May on the Tuesday before Ascension Thursday and we only saw six other people on the trail. This has been one of my favorite hikes yet.

The Malerweg is a 112 km long loop trail through the Sächsische Schweiz National Park near Dresden.
The complete loop can be split in to multiple stages. The suggestion is to do it in 8 stages. This is the 5. Etappe (stage) from the Neumannmühle in Kirnitzschtal to Schmilka on the Elbe river.
The hike goes to the top of the Große Wildberg (the second highest mountain in the Sächsische Schweiz and then down to the Elbe valley into the little town of Schmilka. The majority of the trail goes through the forests of the national park, which is changing from a spruce tree forest to a mix between spruce, beech and oak trees.

Nice place. To enjoy the nature.

Beautiful and well-marked trail with amazing views of Zugspitze and the Alps. It's a steep climb, but not too difficult. The trail is popular with locals and quite busy, but definitely not overrun like the trails on the opposite side of the valley. Along the way are a bunch of alpine cabins & farms offering Bavarian food.
Another plus is that this trail is easily accessible by public transport, e.g. from Munich. Just take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (approx. 1h) and walk from the train station to the trail head.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday, May 11, 2013

As I was going to Berlin I wanted to find a walking tour guide and discovered Everytrail. The Walking Tour of Historic Mitte looked good so I downloaded it to my iphone. In Berlin, I found the guide invaluable. Having it pre downloaded to my phone meant that whilst on the walk I didn't need an internet connection, thereby saving the data costs. The tour was great and provided useful information about each point of interest. Also, with having each point of interest plotted on a map with my current location also shown, it was easy to find the various places. The distance to each of the POI's from current location is also shown. Chris obviously researched the places of interest before compiling the tour. The detail and the photos provided were very good. Thanks Chris. We had a great time in Berlin.

Hello! We skipped all of the galleries, but loved the graffiti courtyards and other small places we would never have otherwise found. Thanks!

Friday, October 12, 2007

This is a really cool area in Berlin, and you'd be crazy to miss it. During the day you can see some of the remnants of the wall and explore all of the different cultural buildings (museums, opera houses, philharmonic) nearby, and at night this place is buzzing (especially the Sony Center). If you like people watching, go to the Sony Center.

They also have a spectacular Christmas market (as do many places in Berlin), complete with a snow hill to tube down and an ice rink (don't drink too much Gluhwein before attempting these).

I studied in Berlin for 3 months and Hackescher Markt was one of the first places I went (and one of the places I visited the most). This area is so much fun to explore, I just wish that I knew about all of the hidden gems a few years ago. I guess I have to go back now...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I lived in Berlin for 3 months at the end of 2007 while studying abroad and I loved every second of it. Berlin is such an amazing city and I plan to go back some day to spend even more time there.

The differences between the East and West are so apparent as you walk around downtown and as you move from the Reichstag towards Alexanderplatz. This tour takes you to all of the major highlights, but there are definitely lots of hidden secrets as well.

Here are some of my favorites, if you don't have much time:
- Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
- Reichstag
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews
- Unter den Linden
- Hackescher Markt
- Berliner Dom
- Alexanderplatz

It will take you a lot of time to truly see all that Berlin has to offer, but this will get you off to a good start.