My hiking season has not ended yet - I'll be on another trip in October. And it will be a rather exotic destination: Hungary which is usually not really on the European hiking agenda. But Hungary boasts of one the oldest European long-distance hiking trails, the Blue Trail or Kektura as it is called in Hungary. In roughly 1000 km it traverses the entire country from East to West. Although very few Western European hikers know about it this trail is extremely popular in Hungary itself. And fall is one of the best seasons to hike there! I am extremely curious what is waiting for me there!
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Saturday, 24 September 2016
But would I recommend it to a friend? Probably not! Why not? The biggest drawback is the high percentage of walking on pavement. The part from Koblenz to Hamburg was still tolerable, but after that the route was more than 50% on concrete. The North of Germany is much more suitable for biking than for hiking. Also the scenery is nothing to write home about. It is flat. All you see most of the time is fields. In bad weather this must be miserable! Although parts of the trail like the Rothaarsteig and the Heidschnuckenweg were really nice, on average this trail was rather an average trail. There is much better long-distance hiking in Germany.
|View onto the Flensburg Fjord|
|With Sven Lewerentz|
|Trail magic in Jegerup|
|Neil, Alfred and Anna|
|The Elbe in Hamburg|
|Josef und Ute|
|Container ship on the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal|
|Campground in Tellingstedt|
|Sigwardskirche in Idensen|
|Leslie in the Hotel Atlantik|
|Sign for the "nice toilet"|
|Panorama on the Eggeweg|
The Eggeweg turned out to be a pleasant hike, too. You mostly walk along some sort of escarpment - although the escarpment is not very high. The respective Eggegebirge must also be one of the smallest mountain ranges in Germany and rises up only to a maximum of 464 metres....
|Trying to filter water through a hand towel|
|The Hermann monument in the background|
Altogether the Eggeweg which is later turns into Hermannshöhenweg was a very pleasant hike. Nothing to especially go there to hike it, but when you are in the area I can definitely recommend it. Just plan your water resupply carefully!
|First E1 trail marker|
|"Hiking furniture" on the Rothaarsteig|
|Gerold after breakfast at six in the morning|