African Safari’s

Today’s photo is from Tanzania. My aunt and a travel writer friend have both enjoyed safari’s in Africa. They each loved their experiences, so when I saw this incredible photo on google a few days ago I got permission to use it for my website. The photo comes from New Adventure Safari, which offers a variety of safari trips. They’ve been in business for eleven years.

Safari Trips

Goldene Krone, Gasthof Pension Dinkelsbuhl

The Goldene Krone Gasthof and Pension in Dinkelsbuhl offers a taste of local Bavaria with it’s food and charm. When I visited Dinkelsbuhl I had an opportunity to visit the Goldene Krone. If you read my previous article, Dinkelsbuhl; A Great Leisure Destination you know this small historic city offers a peek into what life may have been like long ago.

Goldene Krone Pension
Photo Credits: Golden Krone Gasthof & Pension

Restaurant in the Goldene Krone Gasthof
The Goldene Krone Gasthof Restaurant

Golden Crown Pension
A room at the Golden Crown Pension in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

The pension rooms are simple, clean and comfortable.

The Pension offers 25 rooms, with a choice of single or double rooms. A double room with a T.V and bath at Goldene Krone is priced at $64-$70 Euros. A single room with the same amenities is priced at $38-$45 Euros. The pension is located in the historic walled old city which dates back to the 1300’s. Here you’ll experience the history and architecture of Dinkelsbuhl.

The Goldene Krone Gasthof restaurant offers traditional Bavarian fare. I enjoyed my meal at the Gasthof restaurant and look forward to returning someday to the charm of Dinkelsbuhl and the Goldene Krone. Dinkelsbuhl is a sweet destination on the Romantic Road .


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Dinkelsbuhl Germany, a great leisure destination

Dinkelsbuhl

Europe is filled with history, culture and hip destinations. Its offerings satisfy travelers from all walks of life and budgets. Having lived and traveled throughout Europe for three years I’m sharing some of my  favorite leisure destinations.

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany is a medieval Bavarian town that is on the Romantic Road route. The city walls, architecture and history of Dinkelsbuhl date back to the 1300’s. The town is home to summer festivals, including reenactments of the Thirty Year war with Sweden. During the Dinkelsbuhl Summer Festival you can experience Dinkelsbuhl as it was in the middle ages. It’s charming, authentic and memorable.

Dinkelsbuhl Summer Festival

During our visit residents dressed in medieval attire cooked over campfires and participated in medieval games. They later paraded their horses in traditional battle gear.  Another evening in the city square I watched in fascination as young men in traditional German costumes danced a group sword dance in the center of the village.

summer Festival, Germany
A view of the sword dance, taken at Dinkelsbuhl’s Summer Festival

Afterwards the square was alive with music, dancing and a great deal of outstanding German beer and food. Dinkelsbuhl is a leisure destination where you will  experience the traditions of medieval Bavaria. It’s friendliness offers you an opportunity to meet some of the local residents.

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A view of the village of Dinkelsbuhl

Warmth and  Kindness

We were  invited into the home of a local woman for a German meal. She spoke excellent English and even took us on a historical tour of the village. In my opinion Dinkelsbuhl is special for several reasons; it retains the historic charm of it’s past, it’s small enough to really get to know and lastly it isn’t a big tourist destination which makes being there even more special. I recommend it and someday hope to return for further exploration of the Romantic Road route. If you are looking for accommodations consider the Goldene Krone Gasthof and Pension. For additional information on Dinkelsbuhl here is a link to Live Like a German’s website.

The Baltic Sea; A Leisure Destination

The Mecklenburg Region of Germany

The Baltic Sea is an excellent leisure destination. While on the Baltic Sea you can experience the beauty of nature. In the spring and fall you can experience the migration of gray cranes and other birds. The birds arrive in the thousands during the months of March and April as well as September through November.

Birding
There are several destinations in the region for bird lovers. One of those areas is the island of Hiddensee, another is the Fischland, Darß and Zingst area. This region is home to the The West-Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park.  This National Park offers beautiful coastal views, salt marshes and forests. Boddenlandschaft is also home to the cranes when they return from their annual migration to Spain.

Darss and Zingst area of Northern Germany

Forest outside of Darß, part of the Boddenlandschaft Nature Reserve

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Ahrenshoop

 

Germany Ostsee

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Among my favorites villages is Ahrenshoop. This small village offers a beautiful harbor filled with sailboats. You can also enjoy a meal at Cafe Buhne where you can enjoy fresh caught fish and other local food. Local rentals are reasonably priced and generally offer a small kitchen. In addition some offer a view of the harbor. One of my favorite parts of my stay in Ahrenshoop was waking and having breakfast on the balcony, with a view of the tiny harbor. Pension Nordlicht offers special off season deals. Their rooms are sweet and their packages offer meals, wine and other extras.

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A room at the Pension Nordlicht.

Photo courtesy of Pension Nordlicht


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The Community
The area surrounding Ahrenshoop is delightful. It is truly a gorgeous area of Germany with small villages, coastal towns, salt marshes and meadows. This is also an area where you will find small galleries, specialty shops and sweet beaches. It will take time for non Europeans to adjust to the nudity you’ll find on the local beaches. After the third day I stopped being shocked at the nudity. You will see entire families; parents, children and grandparents ensconced comfortably on the beach nude, enjoying their day without any concern for the fact that they’re nude. It is a refreshing attitude and one that we as American’s can learn from.

Both of these coastal areas offer a wonderful opportunity to explore German villages and nature while enjoying sea views. The beauty of Fischland, Darß and Zingst is that you can explore several villages easily from here and explore the coast at your leisure. This is a delightful area. I spent a week exploring this area and keep it high on my list of places to return to.
Here you’ll find a webcam of the Darß and Zingst area. Keep in mind the time difference.

Hiddensee

 

Hiddensee Harbor

A view from Vitte Harbor on Hiddensee

Hiddensee offers a more unique perspective. This island offers only three modes of transport, bicycle, horse drawn cart or foot power. This allows you to really slow down and experience the natural beauty of the island. The island is home to a large number of gray cranes during migration. When you are biking around the island you can watch hundreds of birds land and take off in flight at the same time. It is truly an awe inspiring sight.  Hiddensee offers nature lovers a paradise to explore. From meadows to salt marshes and rugged coastline Hiddensee has it all.

Rocks on Hiddensee

Rocks are art on Hiddensee
The Island

This island is 18 kilometers long and has three small villages, Klosters, Vitte and Neuendorf. Biking paths will take you from village to village and there are harbors at each village where ferries land and depart daily for the mainland of Germany. A round trip ferry ticket runs $24.60 euro and a family ticket for up to five runs $43.90 euro. Bicycle tickets cost $6.70 euro. The ferry from Straulsund is two hours and the ferry from Shaprode on Rugen is 45 minutes.
Regional Specialties

While visiting the Baltic Sea region you should try the smoked fish. You will find many establishments offering smoked fish. They are easy to locate and generally offer simple outdoor seating at picnic tables. You will see the fish hanging in the smokers on site as you are driving by. Another regional favorite is Baerenfang, a honey based vodka made from local varieties of honey. This liquor can be used as a cocktail base, poured over ice or added to a hot drink.

German Barenjaeger
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Accommodations

When visiting Hiddensee I recommend staying at either Pension Lachmowe or Weiseneck Pension and Cafe. Lachmowe overlooks the Vitte harbor. Pension Weiseneck is located near to the beach in the village of Kloster. During my visit I staying in Kloster and found it charming. The village is small, only around three blocks in all with several nice shops. The real draw of the island is it’s natural beauty. You can explore the Dornbusch lighthouse, enjoy a serene beach walk or bike along the salt marshes and through the forest. If you are a nature lover the Baltic Sea region of Germany is a leisure destination you will fall in love with.
  German Tourism website in English