Die Bastei is a rock formation towering above the Elbe river in the Sandstone Mountains of Sachsen, Eastern Germany. Reaching 305 m above sea level, its jagged rocks were formed by water erosion over 1 million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna near Dresden, and are the main landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are part of a climbing and hiking area that extends over the border into the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting; the town can be reached from Dresden by paddle steamer on the river Elbe.
Perast is an old town sitting at the foot of a hill, on the Bay of Kotor. Perast was the last place to fly the Venetian Flag, before falling to Napoleon. It retains its Venetian charm in its facades and architecture.
Das Allgäu is a region in the German South. It covers the south of Bavarian Swabia and southeastern Baden-Württemberg (plus parts of Austria). The region stretches from the pre-alpine lands up to the Alps. The main rivers flowing through are the Lech and Iller. The region is sub-divided into:
Das Oberallgäu (in Bavarian Swabia, in the state of Bavaria) Das Unterallgäu (in Bavarian Swabia, in the state of Bavaria) Das Ostallgäu (in Bavarian Swabia, in the state of Bavaria) Das Westallgäu (mainly in Upper Swabia in the state of Baden-Württemberg, but also a very small part in Bavaria)
The western Austrian part is the Kleinwalsertal in Vorarlberg, accessible from Germany only. The region is noted for its beautiful landscapes and is popular for vacations and therapeutic stays. It’s well known for its farm products, esp. dairy including Hirtenkäse (“herdsman’s cheese”) and Bergkäse (“hill cheese”). Besides tourism and dairy, another important economic sector is the building of industrial equipment and machinery, such as Fendt tractors. The alpine regions of the Allgäu rise to 2,000 m in altitude and are popular for winter skiing. The famous Neuschwanstein castle is located here. Famous people from the region include Ludwig Ganghofer (writer of Bavarian homeland novels), Max Ritter von Mulzer (WW1 pilot), Ernst Walter Mayr (leading evolutionary biologists of the 20th century), Klaus Nomi (countertenor & one of the first prominent German victims of HIV/AIDS), and Mario Götze (football player & scorer of the goal that made Germany the 2014 FIFA World Champions).
“You alone know that, what long ago. You said in the ears of your son. I doomed myself when I dared to tell. What fate will befall the gods, And staked my wit against the wit of Odin. Ever the wisest of all”.
View from Wernigerode Castle towards the Brocken in the Harz Mountains, Sachsen-Anhalt, Northeastern Germany. Described by the German poet Hermann Löns as the “brightly colored town by the Harz”, Wernigerode has an impressive medieval town center with rows of charming timber-framed houses. It’s dominated by a castle that is open to visitors and lies on the German Timber-Frame Road and the Orange Route, a Dutch-German scenic route. The town is a good base for exploring the Harz on foot or by mountain bike. It was first mentioned in 1121 and was granted town rights in 1229. Its heyday came during the 14th/15th century as it grew wealthy through trading in cloth, beer, and brandy. After WW2, it fell on the East German side of the border. In 2004 it celebrated the 775th anniversary.
Hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet, Trolltunga, or The Troll’s Tongue, has become an incredibly popular destination for thrill seekers. The uniquely shaped cliff was formed 10,000 years ago, and is the result of erosion. While at times risky (the hike should not be attempted in winter), the trail up to Trolltunga is scenic, passing through the forest, and by a series of blue lakes and fjords.