I have been on vacation for three weeks and spent the first two weeks hiking the Saar-Hunsrück Climb, a famous German log-distance trail, together with my wife.
We started at the Saar loop in Mettlach and did the hike to Idar Oberstein, a German city famous for gemstones and their church built right away into the rocks. We came by several lakes, castles, leftovers of old Roman and Celtic buildings and walls, climbed over rocks, crossed swamp land ( using comfortable board walks ), hiked along the border between Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. We continued the hike to Trier, the oldest city in Germany with the oldest German bridge, crossing the river Moselle River. In total we hiked about 225 kilometer in 12 days. The trail is very nice and a bit challenging here and there, leaves comfortable pathes quiet often and climbs over various little mountains so that it really deserves to be called a “climb” in the context of a Mittelgebirge, not the alps of course. It avoides villages most of the time and leads through forest and moor landscapes.
We carried everything we needed for 2 weeks with us in our back packs, thus together with some food and water we ended up with roughly 10 kilogram on our backs. We stayed in little hotels or taverns over night and did not book anything in advance; sometimes when we had made the plan for the day in the morning and knew we would get into an area with only a few beds we called in advance to ensure we would get a room at our planned destination.
|"Felsenkirche, gesehen von unserem Zimmer in der Schloßschenke"|
It has been an awesome experience to “survive” with only a back pack, a few clothes and a minimalistic “beauty case”, without any car, computer and TV for 2 weeks, often without knowing where we would end up at the end of the day, to travel free like a bird from one place to the next only as far as our feet would get us. Of course we have had our credit cards and mobile phones with us . Weather was nice most of the time with 3 rainy days