Category: Central Europe

August 2011: My friend Hannes and me are looking for somewhere to go cycling. It should be beautiful, not too far away and challenging. Why not head to Switzerland? We actually start in Germany (Mittenwald) and cycle a day through Austria along the river Inn before reaching Switzerland. We are in the heart of the mountains now and cross the Albula Pass (2315m), Oberalp Pass (2044m), Furka Pass (2429m) and the Grimsel Pass (2164m). To say goodbye to the mountains we cross the Glaubenberg Pass, at 1543m the lowest but starting in Sarnen at 485m it is still a lovely ascent. […]

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In February 2008, a university excursion brought me to Kraków (as well as Berlin, Leipzig, Wrocław and Prague) to visit churches. We had spent a whole semester going through different ideas how a church service should be conducted and how the architecture of a church interplayed with the service. Stereotypically, there are remarkable differences between denominations. In traditional Catholicism the service was to be celebrated by the clergy and the parish was merely allowed to have a distant look at the whole proceeding. Still today, many churches have the altar far removed from the seating area and often several steps up. […]

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We are in a hurry, time to go back home. We planned to take a train from Rijeka in Croatia but there were none so we rode our bikes over the border to take Slovenian trains. Again no bikes on the trains to Austria so we get off in Jesenice and ride up the beautiful valley of the Sava. The Wurzen Pass is the crowning achievement of our trip. Not particularly high but 18% steep.
Some impressions from crossing Slovenia: […]

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Mad Dash Home: Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary In the autumn of 2003, I took a three-month trip travelling back to Germany from Hong Kong overland via mainland China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In mid-December, I had only reached Georgia and had to make a decision how to get back in […]

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