One after the other we fly along the dam wall.

One after the other we fly along the dam wall.

The river hiker has to plan seven hours for this, but can also set up two stages. The path offers sufficient views of the charming meadow landscape. Where appropriate, wooden planks and footbridges protect the hiking boots from the mud. ( 10.

On the Lieserpfad, Rhineland-Palatinate The Lieser moves leisurely 74 kilometers through the Eifel. From Daun, the Lieserpfad leads the river via Manderscheid to Wittlich: almost 40 varied kilometers on narrow paths through forests with a view of valleys and castles — far away from cars or trains. In two days you can experience the best that the Eifel has to offer, say Lieserpfad friends.

One is TV presenter Manuel Andrack. He once described the Lieserpfad as the most beautiful hiking trail in the Eifel and thus the world ( .11. Elb-Höhenweg, Lower Saxony 66 kilometers the Elb-Höhenweg meanders along the Elbe from Schnackenburg in Wendland downriver to Neu Darchau.

That’s three to four stages, 60 percent on natural trails. It goes ahead on steep slopes, as well as on grassy Elbe dike paths. In between, half-timbered towns offer the opportunity to stop and stay overnight. Hitzacker is particularly beautiful: on an island formed by the Jeetzel tributary and the Elbe. From here it is not far to the 16-meter-high Tiesmesland / Kniepenberg observation tower — from here, hikers have a wide view of the Elbe and the Elbe foreland. ( Source:, Oliver Kauer-Berk, dpa «Snowshoe tours are easy on the wallet and offer great fun. (Photo: Sonja Gurris) Winter holidays are expensive — that is at least the common opinion of many people.

But if you try other activities and accommodations as an alternative to skiing, you can get away much cheaper. There are a few things to keep in mind, though: Ski equipment and passes can put a heavy strain on the holiday budget of a family with children. In Austria, the average ski pass for six days costs around 252 euros; in Brauneck, Spitzingsee and Sudelfeld in Upper Bavaria it is 180 euros. This does not even include possible rental fees for skis. If you want to avoid these costs, you can look for sports activities without a ski pass. If you can do without skiing or snowboarding, you can go on a winter holiday much cheaper if you want to test alternatives.

Snowshoeing: If you are going on a winter holiday for the first time, you do not necessarily have to learn to ski to have fun. Snowshoeing, for example, is inexpensive and particularly easy. Here, the hikers get two frames strapped around their shoes, the snowshoes. They ensure that you don’t sink uphill or downhill even in deep snow and that you find enough grip.

This type of hike is also suitable for children aged eight and over. You can be out and about in flat as well as mountainous areas with these shoes. In addition, you can either use selected hiking trails or move freely in nature.

The rental fee for snowshoes is around ten euros per day. Winter hiking: Of course, classic winter hiking is also an alternative. Holidaymakers do not have to pay any fees for hiking on designated trails. There are good circular hiking trails in the winter sports resorts, which are also marked according to their degrees of difficulty, so that families with children, for example, can prepare well.Cross-country skiing and sledding: Those who have cross-country skiing experience can rent equipment for around 14 euros per day and explore the snowy landscapes in enjoy a quiet atmosphere.

In addition, sledges can be hired everywhere in the winter sports resorts to whiz down the slopes. Those who are out and about without large equipment can avoid stress on the journey. If you go on holiday within Germany or Austria, you can travel comfortably by train and, if necessary, get discount prices. Some places, for example Werfenweng in Austria in the Salzburg region, even reward winter vacationers who arrive without a car. You will then receive discounts on site with a guest card.

The whole concept is called «Soft Mobility» and is intended to protect the environment and contribute to relaxation. Tourists can also save money on accommodation. Holidaymakers looking for peace and quiet in the mountains should think about cabin accommodation. The German Alpine Association (DAV) looks after several hundred huts in the Alps, and winter hikers can stay overnight in many of them. However, guests shouldn’t plan too spontaneously: As space in the huts is limited, hikers should reserve in advance.

Sometimes there are two-bed rooms or mattress dormitories for several people. Of course, such «simple» overnight stays in a hut are not a hotel stay. But winter hikers can save a little money here.

More information is available from the German Alpine Association. Source: «Challenge on the Mooserboden via ferrata. (Photo: Lisa Schwesig) It is 110 meters high. Only secured by a rope. The via ferrata on the dam on Mooserboden in Kaprun, Austria is the highest the world. And the ascent is an experience at your personal limit. Up a dam wall, holding on to tiny climbing holds, only attached to a rope: That is the challenge that has to be tackled. The coach winds its way through the Hohe Tauern mountains.

The path leads us to Mooserboden in the Austrian holiday region of Kaprun. The place is best known for the Kitzsteinhorn glacier as an almost year-round winter sports resort. But summer also offers challenges here. One of the biggest ever: conquering the highest via ferrata in the world on a dam wall. Around the Mooserboden reservoir there are many hiking and climbing trails with different degrees of difficulty. (Photo: Lisa Schwesig) So we sit here and go on an adventure: my four journalist colleagues Susan , Brigitte, Christian, Robin and me.

Christian, an experienced mountaineer and outdoor athlete, is just as nervous as I am on the climb to the via ferrata. Not only our nerves, but also the weather let us down this morning. The heavy rain offers the worst conditions for our climbing adventure on the dam. At the top we put on the equipment with the help of mountain guide Markus Hirnböck. Now I am standing in front of our tour group in my climbing gear.

Those who stay on the ground look at us climbers with concern but also admiration. We are three out of six who face the dam — and I am the only woman. «You are a warrior», encourages me Susan. We climb 110 meters upwards and 240 meters across. (Photo: Lisa Schwesig) Equipped with everything necessary, our climbing guide Markus Christian, Robin and me lead down a steep hill. «Trust in your shoes», Markus calls out to me when I hesitate. This phrase will become my mantra for the rest of my adventure. So far, my hiking boots have brought me over leisurely paths in the Allgäu and through the cold Berlin winter. They are two sizes too big, which could be a hindrance when climbing.

When I ask Markus about it, I hear a confident «Your shoes are exactly right». On the way to the via ferrata, the professional explains the key data to us: Our climbing tour goes up the dam wall on Mooserboden — 110 meters vertically and 240 meters horizontally. Markus drove the crampons and climbing holds into the 70 meter thick concrete wall himself. The ski instructor and mountain guide wanted to realize this project for five years. He recently opened the via ferrata.

Such a climbing route on a dam can only be experienced in two places in Austria: on Mooserboden in Kaprun and on Schlegeis in Mayrhofen in the Zillertal. At the foot of the dam, the 110 meters look less impressive than from the summit. Markus shows us the best way to protect our body should we slip and hit the wall with our bodies. «In the worst case, you will fall a hundred meters».

Robin, Christian and I look at each other uncertainly. After two thirds of the route, the fun level increases. (Photo: Lisa Schwesig) Even getting started on the via ferrata is a challenge. With a free-floating cable winch (Flying Fox), you first go over a snow-covered gorge towards the climbing wall. Markus is the first to glide effortlessly over the crevice, Robin follows him. But even hooking the carabiners into his climbing harness gives him difficulties.

With just as much effort I latch myself in, hang myself in my climbing harness and fly to the first platform of the via ferrata. Christian follows us expertly. The four of us stand on the narrow wooden beam. Robin loses his nerve and ends the adventure prematurely.

Resolutely it roars my head: «Trust in your shoes». Uncertainly, I click the two carabiners on my harness into the guide of the steel cable and take the first climbing holds. The toes only fit on the small climbing stones. We quickly master the first vertical and horizontal passages. Those who take on the adventure have a great view of the Wasserfallboden reservoir. (Photo: Lisa Schwesig) The distances between the climbing holds on the concrete wall are getting larger. «Take an intermediate step and stand with your feet in the wall», calls Markus and repeats my mantra «Trust in your shoes».

With our feet in the concrete wall we are now sitting in the air. The carabiners on the belt keep the body close to the steel guide. We make a stop on half of the via ferrata route. «Anchor your locking hook», instructs Markus.

Christian sits down on the wooden board. To get back up afterwards, I prefer to stand still and enjoy the view. The Wasserfallboden reservoir and the Zeller See extend below Mooserboden. The next stage is horizontal. Markus instructs us how to walk on a slackline. Our fellow travelers cheer.

We have to look like tightrope walkers to them. The next section has to be mastered backwards. Pressing close to the wall, we try to blindly find the climbing holds.

The last passage lies ahead of us. «Do you want to climb the easy version or the difficult one?» Markus asks us. Christian and I choose the difficult path. We have to swing about five meters along the dam wall on a free-floating rope. «Put your trust in your shoes, click in the belt and push yourself into the concrete wall,» are the instructions from the mountain guide.

The first attempts fail. «Run up to me on the wall and get some momentum,» shouts Christian. One after the other we fly along the dam wall. To get out of the via ferrata, we balance on a steel cable over the snow-covered gorge. The wind makes the rope shake violently, but because of the adrenaline that has just been released, we don’t notice much of it. When we stand on the overgrown rock again, I exhale as hard as if I had been holding my breath for the past 45 minutes.

Robin and the others greet us cheering. «Respect» he calls out to us and raises his hand to clap. We take it. This article was created during a press trip. Source: «The coast on the Causeway Coastal Route is impressive and attracts thousands of holidaymakers every year. (Photo: Sonja Gurris) Northern Ireland’s coast is enchanting and brings holidaymakers sporty Challenge. Whether mountain biking, hiking, surfing or kayaking: the small country is an outdoor paradise with action — and tranquility. Norman didn’t feel like going to the office, he prefers to be out in nature and drives holidaymakers in his minibus as a tour guide for «Iron Donkey» through Northern Ireland’s countryside. In his luggage: a couple of mountain bikes and lots of tips for the region. On the way, Norman meets a Canadian family he has brought to the coast. (Photo: Sonja Gurris) On this Friday morning, the Causeway Coast Road looks like as you imagine it: first with dramatic clouds in the sky, then sunny and rainy, the weather likes to turn within 10 minutes.

Rain jacket, fleece sweater and T-shirt are good companions for an outdoor trip to the north of the «Green Island». Here in the towns between the capital Belfast and the coastal city of Portrush, Norman mainly takes care of individual travelers: «I drive the tourists to the coast and show them which routes they can take — and at some point I’ll pick them up again after their multi-day bike tour» says the graying man with the friendly smile. «Northern Ireland is a beautiful piece of earth and it’s very quiet here in nature,» he says enthusiastically. Along the coast you often have the road to yourself. (Photo: Sonja Gurris) Many travelers are drawn to the Causeway Coastal Route, a probably the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe. Here you can not only drive from place to place by rental car, but also by mountain bike.

However, this is not so easy with the turning winds. «Watch out for the cars and always stay close to the rock,» he instructs his current biker. And then it starts — along the fantastic route, the coast silhouette shines in the sun, the wind is pleasant and at the beginning it is not exhausting either. But that should only change a few kilometers further. Within a few minutes the wind turns and then it goes up some hills, just typical for Northern Ireland. Mountain biking is exhausting, but the beautiful surroundings are worth the effort.

Norman says: «That was pretty exhausting, wasn’t it ?!» and laughs heartily. Yes, not everyone is used to the wind that blows on the coast; elsewhere in Portrush the wind is just good enough because surfing is where the waves are needed. In the «Alive Surf School» there are mainly young vacationers who want to learn to surf right on the sandy beach. Robin is Swiss and only recently completed his surf instructor training.

He is on extended vacation in Northern Ireland teaching others to surf. «It’ll be fine, we first have to stretch a little and then after the dry runs we do the movements with the board in the water,» he explains in the finest surfer’s slang with a Swiss-German dialect. The windsuits are stored in the van — the boards are already ready. The first successes can be seen after an hour, even if the windsuit pinches quite a bit. Here in Portrush, Northern Ireland shows its stormy side — and yet it is a great experience to plunge into the tides in the north of the country, perhaps because it is Northern Ireland and not Hawaii or Portugal from «Life Advendure» in Castlewellan too.

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