Days: 50 (11 rest days)
Paid accommodation: 36 nights
Free accommodation: 14 nights
Best food: Steckrübeneintopf (mashed turnip with smoked sausage)
Best drink: Gin Sul
Favorite word: Frühstück
Favorite place: Hamburg
Germany in one word: Hanseatic League
During the almost two months we were hiking in Germany, we went through many regions and experienced many situations which brought back childhood memories to Moiken. However, we also made a lot of discoveries together. Life in the countryside, typical coastal traditions, talks with strangers – all of this formed a new picture of Germany for both of us.
Hiking in Germany can be extremely pleasurable, but also quite frustrating. The paths are either very well marked and in perfect shape, or the waymarking is confusing to nonexistent and you are forced to walk along busy roads. The people we met, however, have been really wonderful. Not one day went by without people asking a lot of interested questions about our trip or giving us unexpected support. This was also the country where we had the pleasure of spending more nights in the homes of family and friends than anywhere else. For those who do not live close to the coast, our passage through Germany was a good opportunity to join us for some days, and we were very happy to receive the visit of Judith and Carsten as well as Swanje and Loreley.
We were slowly increasing our daily distances, without forgetting to take our rest days to renew the energies. With the arrival of colder days and nights, we decided to send our tent away, which meant less weight to carry, but also less flexibility in planning. We soon were back to organizing our lodging at least one day in advance.
Like in other countries we have crossed, we only scratched the surface of hiking in Germany. We would be happy to be back some day to explore more!