Travel to Germany – Wernigerode – A Place to Rest

During the course of the year we hear our self say, ” I need a vacation”.  The main reason usually is; that you feel tired. You want to sleep late and break from your daily routine.

You then start to plan a vacation. You need to travel.

Resting is included, even though it’s not written in any of your notes. Thereafter, you go on vacation and return home just as tired as you were when you left.

Here’s a tip: Green areas are known to be restful.

There is a great little town – in Germany – called Wernigerode, it’s green and it’s the perfect place to travel and rest.

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Wernigerode has a interesting history,  architecture is southwest of Halberstadt. The small town of Wernigerode lies at the base of the Brocken. It has a castle that sits on a hill; overlooking medieval houses with elaborate wood carvings. The Holtemme river flows through the town, and it’s joined by the Zillierbach stream, on the north slopes of the Harz Mountains.

The town’s borough consists of Hasserode, Nöschenrode, Stadtfeld, Burgbreite and Harzblick. As well as the villages of Benzingerode, Minsleben, Silstedt, Schierke and Reddeber.

The amounts of precipitation and temperatures in Wernigerode, are influenced by the Harz Mountains. Wernigerode was the capital of the medieval County of Stolberg-Wernigerode.

Listen to your body, if you want to go on vacation – so you can rest. Do it.

The hotel you chose for vacation, has a lot to do with the amount of rest you get.

Resting during your vacation, is not a myth. It’s a choice.

Brief Historic Facts

After the Napoleonic War in 1815, Wernigerode became part of the Prussian Province of Saxony. After World War II, Wernigerode was included in the new state Saxony-Anhalt.

In 1990, Wernigerode became part of the restored state of Saxony-Anhalt – after the German reunification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are no written sources confirming exactly when the town was established.

The town’s name suggests; that it was a protected settlement. Klint was the first area to be settled, there was a small castle called Schnakenburg. In 1805, the ruins of the castle site were demolished. Klint was an ancient forest at the time of the settlement, typical of the Harz area.

On the 17th of April of 1229,  the settlement was granted town rights along the lines of that for Goslar.

In 2004, Wernigerode celebrated the 775th anniversary,  of that occasion.

The suffix –rode –  in the name Wernigerode = means clearing.

The Marketplace

Wernigerode contains several interesting Gothic buildings, the Town Hall has a timber facade from 1498.

Hasseröder lager, cigars and dyes are among the products manufactured in Wernigerode.

Wernigerode has numerous museums, galleries, libraries, and monuments.

Everywhere in this town is that pleasant freshness of the woods and nature, at a distance you can hear the streams running thru the rocks.

One of the most beautiful walk trails – starts at the edge of the town and follows the River.

Schloß Wernigerode Castle

The original Schloß Wernigerode Castle was built in the 12th century, but the present castle was built between 1862 and 1893 by Karl Frühling and includes parts of the medieval building.

Werningerode Castle is a breathtaking palace, in the Harz Mountains.

It was originally used as a hunting lodge for the old emperors of Germany.

Visitors as well as locals may be invited to banquets in the main dining hall of the castle.

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Train

Harzer Schmalspurbahn is a narrow gauge railway that leads from Wernigerode to the Brocken, 1141 meters to the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.

It goes to Nordhausen  – South of the Harz Mountains. The second highest peak is 971 meters – Wurmberg it’s accessible by cable car.

Take a ride an old steam train to the top the mountain; the network of narrow-gage rails runs through a number of towns in the Harz

The Harz Mountains – The land of  Fairy Tales

Steep-Roofed Houses, Cobblestone Roads, Enchanting Forests, Crystal Color Streams of water and Stormy Mountains.

Sounds familiar, yes it’s the Harz area a beautiful restful place tucked away deep in a wooded valleys.

It also sounds looks like the scenes of your favorite childhood stories:

The Harz Mountains have long been famous as an important source of German folklore.
There are many stories that are well known throughout the world of the witches, royalty, dwarves and animals in the Harz area.

Here are some of the most popular:

Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, and The Wolf and the Seven Kids.

Find any of your favorites?

You can find lots of books to read, to relax with in Wernigerode

Don’t forget to include some fairy tales.

This region is also known for it’s many silver mines; many villagers made their living underground and the towns’ wealth is said to have come from the mines.

 

There are hints of this in the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Hike,Walk,  Rest 

If you like hiking, walking, riding bike, or just sitting in front of a stream and soaking your feet.

Weinigerode is a great place to do it.

Get the rest you  want, next time you plan a vacation – consider Wernigerode, Germany.

Don’t forget to pack your camera -o you can take photos of it’s ancient structures and your favorite fairy tales.

Let me know how your trip went….

International Travel Food

Foreign Food and Travel  

Traveling means seeing new sites and tasting new dishes. Besides taking a tour a large part of the travel experience is trying the native dishes. It’s exciting to savour new spices and fill our senses with new aromas. It can make or break your vacation.

We all have memories of something we ate on vacation that was just unforgettable. The combination of fruits, vegetables and spices used was just so tasteful that you never forget it. Once home we wish we can eat like that eveyday,  but that thought is easily discarded. Mainly because we feel we have to start eating healthy again.

That means you beleive your diet during your vacation was inadequate. You ate all the wrong things.

Well that might not be the case. Restaurants are now more aware of their menus and ingredients, inclusive fast foods. The nutritional needs of the clients are constantly present in most food chains and in small business. foodplateHealthy eating starts with a concious decision to carefully chose the  ingredients and spices in your food.

What’s on your plate?

There  are foods that are just healthy, but not sought after – nonetheless they are in every country and culture. They are as generic as water. For example; chick peas, salmon, asparagus, and brown rice. They are everywhere, and are part of most diets.

Foreign Cuisine then –  is simply a dish from another country.

Not something you have to give up after vacation.

When you travel it’s heavily recomended – to eat the local food. It’s cheaper and allows you to soak in the local culture.

Most local dishes incorporate some fruit or vegetable.

What makes them different. Usually.  the spices…….

Herbs &  Spices

Herbs and Spices come from different parts of the plant.

The spices mostly used in restaurants world wide are garlic, cumin, mint, vinegar, olive oil, thyme, sage, ginger, coriander, basil, parsley, lemon, and paprika.

 An herb can come from the leaf of the plant. While a spice can come from the root, stem, seed of the plant.

Pure spices are the strongest in taste.

Let’s then focus on healthy eating during  travel. It could be fun and it may just be the break your body needs.

Dieting and eating healthy can be more exciting and rewarding if the cuisine is foreign.

I know you probably try alot of things not included here, but give fruits and vegetables a chance – here are some reasons why:

Fruits 

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and fiber.

Appels are easy to find  while you are on tour; they are in most hotels, motels, bed and breakfast and lodgings.

 

Apples are beleived to fight certain types of cancers, heart diseases, weight gain, and high cholesterol.

Some hotels have a bowl of green apples in the buffet table or front desk. They are great way of eating healthy while you tour.

They also make a great mid-morning snack.

Cantaloupes, Honeydews and Melons are good for breakfast, an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. Good for your vision and lungs. Most breakfast buffets serve them.

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C. Oranges have properties that have been associated with protection against stomach cancers and colds.

Vegetables

The scientific definition of vegetables pertains specifically to plant parts; that are edible.

Vegetables have other similar definitions, the common factor is that vegetables are an important source of  nutrients, potassium, fiber, and vitamins.

Some of the vegetables that are rich in anti-oxidants include: carrots, corn, peppers, oregano, pinto beans, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, raw nuts and seeds.

Greens leaf vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, like Romaine Lettuce and Spinach.

Foreign dishes and healthy food.

After the flight and your first foreign language experience. The first thought is to fill oneself with some native delight – even sweets.

New Perspective on Cocoa 

Have some cocoa, or a piece of dark chocolate. Yes, chocolate – it’s made of cocoa.

Chocolate is cocoa with sugar. Without sugar it’s Cocoa.

Cocoa has health benefits. Cocoa helps relief high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and cancer.

It also has alot of cosmetic benefits.

There are varities of dark chocolates. The grading system may vary between countries.

Know the benefits of a nice cup of hot cocoa during your leisure travel.

Fairway to Eating Healthy – Olive Oil

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    • Olive oil is in every restaurant you go to – world wide, because it’s rich in monounsaturated fats and tastes great.
    • Has lots of antioxidants.
    • Holds strong antiflamatory properties.
    • Can help prevent strokes.
    • and protects you against heart diseases.
If you are like most people, you don’t like to diet. I bet you can put away alot of foreign dishes though.
While on tour,  learn about those fruit and vegetable dishes you ate.
Then make them at home in accordance with your nutricional plan.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor first.
Put the fun back in your diet, eat healthy – stay fit, put International Cuisine back in your fridge.
I hope these few travel tips; helped spice up your vacation.
Make your diet fun, like you did while you were on vacation.

Experience Public Transportation when you Travel

Going on vacation is something that we just don’t get up and do. It’s something that you research carefully for months. You take into consideration the duration of the trip (days, weeks, or months) and the sites you want to see, and of course your budget.

How can I extend my budget and get the most out of my vacation, is always always a question. Once I arrive how will I get around?

This is very important. If you’re going to rent a car is not going to be as enjoyable for you if your driving; as it will be be for your passengers. You have to keep your eyes on the road, and avoid getting lost.  So much for seeing the sites.

Reduce Stress

Relax, use local transportation and reduce the stressors of driving while on vacation.

The use of public transportation when you travel can help you relax, reduce stress, and stay within budget; here are some proven tips that help:

Hotel or Lodgings

Find a place withing your budget that is close to a train, tram, ferry or bus station.

This can be a hotel, motel or apartment. Just make sure you are close to a train, bus or tram station.

Know the schedules, late night cab fares can be expensive.

Public Train System

Most most countries have railway systems, and they will transport you to their most interesting sites.

You can save money by buying a daily, weekly or monthly train pass.

It’s always useful to ask for a map of the route.

Some local trains even have two levels.

Long term passes are usually cheaper and give you unlimited access to their system. In most countries you can buy these tickets in advance.

In Europe, consider the Eurail/Interail pass. This is quite cost effective especially if you are travelling long distances.

Plan ahead. Most countries require a train reservation when traveling across borders.

The Public Bus System – The public bus system is simple to use. It’s the most taken for granted transport, world wide.

Most countries have a detailed schedule of their route and fares in the bus stop or at their terminal. bus-stop

One of the great things about the bus system  is that it allows you to sit behind a large glass window and enjoy  the sites.

World wide, the public bus system usually covers the shopping  center,  most government buildings and sites, museums and parks. They also make it easy to find good restaurants.

Metro area buses usually offer a more frequent, and  comfortable service.

Trams – Many Tram Systems have unlimited card services. You can buy a daily, weekly, or monthly card or passes to enjoy their services.

Tickets are usually valid across their whole network from the time of purchase. Allowing you to take as many journeys; as you choose within your chosen time frame.

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Trams like buses usually pass right in front of most popular sites and tourist attractions.

General Concerns about Safety in Public Transportation

Some general concerns about public transportation are personal safety and pick pockets.

As of rule of caution, avoid solitaire bus stations; as well as exterior Train or Tram stations near wooded areas if you are alone or if there is no one else in the area.

If approached by a suspicious person, speak to the person in the local language if known, or about local nearby places. It means you know the area.

This way your shirt or polo covers your pockets.

Most shirts and polos if worn outside the pants will cover your pockets.

This is also is more relaxing, and makes it difficult to tell if you have your wallet or not.

Do not place your wallet in your back pocket wallet-cash-credit-card-pocket

Inserting your wallet the long way in your back pocket, can result in it being easily removed. If you must use your back pocket, insert it the wide way.

The width will  make it hard to pull out, even for you.

Use your Front Pockets

Which front pocket is best to use? The one on the side of the hand you write with. That hand is usually busy, it’s constantly in motion. Moving as you walk, as you talk, blocking everything in it’s path. The best thing is,  that it’s all natural. When you think about it, this natural process has sometimes caused you embarrasment.

Remember when you hit someone by mistake as you walked by them, because your arms were swinging. That hand is usually the one you write with. You did not mean to hit them. It was embarrasing when it happened.

The hand you struck, was in your protected area. That is the space we sub-consciously reserve as our private domain when we walk down the street. Nonetheless, it’s embarrasing when we collide, but what if it saved your wallet.

Carrying a Laptop, Tablet  or  Purse 

If you must carry a large bag because you need your  laptop,tablet, medicines or baby articles in it. Make sure it has a long strong strap.

Wear it across your chest.

Do not hang it over one shoulder; it can be easily removed.

Wearing it across your chest, makes it difficult to move.

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This method also helps distribute the weight of the bag across your torso. Remember pick pockets and muggers are looking for easy prey.

A person with a bag across their chest to a prowler means pulling, wrestling and arguing with them to get the bag, and increasing the chance of being arrested during the struggle.

The point is don’t let negative things keep you from having a good time and saving money.

See the local Culture and  Sites, by Using Public Transportation

The best thing about Public Transportation is that it takes you thru the local vicinity. If you take the full ride of the bus, train, or tram in both directions you might see sites things million of tourist never seen.

All you need is a little time, no schedule, some preparations, some basic precautions, the right clothes and you are on your way towards the experience of a life time, and the price. Bus, Train or Tram fare.

Let public transportation take you away , and show you the local culture.

It can be a  rich and rewarding experience, that in the long run will help you return home feeling rested and relaxed.

Search the Web

Searching the web before you go on vacation, can help you get there well informed about local hotels, motels, apartments, restaurants, maps, museums and parks in the area you are visiting.

Using public transportation is also empowering. It helps you feel confident about being able to commute like the locals. This takes away the feeling of being lost.

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Public transportation can also help you feel at home while you soak in the local culture.

Enjoy your travel, and don’t  forget to let me know, how your trip went.

Your input can help others.

Have a great time.

 

Types of Tourism

Religious Tourism:

Religious tourism means the tour taken to the places of religious importance or to visit the holy shrines. Among the world’s most famous religious tourist spots are Mecca in Madina (Saudi Arab), Jerusalem, many Hindu temples in India.

Egypt is an ancient nation with a very ancient civilization. It had its own religion in the ancient times with people worshipping the Sun god. Most of the tombs and pyramids built in Egypt are built according to the positions of the Sun and other heavenly bodies. However, later the Egyptians culture came under the influence of Islam and much later Christianity.  With ninety percent of Muslim population in Egypt, there are many famous mosques in Egypt which are attractions for Muslim tourists.

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Solo travel and what it means for you

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself’ – Cloud Atlas.

Travel is regarded as one of the most exhilarating experiences one has in their lifetime.

The gift of being able to explore a new place, far from the familiar, learn about an unknown land, talk to locals, mix with other travellers and dip into the culture of another place is highly rewarding.

Many people have been part of a popular trend in travel culture, which is solo travel.

Solo travel allows you to be your personalized trip planner which allows for flexibility in travel that is otherwise often missing.

The first solo travel experience of an individual without a fixed trip planner is often deemed as a religious experience.

Solo travel helps you find that inner peace of mind and be your own travel guide.

You can guide yourself through your selected destination and explore stunning places and leave a little piece of yourself there.

A solo traveller can themselves experience and add some wonderful stories to their personal travel diaries.

Many people are known to go on solo trips after a particularly challenging event in their life, whether due to work stress, relationship stress or other interrelated events, they entrust themselves as the sole trip planner and set out on a journey they’ll never forget.

What ensues is a life altering experience that solo travellers speak of fondly in a number of their travel diaries.

Travel culture is now advertising this type of travel with a lot of emphasis on ways in which an individual can have a successful solo journey.

However, there are downsides of being your own travel guide. Sometimes, important aspects of travel can be missed out on in a new place without proper planning.

You can also run into a lot of issues in a foreign land such as language, food, wholesale jerseys stay, safety and places to visit which can be avoided with a professional travel guide who can help you in moments of need.

1708884On the flipside, solo travel is abundant with positives. It is ironically believed to one of the most social forms of travel.

The ability to pull away from pre-fixed social groups and engage with people from different worlds and cultures, allows an individual to grow socially and make new connections.

Solo travel is in some ways a gift of total self-indulgence. It lets you move away from the “tourist” tag and move onto being a true traveller and seeing the world with your own unbiased eyes.

A person can create their own space, physically and mentally which can be extremely therapeutic. It’s an experience that helps you create and share personal memories with yourself, enriching your soul for life.

Many travellers document their travel diaries online as a blog to share their knowledge and experience. This helps motivate other people and aspiring travellers achieve their dreams of exploring the world.

Travel blogs have become increasingly popular in the recent times.

They shed a positive light on solo travel and give tips and tricks to make solo travel as smooth as possible.

Thus solo travel is a beautiful episode in one’s life a person must experience at least once in their life to change their perspective and evolve within their own personal space.