Kandersteg and Adelboden Fels-Arena with gentle trains

Dream now, travel later! Ideas for the time after Corona.  Cliffs overgrown with moss, a wonderful view of the Bernese Alps and crystal clear water: the Oeschinensee near Kandersteg is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. The Engstligen Falls near Adelboden take care of the ahs and ohs Switzerland would not be Switzerland if one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Alps couldn’t be reached easily by cable car. From the pretty village of Kandersteg, it takes ten minutes to get up to the Alp plateau. There the scenery is determined by the huge, heavily glaciated Blüemlisalphorn. We save the rapid summer toboggan run at the mountain station for later, because the Oeschinensee is only a walk away. Like a giant eye that lets the sun shine deep blue, then turquoise again, the lake is embedded at 1,578 meters in a semicircle of steep rock walls. A tour in a rowboat feels like floating when the paddles dive into the crystal clear water. In order to keep an overview while having a picnic, we climb a little up the panorama path towards the Blüemlisalphütte. High feelings in the Bernese Oberland On the wide alpine meadows above the magic lake you are very close to heaven – and in the company of fat marmots. The pug-cute mountain dwellers are happy about the first warm days of spring. They enjoy the first green stalks and in between complain with loud whistles about hikers who come too close to their fur. In the wild Gastern valley nothing can be heard from the rodents, and there is hardly any other noise in the ear. It is a heavenly rest! In contrast to the Oeschinensee, the high valley turns out to be a real insider tip. For six kilometers, the single-lane gravel road winds up through the narrow gorge, whose vertical rock faces are reminiscent of the granite giants in California’s Yosemite Valley. The road is regulated by a set of traffic lights. But it wouldn’t even be needed on this wonderful autumn morning. Up here you hike almost alone, if you have stamina, to the source of the Kander on the glacier of the same name. Adelboden: Totally intoxicating On the way from the valley floor near Adelboden up to Engstligenalp, we are intoxicated by the view and the raging water. The way up leads along the 370 meter high Engstligen Falls, the second highest waterfalls in Switzerland. Once at the top at 1,900 meters, the largest plateau in the Swiss Alps spreads out.   The wide grassy landscape is somewhat reminiscent of Tibet. But instead of yaks, sturdy specimens of Simmental Simmental Simmental cattle tramp up here in the warm season and provide plenty of milk for Bernese alpine cheese. When the summer is over, the 500 cows and other cattle have to go back down into the valley, then the most spectacular alpine drive in Switzerland can be observed at the waterfalls. Sillerenbühl: swinging towards the valley The best panoramic views are also guaranteed on the Tschentenalp just above Adelboden. Numerous hiking trails start from the mountain station of the cable car. If that still doesn’t have enough swing, you should sit on the giant swing on the Scharihubel. The Sillerenbühl, on the other hand, is known for a literally crazy attraction. With 45 kilometers of marked runs, the mountain is Switzerland’s scooter hotspot until late autumn. Scooters were in vogue in the country long before there were high-tech mountain bikes that could scare marmots with full suspension.   And since the Swiss love their traditions at least as much as their mountains, the two-wheeler is almost a cultural asset today. And it’s so easy: Just put it on and drive off. The longest descent takes us more than half an hour. Makes you want to more! Info: Oeschinensee: The mountain lake above Kandersteg is an experience in all seasons. In winter you can even hike on it, when ice fishing is also offered. Return ticket for the cable car 26 euros, oeschinensee.ch Engstligenalp: In addition to an extensive hiking network, the largest alp in the western Swiss Alps also has a golf course to offer. The best way to experience the Alp is on foot. Return ticket 30 euros, engstligenalp.chz   Scooter tours: Adelboden awaits you with 45 kilometers of marked scooter runs from the Sillerenbühl mountain station. Blue routes lead over asphalt, red and black over gravel roads. Scooter day ticket 13 euros, rail day 32 euros, adelboden.ch Tschentenalp: Above Adelboden, the panoramic plateau offers many opportunities for extensive hiking and mountain bike tours , tschentenalp.ch  

Ferry instead of plane: the adventure of a bizarre boat trip to Sweden

Refraining from flying is the trend. Our author has embarked on an anachronistic form of transportation: the classic ferry. He would never have dreamed of the adventure he experienced as a solo traveler. Recently I wanted to go to southern Sweden. What’s the best way to get there from Hamburg ? Flight portals recommend a flight to Malmö with two changes in Copenhagen and Stockholm. This is not only connected with crazy detours geographically, but also ecologically unacceptable. After all, it should go to Greta Thunberg’s home country. Even by train, the journey is not a stone’s throw away. Trains over the Öresund Bridge between Copenhagen  and Malmö only take 40 minutes, but a comfortable journey to the Danish capital with the continuous Eurocity is currently not possible. Track construction work on the Vogelfluglinie leads to replacement bus service. As an alternative, the train wants to take me from Hamburg to Flensburg first thing in the morning with the regional express, then it continues via Jutland with three changes to Sweden. However, I would only be there in the afternoon. The best would be to fly from Hamburg to Copenhagen in 50 minutes. From Kastrup Airport, you can continue non-stop to Malmö by S-Bahn in just 20 minutes. But in times of flight shame , I would like to forego the short-haul flight . I used to travel many times by ship from Kiel and Rostock to Scandinavian countries. Why not take the night ferry across? And doesn’t Deutsche Bahn stop at a train station called Travemünde Skandinavienkai? Great, I choose the trip from Travemünde to Trelleborg. According to the timetable, it starts at 10 p.m. and arrives the next morning at 8 a.m. Then I have a whole day in southern Sweden at my disposal. “Where are we going to Helsinki?” When I get off the regional train at the Skandinavienkai stop in the evening, I’m to myself. Signs direct me through an underpass to a bus stop. A fence with a closed gate blocks the way to the harbor. By looking at the map I knew that there was still a long way to go to the ferry terminal with a bus. The area is anything but inviting. As darkness sets in, a young cyclist, heavily packed with saddlebags, is looking for the way to the terminal. “Where are you going to Helsinki here ?” Asks me, clearly desperate. She feels lost in this maritime no-man’s-land. We’ll find a way around the port area for you using your smartphone. According to the timetable, the bus from Travemünde-Strand in the direction of Lübeck city center should arrive soon. It’ll come at some point. I get on the overcrowded public bus for just one stop. The driver opens the port gate by remote control, drives past endless rows of parked containers, new cars and agricultural machines. In a few minutes I can get off at the ferry terminal and am amazed that my wheeled suitcase and I are the only ones far and wide. Doesn’t anyone take the ferry these days? Only those who travel by car or mobile home? Two friendly ladies greet me at the shipping company’s counter and hand me my boarding pass. “The driver of the shuttle to the ship is coming soon”, says one. A large bus pulls up in front of the rear entrance of the terminal in which I take a seat alone. Probably only I’m late, I think, the others are already on board. In the glaring light of the headlights, semitrailers race across the premises. The bus curves around caravan teams that want to Finland. The driver accelerates and drives over a ramp directly into the belly of the ship, which is so wide that he can easily make a 180-degree curve in it. “Take the left door, the right elevator is broken,” he advises me as I get out. The ship’s engines roar, there is a smell of diesel and truck exhaust fumes. Hipster and Instagram free zone A few decks higher, the number of passengers remains manageable. The majority are men in shorts with Adilettes on their feet. You go to the buffet on the right for “Truck Driver”. To the left are the other, mostly older couples, who particularly appreciate the self-service taps for beer and wine: some fill up several glasses at the same time and set them up in front of them. Is it still so dry in Sweden? What I like about this almost 20-year-old ferry: The product with food and cabin is honest and does without cruise frills. There is no romantic port excursion. Instead of 10 p.m., we don’t cast off until 12.30 a.m. The sea remains calm, the ship pleasantly quiet. We moor in Trelleborg exactly at 8 a.m. At the reception I ask which deck I can disembark from. There is no gangway here either. “Please wait here until you are picked up,” is the answer. First all vehicles have to disembark, then the shuttle can drive on board. I’m waiting. Alone. “You are the only passenger, on foot and without a car.” I’ll be the last to disembark. The routes of the big bus are even longer here than in Travemünde. How to scare off passengers A few days later, on my return trip, I find out firsthand why I am a lone perpetrator. This type of locomotion seems to me to have fallen out of time. I only walk five minutes from Trelleborg train station in Malmö to the port terminal. Departure to Travemünde also at 10 p.m. But there is no check-in counter on the Swedish side. After 6 p.m. there will be no counters here. Machines are only available for those who have already booked a ticket. The device spits out my cabin card without any problems. You will be picked up 30 minutes before departure. Then it’s time to wait. In the Hafenhaus there is neither wifi, a snack, nor a reference to toilets. The benches are made of hard wood. Outside, the articulated lorries speed past the window. There is another man in the hall with me. He sleeps on a sofa. He looks less like a passenger. But at least it’s dry here. . The buffet is cleared when you put it down And where should the shuttle bus leave? No scoreboard, no announcement, nothing. We’re not at an airport here. But then something happens that I no longer thought possible: At around 9:30 p.m. one of the glass doors opens. A man in orange overalls shouts a single word into the room. I beg your pardon? I go to him. But he is extremely taciturn and unfriendly. At least I can elicit from him that he is not looking for a person by name, but has just called Travemünde in Swedish. The second word he says is ticket – with a question mark. I show him my cardboard card that the machine had printed out. He turns around and just starts walking, I follow him to a city bus. He brings me into the ship, the deck of which is almost completely parked with trucks. I go to the stairwell on the right: the elevator is repaired and working. Great. I quickly roll my suitcase into the cabin. It is 9:50 p.m. when the ship suddenly vibrates. We cast off. I rush to the restaurant. But the buffet is already being dismantled. Bad luck if you are the last to be brought on board. What timing. Customers can be a nuisance. I feel like a traveler who uses the wrong mode of transport at the wrong time. But a double negative does not automatically turn into a yes. I now realize why I’m the only one again: Why is it made so difficult when you want to do without driving and flying?

Harmony G cruise reloaded

People eat on land instead of on the ship and the excursions are anything but off the shelf: Intrepid, the world’s largest company for adventure travel, is also breaking new ground on the water. How much adventure there is actually in the announced Adventure Cruise, our author tested on the “Harmony G” Young faces laugh from the Intrepid website, the potential customer is talked about. “As a solo traveler, you share your accommodation with someone of the same sex.” That would be an innovative first for me. The average age of cruisers is just under 60 years. Do you really want to share your cabin at this age? Or will the passengers on the Adventure Cruise actually be younger? And what does “Adventure” actually mean in this case? Together with Heidi and Phil from Utah, I’m looking for the Greek yacht for a maximum of 42 passengers in the port of Málaga between large cruisers. The two twenties travel with trekking backpacks and say: “We could never go on a big ship on our first cruise.” But they have only had good experiences with the Australian tour operator Intrepid so far. Does the land philosophy also go on the water? Authentic experiences in small groups that travel sustainably – this is the goal of the world’s largest “Adventure Travel” company. The adventure consists in foregoing full board, using public transport as often as possible and sleeping in small hostels or even with private families. Tour leaders accompany the small groups on their way, although their task is more of an organizational nature. Now the company philosophy is to be transferred to the water. “Adventure Cruising” is the name of the company’s latest coup, which with this offer also wants to appeal to more holidaymakers from Europe. The principle of small groups also applies here: Intrepid charter ships for a maximum of 50 passengers and, unlike all other cruise operators, does not offer full boarding. The guests should eat in the destinations, which, according to Intrepid, is also a form of sustainability. The “Harmony G” trip is adventure light The saloon on board is slowly filling up. Nobody has to share a cabin, although that would certainly have been exciting. There is an above-average number of women traveling alone. A 33-year-old Mexican celebrates three premieres: She is traveling alone for the first time, in Europe and on a ship. And a 44-year-old newly divorced Australian overcomes her fear of the ship’s movement to have a new experience. For them the trip is probably really an adventure. Viewed objectively, however, the so-called Adventure Cruise from Intrepid is also a very sheltered form of travel. In almost all ports, passengers travel with their own coach, which runs parallel to the ship on land. And before they go hunting for their lunch alone in a city, the tour leaders offer an “Orientation Walk”. Sustainability as a leitmotif “Please remember: we are a sustainable travel company. Buy your souvenirs from small local shops and not from large chains ”, tour leader Fatima reminds her guests before they scatter in all directions. When the aluminum water bottle provided by the organizer is empty, I feel guilty while I fill it up with the contents of a plastic bottle. Avoiding plastic waste is just as much a part of the Intrepid principles as 100 percent climate compensation for all trips and offices on land. And while large ships have their supplies delivered to the pier by truck, hotel manager Yannis buys the food for the “Harmony G” fresh in the harbor. With 22 passengers and 17 crew members, he can just about manage it himself. The long-term goal is to build his own ships that use renewable energies such as solar power.

Singapore in 36 hours stopover as a short vacation

Experience Singapore in 36 hours – is that possible? Yes, if you limit yourself to the most important sights during a stopover in Singapore. We show what you have to see, including three 360-degree panoramas. Psst: 48 hours would be better If you fly to Australia, Bali or New Zealand with Singapore Airlines, it is best to extend the transfer time and refine the journey with a Singapore stopover for a city break. The Singapore Stopover Holiday (SSH) program makes it possible. From 33 euros per person there is a good hotel, bus transfer to and from the airport, free travel on the SIA hop-on bus and free entry to most of the major sights worth over 350 euros. It couldn’t be better. Marina Bay Sands Our Singapore stopover starts at the landmark of the boomtown. From the lush Sky Garden of the three-tower hotel at a height of 200 meters and from the 150-meter-long infinity pool you have a great view of the Singapore skyline. Unfortunately, only hotel guests are allowed to swim. MRT station: Bayfront Singapore Flyer The tall Ferris wheel was the tallest in the world until 2014. Worth seeing and experiencing and free for SSH customers, otherwise 22 euros.  MRT station: Promenade Gardens by the Bay 50 meter high supertrees overgrown with climbing plants, which in the evening provide the backdrop for a sound & light show. Two ultra-modern greenhouses: Flower Dome (largest glass greenhouse in the world) and Cloud Forest. Entry to both “Conservatories” is free for SSH customers, otherwise it costs 18 euros. MRT station: Bayfront Colonial District There is always lively activity around the water-spouting stone sculpture of the Merlion (half lion, half fish). This is also where the excursion boats leave: On the Singapore River Cruise or on one of the Original Singapore Walks (one of five walks is free, otherwise 12 or 19 euros) you can feel the pulse of the colonial heart of the Glamor City: Cavenagh Bridge, Elgin Bridge , Empress Place Building, The Fullerton Hotel, statue of Sir Stamford Ra ffles and Clarke Quay. Or just stroll along the Singapore River on your own, from the party mile Clarke Quay to Robertson Quay and back. MRT station: City Hall   Chinatown Lively streets with shops for Chinese stamps, silk clothes, lanterns, shops for Chinese medicine and dozens of restaurants. The “Yum Cha” is the perfect stop for dim sum. The pastel-colored facades from the 19th century are typical of the shophouse architecture of that era. Don’t miss the Chinatown Heritage Center, the Indian Sri Mariamman Temple, the Temple of the Toothed Buddha and the Thian Hock Keng Temple. MRT station: Chinatown

travel tips for the multi-faceted kingdom!

Portugal Travel Tips # 1 Get lost in Lisbon’s old town Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal’s eternal longing! No travel tips Portugal without the capital. Cosmopolitan and dilapidated down to every single brick. So graceful, so full of alleys that meander over hills trying to bring order to this rampant romance of walls and marble. A cloudless dream on the Tagus. The capital of light is a place of reverie and poetry. One would rather be unhappy here than happy, but without this view elsewhere. Fado already sings about it! Inferiority complexes of a proud seafaring state put into melodies and its high gloss, humbled by the earthquake. A sound of lament at the highest level. Lisbon cannot be reduced to its sights, the city is in between. Whoever gets lost in it is on the right path. Portugal Travel Tips # 2  The vast nothingness of the Alentejo In the vastness of the Alentejo, summer lovers can go on into autumn. Across golden fields on which lone green trees grow that can be seen from hotels that lack stars because so far south everyone is needed for the night sky. Everything gets better the further you go inland. More daring, more carefree. An environment that doesn’t ask for anything other than feeding happy cows. A cozy scent of cow shit that can relieve tension and one of the largest reservoirs in Europe, smooth as glass, suitable for days of boating and mooring and what you always wanted to say to each other. Portugal Travel Tips # 3  The giant waves of Nazaré Nazaré is beautiful and dark and heavy. Two hours by car north of Lisbon, it is due to a topographical natural phenomenon that is divided by a headland protruding into the ocean. On the one hand, Nazaré is a popular holiday destination with a fishing tradition. The tourists buy, the fishermen fish. Nothing new. On the other hand, the eighth wonder of the world wakes up in winter. A wave monster, a paradise for superlatives, which creates the biggest waves in the world at the end of the foothills of a huge deep sea trench. As soon as a low pressure area is approaching, the world elite of big wave surfers gathers between October and March and thousands of onlookers make the cliffs on the headland the largest big wave stadium in the world. Waves of up to 30 meters in height were measured here. For good money you can book the Nazaré Surfing Experience with world record holder Garrett McNamara. Portugal Travel Tips # 4  Rendezvous with Coimbra The former capital of the country – it should definitely not be missing from the travel tips Portugal – has everything a southern city needs to be beautiful: It is southern and it is beautiful. There are places with statues and cafes around them and 300 year old trees. The pigeons are aggressive in Milan and the yellow lantern light goes on in the steep streets of the old town after sunset. Coimbra is a proud World Heritage Site, despite the pigeons, it has even been the Capital of Culture. Joanne K. Rowling got her Harry Potter here. So actually she has him and his wizarding school Hogwarts from Porto, but the ones from Porto have them from Coimbra. The university in Coimbra is over 700 years old, one of the oldest and most beautiful in Europe. In Coimbra the people suffer from revolutionary precociousness, here the resistance against the Salazar regime formed as early as the end of the 1950s and from here literary movements set out to finally herald this damn modernity in the rest of the country. Portugal Travel Tips # 5  The most beautiful road in the country The Estrada Marginal is the most beautiful coastal road in the country and leads out of the heart of Lisbon towards the open sea, past the Jeronimos Monastery, very close to the Tejo, until it turns into the enchanted N224 in Cascais. It is one of the main traffic arteries that repeatedly suffers from a heart attack around the evening hours. Once you have left Cascais behind you, the sand turns into rocks that eventually become cliffs, between which a beach is squeezed every now and then, offering unbelievable panoramas that invite you to enjoy the view and to have rear-end collisions. Behind the surfer’s paradise Guincho, the Sintra Mountains rise proudly, which are surrounded by a royal national park and take the coastal road up to Cabo da Roca, mainland Europe’s westernmost point. It goes deep through a tropical, majestic vegetation that leaves romantic villages free and markets and seduces to drive on until its climax is reached: Sintra. On the way you should definitely go swimming at Praia da Ursa (parking at Cabo da Roca, a 15 to 20 minute walk). Portugal Travel Tips # 6  Arrábida, Portugal’s Garden of Eden Portugal is a proud woman who doesn’t let everyone get close to her. Protected by high temperatures and a rigid sensitivity that follows a bizarre collection of old-fashioned rules behind the linen shirt facade. Drunk with friendliness that is not needed for survival and closed like a dusty bottle of hard, homemade schnapps. Conversations lurk around every corner that lead nowhere and make you cheerful, until you think that life consists only of lunch breaks and good red wine. From fat olive oil mothers waving from large, romantically overgrown driveways whose gates lead across carefree avenues to the fulfillment of southern dreams. A life more curve than straight. Through a landscape that you always want to water. A car driving in the distance. Silent. Next to it a bay. A water color overflowing with the sea with boats on it, which suddenly falls off the cliffs as if it had hardly seen the coast coming. Ride a bike and eat cheese, water the roses and catch stunned trout in a clear stream, that’s Arrábida.

Travel safely with hepatitis protection

With the relaxation of travel restrictions, summer holidays in other European countries are possible again. As preventive health care is often neglected when traveling spontaneously, it is important to find out about possible illnesses in the respective holiday destination at an early stage. Whether in the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe or Germany – viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by various types of virus (A, B, C, D and E), is one of the most common diseases when traveling. Unrecognized and untreated, chronic viral hepatitis can lead to liver damage and the development of liver cancer.1 In order to be able to enjoy the vacation time in a relaxed way, one should take care of the travel medical precaution early on.   Take hepatitis infection risk seriously Anyone planning a trip abroad should be protected from hepatitis A. Because already in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe there is an increased risk of infection with hepatitis A, which is transmitted faecal-orally. Sources of transmission can be contaminated water and ice cubes or food that has come into contact with contaminated water (e.g. salads, vegetables), as well as mussels or other seafood.² The hepatitis B virus is transmitted through all body fluids, especially blood, semen and vaginal fluids. The infection therefore takes place through sexual intercourse, domestic contact (sharing e.g. nail scissors, nail files and towels) and in the medical field. The symptoms of the disease are often unspecific and initially manifest themselves in the form of fatigue, nausea, vomiting or upper abdominal pain. The infection can also take a chronic course without being noticed and lead to liver cirrhosis (shrinkage) and liver cancer in the long term .³ The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 290 million people worldwide do not even know that they are carriers of the hepatitis B virus and that they can infect others unnoticed. Vaccinations against hepatitis B are also important in Germany. Travel preparation? Vaccination pass check! Well-tolerated and effective vaccines against hepatitis A and B have been available for decades and should be administered at least 5 weeks before departure. All general practitioners can provide advice with a vaccination pass check and the vaccination. And: if you are protected against hepatitis B, you can’t get hepatitis D! It is important to complete the vaccination series completely so that the protection that has been built up remains in place for many years. After a successful vaccination, a vaccination protection of 30 years can be expected in healthy people More information about viral hepatitis, malaria & Co. The free “fit-for-travel” app and the www.fit-for-travel.de website provide useful information for travel preparation . They provide up-to-date travel medical information on over 300 travel destinations, e.g. B. on all vaccinations, diseases that can be prevented such as viral hepatitis A and B and malaria as well as climate tables. Doctors, health authorities and tropical institutes as well as other travel medicine advisory bodies recommend and use ” fit-for-travel ” for their patients and travel medicine advice. It is independent scientific information from the editorial staff for travel and tropical medicine (interMEDIS GmbH) with the kind support of GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG.