Simply monumental!

Dream now, travel later! Ideas for the time after Corona.  Arizona with a Navajo. Join us on a tour from Phoenix via Flagstaff, Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend to Monument Valley. A journey through XXL landscapes and through the history of the First Nations. Back to the roots! I look around in vain to find resigned: No, there are actually no coffee cups here. “Sorry, sir!” Says the very friendly service lady and points to a stack of plastic cups. I’m not in a cheap takeout or a gas station. I’m in the executive lounge of a five-star hotel in Phoenix, the capital of the US state of Arizona. But the cups for the breakfast coffee are made of plastic. In terms of wasted resources, the region is a nightmare anyway: high temperatures in summer and freezing temperatures in winter ensure that air conditioning systems run around the clock and average power consumption is twice as high as in the rest of the USA. That’s the page. The other: spectacular landscapes, many national parks, species-rich flora and fauna, a dry, almost always sunny climate. The southwest of the USA with the states Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado is four times the size of Germany and an almost perfect travel destination for nature lovers. Arizona: Long Road for the Native Americans There is also a special story: First the high cultures of the Anasazi and Hohokam Indians established themselves here, then those of the Pueblo on the Rio Grande and the Hopi in Arizona. Traces of old Indian settlements can still be found, for example in the White House Ruins in Arizona’s Chimney Valley, which are said to be around 1,000 years old. It took a long time for the traditions and language of the “Native Americans” to be recognized. The settlement areas of the Native Americans are now largely administered autonomously, many of them run their own tourism projects, especially hotels or agencies. Like Donovan Hanley, tour guide and managing director of Detours American West. On the Apache Trail through Arizona Donovan picks us up at the hotel in Mesa. It starts with the Apache Trail, an old stagecoach route through the Apache region. The trail runs through the Superstition Mountains, a mountain range northeast of Phoenix. After a short drive we reach the Superstition Mountain Museum. There Jeff Danfort leads us through the exhibition, which deals with the eventful history of the Apache Trail. Jeff points to the photos of the Buffalo Soldiers, the African American soldiers who fought for freedom from slavery on the Northern side during the American Civil War. The Indians called the soldiers that because the soldiers’ often curly hair reminded them of the mane of buffalo. Other pictures show Geronimo, the famous Apache chief who, for 20 years, used guerrilla tactics to wage a hopeless but all the more bitter struggle against the settlers and the US cavalry. In 1886 he surrendered and died in a reservation in 1909. Jeff emphasizes the intention of the exhibition: “We want to keep everyone’s historical legacy in mind, that is, from Indians, cowboys and gold prospectors.” Highnoon in Goldfield Ghost Town Just a good mile away is Goldfield Ghost Town, the largest settlement in Arizona with around 1,200 inhabitants in 1893 and an important outpost during the heyday of gold mining. Visitors can sniff a bit of the flair of gold prospecting along the main street, let themselves be guided through the (replicated) gold mine and then stop off at the “Mammoth Saloon”, where hearty cuisine is served, of course, and where posters by John Wayne adorn the walls. The place is a very tourist homage to the Wild West. Oatman and the decaying Ruby are more authentic. Navajos, the largest “nation” in Arizona Donovan belongs to the Navajo people. With more than 320,000 members, they are one of the largest tribes of the Native Americans. Donovan speaks of “nation” when he means tribe. The word reservation, as the regions in which the different tribes live, is not popular, Donovan continues. It still sounds like what it was once intended for: exclusion. Better be nation country. Navajo also call themselves Diné, translated: the people. Many of them still live in their traditional houses, the hogans, mostly hexagonal buildings made of wood, clay and stone. “Americans are great at looking down on other countries and cultures and telling them what they’re doing wrong. And they believe that they are doing everything right themselves, ”says Donovan. “That’s why they never really admitted to themselves what they did wrong with treating Native Americans.” Much has changed in recent years, the culture of Native Americans is being cultivated, promoted – and, above all, respected. In the saddle to the saguaro cacti The “Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch”, our accommodation for the next few nights, is not far from Saguaro Lake, directly on the Salt River. Built in 1928, there are 24 small bungalows, widely distributed over the site, spartanly furnished, without TV, without WiFi. One should concentrate on nature. Our early morning ride gives us that cowboy feeling, even if we as riders shouldn’t look as elegant as John Wayne. And here they are everywhere, in the hundreds, thousands: the cacti, the symbol of the Wild West. There are around 300 species, the name Saguaro – which is roughly pronounced: Sawaroh – comes from the language of the Native Americans, it is the largest cactus species in the USA. They can be up to 200 years old, weigh up to ten tons and 15 meters high. The typical arms only grow after around 80 years. Thunderstorms in summer and a lot of rain in winter provide the large cactus forests with sufficient moisture. Arizona icons: Route 66 and Grand Canyon Winslow is on Route 66. Since the Eagles in their song “Take it easy” the place with “Well, I’m a standin ‘on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my lord, in a flat-bed Ford. Slowin ‘down to take a look at me… “Every tourist wants to be photographed on this corner to set a monument. The residents of Winslow market their homeland with humor: “Winslow: 30 miles from water, 2 feet from hell” reads in brochures. They can be up to 200 years old, weigh up to ten tons and 15 meters high. The typical arms only grow after around 80 years. Thunderstorms in summer and a lot of rain in winter provide the large cactus forests with sufficient moisture. Arizona icons: Route 66 and Grand Canyon Winslow is on Route 66. Since the Eagles in their song “Take it easy” the place with “Well, I’m a standin ‘on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my lord, in a flat-bed Ford. Slowin ‘down to take a look at me… “Every tourist wants to be photographed on this corner to set a monument. The residents of Winslow market their homeland with humor: “Winslow: 30 miles from water, 2 feet from hell” reads in brochures. Finally we reach the landscape that stands for Arizona like no other and which is also immortalized on all car signs: the Grand Canyon. The mightiest gorge in the world is almost 450 kilometers long and around 30 kilometers wide. The red and yellow ocher cliffs plunge up to 1,700 meters into the bed of the Colorado River. The highlight of a visit to the Grand Canyon begins on a frosty note: very early in the morning, everyone sits there wrapped in thick blankets. This November morning is freezing cold. The wind whistles and makes the temperatures appear even icier. Everyone waits patiently for the sun to come up. It sends its bright and warming rays over the grandiose gorge, first covering the peaks, then the entire rock walls with golden light.  

Nevada road trip through Irrland

A highway for UFO fans. A mini-state called Molossia. School buses buried in the desert sand and lots of nothing. In Nevada the slant is standard! No, he doesn’t need a crown. “I am a military dictator and not a king,” said Kevin Baugh. The outfit is perfect: green uniform, medals on the chest, a three-colored sash in the national colors, plus sunglasses. Only the big grin doesn’t really fit. The wind carries the smell of dust and sage into the 4,000 square meter Republic of Molossia near Dayton in the US state of Nevada. Ex-soldier Baugh, 55, founded his own state 19 years ago in the desolate nowhere. Complete with post office, own currency (Valora), state railroad (model train size), customs office (visitors have to hand in their change) and first lady (Adrianne, 38). “Molossia is my expression of freedom, imagination and personal sovereignty,” he explains. Wasn’t he just a strange weirdo? Baugh pretends to be genuinely indignant: “This is the first time I’ve heard such a question!” In Nevada, the slant is standard. The US state is a reservoir for out-of-the-way attractions and unusual people who would be referred to as strange, crazy, or interesting elsewhere.   Crazy Las Vegas Now the tourism authority has discovered that the quirky attracts visitors. For the past two years she has been placing ads on websites frequented by fans of the fantastic or organizing her own tours under the motto “Weird Nevada”. Tourism director Bethany Drysdale: “This state has always inspired loners, bizarre people and people who think differently. They have settled here and are now living out their strange ideas. That attracts more people who are different from the mainstream. ” Already Las Vegas is basically madness turned into a city. An orgy of neon, music, show girls, stretch limousines and the plingpling of one-armed bandits. You can watch flamingos or tigers being fed, spend $ 10,000 on a single cocktail, or learn machine gun shooting. In the “Heart Attack Grill” fat people who weigh more than 160 kilograms eat for free, the largest burger has 10,000 calories.   Best seller: coffins It gets even more strange in the country. And there is plenty of land. Nevada is larger than the UK and is home to just 2.9 million people, two-thirds of whom live in the greater Las Vegas area. The state offers loneliness and space a lot. Bryan and Dusty Schoening run their funeral home “Coffinwood” in the town of Pahrump. After his parents’ accidental death, Bryan decided to become a coffin carpenter. “It was disgusting how the undertakers treated me. I wanted to find a more personal way for people to say goodbye to loved ones. ”He has had a kind of coffin obsession ever since. On a tour of their dusty realm – a wooden bungalow with half a dozen sheds and corrugated iron huts – the two of them show me their collection of eleven hearses (“Unfortunately, only three drive”), black tulips and lilies that bloom on the beds, and the workshop, in which Bryan makes all coffins by hand.

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  

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 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.

These are Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches

There are no deserted beaches on Mallorca in the high season for a long time. We present the ten most beautiful bays on the island – some of which are less visited. Cala Figuera – the rough north Cala Figuera, not to be confused with the fishing village of the same name in the southeast of the island, is a beautiful little bay in the north of the island. In addition to Cala Figuera, the Cap Formentor peninsula offers other low-lying, little, rarely visited bays such as Cala Murta. For visitors who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Ballermann on the island and are looking for the “other Mallorca”, Cala Figuera and the other bays in the north are well suited. The winding approach keeps many tourists off, but you should avoid lunchtime if you don’t want to share the bay with many holidaymakers. With the clean and fine sand and the breathtaking views, you are tempted to extend your stay in the north of Mallorca. Platja de Muro – the beautiful tall one The Platja de Muro is located on the Bay of Alcúdia in the northeast of the island. The fine sandy beach is over four kilometers long and 30 meters wide. With the shallow entry into the sea and the moderate swell, the Platja de Muro is also suitable for children and sports enthusiasts: banana boat rides, kitesurfing, sailing, diving and surfing are offered in the water, and volleyball nets are set up on the beach. The water is very clean, but often churned by the wind. The dune landscape in many sections and the shade-giving pine trees create a feeling of nature. Umbrellas and loungers can be rented, and there are freshwater showers. There are many pubs and bars on the beach promenade, so that after a day at the beach you can experience the Mediterranean up close with a beer in the evening. Cala Torta – between the hills and the sea Cala Torta is a clean bay about 130 meters long and 200 meters wide, which can be reached from the town of Artà in the northeast of the island. Behind the beach, which has a good mix of sand and stones, there are many natural hills. The water in the bay is turquoise and there are occasional seaweed deposits. The Cala Torta falls deep into the sea and is therefore still one of the relatively moderately visited bays in Mallorca. Parking is limited. A small beach bar opens in midsummer and nudism is tolerated. Its two small sub-bays, Cala Mitjana and Cala Estreta, are also among the most beautiful bays in Mallorca, where visitors can enjoy a lot of peace and nature. Cala Agulla – the young wild one This beach is clearly the most beautiful of the many bays around the resort of Cala Ratjada. Crystal clear water, fine sand and a pine landscape are not everything. The Cala Agulla is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts: the windy bay attracts every sport grouch to surfboard, banana boat or at least a pedal boat. If you don’t find your sport here, you only have to go one bay further, as Cala Ratjada’s beaches offer a lot of recreational sports. At the 500 meter long Cala Agulla there is lounger rental, a beach bar, freshwater showers and of course a lifeguard. In the secondary bay of Cala Gat, nudism is tolerated in summer. The beaches around Cala Ratjada are well frequented due to their excellent sports facilities, but are still more beautiful and quieter than Palma’s beaches. Cala Varques – the quiet one This secluded beach is located exactly between Porto Cristo and Cales de Mallorca on Mallorca’s east coast. Behind the 70 meters long and 50 meters wide beach is a large pine forest. The fine sand is a dream, especially children have fun on the gently sloping beach. Free climbers can often be seen on the rocks and cliffs that surround the beach. Cala Varques has a small side bay, Caló Blanc, which is just as beautiful. The number of visitors is moderate and there are some nude swimmers. Be sure to take provisions with you as there is no beach bar! Cala Sa Nau – the hidden one This small natural beach on the east coast of Mallorca is popular with the locals and hardly known to tourists. Compared to the rather overcrowded beaches in summer, Cala Sa Nau is an insider tip. The paths to the bay are narrow and parking is limited on the sides of the path. There is now a small beach bar, a freshwater shower and parasols and loungers for rent. The beach of Cala Sa Nau is only 35 meters wide and around 80 meters deep. The beach slopes gently into the sea and the water is turquoise. The bay is almost completely surrounded by pine forests and cliffs with caves, so that one has no view of the open sea from the beach. But Cala Sa Nau is very sheltered from the wind and clean. Cala Llombards – surrounded by rocks This small bay offers shade in the mornings and is characterized by its flat beach as the perfect bathing bay. The clean Cala Llombards is located in the southeast of the island, between Santanyí and Llombards. The bay is bordered by old pine trees. Music can be heard from the small, legendary beach bar, giving visitors a real summer feeling. There is beer, long drinks and various snacks here. If you are looking for a little more tranquility, there are many ways to spread your towel on the sometimes very flat rocks next to the bay. The beach is also very popular with the locals, who dampen the tourist feeling in Cala Llombards. Loungers and parasols can be rented in the high season. The island’s absolute dream beach stretches for six kilometers on the southwest coast between Sa Ràpita and Colònia de Sant Jordi. The hinterland with its well-preserved dunes and salt pans is under nature protection. In the northernmost section of the beach, the bay is partly still very rocky and natural. In some areas of Es Trenc, loungers can be rented under fixed straw umbrellas. The beach also has a nudist section. In the south, in Ses Covetes, there are several beach stalls, but also more tourists and many unfinished holiday homes. It is almost impossible to get a free parking space near the beach. Portals Vells – four bays in one go Around eight kilometers south of Magaluf are the bays of Portals Vells – four small dream beaches on the edge of a pine forest. The fine sandy beaches drop gently into the sea. Here the waves are gentle and the clean water invites you to snorkel. Thanks to the nearby settlement of Sol de Mallorca, beach visitors have many other options for eating and drinking in addition to beach bars. The nearest parking lot is in the immediate vicinity of the El Mago bay, a popular nudist beach where the 1967 film “The Magician” with Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine was filmed. Visitors can also find a bit of history: on the coast there are still remains of the moor’s tower, built in 1580.If you want to get to this small, 50 meter long beach, you will get to know a special piece of Mallorca: The stony bay can be reached by car via a breathtaking, 13 kilometer long serpentine road with a height difference of around 780 meters. The bay is located in the north of the island, between Pollença and Sóller. The old trees on the beach offer plenty of shady spots and there are a few small bars in the immediate vicinity. In the high season, the beach and the village of the same name are very well visited at lunchtime – many tourists come by coach. However, if you are not afraid to come very early or climb a bit over rocks, you will get an unforgettable impression of Mallorca’s natural landscape and its rugged cliffs. Free parking is unfortunately scarce, but recommended, as the paid parking lot can be expensive due to its minute intervals.

Interlaken lakes or mountains? Both!

Dream now, travel later! Ideas for the time after Corona. Idyllically located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, the town of Interlaken is the starting point for visiting the world-famous summit trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The local mountain Harder Kulm and tandem flights with the paraglider also guarantee great views Those who come to Interlaken want to see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau above all. And nowhere does the world’s most famous mountain triumvirate appear so perfectly shaped as from the Harder Kulm. Even the trip up is an experience: As reliable as a Swiss clockwork, the cable car has been climbing almost 800 meters vertically upwards in eight minutes since 1908. It feels a bit like flying. Flying over Interlaken is heavenly! The neighboring Beatenberg is completely weightless when you start with a paraglider. The flight area is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. As is well known, they all come down, but when the thermals set in in the valley in the late morning, it even goes up, high above Lake Thun. It seems that the ice sheets of the neighboring mountain giants are almost at eye level. Finally, it goes down in steep curves. You land at one of the best addresses in Switzerland, right in front of the posh “Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa”. Wooden houses, waterfalls, mountain peaks The cozy Brienz on the north-east bank of the lake of the same name looks like a perfect open-air museum: a village center with sun-tanned wooden houses, shingle roofs and geranium balconies. Also to see: cobblestones and pretty cottage gardens, through which colorful butterflies flutter even now in autumn. Lake Brienz is not as big as its neighbor, Lake Thun a few kilometers further west. But at least it is 14 kilometers long and almost three wide – a real mountain lake, freshly supplied by glacier streams and spectacular waterfalls. The fact that it glows so jade green is thanks to the minerals that sand the ice masses of the four-thousand-meter peaks high up out of the summit rocks and give the meltwater on the way. Brienzer Rothorn: Up with full steam The lake is best experienced with sprightly senior women. The first one on this sunny morning is 90 years old, hisses and lets off steam: the locomotives of the Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn bring tears to eyes for railway fans from all over the world. The smoke is not to blame, the train is rather a masterpiece of Swiss engineering: since 1892 the locomotives, reminiscent of the famous Emma from “Jim Knopf”, have been snorting and rattling the 1,678 meters of altitude up to the mountain station several times a day. This is just below the 2,351 meter high Brienzer Rothorn. At the top, the foehn wind blows properly over the summit ridge, which gives a deep view of three cantons: Lucerne, Obwalden and Bern. And another trio presents itself from up here from an unfamiliar, but no less spectacular perspective: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Lake Brienz: time travel to the imperial era Our second happy grandma that day is already 106 years old! For over a century the paddle wheels of the “Lötschberg” have been bracing themselves ironically against the waves of the lake. With the fantastically beautiful steamer we continue our journey through time and stop at the Giessbach. From there the old funicular rumbles up to a dream hotel in the forest: the “Grandhotel Giessbach”. The Art Nouveau palace from 1875 was once a summer meeting place for the nobility and the chic. A Swiss environmental activist and a specially established foundation saved the building from demolition in the 1980s. Luckily! Today you can experience the hotel and the wide park as if the illustrious company of the imperial era were just out for a moment to lose yourself in the forest. The huge Giess bachfall rushes photogenic in the autumnal colorful forest, completely timeless! Info Giessbach Falls: The falls rush over 14 steps at the village of the same name, 500 meters into Lake Brienz. At one point the show path goes under the waterfall. In the lobby bar or on the terrace of the grand hotel next door, you can enjoy a coffee break like Europe’s blue blood 100 years ago, Boat trip on Lake Brienz: Sea trip with the historic steamer “Lötschberg”. Return ticket Interlaken – Ost-Brienz 50 euros. The combined ticket “Zeitreise Brienzersee” including a boat trip to the Giessbach Falls, ascent with the historic funicular to the “Grandhotel Giessbach” and lunch is particularly nice. 90 euros, Harder Kulm: The route up to Interlaken’s local mountain is steep, with a spectacular view of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz as well as the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Return ticket 40 euros including food in the mountain restaurant, Brienz-Rothornbahn: The spectacular steam cogwheel train overcomes 1,678 vertical meters with an incline of up to 25 percent. Return ticket 90 euros, half price with the Swiss Travel Pass, Paragliding: Lake Thun below and at eye level with the giant mountains of the Bernese Alps – that’s paragliding over Interlaken. Tandem flight 140 euros, The website of offers a lot of information about Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg, Gstaad, Interlaken, the Bern and Jungfrau region as well as the Jura & Three Lakes region Out and about in the Bernese Oberland: The Swiss Travel Pass offers free travel by train, bus and boat and entry to 500 museums, plus up to 50 percent discount on mountain railways. From 185 euros (3 days),  

Rude awakening for Spain’s tourism industry: “The season is as good as lost”

Everything should have been so beautiful. With the end of the Corona emergency in June, Spain wanted to start the “new normal”. The revitalization of tourism was crucial in this. Everything is different now. Not only were tens of thousands of British holidaymakers caught cold on Spain’s sunny beaches, including Transport Minister Grant Shapps with his family, but above all the already ailing tourism industry in Europe’s most important holiday destination. “The quarantine has done the rest of the tourism sector in Spain, which is preparing for a catastrophic summer,” headlined the newspaper “El País”, which is otherwise not prone to alarmism. Norway and Belgium have also already issued quarantine rules for those returning to Spain, and France warns against traveling to Catalonia and other regions. Should Germany also follow the British example, the catastrophe would be complete. “La Vanguardia” from Barcelona wrote of a British “death knell” for the holiday season. 280 local corona outbreaks in Spain The industry had hoped to get away with at least one black eye after the end of the Corona emergency on June 21 and the opening of the borders for Europeans. Hardly anything will come of this now. “We are almost in August and the season is as good as lost,” said the President of the Federation of Catalan Travel Agencies, Martín Sarrate, on Spanish television. That is a “club blow” for the whole industry. According to official information, there are currently around 280 local corona outbreaks. Catalonia with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona and the area around Lleida as well as the Aragón region are particularly affected . Catalonia’s separatist regional president Quim Torra even no longer completely ruled out exit restrictions for his region. A nightmare for the people who had to stay in their houses for 14 weeks from mid-March. In Catalonia, as in the rest of the country, there is a lack of followers in particular to be able to identify and break infection chains quickly. Spain only has a little more than 3500 such employees, but 8500 would be needed, as the scientist Álex Arenas ” El País ” said. Fear of infection in the vacation plane Many hotels that had to close during the emergency have not yet reopened. Those who dared now report a wave of cancellations from abroad and domestically. The Spaniards have been to themselves on the beaches because many British, Germans, French and other Northern Europeans no longer dare to leave their own country because of the pandemic. The fear of infection in full holiday fliers, the need to wear a mask in almost all of Spain or the closure of nightlife in Catalonia are uninviting. Images of beer-loving parties by Germans and British on Mallorca, where all precautionary rules went overboard, caused dismay. A collapse of the tourism industry could drag the whole country down with it. Last year 84 million foreigners visited Spain. According to the national statistics office, the sector contributes more than twelve percent to the gross domestic product (GDP). According to calculations by the newspaper “La Vanguardia”, income from tourism, including indirect effects, even amounted to more than 160 billion euros, which would correspond to 18 percent of GDP. More than three million people find work and income in the industry. “The tourist disaster can reach colossal proportions,” the newspaper warned. Contagion rate among the UK The government in Madrid is trying to save what can be saved. Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya negotiated with her British colleague Dominic Raab about exempting at least the Balearic and Canary Islands from the quarantine requirement. Corona is “under control” on both island groups and the infection rate is “far below” that of Great Britain. “Spain is a safe country,” stressed the minister. But Madrid will not be able to avoid using a significant part of the recently decided EU billion aid to rescue the tourism industry. With that, she could survive in the intensive care unit until there is a vaccination and, with a bit of luck, start again next year. 

Vacation in Germany: These are the most beautiful campsites in Brandenburg

Camping holidays in their own country have been very popular with many, and not just since Corona. In a new series, FOCUS Online presents the most beautiful campsites in every federal state: Brandenburg today. 1. Family park Senftenberger See, Großkoschen It is hard to believe that the beautiful Senftenberger See in the Lusatian Lakeland is not a natural lake at all, but a flooded lignite mining that took almost five years to fill – with 1300 hectares, it is even one of the largest artificial lakes in the republic. The campsite of the same name, which is located directly on the water, is a paradise for children, because there is everything that is fun for the little ones: a cinema, a playroom for bad weather and a playground with a water slide, trampolines, mini golf and a bowling alley – and of course a 600 meter long sandy beach with a large sunbathing area. There is also a nudist area for die-hard nudists. The campsite offers 170 pitches between 80 and 100 square meters, equipped with electricity, sewage and fresh water connections. The cozy camping restaurant with beer garden offers home-style cuisine and invites you to a barbecue evening once a week. 2. Eurocamp Spreewaldtour, Groß Leuthen The Spreewald in Brandenburg is one of the most beautiful natural and cultural landscapes in Germany. A boat trip through the extensive water network past the picturesque villages of this region should be on every bucket list for vacationers in Germany. A good starting point to explore this region is the Eurocamp Spreewaldtor: It borders directly on the Spreewald biosphere reserve. The 14-hectare area with 210 stands is located on Lake Leuthen – it is only a few minutes’ walk to the bathing area with a sandy beach, jetty and a water playground. If you don’t have your own camping equipment, you can stay in beautiful safari tents. The center of the campsite is designed like a village square – with colorful thatched roof houses. There is also the outdoor pool and a new wellness area with sauna, steam bath and adventure shower. In addition: a mini market, a restaurant, a soccer field, a playground and shuttle buses to the surrounding sights such as Lübben, Burg and Lübbenau. 3. Riegelspitze Blossom Camping, Werder / Havel Just ten kilometers southwest of Potsdam on a natural peninsula is the four-star flower camp Riegelspitze. The location on a headland on the east bank of the Glindower See is something special, because the square is surrounded by water on two sides and connected to other lakes by a canal. In addition to the 130 parceled out parking spaces with electricity, sewage and fresh water connections, this well-maintained facility also offers various co-accommodations: from simple equipped overnight barrels, comfortably furnished lodges and Finnish kottas to a circus wagon and a boat house right on the water. The place is ideal for water sports enthusiasts: there is a boat rental as well as berths for those who bring their own boat. There is also a 50 meter long sandy beach with sunbathing lawns, children’s playground and beach volleyball as well as a restaurant with beer garden. 4. Adventure camp Lausitz, outskirts The Lausitz Adventure Camp is located in a quiet, green area by a small stream – around 35 minutes by car north of Dresden. The family-run and quiet complex currently offers 87 parking spaces with electricity, sewage and fresh water connections as well as a tent meadow with plenty of shady spots. In addition to a bread roll service for breakfast, a mini market, a barbecue area, and bike and games rental, children can look forward to a rock-shaped playground including a trampoline and table tennis table. There is also a barbecue area with tables and benches for family picnics right next door. Leisure tips: Be sure to explore the rural region by bike – the Tour Brandenburg cycle path leads right past – as well as go on excursions to the Königsbrucker Heide and the Spreewald, which can be reached in around 40 minutes by car. 5. Spreewald-Natur-Camping am Schlosspark, Lübbenau This well-kept four-star campsite in the town of Lübbenau, which is also known as the gateway to the Spreewald, is located directly on the main river of the Spree. Perfect for everyone who wants to explore this region on water hikes: Here vacationers start directly by boat into the quaint labyrinth of 150 waterways. The operator rents kayaks and canoes. If you don’t want to paddle yourself, you can also take part in organized trips on a typical table boat. The facility is located on a small peninsula on the castle grounds and offers 140 mostly parceled places; the two sanitary buildings are ultra-modern and chic. It is only a five-minute walk to the center of Lübbenau and a ten-minute walk to the pretty Spreewald village of Lehde. Tip: Children can let off steam in the very beautiful wooden playground with swings, walkways and huts; In addition, the city of Lübbenau opened a large adventure playground directly behind the town hall in 2019.

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