Thursday, 25 August 2016

Taking A Trip To Efteling Theme Park

when we were planning our trip to the Netherlands, we were offered some tickets to Efteling Theme park in Kaatsheuvel. Tilly has grown up going to theme parks and was a regular visitor to Chessington and Legoland but this theme park totally out ranks them in the leader board for one of the best theme parks we have been to.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Travelling To Copenhagen By InterRail

Again as I tried to make the journeys between destinations no more than 4 hours, I found myself in Hamburg. The travel from the Harz to Hamburg was only a couple of hours and we have managed to get a bargain hotel on Ebookers, It was a four star Best Western hotel and it was just gorgeous, It was much needed after the naff hostel we had just been in. I had gone two days with out a shower and to be able to use one, was the best feeling ever. The staff were fab and the hotel was a quick train ride away on the Sbahn.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Visiting Malmo With A Child

If you are staying in Copenhagen, then it would be a shame if you didn't cross the bridge into Sweden to spend some time in Malmo. It is easy to get there and takes just over half an hour from Copenhagen, by crossing the ├śresund Bridge. It is about 16 km long  and is a combined road and rail link between Sweden and Denmark. It is a bridge, an artificial island and a tunnel. It is the longest bridge that I have ever been on and was very exciting. When we went to Malmo, we had to change at Copenhagen Airport and before we got on the train, our passports were checked and they were checked again on the train.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Chasing Fairy Tales in The Harz Mountains

During the cold war, Germany was split into East Germany and West Germany, the division went right through the Harz country park and sadly this beautiful part of the country was unavailable to so many people. In Wernigerode there is a steam train that goes up the highest mountains in the Harz, this stopped running in the time of the split and since reunification it has taken the trip to the top of Brocken several times a day.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Hostelling In Goslar

We had booked into a hostel in Goslar and from the outside it looked like a cute German house, it was huge and perfect for hostelling, but inside it was not too nice at all. When we booked it, it had said they spoke English, but when I checked in, the office stank of smoke from what seemed like a 60 a day habit and the man checking us in didn’t speak English. At this point of the holiday we were tired and decided to make the best of a bad thing. We walked up two floors with our heavy suitcases and were shown to our room. Because it was a hostel we had to put our own bedding on the bed, but this is something I have been familiar with over my years of staying in hostels. We tried to hook up to the WIfi but we were out of range ….. it kind of summed up the failure of a booking that we had made.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Wernigerodes Secret Charms And Fairy Tales

Wernigerode is at the base of Brocken and it is actually worth a visit in its own right. We had a few hours there but it was a rush and there is so so much to do. We arrived in Wernigerode after a trip up the Brocken on the steam train, We got off at Wernigerode Westerntor and it was a five minute walk to the old town square. Once you are there you can find the tourist information very easily and it is in the same premises as a bank, so convenience is excellent as I knew I would need some cash here.

Ever since 1400 the houses in the town have been bringing charm and colourful landscape to the area. Wenigerode even holds the nickname "Bunte Stadt am Harz" which translates to "the colourful town in the Harz foothills". Wernigerode is a fascinating town with the fairy tale charm, which is what i was looking for with Tilly.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Musicians Of Bremen - The Fairy Tale Trail

Next on our fairytale trail part of our InterRailing adventure was a sneaky little quick trip to Bremen, The story of the Musicians of Bremen isn’t really know outside of Germany, but once again because I had grown up with the story I wanted to show it to Tilly. I had arranged for us to get an early train because we were on our way to the Harz mountins and it was going to be a longer journey as we were going 45 minutes out of our way.

We finally got out of bed, which was surprisingly comfortable after the shower debarcle. And we went to have breakfast, It was 7 Euro’s and Tilly ate for free. I am sure they think kids don’t eat much but they have obviously never met Tilly!