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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings

Adrian Turtschi Germany - 13-Oct-23

Prehistoric Pile Dwellings

Burgäschisee Ost, October 2023

The Burgäschisee Ost-site consists of a 75x40 meter (0.3 ha) piece of meadow on the south-eastern shore of tiny lake Burgäschi, a pleasant 20-minute walk away through the rolling hills of Swiss Mittelland from the eponymous village of Aeschi, from where very regular buses plow the route from Solothurn to Herzogenbuchsee – both hubs on the Swiss rail network (the reason for the different spelling of Aeschi vs. Burgäschi is not totally clear to me).

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Primeval Beech Forests

Adrian Turtschi Germany - 14-Oct-23

Primeval Beech Forests

Bettlachstock, October 2023

Bettlachstock lies on the southern slopes of the Jura – the lesser known of the two parallel mountain ranges crossing the country diagonally (with the Mittelland plane lying in-between, where the majority of the Swiss population lives). Bizarrely, the official UNESCO nomination files talk about Forêt de la Bettlachstock, even though Bettlachstock forest lies squarely in the German-speaking part of Switzerland (the country takes its language borders very seriously).

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Primeval Beech Forests

Adrian Turtschi Germany - 16-Aug-23

Primeval Beech Forests

Kellerwald, August 2023

Kellerwald is situated in a very rural, bucolic area set against gently undulating hills around 90 minutes by bus and / or train to the west of Kassel, the transportation hub on the main north-south German ICE line.

The northern, more accessible part snugs gently against Edersee, a sinuous dammed lake dotted with many sailing boots on sunny week ends. The southern part of the core zone is more difficult to reach and would take more time to explore than I had.

I overnighted in Korbach, a [...]

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Primeval Beech Forests

Adrian Turtschi Germany - 25-Jul-23

Primeval Beech Forests

Jizera Mountains, July 2023

Giant boulders dot the landscape of Jizerské Hory, the Isergebirge of lore, making for rather spectacular hiking across an impressive landscape located in northern Bohemia, close the Czech-Polish-German tripoint

I’ve spent the night in Hejnice, a small town well-connected by hourly trains to lively Liberec, the nearest transportation hub. Hejnice lives off tourism and maybe the odd pilgrim visiting the rather grand church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, with an old Franciscan monastery attached next to it. Sadly, the monks are long gone, but the monastery offers basic but absolutely acceptable accommodation in a peaceful setting, save maybe for the quarter-hourly ringing of the bells which I did not mind at all. In the old refectorium tasty local cuisine is being served. The hostel has a very useful free map of the area with all the trails, a blow up of the official 1:25000 map which is also sold in local bookstores and the main tourist office back in Liberec

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Primeval Beech Forests

Adrian Turtschi Germany - 09-Jul-23

Primeval Beech Forests

Jasmund Beech Forest, June 2023

Jasmund National Park Beech Forest is situated on the homonymous peninsula on the north-eastern coast of the island of Rügen, facing the Baltic Sea. Jasmund is known for its ancient beech trees - some of these trees are estimated to be around 700 years old and reach heights of up to 40 meters - stunning natural scenery, and rich biodiversity.

What makes the landscape so extraordinarily beautiful and uniquely attractive are the famous (Caspar David Friedrich!) white chalk cliffs of Rügen, rising dramatically from the Baltic Sea, with the beech forest located on a plateau some 100-150 meters towering above, extending right to the very edge of the cliffs, with various intermittent viewing points offering breathtaking vistas of the Baltic Sea.

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