21 Amazing Places in Germany

​This is a comprehensive collection of unusual places to visit around Germany. I haven’t been to a single one.

First October Snow in Germany

Quite a few people might be rubbing their eyes this morning when they look out the window. I did so as I stood in front of the coffee maker and looking out the window, I saw tons of tiny flakes being hurled around.

Combined with a strong wind, the snow is changing directions every few seconds.

Here in Oberursel, we are at the foot of the Taunus Mountains, but I personally cannot remember ever having seen snow as early as October, at least not in Germany.

It is a beautiful sight.

Just for the record – today is 27 October 2012.

Taunus Mountains

On a rare sunny afternoon, we passed these sheep on our way to our forest garden. Note how green the grass is in August in Germany.

Feldberg im Taunus

Visitors to our area always claim how green Germany is. This year there is even more of it as we had little sun, lots of rain, and many dark days.

There is a nasty looking weather front moving in right now, it is time to close all the windows again…

Forest Gardening in April

We spent another Sunday afternoon in the garden. As always, there really isn’t that much to do except for raking leaves, barbecuing, and relaxing on the lounge chair. A hamlet in the wild, among trees, mountains, and ponds, does not require any real work.

I had a heavenly nap falling asleep to the sounds of birds singing and toads croaking in the pond just outside our garden.

A bit outside of Schloßborn, before turning on the dirt road leading to our garden, there is a new sign for drivers to watch for wandering toads.

Krötenwanderung or Toad Crossing

Based on the decibel meter of the croaking toads coming from the pond, I would assume none of them had ventured out yet. They are safe as of now.

Primrose

This primrose plant I had thrown into a pile of bio waste years ago. It is such a sturdy plant, it comes up every year without any care whatsoever.

Live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever.

– Ghandi –

Green Rice Fields and Red Flowers in Japan

One of my favorite images of Japan is the one of the flower Higambana (彼岸花), separating rice fields. The colors are so stunning – the contrast of the green rice plants, the deep red flowers, and the blue mountains in the background are a haven for artists, Zen followers, nature lovers, and dozens more.

Higambana means Autumnal Equinox flower and its blooming  lasts for about 10 days only.

With the current news about Japan and so many negative images of destruction, angst, and death, I tried to remember the Japan I used to know, and the image of the Higambana came to mind.

Higambana flowers and rice fields around Kitakyushu/Japan

The only time I saw these flowers, was when we participated on a bus tour, sponsored by the International Center of Kitakyushu. Otherwise I might have never spotted this plant, which only blooms for a short time.

This sight in late summer, combined with summer’s humidity and a slight evening breeze, is the real Japan.