Monthly Archives : December 2012

A Visit to the Eifel – Adler und Wolfspark: The Wolves

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Around the ruins of the castle is the Wolf Canyon. Every day at 15h30 you can see how the wolves are fed, which is a spectacular sight. Unfortunately, we had bad luck twice. First of all, we were too late to see the feeding. And second, because we were so excited to see the wolves anyway, I forgot all about…

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A Visit to the Eifel – Adler und Wolfspark: The Birds

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Once you are in the park, your attention is quickly attracted by the ruins of the 12th century castle. This is where you have all the cages with the birds of prey. In the high season there are shows with these birds twice a day. In the low season you can only admire them in their cages. Some parts of…

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A Visit to the Eifel – Adler und Wolfspark Kasselburg: Introduction

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This nature park is situated not far from Pelm. The official website of the park doesn’t mention a precise address, but if you program your GPS device on “Kasselburg”, you will find it without any problems. The park is located on a high hill, you simply can’t miss it. Entrance is € 6 for adults; they only accept cash money.…

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A Visit to the Eifel – Wallenborn

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Wikipedia defines a geyser as a spring characterized by intermittent discharge of water ejected turbulently and accompanied by a vapour phase (steam). The word geyser comes from Geysir, the name of an erupting spring at Haukadalur, Iceland; that name, in turn, comes from the Icelandic verb geysa, “to gush”, the verb itself from Old Norse. Did you know that there are also cold-water geysers? According to Wikipedia, Cold-water geysers’ eruption is similar to…

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A Visit to the Eifel – The Totenmaar

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Totenmaar is actually a second name for the Weinfelder Maar. The word “Toten” means dead in English. But why is this a “dead lake” or a “lake of the dead’? There are two explanations for this. The first reason has to do with the depth of the lake. It’s 50 meters deep, and as a consequence there is not a…

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A Visit to the Eifel – The Weinfelder Maar

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A couple of kilometers to the east of the Gemündener Maar you can visit the Weinfelder Maar. This lake is slightly longer, larger and deeper than the first one. There are two parking spaces at walking distance. Now, there is a lot more to tell about this lake, but that will be for another post! By the way, we were…

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A Visit to the Eifel – The Gemündener Maar

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Just like with the hanging gardens of Thuin, we discovered the Eifel region via a travel program on television. The dramatic landscapes immediately appealed to us. According to Wikipedia, The Eifel is a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium. It occupies parts of southwestern North Rhine-Westphalia, northwestern Rhineland-Palatinate and the south of the German-speaking Community of Belgium. The Eifel is part of the Rhenish Massif; within its…

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