Hurray, Easter is coming soon! And thus the longest weekend of the year. Here are 7 special ideas for the perfect Easter holiday.
Easter holidays: recharge your batteries for the first time – hopefully!
The Easter weekend is perfect for the first short trip of the year. At the latest, since we are grown-up, the egg hunt does not really interest us anymore. Now, Easter means one thing above all else: four days of vacation without taking a single day off. And luckily spring is already here at Easter, and the sun warms our pale, winter-tired limbs.
But we do not like cruises and packages, not a lucky hotel and no 0815 round trip. We also do not book flights in tourist resorts such as Koh Samui and not an all-inclusive resort in Hurghada. With the ski vacation we are finally through for this year.
What we want is to simply get into the car or train, be free and flexible, and see what this journey has in store for us.
Seven BRIGITTE authors were on the road and brought their best tips for the Easter holidays.
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Easter holidays on the island of Møn: A home in Denmark
Our days in “Tohøjgaard”, three and a half hours by car from Hamburg, look like this: After waking up, look out the window – over the fields that surround the old farm, directly onto the Baltic Sea. From under the shower and the nicely laid breakfast table with hot rolls and delicious jams. Then on the deserted beach, along the coast cycle – or sit in the garden under old trees and read.
Back in the evening in the beautiful open kitchen and let the hosts, the Danish Christine and her American husband Allan, cook delicious: While the two are behind the counter, you sit with the other guests at the long wooden table and get into conversation. Unusually intimate first, in the end comfortable as a home.
For self-catering there is a guest kitchen. The rooms are not luxurious, bathroom and toilet are shared: the true luxury here is the landscape, the tranquility and the hospitality.
Easter holidays in Alsace: Delightful crossing of the border
Stop, do not head straight for Strasbourg, at least not if you’re coming from the north, like me. The best way to get in the mood for a trip to Alsace is just beyond the border with the Palatinate: Wissembourg is the town, has a lot of old walls to offer (not to miss: the salt house and the church of St. Peter and Paul) and great wine and Flammkuchen course ,
The next day we continue to Strasbourg, which is just over an hour’s drive away. Up to the cathedral and into the romantic tanner quarter with its half-timbered houses. In the evening, the calories consumed must be brought back to life, best of all at “La Table de Christophe” (28 Rue des Juifs, www.tabledechristophe.com), where Angèle warmly welcomes you and Christophe prepares great French dishes Leave dessert!).
Our Alsace hunger is not satisfied with that yet. We want more half-timbered Idyll – and find it in Colmar on the Alsace Wine Route. Like a large open-air museum, the old town with its cobbled streets and its colorful facades appears to us. More typical Alsace is not, we think, but since we have not seen the last stop of our tour. The wine village Eguisheim is a miniature version of Colmar.
Overnight : Strasbourg is a good base for exploring Alsace, and Colmar and Eguisheim are around an hour’s drive away. Nice and cheap you can stay in the centrally located Hotel Kleber . All 30 rooms are different, inspired by fruits, spices and sweet specialties (29 Place Kléber, Tel. 33/3/88 32 09 53, www.hotel-kleber.com , double room from 70 Euro).
Easter holidays in the Harz mountains: Hiking and biking beyond the Kännchenkaffees
I could not resist a grin when I got the article in my hand. Someone once again tried to sell the Harz as a hip destination that has freed itself from the old stuffiness. The truth is different, so much is after countless resin weekends: coffee in the pot is still the big hit, the age of the guests is definitely above average and to find a modern, chic accommodation, is a challenge.
Nevertheless, I fell for the resin. A natural paradise, ideal for hiking and mountain biking. There is an incredible variety of trails and mountain bike trails. Anyone who dares to cross the resin for several days can tackle the Harz Hexenstieg ( www.hexenstieg.de ). For day trips Bode and Selketal are ideal. Tours at www.bodetal.de and www.selketal-harz.de .
Mountain bikers, who do not fancy constant card reading, are also in good hands in the Harz Mountains. The tours of the Volkswagen-Arena-Harz are well signposted and can be downloaded for free as GPS tracks ( www.volksbank-arena-harz.de ).
Nice accommodations and good restaurants:
Restaurant Polsterberger Hubhaus : regional cuisine, eg game, goat’s cheese, beautiful sun terrace, lovingly restored restaurant (Polsterberger Hubhaus, Polsterberg 1, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Tel. 05323/5581, www.polsterberger-hubhaus.harz.de ).
Hildesheimer Haus : Historic rooms and apartments, newly renovated (Hildesheimer Haus, An der Trift 6A, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, OT Buntenbock, Tel. 05323/715992, www.hildesheimerhaus.de , App. For 4 persons from 90 Euro).
The Fellerei. Only in 2016, the wonderful country house “Die Fellerei” has opened its doors – with regional cuisine, lake, garden and wellness (An der Trift 19, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld / OT Buntenbock, Tel. 05323 1774, http://diefellerei.de , Double room from 80 Euro).
Hotel test: We experienced that in the car factory .
Easter holidays in the Schlei: Saltkrokan sends greetings
I lie in the white sand, my back against a rock. In front of me, reeds sway in the wind, a seagull has settled on a stone, the water beats small waves. Saltkrokan sends greetings. If Tjorven came around the corner with her St. Bernard boatman, I would not be surprised. And best of all: This small Sweden paradise is not far from Hamburg on the Schlei. Never heard?
The Schlei is the longest fjord in Germany. A 42-kilometer-long inlet that meanders from the Baltic Sea to Schleswig – surrounded by rapeseed fields. Sometimes the loop is as wide as the sea, sometimes narrow as a river. There are hidden coves, wooden bathing jetties, and a thousand beautiful places to sit, lie, picnic or swim. The small bay from which I write at the beginning is in Gunneby.
After sunbathing, I take the small ferry in Lindaunis and continue cycling to Café Grünlund, where it does not look like Saltkrokan, but like in Bullerbü. Or do I prefer to cycle in the other direction to the iconic kiosk of Peter Viergutz in Weseby? There is a grand Berlin White, home-baked cake and always a little Schnack with a view of the loop.
Getting there : By car via the A7 to Owschlag or Schleswig; by train to Schleswig or Süderbrarup.
Overnight stay : In Schleswig: Hotel F-Ritz , Friedrichstrasse 102, 24837 Schleswig, www.hotel-F-ritz.de , double room from 85 Euro. In the country: Hof Eckhorst , Güby, www.hof-eckhorst.de , apartments from 50 Euro.
Coffee drinking : Café Grünlund, Grünlund 4, 24364 Holzdorf, Tel. 04352/2499, www.gruenlund.de .
Easter holidays in Salzburg: Baroque and a lot of romance
First, drive on the Mönchsberg with the elevator and get an overview of the city on the Salzach. Sitting under white umbrellas and looking from the restaurant terrace of the Museum der Moderne ( www.museumdermoderne.at ) to the old town, the fortress, the cathedral and magnificent Baroque buildings.
The Salzburg Festival will not begin until the end of July ( www.salzburgfestival.at ). Now the city is not overcrowded, you can still stroll through the streets, to the Mozarthaus, through the Getreidegasse to the magnificent cathedral. Or rent a bike at one of the stations and drive to Hellbrunn Palace.
To strengthen it, there is Wiener schnitzel in the “St. Peter Stiftkulinarium” (St. Peter district 1/4, www.stpeter.at ). And in the evening back to the romantic hotel “Gmachl”, just outside the city. A wonderful traditional house with new Dépandence opposite, where there are spacious, tasteful rooms as well as a pool and spa area.
Anna M. Löfken
Easter holidays on the Darß: Roll, baby, roll!
Rent a bike in Wieck or Born and then off to the Darßer forest full of ferns, beeches, birches, oaks, pines and clearings for a picnic – at some point you always get out on the wild west beach. Or you drive along the bay, overlooking the sparkling water.
Between Wieck am Bodden and Prerow on the Baltic coast, brawny galloways guard their calves, with a little luck one sees a fox hunting in the evening sun. If you are tired, you can just get on the ferry together with your bike and drive home ( www.boddenschifffahrt.de ).
No matter where you cycle on the peninsula Darß: Driving on the flat roads as if by itself. Of course, other tourists have recognized. Nevertheless, you sometimes feel like you are at the end of the world.
Accommodation : In the Pension Walfischhaus, a former captain’s house overlooking Borner harbor, the charming rooms are decorated with colorful fabrics by Gudrun Sjödén. Breakfast, cakes and dinner in organic quality are on the terrace in good weather (Walfischhaus, Chausseestr. 74, Born am Darß, Tel. 038234/55784, www.walfischhaus.de, double room with breakfast from 120 Euro).
Easter holidays in Paris: By car to the Seine
Paris is at no time in the year as magical as in the spring. The city awakens, the cafeteria terraces invite you to linger, the sun provides warmth. The crowds of tourists are not there yet, so the waiting times at the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Notre-Dame, Sacré Coeur are limited. The city bikes are ready to invite you to biking in hidden side streets or prominent neighborhoods.
We explore the posh 16th arrondissement between Bois de Boulogne, Trocadéro and Arc de Triomphe by bike. Here every entrance seems like a hotel entrance. Here we feel the myth of Paris, the city of the dignified big bourgeoisie, the city of the Belle Époque, the city that preserves the old and yet is modern.
Since the usual mid-range hotels do not have their own parking facilities, we opt for a comfortable bungalow on the 4-star campsite “Bois de Boulogne” – right on the Seine, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The bungalow is well equipped: 28 square meters for 4 to 6 people, 2 bedrooms, living area, bathroom, kitchenette, air conditioning, TV, microwave, parking, terrace, even heating, if it still gets cold. The place itself is relatively loud. We would not camp here.
Simply great is the proximity to the center. We leave the car and start walking, but you can also take the bus.
Overnight : Bungalow for up to 6 people (Le Camping du Bois de Boulogne, Allée du Bord de l’Eau, 75016 Paris, Tel. 0033/1/45 24 30 31, www.campingparis.fr , from 116 euros).