Are you looking for a short break in autumn? into paradise
Actually the way was my goal: 26 kilometers around the Müritz, Germany second largest lake. Through forests, villages, along dunes. The wind has piled up, that's what made my relaxed tour into a sporty one. The anschuzste me times, then blew me head-on face again. Then I made my way and jerked up a cobblestone driveway in search of a cold drink. Found one more than 43 years old manor house with a lot of timber framing, a green embraced terrace and a garden, speckled with benches and loungers. Drank an apple spritzer, blinked into the tree-filtered autumn sun, and thought, Goals are changing.
Stay “Gutshof Woldzegarten”. Regional cuisine, international relaxation, z. Ayurveda from India, Lomi-Lomi from Hawaii, exfoliation with Rügener healing clay. In addition, small swimming pool, horses, wild orchard, much peace. Double / twin 14 Euro (Walower Straße 34, 203 Woldzegarten, www.gutshof-woldzegarten.de ). To the hotel test Gutshof Woldzegarten
Öland: Beautifully scary
Nothing could suddenly turn up Nils Kant. The fog lies in the fall close to the steppe landscape in the south of the Swedish island Öland. Nils Kant is the murderer of a thriller (“Öland” by Johan Theorin), and I only read thrillers here because it's so nice to scare yourself while jogging. And even more beautiful to return to the house for a fireplace and cinnamon buns. Because of its long beaches, Öland is popular in summer, and the royal family also has a residence here. I come when the souvenir shops are already closed and the sun conjures a supernatural light, cycling from windmill to windmill and from Sattelkirche to Sattelkirche. Always goodbye I visit the long Jan and the long Erik, two lighthouses on the tops of the island, surveying my autumn paradise with my eyes, before I close the house and push the shutters forward.
Stay “Guntorps Herrgård”. Beautifully situated on the edge of the capital Borgholm. Sauna, wellness, down to earth cuisine (Guntorpsgatan, SE – 230 Borgholm, Tel. 0 14 / 654 / (*, www.guntorpsherrgard.se ).
Netherlands: Spa and play
© Tatiana Brzozowska / iStock * through the forest, the noses close to the ground. Under autumn leaves we find mushrooms, worms, beetles, under the microscope, which brought the nice pedagogue, we count the legs of the millipede. “Is not that a thousand !?” My son exclaims in astonishment. Later, we warm our fingers around the campfire, the bowls of chestnuts crack. An hour in the pool, then I have my time in Spa Back in the house he sleeps in front of the fire, before he can even sip his tea. Experienced so much! I can put my feet up and read a book. He only realizes that Fred forgot his game suitcase in Hamburg when we're back home. Susanne Arndt
Stay “Hof van Saksen”. Enjoyment program for parents with restaurants, spa, bike rental and golf course (Veldweg (*) – 25, NL – NoThought, Tel . () () / 592 / 24 03 (,
Sardinia: The big party
“No oras ma dies!”, Grazia calls Zoppeddu in broad Sardinian language and puts a stole around her shoulders laughing, the traditional dress of the Sardinian women. In days of work, she has knotted, “days, you hear, not hours!” 186 Grazia is years old, she was never married. Only a few women master their craft, they live here, in the Barbagia, the backbone of Sardinia with winding roads and villages that stick to mountain slopes. From September to December is “Autunno in Barbagia”, the area celebrates itself and its tradition – with crafts, music and food such as the Pane carasau, thin as wafers and crisp as crispbread. Locals and strangers come to the (*)
Stay overnight “Santa Maria”. Well-kept bed and breakfast in the Barbagia, run by a Sardinian-German couple that provides guests with excursion tips. (Piazza Santa Maria, 96 Oliena, Tel. 39 / 09 84 / 28 18 78, www.bbsantamaria.it ).
Rügen: wind concert and flight peeling
* in front of the spa hotels of the seaside resort Binz smooth. He lashes against the chalk cliffs, which rise like sugared castles from the Baltic Sea. He sings in the ruins of Prora, once a resort for (*) (*) 0 people imaginary, four and a half kilometers long building chain. He transforms trees into skewed shapes. The wind is always in the fall on Germany's largest island. If you walk along the beaches, you sometimes hear nothing else. Looks nothing but pastel light blurring the horizon, wrapped figures and raging sand rubbing over the skin like a fly-peel. Elemental forces wellness. Then a hot tub, a cocktail and a look into the angry darkness, where he is still on the move – now only audible as a soft singing. Tinka Dippel
Stay “Hotel Cerês”. Design hotel on the beach of Binz. Simply beautiful rooms in black / gray / white, spa with sea water pool, nice cocktail bar. Spa (beach promenade (), 306 Ostseebad Binz, Tel. 83 40 / 22,
Fanø: Delicate deep relaxation
– Oysters. “In the summer it is too warm, too many bacteria in the water”, singsangt our guide Jesper. Now here on the North Sea, the temperatures are low enough to pull the delicacy out of the sand. And eat raw right there. The mud waddles under the rubber boots, the wind disheveled my hair. Jesper throws the barbecue he has brought, opens the Crémant, cuts fresh baguette and lemons. In the shelter of the dunes, the wind is only noticeable as a gust. Empty head, fresh sea in the mouth – and absolute peace.
Stay “Sønderho Kro”. Beautiful inn since (), Sønderho, DK – 09 45 / 75 () (*) (*), www.sonderhokro.dk ).
Esbjerg. Ferry crossing to Fanø about twelve minutes. Info www.visitfanoe.dk
Pichl / Dachstein Mountains: Above the Clouds
Stay “Almwelt Austria”. 13 Wooden huts for two to twelve people. Panoramic spa with Dachstein view. Minimum stay three nights (Preunegg () A – 8973 Pichl near Schladming, Tel.
/ 04 (*) / () , www.almwelt-austria.at ).
Bregenzerwald: Kneipp cure for love
Now it could even decide on my fate: In bikini, I'm standing on a meadow, snow-capped mountains around me and a pond in front of me – in heart shape and with ice-cold water. In that I should jump, with my beloved, who does this, eternal love shall be granted. So close your eyes and get in, catch your breath, then quickly move on to the “hot spot” – the opposite of the pond: inside, hot, bathed in pink light. In the evening we lie in the bathtub, in and around us lazy peace returns, I blink through the alpine foam peaks – and look in two happy eyes. At least for today the magic worked. Maria Holzmüller
Stay overnight Cuddle hotel “Gams”. In the former ballroom there is a show kitchen (square (*), A – 92 Bezau, Tel. 43 / 59 () / 22 (*), www.hotel-gams.at ).
Getting there By car from Munich via the A 022 to Lake Constance Direction Dornbirn and from there via the villages of Egg and Andelsbuch.
Bergisch Gladbach: Journey to your own center
The winter can not be avoided, the winter blues already – on its own center is important, and it emerges strengthened from this journey. And well warmed, it feels like you are heading south, in Europe's largest wellness area, the “Mediterana” built in the Spanish-Moorish style (11256652 www.mediterana.de ). In the gemstone bath, rose temple, Himalayan gallery and Moorish steam bath, the outside world slowly disappears into oblivion. Until the middle announces and the stomach growls. But where do you conclude such a feudal pampering program? With a baroque banquet in the “Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg”, where you can then sink dull and full into luxurious cushions. That's not cheap – but you save the flight to the south. Vera Sandberg
Stay “Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg”. For pampering luxury and gourmet food also great views of the Cologne Cathedral (Kadettenstraße, 67147 Bergisch Gladbach, Tel. (*) (*) / 420 . www.schlossbensberg.com )
Schliersee: Winter has to wait
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( The approaching winter tries to swallow all color. Huf-Klacken on asphalt breaks through the silence, above it lies the powerful melody of a march. Then they appear: horses decorated with flowers and ribbons. Curious with riders or in front of cars, they march along the lake, bobbing their heads. Green are the book garlands, red the carnations in the manes. The women of the National Costume Club sit on a car, the musicians with the wind instruments on the next. It is Leonhardi, the first weekend after All Saints' Day, everything is pilgrimage to Fischhausen, in honor of St. Leonard, patron saint of horses and horned cattle. With the blessing of the pastor, a sunbeam breaks through the sky. Winter is on the decline – for today.
Stay overnight “Hotel Terofal “. From the house with a historic facade, the place can be comfortably explored on foot. Rustic Rooms (Xaver-Terofal-Platz 2, 6720 Schliersee, Tel. 0 20 (*) / 96 () , www.hotelterofal.de ).
Info 10182962 www.schliersee.de
Scotland: Tour in Red
already cardinal red, in the late autumn sunlight the hills shine as if they were enlightened from within. I'm traveling through southwest Scotland, around Dumfries and Galloway, traveling between decaying castles and pathetic church ruins through a surreal dream. On the harvested fields are bales of straw like giant toys, white clouds float in lakes, the lane meanders endlessly to the sea. The evening sun dips the clouds over the white sparkling waves in orange and again in red for a few full-color minutes. Lilo Solcher
Stay “Knockinaam Lodge”. Former hunting lodge in a bay. Scottish author John Buchan wrote here 78 the novel “The 39 Stages”. On the stove is star chef Tony Pierce (Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway, UK-DG9 9AD, phone 44 / 17 16 / 22 () , 3398882888 www.knockinaamlodge. com ).
Info 10182922 www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk
Königssee: Floating cows
Even with pretzels lure the farmers, and woe, the cow bucks anyway, then pulled or pushed. It is high time the cattle must go to the stable, but first it has to landau, the traditional wooden boats. Cows on the Königssee – they take the approximately one-hour boat ride over green in the morning sun shimmering water, past the sanctuary of St. Bartholomew, left. Since (*). On August, St. Bartholomew's Day, the peasant women made “Fuikln” “on the night”, headdresses for the cows made of twigs, flowers and colorful “Schaberbandln”. But “Aufcranzt” is only if no cow accident on the way. When the boats dock, it gets hectic, cow after cow makes a set of land. Cow, do not break the Haxn now!
Stay overnight and wellness hotel “Alpenhof”. In the green with swimming pool inside and outside. Extensive breakfast buffet (Richard-Voss-Str. (*), 538 Berchtesgaden, phone 43 (*) / 60 (*), 10182962 www.alpenhof.de ).
Info 10182950 www.koenigssee.com
Lake Constance: A store for the summer
© Mel Stuart / Westend 26 / Corbis , Yellow it grows at the end of the road, which leads for many curves in the hills – the Palazzo, the destination of my bike ride. In this area, the summer is preserved in colors: the pink of the roses that entwine around the archway, the yellow quince, in the red vine leaves. I save with you, eat everything that is harvested here, boiled and made into schnapps. Maria Holzmüller
Stay “Hotel Villino”. Rooms in dark red or lilac, garden full of flowers, herbs and fruits – from which you can taste at breakfast (Hoyerberg 37, 958 Lindau on Lake Constance, Tel. 0 () / 934 (*), 10182940 www.villino.de ).
Lisbon: suburban relaxation in Portuguese
on the beach, the sign “Restaurante Praia do Castelo” is emblazoned on the front, chef Raoul places Doraden on the charcoal grill. Portuguese radio pops out of the radio. I sit on the terrace, stretch my legs out. The Atlantic begins before me, right and left: kilometers of golden beach. With people bathing, playing ball or lying in the sun. Praia do Costelo, part of the Costa da Caparica, the main beach of Lisbon, less than an hour from the city center. Raoul serves up cool Vinho Verde at the Dorade. And then? Walk on the beach? Oh, nope, just go on and listen to the surf – until the evening train to Lisbon. Bernhard Lill
Stay “Hotel Zenit”. Modern hotel in Lisbon behind classical façade near the Eduardo VII park, within walking distance of the old town (Avenida 5 De Outubro (*), PT – 1050 – 47 Lisboa, reservation via www.zenithoteles.com ).
From Lisbon by train to Pragal, then by bus 124 to Costa da Caparica, then round Walk to the beach for a few minutes.
with a view, good meaty food. So it was, the Cyclades island of Mykonos was my expectant fulfiller. What I could not imagine before: the light that makes the most of every color. To enjoy all this, I wanted to avoid crowds – which is not difficult in the fall. And there were reliable buses that took me to every beach of my desires. In the evening Mykonos town was cooled and the streets free – for strolling, shopping, good food. And to watch how the light is slowly dimmed down.
Stay “Theoxenia”. Design hotel, well located on the edge of Mykonos town. Island and hotel have their price – you do not necessarily need a rental car (GR – 485 Kato Mili, Mykonos, Tel. () 30 / () / 30, 10182930 www.mykonostheoxenia.com
Puglia: On Menu Tour
freshly knotted, plucked, shaped by an Italian called Gianni – and still lukewarm. Mozzarella, fresh from the “mozzarella farm” Lamapecora. After enjoying them, I swing on my bike and head for the olive groves. I'm on a menu tour of Italy's southeastern boot hoes, from delicacy to delicacy. As a transition, there are fresh caught fish – on the coast in Savelletri on pretty much every corner. For the main course I exchange my bicycle for 51429 Car and move inland, where grapevines replace the olive trees. In the mountain village of Alberobello I can put together the grill plate with Apulian sausage specialties, there is Focaccia. And the view of the attraction of the city: the trulli, round turrets that are built without mortar only from loose stones. The dessert is the pleasantly warm autumn sun. Catharina Muuss
Stay overnight “Masseria Torre Coccaro “and” Masseria Torre Maizza “. Excellent breakfast buffets incl. Apulian sausages and cheeses. Spa area and indoor / outdoor pool, rental bikes for free. Market visit with optional cooking class (Contrada da Coccaro 8, I – 934 Savelletri di Fasano / Brindisi, Apulia, Tel. 39 / 0 80 / 75 31 (*), 88131 www.masseriatorrecoccaro.com ).
Enjoy “La Fontana”. At the bar of the little bistro, everyone puts together the grill plate with Apulian sausage specialties themselves. To order red, sparkling wine (Largo Martellotta, Alberobello).
Palatinate: Golden Times
Everything needs it's time. A few months of wine: The berries are now almost as far in the golden sun, they are bulging and round and in thick umbels of the vines. Millions of years Soil: The one we are wandering from Wachenheim to Deidesheim in the Palatinate was before 03 Moving for millions of years, tectonic shifts prepared him for what he is today: ideal basalt that gives Riesling its wonderfully mineral taste. Rudolf Hoffmann tells us that he calls himself “Wine and Culture Ambassador”. And that the birds are so reliably picking caterpillars and other small creatures that you almost do not have to spray the grapes. We need four hours, four hours of relaxed exercise, wonderfully mild air and Hoffmann's stories, then we reach the winery Eugen Müller in the village of Forst. A few minutes, then I tried the first Riesling. The first of many: Forster church piece, Syriac, friend, Musenhang, Jesuit garden – all convincing wine personalities. I would need forever to decide for one of them, so walk a bottle in my luggage (day hike including 5-6 terroir wines from (*), 382 Forst, Tel. 12 (*) / 98 () 000, 84600 www.vinartours.de ).
Stay “Ketschauer Hof”. In Deidesheim on the German Wine Route, overlooking the surrounding wineries. Elegant and modern rebuilt, with a fantastic wellness area (Ketschauerhofstraße 1, 200 Deidesheim, Tel.
/ 72 (*), 4645539 www.ketschauer-hof.com).
West Sweden: enjoyment from the sea
” Here, pull, “says Niklas, pushing a rope into my hand, and I haul a basket into the ship with all my strength. In the basket is – seagrass. I'll hive again. A giant cancer. Niklas lets him crawl over the deck, then he puts him back into the sea. The third basket is very heavy. We pull, now in pairs: a lobster! Jolling, clapping. It is a cloudy autumn day on the Swedish west coast in front of the fishing village Smögen, the thermometer shows five degrees above zero – best weather for lobster catching. After an hour we have, with applause every time, pulled five more lobsters on board and drive back to the small fishing port. The boathouse has hot coffee; Then we fall into the heated bath tub of the “Sea Lodge Hotel”. In the evening we can finally taste the roaring fire, as our prey tastes: the bowls are now crimson, the flesh is snow-white. It tastes of the sea and a bit sweet – a taste like the yearning for the sea. Katja Jührend
Stay “Sea Lodge Smögen”. One to three-day marine safaris, z. B. Cancer, lobster or oysters safari, incl. HB / over various providers, depending on the arrangement around 230 to 480 Euro ( www.sealodge.se ).
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