Over the weekend I went to my second German National Park (Berchtesgaden in Bavaria being the first), Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz on the border with the Czech Republic. I was spending a few days in Prague to visit my aunt and uncle who were traveling through the area (Hi Craig and Nancy!) and because the train route back to Berlin went right through this park, I figured it would be a nice place to stop for a day of hiking. I was correct. It made for a spectacular, short but sweet opportunity to get in the woods and climb some rocks.
So according to this Culture Trip article, I still have at least eight more National Parks to visit during my time in Germany. Next up, I've got my eyes on Jasmund National Park to the north and Harz National Park to the southwest of Berlin. But fall, or Herbst, has definitely made its entrance—I wore a scarf yesterday and wished I had remembered my gloves as I rode my bike. So my next hiking excursions will probably have to wait until spring but I'm quite pleased I was able to ramble through this place right before the weather becomes to cold and miserable to do so. Now we will bring out our heavy coats and wool socks, drink Glühwein to stay warm, and I will keep from going nuts this winter by planning for my next National Park adventure. And maybe, hopefully, by then I will have learned how to read a bus timetable.
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