Around more than a year ago my (then) stagiaire Helene suprised me a voucher for a "nature-weekend". The hotel was to be selected from a list, where the choice included establishments in Holland, Belgium or Germany. I went for the nature area just after the busy Ruhrgebiet, Sauerland. The area is also called by the locals "the land of 1000 mountains". This is a real nature and hiking paradise...The cute and cozy villages Schmallenberg and Bad Fredeburg look like tiny architectural gems with the beautiful "Fachhäuser". Since 2010 one round about in Schmallenberg is decorated with colourful sculptures by the German artist Gabrielle Schulz (second picture).
The weather was something between winter landscape and coming spring, sonot a lot of sunshine...but still some hikes in the forest for fresh air were on the programme:-)