So today, Krefeld. This is a city which lies on the other side of the Rhine, which means it’s extremely flat. And not quite surprisingly, we usually don’t go to that area. This time, quite bored of the usual Hagen-Wuppertal area, I wanted to see something slightly different. So I was telling everyone not to expect anything particularly interesting, which obviously prevented a lot of people to bother signing up in the first place.
The subway went up to Krefeld central, then we changed to a tram. Along the way, I was thinking what it looked like for them a few decades ago here in Krefeld. I mean, I don’t know if they followed the same history as the other cities in the Ruhr region, but along with the fact that the main train line was closed down and there were quite a few empty buildings, I could see we were not going to the most lively city in Germany.
Hüls was the very last stop of this line. From there, we went towards Hülser Berg, which is a small “mountain” (NB: mountain relative to Düsseldorf, whose highest point is the top of a bridge). There was one guy from this area some time ago who told me about this area. And indeed it was a lovely one. I was slightly confused because I didn’t expect any mountain to exist there, maybe except the artificial ones that appear because of mining. But it looked like it was a natural one entirely covered by trees.
I remember last November, which was just ugly. I think there was no dry Sunday. This year, after the luck of last week, it was fairly okay today as well. It was misty, but it didn’t rain. I’d rather say so far it was the summer that was really horrible this year.
Since last time, I stopped bringing cooked stuff in a lunch box. Now I take only nuts and vegetables. It’s vegan, which I grew to like to be. And it’s extremely simple. Another problem associated with cooked stuff is it fills up the stomach too much, which makes the second half of the hike always challenging. Well, this was the whole reasoning, but I must say just only nuts and vegetables is a bit tasteless… My struggle to find the correct lunch continues.
Luckily, there was a restaurant nearby, although their kitchen was closed for some reason. We could have only drinks, but still with the lovely staff and warm place inside, I was more than happy that this place existed in the first place.
On the way, there were a few places where pumpkins were left on the field. They must have thrown them away there, although I don’t understand why just like this, and also at several locations.
Here in Hüls, there was no place to have beer or whatsoever. Since I also didn’t really have time, we went directly back to Düsseldorf. It takes really forever with this subway…