DW releases ′111 Extreme Places in Europe′ travel guide | Books | DW
From overnight at the’s first icy hotel in northern Sweden to sweating in the driest part of Europe, the Tabernas Desert in southern Spain: Travelers looking for unusual adventures are bound to find inspiration in the guide 111 Extreme Places in Europe That You Shouldn Miss.
DW author Patricia Szilagyi takes her readers on a journey to the ends of Europe. Unique natural wonders come along with architectural masterpieces and cultural attractions: There is something for everyone – even cuckoo clock lovers.
Wanderlust during the COVID pandemic
Patricia Szilagyi spent almost two years working on the book, which has now been published in German and English. “It was not easy to find 111 record places in Europe,” says the author. But the research is worth it, as it allowed her to discover unique destinations she had never heard of.
Extremely remote areas are places Szilagyi says she would now like to travel to on her own, including Europe’s only Buddhist Republic in southern Russia and the continent’s northernmost settlement on the Norwegian archipelago of Spitzbergen.
But it is almost impossible to make such trips right now, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent travel restrictions worldwide. However, publishing a travel guide is a good idea, says the author, as the book is there to inspire dreams, especially during this difficult time.
Part of a Euromaxx series
The book is based on the award-winning multimedia series “Europe to the Maxx”, produced by DW lifestyle and culture magazine, Euromaxx.
For a series of 20 videos, Euromaxx journalist Hendrik Welling went on a tour of Europe’s extreme destinations, taking for example the train to Europe’s highest station in the Swiss Jungfraujoch, lost in the world’s largest maze in northern Italy and climbing to Europe’s largest glacier. in Iceland.
Journalist Hendrik Welling shooting in the Republic of Kalymia
“Each of these trips had its own appeal. We met inspiring people and had wonderful experiences,” says Hendrik Welling. “I think this series and the book reflect the fact that all of these places also have unusual stories to tell and allow everyone to participate in them,” he added.
Welling Adventures can be watched on YouTube and at dw.com/travel. The book is also linked to his travels via a QR code.
Comments on the Euromaxx YouTube channel show that Europe’s extreme destinations continue to fascinate people from all over the world: “This is now on the to-do list,” commented a viewer of the Swiss Jungfraujoch. Another commenter wrote: “One of the wonders of the world and I knew nothing about it until now!”