As the Neanderlandsteig was drawing to a close, I was looking for a new challenge. And there it is now the Bergische Weg, which I am really excited about. It basically starts on my doorstep.
It all started in Essen on the parking lot of secret love (restaurant with a beautiful view). Following the paths and not playing mini golf, you can then pay a visit to the Jagdhaus Schellenberg, the beer garden is great.
In between there are beautiful paths, today quite crowded, which lead down to the Baldeneysee. It shouldn't be wet, otherwise it could get slippery. The Heisingen bird sanctuary also has some cute turtles to offer. On the old railway bridge you go over to the other side of the lake and if you're lucky you can still admire the old railway. If you don't want to visit Lucas train station, I recommend taking the path by the lake and not walking around it as specified.
Today I took on the second rather hilly stage. ⛰️It is largely similar to the Neanderlandsteig, but I didn't want to leave it out because of that. It was sunny and green with many forest paths. They came up every now and then and also beautiful paths with great views. The Bergisch is simply beautiful.
However, the tour is very asphalt-heavy, sometimes streets have to be walked on and the background noise of the motorways or the view of parts of it was not pleasant either.
Hardenstein Castle was a highlight and went well with the ice cream of the mini golf course And now I have finally found the, albeit tiny, Düssel Quelle 💦 which I almost considered a myth. I wouldn't go on this tour a third time, but I still enjoyed it. Maybe you didn't always look at me on the steep climbs😂
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