Etappe 1: Von Zierenberg nach Neuholland – Habichtswaldsteig
Anette planned a hike.
March 24, 2021
The tour starts on the market square of the small town of Zierenberg. Here is the oldest half-timbered town hall in Hesse from 1450 and in the immediate vicinity the town church, the start of construction of which is dated to 1293. The small old town with some interesting buildings and remains of the city wall is also very worth seeing.Make sure to bring a drink and a picnic with you. The places to stop for refreshments are rare and are often only open on certain days. Here in Zierenberg you will find enough shopping opportunities to supply yourself.From the village, it first goes over the small stream Warme and then a short, steep stretch up to the natural monument Blue Stones. Actually, the stones on the basalt rubble field are gray-dark, but with a certain incidence of light they glow bluish. It's good that you are wearing your sturdy hiking shoes, because the path leads you directly over the scree and you need a little surefootedness. From here it is only a few meters to the summit and tower of the Schreckenberg with a wonderful view.In an arc you now hike around Zierenberg, reach the Dörnberg to the east and finally meet the Alpine path. The area is really reminiscent of the Alps, because the path leads through a limestone grassland area with extensive juniper or black thorn stocks and old hat areas. From up here the view of the surrounding area is stunning.Shortly afterwards you have reached the basalt rocks of the Helfensteine, which protrude from the tuff rock coat of the mountain as visible evidence of prehistoric volcanic activity. It is believed that people settled here as early as the Neolithic Age. The currently still visible ramparts are from the High Middle Ages and could have belonged to a castle that no longer exists today.It continues over the Hohen Dörnberg to the Silbersee and the neighboring quarry, until you finally see the mighty Hercules statue near Kassel. Take the time to visit the overwhelming facility and enjoy the great view of Kassel and the surrounding area.Your today's destination is New Holland, a small place only about one kilometer below the Hercules. Here you will find cozy accommodation and restaurants.
April 9, 2021