Etappe 2: Von Neuholland nach Bad Emstal-Sand – Habichtswaldsteig
Anette planned a hike.
March 24, 2021
A good two kilometers after your start in New Holland you will reach the Herbsthäuschen, a very nice little excursion restaurant that is very close to the old Ziegenkopf colliery. Maybe you want to take a coffee and enjoy the lovely view from the terrace.Directly behind the restaurant you descend into the wild and romantic Firnsbachtal. The Firnsbach has formed a narrow gorge here over many ages, and still does. You hike over natural paths, rough stone steps and narrow wooden bridges.Soon you will have reached the small town of Hoof. Here you can refill your provisions at the local grocer before you climb to the ruins of the Schauenburg castle. Apart from part of the outer wall, not much remains of the castle. But the view is great and it's an ideal place to rest.The further path leads you along the edge of the Saukopf forest. You have a wide view of the fields and meadows of the surrounding places. The Langenbacher Hute near Breitenbach is very interesting and a very special place. Intensive agricultural use is not possible due to the nature of the soil and the profile. Therefore the hat was and is used for grazing. You walk through a landscape with mighty trees, thorny bushes, isolated basalt rocks, grasslands and ponds.Finally you get back into the forest and the climb to the next castle ruin begins. It is not known when Falkenstein Castle was built. The history is only documented from the 14th century, and the castle has been no longer inhabited and has been in ruins since the end of the 16th century. Today you will only find a piece of the wall from the multi-storey main building and the remains of a fireplace. In addition to the beautiful ruin atmosphere, you will be impressed by the wide view of the surrounding area and the picnic areas nearby are ideal for a short break.Perhaps you will also discover the whistle seesaw, which was realized here - as a reminiscence of the home of the Brothers Grimm - as part of the fairy tale resting places distributed throughout Northern Hesse. With it you can create sounds from the time of Minneging and transform the square into a fairytale-like place.It is now not far to your goal. As soon as you have crossed the Ems, you can choose the direct route to your accommodation or you continue to follow the Habichtswaldsteig, which leads you to the northern edge of the village. In Bad Emstal-Sand you will find a good range of accommodation, restaurants and shops.
April 9, 2021