Bekennende Moselfans, Eifelsüchtig, Hunsrück-Verrückte,
Rhein-Romantiker, Pfälzerwaldläufer und Allgäu-Liebhaber
Since we did the Lahnwanderweg in 2015 and discovered our love for the Lahn ..
our further visits were (unfortunately) rather sporadic ..
During a March tour on the Lahnhöhenweg Taunus variant from Bad Ems to Obernhof, we came across a beautiful scenic Bachtal route in the Mühlbachtal and later in the Dörsbachtal, which, in addition to the high trail symbol, was also recognized as part of the Four Valleys Tour and has been part of ours ever since "Planning box" slumbered.With the cloudy weather at that time and still leafless in March, it was clear: these impressively beautiful paths should be repeated at other times of the year.And now the time had come:
A wonderful autumn day with a mystical magical atmosphere, first through the Mühlenbachtal with ascent to Singhofen, from there through the Dörsbachtal to Obernhof.
(This Dörsbachtal is also called "Jammertal", since it is an Austrian military cemetery for those who died in the military hospital of Arnstein Monastery against Napoleon).In Obernhof we change the Lahn side to the Westerwald and there we come across a brand new climbing route called LahnWeinStieg, which is now part of a new Lahn hiking trail and whose descent leads us in Gelbachtal to Weinähr.After returning to the ascent, the final stage takes us along old vineyard walls in the Lahn valley back to the starting point in Nassau.Conclusion:
A wonderful tour for friends of the forest and brook valley
and the perfect autumn hiking day with a via ferrata surprise !!
6 days ago
Quickly take advantage of the beautiful weather ...After we had only seen the view from the Lydia Tower on the Laacher See in "GRAU" so far, the plan and the hope was to arrive in the sun in time.
And it's so straight !!!! still fit, started with a lot of sun from Andernach,
Enjoyed autumn fields and autumn forest,
a rapidly moving cloud front was still dominating the tower.
On the shore path, the lake unfolds its fascination in almost any weather and so the final section was characterized by a storm, repeated flashes of the sun and at the end with rain.All in all, a fitting, beautiful tour.
October 6, 2021
On the Rheinsteig from Kaub to St. Goarshausen, known as the "king's stage".The conclusion in advance:Super, perfect, gorgeous, unsurpassed, super awesome !!!!After we have already walked this tour twice in a southerly direction, i.e. upstream, and regretted not being so fit and enjoyable in the final section - it was time to walk the other way around.
Although we deliberately decided not to go up and down the Petersberg (view of the three castles) - we didn't expect any new impressions here (past the old people's home ...).And -WOW- the result was what felt like a completely new tour - the vertical meters were distributed much more "happily to walk", the refreshment stops (beer gardens) appropriately located in the middle and at the end of the route ...
In this direction we were able to enjoy the last meter with all our senses.It was a particular pleasure to find our beloved Lore (ley) statue in a prominent place in the beer garden after the redesign of the Loreley plateau.
This new landscape park Loreleyfels -modern - "visitor-friendly" -etc. In our opinion it has lost a lot of historical charm - so it's so nice that "our" lorry is still around.For the final descent to St. Goarshausen we spontaneously decided on a hitherto unknown path that leads us steeply down very old vineyard walls to the Rhine until we walk into the village on the St. Goarshausen Hafenweg almost at the height of the Rhein-Loreley.
With that we forego the Katz Castle descent (Castle closed anyway), but also the crossing of Heide.
A clear recommendation from us !!
October 2, 2021
From Braubach to Bad Ems ...
in this short form nothing new for us,
Ascent Rheinsteig, further over Frücht with Stein`scher Gruft, then to Malberg and down to the Lahn ...ALSO: Time to come up with something new and find an alternative route.
Today it goes up to the Pankert (where the chimneys of the silver-lead hut are visible from afar)
and then over the Taunus heights over the back forest and towards Becheln on the Limes path.So far, we only knew the Limes Trail a short stretch from a stage of the old Lahnhöhenweg Taunus variant and were very happy to follow this "history trail" a little further.This path leads to the Hotel / Restaurant Wintersberg "Am Römerturm" (refreshments unfortunately closed), and after a first look at Bad Ems, finally down to the Lahn.Conclusion:
Successful, quiet forest and high altitude tour.
Our planning premise to choose "wider paths" has proven itself - in this part of the Taunus, paths according to the map - as already experienced - are often no longer accessible ...
(and we had to find a detour again this time)
and the Limes Trail is really interesting.
September 30, 2021
"Actually" Rheinfels Castle was not the focus and our planning for a round looked very different ...
But when we came across a red castle mark at the Drei Buchen rest and hiking car park and this time with directions, we spontaneously decided to explore this path (in the opposite direction) ...Of course, it is easier to follow a given direction, but vice versa ...
and so we were after a beautiful passage through the forest on the Gründelbach at the end of our Latin, we only discovered a much older marking with the same symbol, but a different color.However, a castle symbol at St. Goar is pretty clear - castle or fortress Rheinfels too - and so we found the red marking not far from the castle, which then takes us on the really spectacular Hansenweg past the castle to the rock foundations down to St Goar led.The further attempt to find the "correct" route led to a rather unnecessary ascent, descent and ascent.
It is a shame that part of the path on the outer defensive wall is blocked and must be bypassed.At the Desire Waterfall, we definitely returned to the original route planning for the way home.The evening research then brought the result:
Burgweg St. Goar (!!) - but even the track found by Tourismus GmbH is in parts not identical to the signs.Conclusion:
We enjoyed the "search" and with the Hansenweg we were able to discover a whole new corner
and no matter what you are planning and / or running - this area is wonderfully beautiful and we are happy to have made our routes here.
September 26, 2021
On both sides of the Rhine, along with the Rheinsteig and the Rhein-Burgen-Weg
a few more circular routes
Finding answers to the question:
"Why is it so beautiful on the Rhine ..."So, it is a matter of honor that we "Rhine romantics" naturally also have these circular routes on the planning list - and when we are "in the area these days" anyway ..
Originally starting from Oberwesel and along the outer city wall, we started the tour from the Hunsrück near Damscheid and decided in Oberwesel for the city wall path to the banks of the Rhine.By the way, the name (Bure) comes from Born, a small spring that is hidden in the slope above Oberwesel, where some small caves of the population protect from the Swedes in the 30s. War bot.And the name Engehöll (or Engehell) for the district and the vineyard has nothing to do with "narrow hell", but comes from the Celtic and is derived from Halde, steep slope.Like almost all the extra loops on the Rhine, we enjoyed this tour very much, gave us new impressions and perspectives, especially on the Schönburg ...
and so after the tour there is again the desire to repeat the tour at a different time of the year.
September 24, 2021
After yesterday's "fireworks" at the Rhine views, we felt like a contrast program today.We dared more forest and got a lot more forest and thanks to wonderful, at the same time lonely paths, we got back into our "Wanderflow".First through Biebernheim and then above the Gründelbach along the edge of the valley until we have reached the level of the Gründelbach.
Here we are already dealing with an (old) mill trail, from which we turn at the end onto the Rheinhöhenweg, which at the same time corresponds to a hiking trail that is no longer common with a red castle symbol.
And so it goes on marked and unmarked forest trails to the Rabenack.
This spectacular rock formation above Niederburg is a real eye-catcher and offers great views over this wooded part of the Hunsrück.
Now it's not far to the new observation tower on the Spitzenstein and we enjoy a much clearer view than yesterday's visit was able to offer us.Conclusion;
Beautiful and fulfilling hiking is also possible away from the new dream loops
and the (unnecessary) "tail" in our track was created by successfully rescheduling the tour en route.
September 23, 2021
We had / have decided to run all 111 dream loops in the Saar-Hunsrück-Land ...And lo and behold, since 09.2021 there are now 112 with the opening of the Traumschleife Mittelrhein!And since the first reports about the new Spitzenstein observation tower, this loop has "haunted" our heads, especially since this section of the Rheinburgenweg is one of our absolute hiking highlights.On other dream tours we have already lost ourselves with the superlatives.
So how do you describe this loop, which got 93 points out of (theoretical) 100 points ??I / we make it short:
Dream day - dream tour
and there are 93 damn good reasons to hike here. to idle away, to stop off, to enjoy the view and to lose oneself in the romance of the Rhine ...
(We have never needed that long for 15 km ...)
September 22, 2021
Family also means obligations ...And so the hiking boots have to take a break and the bikes are allowed to use the city
and lo and behold - there is still a lot to discover in a hometown.
It just makes a huge difference to get on a bike instead of a car or public transport.
We explore an "insider tip", the rose garden at Fort X and follow the southern green belt with its many bodies of water until we return to the banks of the Rhine with countless views ...If the circumstances require it - we would leave it again - including a stop at the home of 1.FC Cologne, the Geißbockheim !!
September 20, 2021
As is typical for the Moselle, it goes up first, of course ...
and especially at St.Aldegund that usually means steep ascent in the forest or vineyard and then forest ...
But today we decided to take the road to the Raulwing Hut to enjoy the view over the wide loops and we really haven't regretted it.At the top, in the direction of Hochheid and Beuren, we follow the well-known Moselhöhenweg past meadows under a blue, white-spotted sky.
Only at the Bremm junction comes a forest passage and here we also follow the MHW.Behind the beautifully designed forest recreation park "Auf der Geul" we have to walk a short distance along the road until it is signposted towards Calmont and via ferrata ...
But today we don't follow this path to the summit, but descend on the Moselsteig path towards Bremm until we reach the Calmonter Höhenweg.
And this high-altitude trail is of course a very special hiking treat, as it serves what we believe to be the most beautiful views of the Bremmer Moselle loop and the Calmont.
Then to the summit it goes over the steep ascent, which gives further absolute dream views.Of course there is a lot going on on a Sunday with dreamy weather up there, but we also find a bench at the demolition and the managed hut serves the right Moselle wine to go with the view.After an extensive summit enjoyment, we choose the lonely forest descent into the Ellerbachtal instead of the further high trail, this time.
All altitude meters down again until the gently babbling Ellerbach accompanies us for a few kilometers through the valley towards Eller.
Crossing the railway tunnel, the first Eller houses appear and we end the tour with a wheat beer at the Moselle bank beer garden.Conclusion:
No matter how often, no matter which route, from St. Aldegund to the Calmont or from Bremm via the Calmont to Aldegund - we always find a successful tour in a unique Moselle landscape.
September 12, 2021