Bekennende Moselfans, Eifelsüchtig, Hunsrück-Verrückte,
Rhein-Romantiker, Pfälzerwaldläufer und Allgäu-Liebhaber
Do we trust the weather forecast ???
Good question and not that easy to answer.
The fact is: We were motivated to run and take a few (small) showers ...
but not exactly a "full shower".But one after the other.
The weather was not so great at first, but now dry, so off to one of our favorite paths, along the Heimbach reservoir to the Art Nouveau power plant.
Via the holiday resort ascent to the Rurtalsperre and along it until the ascent to the Kermeter, especially the Hirschley, follows.
The first small rainfall gives the forest its special atmosphere and allows us to stride quickly.
The Hirschley is dry again but also well attended and so we continue over the Kermeter towards Mariawald Monastery.
Three kilometers before the monastery it really starts from above ... we are getting faster and the "rain columns" of our jackets are reaching their limits ...
Once we get wet, we take the opportunity to take two more photos ... then we have reached the "saving" monastery with its soup kitchen.
The rain stops and the Way of the Cross now brings us quickly back to Heimbach.
Then the sky turns blue and serves us the most beautiful autumn colors on the last meters,
but doesn't manage to dry us anymore ...
about 18 hours ago
Almost in the mood for a "Heimbach weekend", again in the Eifel National Park,
we have taken one of the offered circular routes.
Here it is hiking number 19 called Eifeler Steilüste (in the original from Schmidt).
We consciously run the round in the opposite direction, means:
From the National Park gate directly towards Hasenfeld, where we come across marker 19 in the forest, then it goes up until we reach the height and later the plateau in front of Schmidt.
Wonderful open forest and meadow areas for enjoyable hiking.
Too soon, however, the buildings catch up with us and only when we finally (!) Cross Schmidt and get to the first view of the Rursee will the joy of hiking return.
The next lookout point Hubertushöhe is probably the most beautiful view of the Rurtalsperre and the subsequent descent as well as the path along to Schwammenauel is just gigantic beautiful.
Especially in this hiking direction!
At the dam there is our hiking wheat with a wonderful view of the dam.
The remaining way is short and due to Hasenfeld again (too) urban.Conclusion: The Rurtalsperre is especially beautiful at this time of the year with the colored forests!
In our opinion, the route is too "location-heavy", that is certainly better.
2 days ago
A popular destination in the Kermeter, Eifel National Park, is undoubtedly the Mariawald Monastery.This former monastery of the order of the Trappists is today still managed by an association "Trappistenkonvent Mariawald" and first of all the monastery restaurant with its soup kitchen is to be mentioned.
But that has got around to the point that there is an awful lot of activity, especially on weekends (Sundays).Years ago we ran this round in winter and called it "soup round" for us and so we wanted to see the monastery again - almost as a weekend end.
But despite or precisely because of this special time today, the rush was so great that we only said "Hello" for a short time and kept walking.
We got the soup in Wolfgarten in the Kermeterschänke, relaxed and without much rush.About the tour as such it can be said: Ascent to Wolfgarten, over the (longer) wilderness trail to Mariawald and back over the (shorter) rock path ... Here: forest, forest and ... a lot of forest. Views and open spaces are only a handful, but this was not a shortcoming in today's weather.
I think we'll be back in winter ...
6 days ago
This tour is an excellent route, advertised as the three valleys tour Schleiden-Gemünd with entry in Schleiden or Gemünd and has the hiking number 24 on the signs.We start at the Tor Gemünd National Park and first turn to the Eifelsteig, which leads us parallel to the Olef through the valley of the same name. It goes over the Kuckuckslay and only on the Eifelsteig descent to Olef does the hiking trail 24 lead us up to the right with the ascent to the Lützenberg.
At the highest point a nice resting place with a wide view of the Oleftal, then it goes down towards Schleiden.
However, we skip the detour to the center of Schleiden (around 1.2 km there and back) and quickly turn our backs on Gemündener Straße to climb back up through the Höddelbachtal towards Herhahn.
The Cafe Chalet in Herhahn is a real tip and a welcome little stop for us.
The descent then leads back to Gemünd in the lovely Braubach Valley, which brings the valley trio to an end.Conclusion: A really nice tour for Eifel fans of forest, water and wilderness. Suitable for every season (and weather).
7 days ago
A weekend introductory round in "old home" ...
Years ago, Gemünd was an intensive starting point for hiking.
Whether Wildnistrail, Eifelsteig or the Urfttalsperre and Vogelsang IP - the Eifel National Park offers a variety of hiking opportunities and interesting destinations.Today, almost in memory of previous visits, we start with a round over the Wackersberg, shortly after the Wackersberghütte we encounter the Eifelsteig (stage to Steinfeld monastery) and follow it over the Kuckuckslay back to "home".A really nice reunion with "the best November weather" - wetness and mud are simply part of the Eifel feeling for us from many experiences.
October 16, 2020
Hello to all friends of Braubach and the Marksburg (the only undestroyed hilltop castle on the Rhine).
This circular route, which was designed and signposted in the opposite direction by TVB Braubach, is a clear recommendation from us!
Even if the path runs along a road for a few hundred meters.
Especially the Hielberstiel, mountain peak near Braubach, offers on the one hand wonderful hiking trails through dense and open forest and open spaces and on the other hand the evidence of the exhaust system of the former lead and silver smelter, today an industrial monument.We recommend this circular route in every season and direction. The signage is a bit old and therefore a Komoot tour is quite pleasant.
October 11, 2020
Ooooh ha !!
So this is what happens when you plan a Taunus tour according to a map without local knowledge and also take paths into account ...
OK, we like to look for and enjoy tours with less frequentation, in other words: We like to be alone in nature.
But this loneliness in the Taunus and also the condition of the "paths" was a new experience.
Over several kilometers over wild boar fields with fallen trees to ... (no, it wasn't really walking), then it already spoils the joy of hiking.But then we were reconciled on the way back, the relics and history of the Nassau small railway are interesting and the pony farm Forstmühle is quaintly beautiful and served us the hiking wheat.
And then we were really happy again on the Rhine and the Marksburg panorama.Conclusion: Be careful when choosing the route and the Taunus is a challenge (at least in this area) away from the premium routes.
October 10, 2020
Since we have mastered the Rheinsteig and have just come to love and appreciate the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, we have been drawn to Braubach again and again and almost at all times of the year ... especially since this is one of our favorite RV sites for "Rhine views".Today was a small afternoon round, we choose the ascent to the pleasure house via the St. Martin Chapel (for us the nicer variant than the Rheinsteig). But then we follow the well-known climb, past the Köhlermeiler down to the Dinkelholder Bachtal. That is our real "goal", because here we follow the course of the brook up to the height with the Rheinhöhen forest.
We continue through the autumn forest and this time (!!) we also follow the small sign "Luginsland" for a remarkable view.
The rest is as beautiful as it is known, we reach the summer house again and we go down with a detour to the Bodo-Ebhardt-Anlage (the beautiful Rosen-Rheinpromenadenpark) for a sausage and a wheat !!
Conclusion: small and fine and beautiful and delicious ...
October 8, 2020
The title of the tour may scare one or the other ...
But hikers can be assured that your salvation will be saved by the end of the All Saints Chapel at the latest.
But in order:
Years ago in winter on the Lahnhöhenweg Taunus, we got to know the wild Swiss valley with its mill history and talked about it again and again.
So, a tour planned by our beloved Braubach ...
First up to the height (here you could also follow the Rheinsteig) and continue over the magnificent Lahn heights.
After a slight descent you reach the former mining settlement Friedrichssegen with its church ruins. Formerly a proud church from 1889, heralding the wealth from ore mining, the wealth in 1913 and the history of the church in 1937 already ended.
We continue along the old church path to Frücht and walk in the footsteps and life story of the Feiherrn vom Stein, who is laid out in a crypt here.
It now goes down to the Lahn through the wild and romantic Swiss valley with its mill history.
In Mielle we cross the Lahn to the Westerwald and embark on a longer forest ascent that leads us to the Lahn hiking trail and then to the entrance to the Ruppertsklamm.
This time, however, we leave the gorge on the right and follow the old Lahnhöhenweg Westerwald via the All Saints Chapel with the former monastery to Lahnstein.
The bus (or train) brings us back to Braubach.
Conclusion: Wide heights, lots of beautiful forest, lots of history and the wild Swiss Valley - FIT !!
October 2, 2020
With the weather report for the weekend, we wanted to go back to the Rhine instead of the Eifel ...
Looking at the river and the ships in the rain is almost meditative.
A lap from Braubach via Lahnstein is almost a classic for us for a smaller lap (and always with the option of returning by train or bus if it pours too thick).Today, however, "suitable" wet autumn weather and thanks to a short map study at Komoot a nice mixture of known and new routes.
October 1, 2020