Was Anfang Pandemie als Festival Ersatz begann, ist mittlerweile ein festes Hobby geworden!
Schwerpunkte liegen bei mir auf historischen Stätten aus Antike und Mittelalter, sowie Flussverläufen inklusive Wasserfällen und Höhlen!
After all the festivals and the kitchen renovation, it was finally enough for a hike again.
Even if only for a longer after-work tour, the Cholfist not only offers 3 great observation towers and a castle, but also a Stone Age Nagelflu- and a huge sand cave.
For the latter, I have uploaded a small video on YouTube to be able to record the dimensions! (Yes with a little too many swear words)
6 days ago
A two-person tour to discover Saxon Switzerland. As a hiker who is already familiar with the area, not much new, but the first tour in Saxony for the original Swiss.From the accommodation a little through the forest to the cute village of Königstein, where the architecture scores especially with the church.
The ascent to Königstein itself came further through the woods, via a climbing path past the Friedrichshalle cave onto the patrol path. Along the fortress walls through the main entrance, it took a short 4.5 hours for the whole fortress including exhibitions.
A truly huge structure with history and even its own forest on the plateau.Later than planned, the hike continued to the small Bärenstein, the ascent of which was easy thanks to well-developed paths. On the way there is also the Götzinger Cave, in honor of the man who opened Saxon Switzerland to tourism. The foundations of the inn, which adorned the summit until 1945 and then fell into disrepair, are interesting and surprising.After a short descent and transition, the Grosse Bärenstein was tackled, which, in contrast to its brother mountain, appears wild and untamed.
Even the ascent over various rocks and paths had to be looked for until one is on the plateau. The fact that a sheep ran past out of nowhere during the small supper break made the whole trip even more enchanting.
After several rocks, the summit came into view, which appears completely untouched. It then became critical with the only possibility of descent on the flank, the Riegelhofstiege is narrow and steep, a real challenge even in the dry where I was especially happy to have my military equipment and gloves.The gorge on the rock rewards the effort, a dreamlike environment in which the search for the Beck cave was unsuccessful.
However, the following poodle stone offers a small cave and an animal den that seem interesting.
The last highlight of our trip, the Rauenstein, came on through muddy paths.A real tourist mountain, but only a few other hikers came towards us at dusk. However, this mountain loses its charm a little, because the footbridges, stairs and railings make the ridge path safe, but the rock consists only of sand, which has been removed by thousands of hiking boots.
The mountain inn had of course already closed, but you could visit the Lehmannschluchthöhle in peace, which has a beautiful structure.
A small staircase next to the cave and another cave on the descent were left out, however, as the darkness on the eastern flank had meanwhile progressed too far.So late in the evening we arrived at Oberrathen train station, where we made our way home after a small beer.
August 23, 2021
A little afternoon tour around the town where I grew up.
From Felben-Wellhausen over the Müliweier to Wellenberg Castle, where a wonderful medieval market takes place every two years.
Through the valley, there was a lot to discover on the Immenberg, especially the Spiegelberg castle ruins that surprised me, as I never heard of them in my entire childhood.
de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruine_Spiegelberg_(Wetzikon_TG)Unfortunately, I missed a second castle site next to Sonnenberg Castle, but climbing in the meanwhile heavy rain would have been too dangerous.
After a little refreshment in the Freudenberg restaurant, we went to the grandparents' house for dinner, quite soaked.
Will not be the last trip to Immenberg / Freudenberg.
August 8, 2021
THE LAST WEST RHINE TRIP TO VALHALLA!After several stages, my journey down the Rhine from home came to an end, the river leaves Switzerland and from this point serves as the border between Germany and France.The start was in Augst to connect seamlessly to the bridge that led me to the Augusta Raurica on the 9th stage.
Due to the storms that lasted for days, the path was partially flooded and endangered by falling rocks.
But immediately the first detour to Pratteln came, wistfully past my favorite concert location, which I haven't seen since December 14, 2019.After a short march, Pratteln Castle came into view, which by chance was open and I was able to peek into the inner courtyard. On the hot day then up the mountain to the Madeln ruins, which does not leave any remains of the wall, but leaves an interesting history and traces in the landscape. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruine_MadelnThe descent back to the Rhine was therefore pretty quick, where the Rheinuferweg was already waiting and a small vault was explored.
After several kilometers, unfortunately, came the Muttenz industrial area, which had to be crossed to get to the fortified church of St. Arbogast, which is the only complete one of its kind in Switzerland.The highlight of the day were the three ruins on the Wartenberg, the one in front larger and dilapidated, the middle one only preserved and accessible as a tower and the last one as a medium-sized ruin with a small tower. The mountain is definitely worth the climb and exploring!Back through the industrial area, then came the little Roman. Watchtower Burgus Au-Hard, after I had to circumvent the port area extensively until I came back to the port jetty.
It was then a bit tedious along this path until the power plant island Birsfelden brought a brief interruption to the rut.
After that, the hike became more and more urban and populated by people who used the Rhine to swim on lawns.The first thing worth seeing in Basel was the old city wall and the St. Alban Tor, then the path along the bank was rather unusual for me between all the people and the hustle and bustle on the bank. Just a village child.The port and the border triangle came closer and closer, although this area was rather strange, some artist / hippie communal buildings and various places where there was already a lively celebration in the late Saturday afternoon.
At 6.30 p.m. the monument finally arrived at the Dreiländereck, with which my journey down the Rhine officially came to an end after 6 stages!Fittingly, the first lightning bolts and a huge thunderstorm went off, but since I was hungry and above all thirsty, the march went through wind and rain along deserted promenades and streets, only the garbage was evidence of the parties less than half an hour earlier .A little detour to a shop that was still open brought me a small, cold dinner and a Wegbier, I also somehow pushed in the last two city gates. In the end I was tired and completely drenched in front of my final goal:
The VALHALLA BAR in Basel, whose smug course does not belong here on Komoot;)
July 11, 2021
The sixth stage on the Thur, started with the wonderful ruins of Neutoggenburg, which were still outstanding from the last hike:
We continued along the Thur, although the monastery was a disappointment, but the Feldbach waterfall with its 10m was great refreshment. Wattwil's landmark, Iberg Castle, is also an attraction with its 5-level tower that can be walked on.
The ruins of the original monastery were also worth the little detour, which is said to have burned down in 1620.It was then rather dry in the direction of Ebnat-Kappel, boring gravel / asphalt paths along a dammed Thur, which, however, takes its natural course after the village and is one of the most beautiful routes along the river.From the Krummenau hydroelectric power station, the short detour to the Wintersberg castle site unfortunately didn't result in anything, but the Thur continues to score points with an exciting river course until the tour came to an end at Nesslau due to a storm and the late primeval times.
July 4, 2021
After a visit to the wonderful Moutathal, a friend recommended this insider tip to me.
Through the late afternoon, I stopped by driving the car to the curve, along the slab path, climbed the course of the stream to the waterfall and then everything back again, as I had 2 hours to drive home.
Something very short about me, but I wanted to publish the pictures;)
June 27, 2021