About Michael G.
64, reiselustig, liebe lange Wander- und Radtouren, Traumstrecke: zu Fuß über den nordspanischen Küstenweg nach Santiago de Compostela
- 06:5713.5 mi1.9 mph2,050 ft1,750 ft
- Michael G.
From Bad König I first passed the former horn turning shop and pipe factory (only a sign as an indication), then steeply up the Carl Weyprecht-Weg to the Toten Mann. First there was a hut, where until recently there was chilled refreshment at cost price for hikers. But what was meant well was unfortunately closed again due to abuse and theft. I did not see the cross on the dead man drawn on the hiking map, it is simply a crossroads. The next refreshment station in Hengmantel, from where you have a wonderful view of Breuberg Castle, was available, but during my lunch break it was used by an alcohol addict for free. Maybe it would be better to put non-alcoholic drinks in the barrel, then at least this problem will be resolved quickly. I couldn't go on tour with an alcohol level anyway.
From Hengmantel I soon came to the Windlücke Roman fort and onto the Limesweg, from where I first followed the Roman traces from watchtower to watchtower in a northerly direction and then back over the Spessartblick and back over the Windlücke fort to Hainhaus. However, one should not imagine a fort like the Saalburg and visible watchtowers. But the traces and remains (of the foundations) are clearly visible and documented on the respective boards. No Roman has ever sat on the Roman armchairs. The princes of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg had the armchairs from the district court of Vielbrunn moved to this place and converted the former Roman fort into a hunting farm. Therefore nothing can be seen of the fort. The Roman watchtowers on Hessian territory all have the number 10 and are then numbered consecutively. I was at towers 10/8 to 10/13. From the armchairs and the former Roman fort Hainhaus I am then back to Bad König via the amphibious protection area "Käsebrünnchen", the natural monument Odenwaldbaum and Gesundbrunnen, where people have taken liters of water. An ice cream literally put the icing on my hike. The weather and temperature were ideal for this tour.
2 days ago
- Michael G.
Today the long planned hike with friends finally worked out. Since the reunion was in the foreground after a very long time and there was a lot to tell, it was a leisurely tour with a route that was sometimes chosen spontaneously. Fortunately, it stayed dry from above, but the air was very humid and the forest floor was often softened by the rains of the last few days and weeks, so that in parts rubber boots would have been better. After visiting the "Wamboldter Schlösschen" we went back to the parking lot below the castle.
6 days ago
- Michael G.
Today I used the storm-free day for a second tour in the Spessart. Because I made a spontaneous decision in the morning and had not prepared anything, a suggestion from the FAZ came in handy in my documents, which I adopted without any further changes.
The weather was perfect for walking. Nevertheless, I had rain protection in my luggage, which luckily I hadn't needed.
The route offers culture, a lot of nature and tranquility, only the section from Schippach to behind Himmelthal Abbey was quite noisy because the path runs in the forest but parallel to the road to Eschau.
I was left with a big question mark by the fragments exhibited in Schippach from a Church of Peace planned privately in 1912 and probably already under construction, the continuation and completion of which was then undone by the First World War. So far I haven't been able to find much more about it.
The Antoniuskirche is worth a visit. In the same place, not far away on a mountain above the cemetery, is the modern St. Pius Church, which I have not been to. A small chapel can be seen up in the vineyards.
The Himmelthal Monastery is currently still closed to outsiders due to the Infection Protection Act. A sign on the gate clearly indicates this. I don't know whether this also applies to the hiking trails that lead a few meters through the grounds of the monastery.
Where was the "Grand Bistro" once (before Corona?)?
I am always happy about friendly animals like these horses. One was just as curious as I was. Maybe I should have some sugar cubes in my pocket just in case.
After completing my tour, I took a stroll through Erlenbach and refreshed myself with a delicious sundae. The ice cream parlor is highly recommended. The now overcrowded Main has already led to light local flooding in places. The flow rate was high.
July 13, 2021
- 04:539.50 mi1.9 mph1,325 ft1,300 ft
- Michael G.
Heute bin ich, für mich noch früh am Morgen, bei bestem Sommerwetter in Schannenbach, einem Ortsteil der Gemeinde Lauterbach, zu meiner heutigen Wanderung aufgebrochen. Mein Auto hatte ich auf dem ausgewiesenen Parkplatz "Brunnenwiese" direkt im Dorf abgestellt, wo auch die Bushaltestelle ist. Wenn alle Plätze besetzt sein sollten, gibt es noch eine ausgewiesene Parkmöglichkeit hinter dem Gemeindehaus.
Zu Beginn der Tour kann man sich auf einer steinernen Infotafel über die Geschichte des Ortes, sowie nur wenige Meter entfernt, über die ehemalige Steingewinnung am Krehberg, samt ausgestellter Werkzeuge und Transportmittel informieren.
Vom Parkplatz ging es dann zum Ortsausgang, wo an einer Ecke die Figur einer Ziegenmagd steht, bergauf Richtung Krehberg. Nachdem ich die erste Steigung geschafft hatte, konnte ich nun wählen zwischen dem Weg über das Schannenbacher Mohr, wodurch ich die nächste Steigung vermieden hätte, oder weiter ein Stück des Nibelungensteigs steil hinauf bis zu den letzten Häusern, diesen wieder verlassend und auf der Straße eben verlaufend zum Schannenbacher Eck, wofür ich mich entschieden hatte. An der Wegekreuzung "abgeschlagener Stein "(in hochdeutsch) rechts haltend und nun der grünen Raute folgend bin ich am Waldrand rechts über die Wiese wieder bergab, und auf den Weg gestoßen, der vom Schannenbacher Mohr kommt. Der grünen Raute folgt man nun zunächst bis auf weiteres und erreicht schnell erneut den Wald.. Dort habe ich zwei Mitglieder des Odenwaldklubs getroffen, die, bewaffnet mit Rucksack, Farbtöpfchen und Schablonen, die Wandermarkierungen erneuerten. Einen herzlichen Dank an diese beiden stellvertretend für alle, die dafür sorgen, dass die Markierungen gut erkennbar und aktuell bleiben.
Trotzdem wurde der Weg nun für ein langes Stück fast unbegehbar und eher etwas für Gummistiefel statt Wanderschuhe und ich musste neben dem Weg durch den Wald, oder das Unterholz laufen. Der Grund ist, dass durch das vorangegangene nasse Wetter und erfolgten Forstarbeiten mit schweren Maschinen der Weg zerstört wurde. Verlaufen kann man sich aber nicht, da die Markierungen trotzdem noch gut zu erkennen sind.
Bald wird der Weg wieder laufbar und man kommt dann nach einer Weile zum Heiligenberg. Ab dort werden Felsen jetzt zum ständigen Begleiter bis kurz vor Knoden. Bizzare Blöcke und Steinansammlungen säumen den Weg links und rechts.
An dem Wegweiser mit der Einladung für die Jausenstation Gronau habe ich die grüne Raute verlassen und bin nach rechts auf das grüne X (Europäischer Fernwanderweg) abgebogen, auf teilweise verwunschenen Pfaden folgend, bergab durch den Märkerwald bis zum gleichnamigen Parkplatz und am Pfaffenacker vorbei mit Blick auf die ersten Häuser von Gronau, weiter erneut immer bergauf bis zum Haurod Pass. Dort steht ein kleiner Rastplatz mit einem kleinen Tischchen mit einer blankpolierten steinernen Platte (finde ich sehr hygienisch, da von jedem Wanderer leicht zu reingen und ggf. zu desinfizieren) und einer Meilensäule. Zunächst bin ich aber für einen schönen Fernblick erst noch wenige Meter geradeaus dem grünen X folgend weitergelaufen und dann zur Kreuzung zurückgekehrt.
Von dort ging es nun links (vom Rastplatz rechts) auf dem breit ausgebauten Fortweg steil bergauf, die Abzweigungen Re2 und S1, gelbes Dreieck, links und rechts liegen lassend. Im weiteren Verlauf nun gemäßigt ansteigend, stößt man dann auf den Nibelungensteig, auf den ich nun rechts abgebogen bin. Zunächst ein längeres Stück weiter sanft ansteigend Richtung Knodener Kopf, wird der bisher breite Forstweg dann bald zu einem schmalen Pfad, was mir sehr entgegen kam und mir eh lieber ist, als die "Wanderstraßen", zwischen den Felsen durch und an ihnen vorbei. Das war für mich das schönste Wegestück der ganzen Wanderung, hat mich doch sehr an ähnliche Wege im Pfälzerwald und an der Nahe erinnert.
Nach dem höchsten Punkt wieder aus dem Wald kommend eröffnet sich ein herrlicher Blick zum Dörfchen Knoden und in die andere Richtung zum Melibokus. Nachdem ich Knoden passiert hatte (immer dem N des Nibelungensteigs folgend,) kam ich noch an einer Kuhherde und einem Gehege mit Lamas, oder Alpakas und einer Ziege vorbei und in einem letzten kurzen Anstieg bald wieder nach Schannenbach.
Die anschließende Stärkung im Gasthaus zum Odenwald bei Kaffee und selbst gemachten Kuchen, wo man übrigens sich zu Beginn einer Tour auch mit Backwaren und ggf. Gertränken für unterwegs eindecken kann, war im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes das Sahnehäubchen meiner heutigen Wanderung. Auch herzhafte Gerichte werden angeboten. Geöffnet ist von Freitag bis Sonntag. Für den schönen Innenbereich braucht man derzeit noch einen negativen Coronatest, oder vollständigen Impfnachweis. Im Außenbereich ist für genügend Abstand der Tische gesorgt, auch um das Haus herum werden verschiedene Möglichkeiten liebevoll angeboten. Für einen mehrtägigen Aufenthalt sind inzwischen Übernachtungen wieder möglich.
Für Technik Freaks der Hinweis, dass das mobile Internet in dem Ort nur phasenweise und anscheinend nur wetterabhängig funktioniert. Aber wer braucht das schon in einer solchen herrlichen Umgebung? Telefonie für Notfälle unterwegs ist aber kein Problem.
Nach dem ich den leckeren Rhabarberkuchen gegessen hatte, bin ich nochmal das erste Stück meiner heutigen Tour gelaufen, aber diesesmal über das Naturschutzgebiet Schannenbacher Moor. Aber es gab (für mich) dort nicht viel zu sehen, und ich war froh am Morgen den Weg über das Schannenbacher Eck gewählt zu haben.
July 4, 2021
- 06:3413.2 mi2.0 mph1,250 ft1,200 ft
- Michael G.
I had planned a hike for Saturday, but I still had no idea where to go. So the suggestion in our weekly newspaper on Wednesday came out exactly right: "Hike where the Romans were already out and about".
In Höchst there is no time limit for parking at the train station, unless you take the train straight away. The path starts there and now leads a bit through the village and after crossing the B45 it goes into the Obrunn Gorge. At the entrance you are greeted by a wooden portal, an information board and an overview board of the H1. In the gorge there are buildings in miniature format from fairy tales, as well as those from the surrounding area, which are beautiful to look at along the entire route. It is also pleasantly cool there, ideal on hot summer days, especially for trips with small children. Unfortunately, some mindless idiots repeatedly caused great damage in April, so that not everything can be seen (in full) at the moment.
After crossing the Obrunn Gorge, I first followed the H1 a bit, but then left it without following the loop before Mümling-Grumbach and chose the direct connection on the MG2 via the Hardtberg. Only from there I followed the H1 again until the end of the tour. A visit to the small mountain church, which is open on weekends and can also be seen in miniature in the Obrunn Gorge, is worthwhile. There is a small resting place below the church. I messed up my hiking map there. Before I wanted to make myself comfortable to eat, I spread the map on the table to look again for the further way and hadn't noticed that in the middle of the table there was a crack through which the resin after the warm weather penetrated outside and then stuck the card. Fortunately it was only the map, not the backpack or the lunch box. So my rest took place standing after I had laboriously cleaned my resinous fingers beforehand.
The rest of the way led again over the B45 in the direction of the train station and the end of the village up to the Roman villa and the Haselburg open-air museum. This is also a popular destination for day trippers by car or (racing) bike. In contrast to the freely accessible functional buildings, the villa itself can only be viewed as part of a guided tour and at events, which are currently not taking place due to Corona. Detailed information would lead too far here, you can find it on our own website (haselburg.de) and of course in a short version at the entrance to the open-air museum. Incidentally, access is free. Before you head back towards Annelsbacher Tal after your visit, it is worth taking a look at the surrounding area.
Annelsbach is a very small and quiet place, the valley of the same name is idyllic. After you have walked through this, you soon come back to the starting point at Höchst, which is noticeable in the increasing noise of the roads connecting the surrounding villages. After I got out of the forest, I followed the H1 along the country road for a while, but then I guessed the exit onto the hiking trail and thus unintentionally walked to the heavily frequented roundabout before the H1 from merged on the right. So be it. The last piece leads directly behind the underpass on a beaten path, on which not only dogs relieve themselves, between the platform and the residential development back up to the starting point at Höchst station.
The tour is very varied in terms of landscape and culture, there are also plenty of opportunities to rest along the way and I can only recommend it. Although I always take a hiking map with me, the route is well marked with the H1 and you can't actually get lost.
June 27, 2021
- 07:2113.0 mi1.8 mph1,850 ft1,725 ft
- Michael G.
So far, the Spessart has been a hiking book with 7 seals for me. Yesterday I finally opened chapter 1 and was thrilled. In addition, it was pleasant and ideal to run there despite the hot weather with 20 ° -22 °. It only got a little warmer in the afternoon, but at 24 ° -25 ° it was still significantly cooler than the surrounding area. The closer I got to Ffm later on the way home, the temperatures rose to 30 °. Then I realized again how important the forests are for a pleasant climate and what we do with clearing.
But back to my tour. I started in Eschau at the Schützenhaus parking lot, there is also the cemetery. Immediately after the first few meters you will pass the Collenberg 3D archery course. It is said to be one of the most beautiful in Germany. I have made up my mind to go "on stalking" there soon. Warning signs clearly indicate not to leave the marked path. Otherwise you may accidentally be shot.
The path markings are non-running and clearly visible at shorter intervals. The route to the Wildenstein ruins ("Schwarzer Keiler" and blue "Kulturweg") is easy. Construction work is in progress in the ruin, but it is currently dormant. There is not much to see apart from the entrance gate, the tower (unfortunately closed) and the remains of the wall. Despite the explanations provided, it takes a lot of imagination to imagine the castle as a whole. Historical clues can be found on the way to and below the castle, as well as at the entrance. The wide outer wall can only be seen from the "horse parking lot" from which you still have to climb a hill, which then drops steeply down into the moat (be careful!). Below the castle there is still a barbecue area with a snack stand, but it was abandoned.
The further ascent to the Geißhöhe from the "Alte Burg" is not very strenuous. Later, shortly before your destination, you can decide whether to go straight ahead from the spider road with the boundary stone at the bank and then follow the path with the red cross up to the left directly to the summit, or beforehand the comfortable red butterfly marking (reference to the private path ), what I have done. At the end of this path you come through a courtyard and then on the right you have to walk up the few meters to the tree-free Geißhöhe. At 521m, it is the highest point in the southern Spessart. You will then be welcomed by the Geißhöhe Gasthof, which is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. So, nothing with a hearty strengthening. Further on you come to the cross with the two wayside shrines to the summit with the Ludwig-Keller-Turm, from which you have a wide view of the region. A donation for entry is requested. When the weather is clear you can see the Rhön from above, and the skyline of Ffm is easy to see. On the tower there is a metal plate on which it is drawn where what is or can be seen. There are numerous benches to linger between the inn and the tower.
The path from the Geißhöhe back down to Unteraulenbach (red line marking) stretches quite a long way through the forest and continues down to Eschau. Shortly before Unteraulenbach you will pass a large fallow deer enclosure.
But since I didn't want to walk back up from Eschau to the Schützenhaus car park (which would have been better in retrospect), I immediately turned left again in Unteraulenbach onto the E3 over the ruins and the village of Wildenstein. And this trail was the hardest part of my hike. Before going back into the forest, the path first runs along the meadow valley along the Aulenbach stream "upstream", then it goes steeply and in an approx. 2.5 km zigzag up to the castle. There, breathed deeply again and over the village of Wildenstein over the Brunnenfloßgraben (two parallel running variants) and then over the junction marked "Schwarzer Keiler" back to the Schützenhaus car park. In front of the cemetery there is a basin with running water for watering cans, which you can of course also use to refresh yourself.
Another note: mobile phone reception on the tour is often only rudimentary, if only telephony, internet very slowly, or not at all. Dead spots, even with the "best network", are common. So just right to slow down.
June 15, 2021
- Michael G.
A contemplative and not too strenuous long-distance tour with many geological and historical highlights. For those who haven't had enough, don't branch off directly from the historic crossroads to Dorndiel, but continue to the Radheimer Turm and then to Dorndiel. On the "Alte Frankfurter Straße" cycle and hiking traffic. In this weather you should definitely plan a visit to the "Lido" ice cream parlor in Mömlingen.
Note: The order of the pictures, again "idiosyncratic" created by Komoot, does not correspond to my hiked route.
June 15, 2021
- Michael G.
Yesterday I spent a lazy and relaxed day in Schwetzingen, most of it in the beautiful castle garden. At the moment, you only need to register (with your mobile phone) at the entrance, there is no time limit. The entrance fee is 7 €, but I still had a free ticket from a tourism fair.
Since I had forgotten to take a garden plan with me at the entrance, I did not notice some things due to lack of knowledge and walked past them. But since the site is so large, you won't see everything on a single visit anyway. For hot days like yesterday there are enough shady paths and (well-cooled) niches with all kinds of figures. At the lake at the other end of the castle garden there is a kiosk where you can refresh yourself with snacks and fortify yourself on the way back. You can see what there is to marvel at in the photos. However, Komoot has once again unconventionally put together some pictures in the correct order. Back then, the mosque was "trendy" when it was built; it was never used for religious purposes.
Before I go to the asparagus city (official name) after visiting the palace gardens, I refreshed myself with coffee and cake in the "Kurfürstenstuben" at the entrance. Here, too, as in all local cafés and restaurants, only one registration is required outside.
Since it's asparagus season right now, the city more than lives up to its image, you can buy asparagus and strawberries until you drop, which of course I did. There are still a few on a walk, e.g. Sometimes funny, to marvel at sculptures and monuments, such as the cyclist, who I initially thought was real, or the athlete with the many sneakers on the bar of the city gate, but also some to stand still, like the one to commemorate the darkest Chapter of German history, the persecution of the Jews.
The tourist information center, not far from the castle, is very friendly and helpful and there is also a lot of information material from and for the region, of course also for the numerous cyclists among you. For motorized visitors, I recommend the spacious castle garages opposite the castle, where my car has been parked in a cool place.
June 12, 2021
- Michael G.
The tour is challenging due to the many and long climbs, more for some and less for others. But the many views are well worth the effort. At some "hotspots" during the day there was sometimes a lot of rush because of the nice weather.
Today premiere, after such a long abstinence due to the pandemic, stopping off regionally is possible again. I had even expected or planned for it. But two different counties, two different regulations. On the Felsberg and the Kuralpe only with a negative test / complete proof of vaccination, therefore strawberry cake and coffee only to go with the latter. In Heiligenberg Castle (in the large inner courtyard), neither, only contact tracking with mobile phone (via QR code and Luca app), or analog on paper. Therefore linger longer with a second strawberry cake and a pot of tea. It was like from another time. There is something else besides from the backpack, you just have to get used to it again. Hopefully it stays that way, everything isn't as it used to be.
May 29, 2021