About Roland
Distance travelled

208 mi

Time in motion

79:54 h

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  1. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    5 days ago

    2.19 mi
    2.3 mph
    50 ft
    25 ft
    Kathrin, Hans and 21 others like this.
    1. Roland

      After a “shopping visit” in the “AWO workshop shop” in Markt Erlbach, where you can always find great pottery shops (, we drove on to Obernzenn to pay a visit to the “Obernzenner See” and the “Blue Castle”.
      The starting point in Obernzenn was the parking lot near the “St. Gertraud Church ”, which was unfortunately closed due to the current pandemic.
      From there it went on the circular route around the "Obernzenner See". This was created in the years 1978 to 1981 as part of the land consolidation as flood retention. The lake is around 14 hectares in size and there is a lot going on here in summer: bathers, sailors and surfers get together and enjoy the other offers on the approximately 30 hectare leisure area.
      We have also discovered some “beaver tracks” that have dammed a tributary to the lake.
      Back in the village, of course, the “Blue & Red Castle” immediately caught the eye. The history of the "von Seckendorff" family still resident there today can be traced back to the 13th century. In 1745 the Barons von Seckendorff built the “Red Castle” on the foundations of the previous buildings. The "Blue Castle" was completed in 1758. The facades of the two castles have recently been restored and are now shown again in the former late baroque color scheme. Usually the east wing of the "Blue Castle" can still be visited. There you could see the representative rooms with their exquisite stucco work, the ballroom, the “picture hall” with many family portraits and the impressive blue staircase. As is so often the case now, these tours are suspended.

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      • 5 days ago

  2. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    November 23, 2021

    1.99 mi
    2.1 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Jutti, Carmen B. and 27 others like this.
    1. Roland

      We started today from the car park for hikers in Osternohe, a district of Schnaittach.
      First it went uphill in the direction of Entmersberg, until we came to a gravel path (signpost "Blue Cross") and from there ran into the forest. We followed the path until we came across the new hiking sign "Baumbilderweg". Here we turned left. On the further way we discovered again and again very beautiful "tree pictures" by the artist Peter Kraus from Easter, which are wonderfully integrated into nature.
      On increasingly narrow paths we approached the “Windburg”, a rock massif that was only exposed a few years ago. Our way led us around the "Windburg" and then through a "Felsenklamm", over which an eagle by the artist Peter Kraus watches.
      Behind it it went a little downhill to a large rock, at the foot of which a rest bench invited you to linger. But be careful - there is a “bear” lurking behind the bank .
      Out of the forest we turned left and followed the path downhill with a wonderful view of the Osternoher valley. "Pumuckl" (painted on a tree) was swinging along the way. Immediately at the entrance to the village we turned right in the direction of “Burgruine Osternohe”. On the last section up towards the “Bergfried” there were some rather slippery “wooden stairs” to overcome. The ruins themselves aren't that spectacular, but the view from the lookout is all the more beautiful.

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      • November 23, 2021

  3. Roland went for a hike.

    November 6, 2021

    Stephan, Jutti and 26 others like this.
    1. Roland

      Today we went to the Bergwaldtheater Weißenburg for the first time. The idyllic location offered great light installations, lighting effects and computer animations. The beeches on the slope of the Bergwaldtheater shone in green, red, blue and yellow. The paths on the slope up to the Bergwaldbühne were illuminated with fairy lights. It glittered almost like a Christmas market.
      First of all, all visitors gathered in front of the stage and experienced an impressive opening presentation.
      It was shown how the forests in Germany were pushed back more and more and how trees communicate with each other and support each other.
      Then we went on the "voyage of discovery". There were “talking trees”, thousands of dots on the forest floor, graphics illuminated with black light. We particularly liked the "AUSZEITWALD" area, in which local artists presented their projects. The LED lanterns that they were allowed to take with them on their tour were also popular - especially with the children.
      There was also a catering area that invited many visitors to linger.
      The “NaturSchauSpiel” is limited to the autumn holidays, so there are only two slots tomorrow (5:00 pm and 8:00 pm).

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      • November 6, 2021

  4. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    November 2, 2021

    0.89 mi
    2.1 mph
    25 ft
    50 ft
    LoKi 🚴, Stephan and 27 others like this.
    1. Roland

      At the end of our stay in Hamburg we visited the St. Pauli musical “Heiße Ecke” in the theater “Schmidt's Tivoli”.
      The nine actors slip into over 50 roles and present a show that shows what happens at the “Heiße Ecke” snack bar in 24 hours.
      The whole of St. Pauli meets at the bar of Hannelore and her crew: the light girls and the heavy boys, the tourists, bachelors from the suburbs and Kiez veterans who have actually long been fed up, but still can't get away from the “weirdest Mile "of Germany.
      We liked the parody of the musicals from “Stage Entertainment” best - especially the part about “Starlight-Express” in Bochum.
      The different types of musicals can probably also be experienced on the Reeperbahn.
      Conclusion: An entertaining musical, but in terms of technology, equipment, execution and music presented, it cannot compete with the top dog "Stage Entertainment". Well - we were at "Tina Turner" two days beforehand. Still worth seeing!
      Since you are not allowed to take pictures during the show, the photos shown are from the period before and after the performance.

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      • November 3, 2021

  5. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    November 2, 2021

    Kathrin, Heidi and 29 others like this.
    1. Roland

      After breakfast we went to the Speicherstadt again today, on the one hand because we liked it so much yesterday, on the other hand because we wanted to visit the “Spicy Spice Museum”.
      On around 350 square meters you can follow the entire processing process from cultivation to the finished product of the respective spice using antique devices and machines.
      On the original second storage floor, over 900 exhibits from the last five centuries are shown, which tell the story of spice production.
      The spices are presented in clay bowls, where you can touch them and sniff them, and on some tasting tables they can also be extensively tested to see whether you like them. It was clear that we had bought some specialties.
      Then we went towards the center to our next destination, the “shopkeepers' apartments”. In 1676 the "Krämeramt", the guild of retailers, acquired a piece of land here and built it with two courtyard wings. The five houses each were intended for the widows of the guild members. The city of Hamburg later acquired them and used them as old people's apartments until 1969. Today a restaurant and a few smaller shops are located there.
      Right next door we found one of Hamburg's landmarks, the "Michel". The baroque church - with its real name “St. Michaelis Church “- is one of the most beautiful churches in northern Germany and offers space for around 2,500 believers. The nave with its 5 organs is particularly impressive.

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      • November 2, 2021

  6. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    November 1, 2021

    Margit🏃‍♀️, Jutti and 33 others like this.
    1. Roland

      For today we had planned a two and a half hour tour through the Elbphilharmonie, the Speicherstadt and the modern Hafencity.
      On the way to our tour meeting point “Am Sandtorkai”, which by the way was easy to find, we passed the museum ship “Cap San Diego”, which we will visit during our next stay in Hamburg.
      To anticipate it - it was a successful and great tour. Our guide Horst convinced with a very good knowledge and passed on all information to us in a very nice and funny way. He did not skimp on criticism of the Hamburg Senate, especially with regard to the construction of the Elbphilharmonie, the construction of which was estimated at € 77 million, but ultimately cost Hamburg taxpayers € 866 million.
      Our tour began at the Elbphilharmonie, where Horst taught us a lot about the planning, construction and the special features of the building. After a large number of groups were on the way, our guide decided to schedule a visit to the interior of the Elbphilharmonie at the end of the tour.
      So we first went through the historic Speicherstadt, which in 2015 received the status of a “World Heritage Site”. It was amazing to hear how often entire districts of Hamburg were razed to the ground and then something new was created.
      Then the tour took us to the modern HafenCity, where there are many futuristic buildings and many places are still being built. It will be interesting to see how this district will develop over the next few years.
      At the end of the tour we went into the Elbphilharmonie, where we went up the longest escalator in the world, the "Tube", to the plaza. We enjoyed great views of Hamburg from up here. Unfortunately, the concert halls could not be visited as events were taking place an hour later.
      Immediately afterwards we started an evening “light trip” through the port of Hamburg. The boat tour took us along the landing stages to the container terminal, which was really impressive. It is almost impossible to imagine what kind of goods are handled here. Then we drove past the shipyards, where the luxury yachts (one costs up to 850 million euros) of the multimillionaires are brought back into shape.
      On the way back to the jetties we saw the much-lit silhouette around the port of Hamburg.
      I have to say that of the 22 km of the tour, about 14 km were accounted for by the ship tour. 😂

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      • November 2, 2021

  7. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    October 31, 2021

    2.04 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    150 ft
    Jutti, Markus69 and 27 others like this.
    1. Roland

      From our “Hotel Hafen Hamburg” we went down to the Landungsbrücken, where life pulsates and a charming flair was revealed.
      Then we set off in the direction of the “Stage Operettenhaus”, where the musical “Tina Turner” will be performed. We had already booked the tickets for April 2020, but due to the pandemic, the musical could only take place now.
      It tells the story of how Tina - then Anna Mae Bullock - was discovered, married and often abused by Ike Turner. This goes on until Tina gets divorced and starts her own unique career.
      The Tina actress was so identical and with a powerful voice that one often thought that the "real" Tina was rocking on stage. World hits like "Nutbush city limits", "What´s love got to do", "Privat Dancer" - some with German lyrics - as well as "Simply the best" thrilled the audience, so that at the end there was a standing ovation.
      The successful evening ended with a visit to the cult rock bar “ZWICK St. Pauli”.

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      • November 1, 2021

  8. Roland went for a hike.

    October 24, 2021

    2.29 mi
    6.4 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Daniel 〽️, Stephan and 26 others like this.
    1. Roland

      Munic Show 2021Every year, the mineral and fossil days in Munich are one of the most important and important meeting places for mineral and fossil enthusiasts from all over Europe.
      After the Munic show had to be canceled last year due to corona, there was now a new edition. So - off to Munich.
      And it was worth it. In the two halls A5 and A6 of the "Messe München" many exhibitors from all regions of the world presented their treasures. We did not visit the other halls, in which mainly jewelery was offered. But still the visit to the Munic Show lasted 4.5 hours. And as always, it was absolutely great to see what great treasures our nature produces.
      And now I am a few stones richer - so "very rich"!
      The hygiene concept also worked well. The admission controls were pretty quick and the number of visitors was limited, so that you could really enjoy your visit to the fair.
      The Komoot information regarding time and altitude is of course absolutely wrong. Time: 4.5 hours; Height difference: 0.0 m

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      • October 24, 2021

  9. Roland and Evi went for a hike.

    October 17, 2021

    2.72 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    175 ft
    Hilde, Stephan and 37 others like this.
    1. Roland

      The beautiful weather attracted us today in the Münchsteinach district of Abtsgreuth.
      We wanted to do a lap around the place on the "Abtsgreuther Panorama-Wanderweg".
      The start was at the parking lot at the cemetery in Abtsgreuth. Then we went on the ridge on the circular route, which is very well marked with funny signs, which are, however, a bit old. The signs always tell you how many meters of the circular route you have already made and what to expect before the next sign.
      On easily accessible field, meadow and gravel paths we left the “Undungsmühle” on the right and had a view of Mittelsteinach. Shortly afterwards we saw the "wind harp", which is part of the Münchsteinach "oasis path", which we will certainly pay a visit soon.
      Again and again there were funny “resting places” where we found chestnuts or “just” enjoyed the view.
      The always wonderful views of the "Abtsgreuther Flur" mean that this panoramic hiking trail is definitely recommended.

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      • October 17, 2021

  10. Roland went for a hike.

    October 10, 2021

    2.30 mi
    2.3 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Hans, Stephan and 29 others like this.
    1. Roland

      Today we used the wonderful October sun again and started a small circular hike around the Wilhelmsdorf district of Oberalbach in the late afternoon.
      From the “village barn” we first went in the direction of the Wilhelmsdorf industrial park. The route was characterized by land consolidation, meadow and gravel paths.
      After about 500 meters we turned off to Brunn, where the “Kerwa” was supposed to be celebrated this weekend. But because of the corona - like last year - it could not take place.
      Behind the Brunner cemetery it went left towards Hohholz. On this part of the route you noticed that autumn was advancing further and further. At the roadside we saw a lot of faded dog roses, the flowers of which had turned into bright red rose hips.
      Shortly before Hohholz we followed the signs to “Oberalbach” again, took a short “drink break” and ended up in the “village barn”, where landlady Monika provided us with drinks and a snack.

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      • October 10, 2021

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