After work in the heather.
First from Lambrecht on the corner of Ernst-Reuter / Lambertusstrasse a little way above the orchards. You quickly gain height over a small zigzag path and reach the stone of mute silence (not after our arrival) ....
We then continue on a wider path along many old boundary stones to the Nonnenboll and the Stadter Bank. At the Stadter Bank, a beautiful, narrow forest path leads towards the Hellerhütte and then, following the views of the drapers, to the TV converter. There you have a wide view of the Palatinate Forest before you go to the Ksisergarten, where parties were previously ordered by Napoleon.
300 m further on you can let off steam at the Breiten Loog and clean the slab with the witch's broom (and enter your name in the broom book after the work is done).
From there we went on a short break to the new wave beds.
From now on it goes through beautiful blooming heather in the most beautiful evening light
August 21, 2021
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This time I was on the road with Waldhexe on the southern edge of the Hunsrück.
We started in Nonnweiler (Saarland) and essentially followed the premium hiking trail 'Dollbergschleife'. Right at the beginning we made a small tour through the 'Arboretum Europaeum' - Park of Sustainability. Here you will find a large selection of different local deciduous and coniferous trees plus some 'guests' from other continents.
The arboretum is part of the European Academy Otzenhausen. From here the 'Cerda & Celtoi' sculpture trail - Art and Celts - leads to the Celtic ring wall on the Dollberg. We didn't find any of the 18 sculptures, but the way to the ring wall was still an experience: a little climbing, past impressive rock formations, wonderful views, the former gate and the source of the fortress.
July 24, 2021
The three of us were out and about in the Neckar Valley. The Dilsberg and the four castles were the goal. However, the front and middle castle are not open to the public. Both the Dilsberg and the castles (especially the Hinterburg) score with a wonderful view. Neckar valley romance - this is where it is at home. With romance, however, it's such a thing ...... wonderful view - but unfortunately no heavenly peace. You always notice the traffic (noise) of the B45 and the surrounding streets.
The way from the swallow's nest down towards Kleingemünd was on a beautiful, narrow path. Unless we were on the village streets, the round usually led us over wider, comfortable forest paths through the woods. From Neckargemünd it went over the Bockfelsenhütte (here you can enjoy another view of the Neckar and the Dilsberg) a little "deeper" into the forest. And then there was still it: the silence. Via the Villa Rustica we got back to the starting point at Langenzeller Buckel.
This round made it clear how spoiled you are in the Palatinate Forest when it comes to sitting and resting. There is definitely still room for improvement here.
Still, it was a nice tour with Juliet * and the forest witch
July 21, 2021
On the longest day of the year, Waldhexe and I were out on a wonderful summer tour.
We started near the Clausensee below the Seelenfelsen - right at the beginning of one of the highlights of the tour.
Always following the Palatinate Forest path, from there it went on over the mystical Heidelsburg, past Maria Rosenberg, to the monolith on the Orleberg near Donsieders.
Then we went a short distance on the Rodalber Felsenwanderweg before we came back downhill via Clausen into the Schwarzbachtal to the starting point.
This time no adventure in caves or railway tunnels but a wonderfully varied landscape. Deepest forest with narrow, shady paths - sometimes almost impenetrable -, impressive rock formations and mysterious walls - alternating with wide, sunny areas and magical fields of flowers. And luckily the midsummer day gave us enough time to simply enjoy being on the move:))
June 22, 2021
Today again with Waldhexe 🧙♀️🌿 on the road
Since our planned longer tour for this week fell victim to the rain and storm gods, there was only a slightly shorter afternoon round in our home country for today.
We started from the parking lot at the B39, Neustadt entrance coming from Lambrecht. On the southern slope of the Königsberg we wanted to explore 2 caves that can only be reached on a forgotten narrow path. I'll tell you in advance - if you are not necessarily keen to experiment and are absolutely sure-footed, you should not walk the ascent exactly like this, but follow the official detour to the Königsberg summit (yellow point). But there you just can't get past the Bruderhäuschen and the Heidenloch. The Brother's House (Hermitage) is a 19 m long and 5 m wide rubble cave that was used as a residential cave in the 16th century. A little further on the steep slope you come across the Heidenloch - Google says the following, among other things: ´It is the oldest known cave in the Palatinate Forest, at the same time its widest and, at 42 meters long, the second deepest cave. On the narrow, almost vertical entrance shaft, there are two rather spacious "halls" - placed under protection as a natural monument in 1910. After visiting the cave, we decided to go further up the slope. There are large sandstone blocks on the entire steep slope and you have to climb over several fallen trees.
Once at the top, we continued on completely ´normal´ paths. It's always nice to walk along the mystical summit path of the Königsberg, past a 400-meter-long burial mound field and an artfully constructed sandstone pyramid.
From the refuge on the small plain we follow the yellow point, now as the so-called Lieselotte-Steig to the Hellerhütte. A wonderful typical Palatinate Forest path with a view of Wolfsburg and Weinbiet!
Take a short break at the Hellerhütte before descending the equally wonderful Emil-Ohler-Path into the Kaltenbrunnertal. We walk past several fish ponds and the romantic brook to the Königsmühle and from there to the parking lot.
May 27, 2021
Today it finally happened - the perfect day for the Lost-Place-Rail-Tunnel-Tour to the Eiswoog together with Waldhexe 🧙♀️😊.
We started at the cemetery in Alsenborn. A short detour to the Fritz-Walter-Haus and then on to the old station guard's house directly on the railway line. From there we walked continuously on the rails to the Eiswoog. I have to say it went better than expected. Occasionally climb a little over trees - but never in such a way that there is no getting through at all. Then it was pretty cold in the tunnel - at the end we were really frozen. Tip for walking through: be sure to walk in the middle on the rails. There are several holes in the floor to the side Boden.
When we arrived at the Eiswoog, we dared walk a little further on the bridge. Hmm, after all, there was a hole in the fence ... and there was no prohibition sign either 😉.
May 5, 2021
What a dream weather today - just perfect for our girls' day!
We started at the hiking car park below Gräfenstein Castle near Merzalben. First up to the castle and explored it extensively, then on a beautiful path (marked Green Cross) to the south. We make a detour to the lookout point on the Bauwalder Kopf before we come to the Rotenstein via the Wildsaufelsen. From this huge rock you have a wonderful view of Münchweiler and the southern Palatinate Forest. It was of course ideal for our picnic 😊. With much lighter backpacks, we went down to the Waschtal. You can watch nutrias at the small lake there. The little rodents are not shy at all and have probably already had practice as a photo model. Then a look at the clock - could it be that we've been on the road for so long ... 🙈. But now quickly, we wanted to be back at the Winschertfelsen at sunset.
April 27, 2021
Today a slightly shorter, but very nice and promising girls tour above Annweiler. We started at the sports field in Graefenhausen in the direction of Krappenfels, from where you have a wonderful view over Annweiler to Hohenberg, Föhrlenberg, Trifels and Asselstein. We continued on a narrow path a little higher to the Panorama Bank, then before to the small Adelberg with the grandiose distant view of the large summer rock 😍.
Here we had to see our fill for a while and enjoy the sun 😊🌞. Then back from the rock and continue towards the Jungpfalz Hut. But first a short detour to the Holderquelle: what a beautiful place it is there! Here you will find a refuge next to the source with seating areas and a wonderful view of Ramburg and Neuscharfeneck.
Finally, at the Jungpfalz Hut, the next great view awaits us - from the sunny panorama terrace we enjoy the view far over the Palatinate Forest.
March 31, 2021
I had wanted to walk the Sculpture Path in Schweinstal for a long time, but I wasn't sure how I could combine it into a larger round. On today's girls' day with the forest witch, it was now perfect to combine the Schweinstal with the wonderful high path above Krickenbach. In the fantastic spring weather we enjoyed the sun and the view up there sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouch
We went back down in the valley along the Moosalb, where the forest was still in hibernation today - everything was still pretty colorless. But I think that the valley has a really nice flair in spring / summer. I was positively surprised that you hardly notice any of the road noise of the busy B270, although it runs parallel to the valley, but is a bit higher.
March 29, 2021
The 45km long rocky hiking trail around Rodalben has been on my to-do list for a long time. Today we 2 girls wanted to run the section with the bear cave. We started from the hiking car park at the Hirschbrunnen. Passing many rock formations directly on the edge of the path, we went on the now deserted path to our most important destination. On the way we saw a diversion sign briefly out of the corner of my eye, but didn't question it any further ... Even the caution tape that suddenly appeared shouldn't stop us any longer - there were alternative options at the same time - thanks to Komoot!
When we finally arrived at the bear cave, we had everything to ourselves - lower, upper cave and the bench in front of it. We thought very calmly - well - it's a Tuesday too ...
After a little break, continue on the way. In the distance you could already hear forest work. And then it got a bit adventurous (as is so often the case when I'm out and about with the forest witch 🤣):
March 2, 2021