The year begins with good resolutions and an extensive tour of Melsungen. We like the Ars Natura, because it brings variety in this dreary season when there is a lack of photo opportunities.
We started at the parking lot of the forest swimming pool in Melsungen in an anti-clockwise direction (or was it genitive?). The first section led on well-laid forest paths through the Melsung city forest, past many works of art, before the paths became wider and the forest became lighter. We left the Ars Natura on the sloping path towards the churchyard. At the Anger in Kirchhof we used the tables for our lunch break - this time with a “village buffet”. Freshly strengthened, it went uphill in the sunshine over paved forest roads until shortly before Melsungen. Here the paths became narrower and more "pathetic", unfortunately sometimes a bit wetter. Above Melsungen, the B3 led us past the gardens of the residential buildings and into the foothills of the urban area before we got back to our starting point.
The circular route B3 offers a lot of variety and art. In the vicinity of Melsungen it leads over beautiful paths; the further away you are from the city, the wider the forest paths become. The signs are very good and there are plenty of benches and resting places. We really enjoyed the path and the landscape and will be happy to come back to the area soon.
January 2, 2022
None of the children wanted to celebrate New Year's Eve at home 🥂 and due to the Corona, the usual family visit was also missing. So we got on our socks and enjoyed a night hike on well-known paths in our homeland.
The obligatory break was of course shaped by the occasion and then a delicious fondue was waiting at home 🥘 at the end.
We wish all Kommootlers a good start into the new year🥳.
Good health, happiness🍀 and great tours🥾 in 2022!
December 31, 2021
Today we made a detour to the neighboring state of Thuringia. We had this tour of another Komootler in mind for a long time (whoever feels addressed ... 😉😂).
Already on the way to Eisenach the low sun blinded us and it promised to be a wonderful day of hiking. At the Prinzenteich we were able to get hold of one of the parking spaces and then we went straight upstairs through the Carolinenviertel to the Carolinenhöhe. You have to leave the hiking trail marked on the map and follow the hiking trail a little off-grid and you will be rewarded with wonderful views. The trees with no leaves in autumn gave us a view of the Wartburg again and again, which encouraged us to take numerous photos. We lost the altitude difference we had previously made on the descent past the Rudolfsburg into the Mariental. After crossing the B19, we entered the uniquely beautiful Drachenschlucht, which we had almost to ourselves due to our early start time. Only one couple met us on the entire route. When we arrived at the high sun, we still found some snow and hiked further north-east until we arrived at the Großer Drachenstein. The sun was warm on the bench and invited to lunch. Freshly strengthened, we started the descent into the Landgrafenschlucht - no comparison to the Drachenschlucht, but also very pretty and nice to walk. At the end of it we crossed the B19 again and this time turned south over the steep hiking path to the singing meadow. There was already a lot of walking going on here and we decided without further ado to turn off the main path and "take" the Elias Cave with us. A very wise decision, because the hiking trail to and from the Eliashöhle is a dream, only encounter traffic is a bit complicated, but feasible. When we found wider paths again, we walked uphill again and were rewarded with a first-class view of the southern ramparts of the Wartburg. We always continued a little below the Wartburg, before we came back to the city via the Privy Councilor Helferich Way. The last few meters led us past beautiful villas back down into the Mariental and the Prinzenteich.
The hike was a dream. The weather cooperated and the sun rewarded the numerous climbs (the altitude meters determined by Komoot are definitely not enough). The hiking trails are in excellent condition and we really enjoyed the day.
December 5, 2021
We have received a lovely invitation from our friends for an Advent coffee. That somehow collided with our Sunday hiking plans. So we immediately got down to business and set off on foot to Sontra. First we walked in the footsteps of Saint Elisabeth along the Winterkasten to the Lauseeiche. Once there, we use the old hiking trail to Mitterode. Unfortunately, this path is not in such excellent condition, but it is quite charming - you have to look for the first 200 meters where you can step. We followed the pilgrim path almost to the Alpstein and left it to keep along the X4 in the direction of Sontra. When we passed the sinkholes near Mitterode, we used the highest point of our tour to enjoy Besi's homemade Advent cookies and our mulled apple wine. Freshly strengthened, we hiked through the Urlettig estate past the young calves to Sontra's glider airfield. Then the path led us downhill past the hut of the Werra valley branch club Sontra until we arrived at the club house of the Sontran rifle guild in the town of Sontra. Here the forest stretch came to an end and we ran through the mountain and Hansel town to our final destination.
A three-hour walk made us want coffee and cake and so we had our Advent coffee served nicely.
November 28, 2021
Today the P3 Blauer Kuppe, light mountains was on our plan. This P-way is the last one that was missing from our collection and so I was able to convince Besi to take the U421 to suit her status.
As a start we chose the parking lot at the Felsenkeller. From there it went straight uphill to the Schäferhalle and then straight on to the Bismarck Tower. As a small crowning glory, the ascent to the tower, which was rewarded with a good view - for November. We descended to the saddle, past the Schubartshöhe and along the small Leuchtberg before we crossed the Kuktur landscape north of Oberdünzebach. When we came across the hiking car park in Oberdünzebach, we remembered how steep the ascent to Lotzenkopf was - nothing has changed since January 😅. Unfortunately, Peter did not show his gracious side either and it began to rain slowly but steadily. When we got to the top of the Lotzenkopfbank, it was exactly 12:00 o'clock and time for the lunch break. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to see all around and we had to draw from the panorama that we had saved the last time.
The subsequent steep descent brought us to the Blauen Kuppe. Here I was able to refresh my childhood memories of the YMCA time. Then we ran across the open area, past cows and horses, until we came to the city on the Schalbenpfad below the Eschweg swimming center. It's really funny to see those streets as pedestrians that you normally only drive by car and so we enjoyed one or the other view of the front gardens. From downtown Eschweg, the P3 led us along the Schwanenteich and the Werra until we got back to the Felsenkeller.
The weather didn't really play into our cards, but at least it stayed dry for long stretches.
It was no coincidence that we chose the P3 as the end of our P-way collection. At 19 kilometers, it is the longest and, at 560 m altitude, one of the most demanding premium hiking trails in the Frau-Holle Land. The P3 shows a varied landscape with fantastic views (if the weather is right) and a stroll through the Eschweg city center.
November 21, 2021
Fresh air was the order of the day and because of the poor health it was only a short home tour.
We started at home and walked straight to the neighboring town of Oetmannshausen. There it went slowly uphill past the grill hut and the former train stop to the A44 construction site at the eastward tunnel portal of the Trimberg tunnel. We continued on hiking trail 24 and turned right onto hiking trail 25 shortly before we reached the Hoffmannsbuche. From there the path led us through a beautiful, young deciduous forest to a place that seemed geologically strange to us (Fig. 19) - maybe someone can help our ignorance a little. From this point the path began downwards past very well-tended pastures to the Trimberghof stud. There we turned south again and walked through the open landscape between the edge of the forest and the old railway line, passing the paddocks until we got back to the tunnel construction site. We managed to take a short photo through the site fence from above to the new junction before we reached Oetmannshausen again past the Himalaya Hut. We chose the way home along the weir and found some of the few, colorful photo opportunities before we got home.
A manageable, local Sunday lap with rather a few meters in altitude on a very interesting route.
November 14, 2021
Somehow we had to get out - despite the pouring rain. So we walked on mostly paved paths over the winter box to the Boyneburgblick, past the hunting lodge to the Lauseeiche. There, as called, the sun came out and the rain subsided. We took our obligatory break, which was a bit tight because of today's short distance. Then we passed Günter-Janßen-Platz and found that Otto had set up one of his benches at the end of the Mittelweg. I made a highlight out of it right away. 😉
We walked along the boundary to the edge of the forest, turned to the northeast and stopped again briefly at the Wehretalblick. Downhill past the grill hut of the Heimatverein we made a short detour to the cemetery and now enjoy a hot coffee in front of the fireplace.
November 7, 2021
Well what can I say: Today it was the turn of the P8 Heiligenberg Bühlchen from Weißenbach. We (Besi, Verena and I) started in perfect weather in the middle of Weißenbach at the snack station and before we could leave the place, part of the P8 was cordoned off due to forest work. So we followed the alternative signs and found that the associated distance savings, the P8, shrunk to the length of a coffee walk. So the decision was made to make an additional detour to Dudenrode via the circular hiking trails 2️⃣ and 3️⃣ and then come back to the P8 at Bühlchen. The detour led first over pretty little forest paths, then to Dudenrode over meadow paths, before the path took us in a long ascent through the forest to Bühlchen. We enjoyed the view from the nature reserve in all directions and hiked along the country road and the hiking car park to the Heiligenberg. The promised view of the western flank of the Hohe Meißner was not quite as spectacular as expected, but still beautiful. On the way back to Weißenbach we passed countless benches, all of which were occupied in this weather. On the long downhill section we crossed the country road at the Dornberg Pass and walked through the forest until we reached our starting point again in Weißenbach.
The P8 is a varied premium hiking trail that connects forest paths and open country passages. He lives from the NSG Bühlchen, the snack bar in Weißenbach invites you to a culinary conclusion. The beautiful weather gave us a lovely autumn hike through the fresh leaves.
October 24, 2021