About Annett Brandt
- 03:2710.1 mi2.9 mph1,900 ft1,875 ft
- Matthias Brandt
I think I saw the tour in a Komoot advertising collection. In any case, I liked it straight away, also because of the historical context, downloaded it spontaneously and adapted it to my needs.Bad Wimpfen is a small town on the Neckar with just 7 1/2 thousand inhabitants, but with a very old, prominent history. Bad Wimpfen was an imperial palace in the Middle Ages. Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa held court there. The historic wall, several towers and a few buildings, such as B. the stone house can still be visited from the former imperial palace. The historic old town (the castle district) of Bad Wimpfen is beautiful. You can easily spend a whole day there to enjoy the endless number of beautiful historical sights, the alleys, nooks and crannies and small shops. Because of Covid-19, we had the historic old town almost to ourselves on May 1st. There were only a few visitors there. The Neckarsteig long-distance hiking trail begins and ends at the Bad Wimpfen train station and goes as far as Mannheim, where the Neckar flows into the Rhine. There is a large car park next to the train station. However, this is only free of charge on Sundays and public holidays.Our round started at the train station and led us straight down on the Neckarsteig to the Neckar, which flows calmly and broadly towards the Rhine. After 2.5 km we left the Neckarsteig, which we met twice on the tour to the Guttenberg castle ruins, and climbed the ridge to the left of the Neckar. At the top it went through large fields and meadows to Heinsheim. In Heinsheim we climbed a staircase to the mountain church. The mountain church is from the 10th century. There are several historical grave monuments in the church. I was particularly impressed by the old wall and ceiling paintings in the church. From Heinsheim we continued on the ridge, immediately cutting a valley to get to the Gäßnerklinge. Here, however, we had to use a narrow district road for 400 m. There is no other way to get into the blade from above. The road was almost completely empty on May 1st. Only one car came by. After 400 m on the road it went to the right on an agricultural path through orchards, here the cherry blossom was already over, and fields down towards the Neckar valley. After a short distance we left the asphalt farm road and now followed a narrow path in the green and dark, almost mystical Gäßnerklinge, a narrow gorge, on the right the almost dried up brook, on the left overgrown abandoned vineyard terraces. We followed the path down to the Neckar valley. Shortly before the road we turned sharply left and climbed countless steps again, albeit only a short time ago, up abandoned vineyard terraces on the ridge. From there we had a fantastic view of Ehrenberg Castle. Ehrenberg Castle dates back to the early 12th century and was directly related to the Hohenstaufen imperial palace in nearby Wimpfen. The outer bailey is now inhabited by the von Racknitz family, the ruin of the inner bailey serves as a breeding station for birds of prey. As the castle is privately owned and inhabited, it cannot be visited. Above the vineyard terraces there is a rest bench with a beautiful view of the castle and the Neckar valley. We continued on the ridge through fields and then through the forest to Guttenberg Castle, a large, well-preserved castle complex with a bird of prey show. As a vaccinated, confirmed convalescent or newly tested one could visit the castle for € 6.00. Since only my test was less than 24 hours old, unfortunately only I could have visited the castle, so I decided not to. From Gutttenberg Castle it went to the 5 Mühlentalweg. This trail is very popular with families and was quite busy. However, we quickly left the wide path suitable for prams to the right and walked here on a narrow path and now all alone again right next to the path that looked like wilderness. After several hundred meters it was back on the wide path. Now came the weaker part of our round. On asphalt paths, partly right next to the road, we passed the Mühltalsee, through the villages of Zimmerhof and Hohenstadt, which are also not exactly picturesque, on to the Fleckinger Mühle. We went back to Bad Wimpfen with its incredibly beautiful old town on paths that were still paved.Although the circuit weakened a bit in its last quarter, I can highly recommend the circuit, especially for spring and autumn. There are a few opportunities for a rest or a stop along the way, and Bad Wimpfen is well worth the trip!
7 days ago
- Matthias Brandt
It is well known that Komoot offers suggestions with highlights every Thursday. Because of such a suggestion, we came across the route "Ruin Lützelhardt - Lützelhardt path round from Reichenbach" and downloaded it. In my more specific planning, I didn't want to end up walking through the valley or right next to the villages. I was concerned that it would get boring and rescheduled the starting point. The tour should not start in Reichenbach, but in Seelbach. So a village crossing was announced and then at the end, as a final highlight, the Lützelhardt ruins should complete the tour.So we started shortly after leaving Seelbach. There is also a parking lot for hikers there. From there it was first back to the village, past the outdoor pool and through an industrial park. At first I don't mind that. After about a kilometer we left the place and we went into the forest on a beautiful forest path. Now the downloaded tour with the name "Ruine Lützelhardt - Lützelhardt path round from Reichenbach" emerged and we slowly realized that the tour mentioned was the Geroldsecker quality trail (with two / three smaller variations). The Geroldecker Qualitätsweg is a hiking trail that has to be walked in two stages. There is the south and the north stage. Our lap was the north stage. You can find the directions at outdooractive.com/de/route/wanderung/schwarzwald/geroldsecker-qualitaetsweg-etappe-nord/7612497.The way is well signposted. The paths are almost all nice and easy to walk. There are always beautiful views of the valleys or of the Black Forest heights or of the Hohengeroldseck castle ruins, which surprised me particularly positively, as this is a large, imposing, well-preserved castle complex that is exposed on a volcanic cone. I can highly recommend the tour. And read and be amazed. The castle ruins and large areas of forest now belong to the von der Leyen family.
April 24, 2021
- 04:2612.3 mi2.8 mph3,050 ft3,075 ft
- Matthias Brandt
250 to 300 years ago, the inhabitants of the Murg Valley needed more space for their agriculture. The valley between Gernsbach and Forbach is narrow and offered no pasture for the cattle. Along the streams that flowed to the Murg, the villagers cleared the forest and created meadows. The meadows were used as hay meadows, so-called "poor meadows". A sophisticated irrigation system ran through the valleys in the form of small streams. Immigrants from Tyrol brought the construction of the small wooden hay huts with them to the Murg Valley. The fragrant hay was stored in them and brought back into the valley before winter and are now a unique expression of a cultural landscape in the Black Forest.Our round started at Forbach train station. From Karlsruhe you can reach Forbach in about an hour with the S-Bahn. There is also a spacious parking lot for hikers next to the train station. From there it went over the Murg to the other side of the valley. Behind the bridge to the right down to the river and thus out of the village again. A high cliff loomed to our left. The rocks were broken up so symmetrically, as if they were piled up by giants. On a narrow mountain path it zigzagged past the rocky slopes up to the first vantage point with a view of the valley and the village of Gausbach opposite. In an arc through meadows it went back to the outskirts of Forbach in the Scheerbachtal. Shortly after leaving the village, the path marked as a goat path begins, past goats (which, however, have not yet been outside) and hay huts, over footbridges and small paths, peppered with various information along the stream, up to Bermersbach. We crossed the outskirts of Bermersbach and it went, now steeper, straight up to the Höfelkopfhütte, which invited to a first rest (drinking break) with a very nice view of the Murg valley. Behind the Höfelkopfhütte the path continued uphill until we met a forest path. Here we turned sharply to the right and after a short curve reached the Bermersbacher Grat, which is well signposted on this side. On a narrow mountain path we continued over the ridge. The blueberry bushes have grown so high here that you could pick the berries standing up when they are ripe in late summer. Behind the ridge we followed the first forest path, now steadily descending slightly through the forest, interrupted by several meadow valleys on which the distinctive hay huts stood. At almost km 7 we left the forest path and descended through the forest on a mountain path into the valley floor of the Scheerbach, now at the upper end of the brook. Here we followed the stream downhill, again past hay huts, partly on a very romantic path, past a game reserve, back towards Bermersbach. A beautiful covered viewing platform is located above the game reserve. From there we caught the deer. Shortly before Bermersbach we turned right at the Ebet mill. Now it was steady, at first very steep, later steadily ascending on forest and forest paths in the direction of the Streitmannskopf. At 700 m we came across remnants of snow. Shortly before the summit, we went through blueberries and heather on a difficult-to-see path to the summit cross. Below the cross is a table with a bench. On the Komoot map, a path leads further west. This actually doesn't exist anymore. You can only guess at it and have to walk through the undergrowth. The piece is not suitable for shorts. Two years ago I was there in the summer and cursed accordingly. But even in spring the path is not easier to walk or to find. After several hundred meters you come to a forest path. Now the path led us steadily and easily accessible down the valley to the Wegscheid hut. There we met the Westweg, which we followed from now on to Forbach on narrow rooty paths to Forbach. After crossing the village and a second crossing of the Murg, now over a historic wooden bridge, we reached our starting point. There we got to know Gerhard, who had made a nice tour on the north side of the Murg valley that day (komoot.de/tour/349173065). I also immediately made a note of Gerhard's tour. The Murg Valley with its unique hay huts and steep mountain slopes is always beautiful. You can't get enough.
April 17, 2021
- Matthias Brandt
Yesterday a round with two castle ruins, today a castle too. From Varnhalt near Baden-Baden it went on many narrow paths, first through the vineyards and then through the forest up to Yburg. From there it went on to the Yburg water reservoir and on the following paths, with beautiful views of Baden-Baden and the Rhine plain back to the starting point.
April 11, 2021
- Matthias Brandt
Dear Nicolet, thank you very much for your wonderful tour template (komoot.de/tour/333060487). An extremely beautiful, but also very demanding circuit with numerous (and sometimes very steep) ascents and descents, many beautiful narrow soft paths, some along small streams, always beautiful views and numerous extremely attractive highlights, among others. two great castle ruins and an old mill with the largest water wheel in Europe. Parts of the premium hiking trails "Der Teinacher" and the "Wasser-, Wald- und Miesenpfad Calw" as well as a small part of the instant tour from Holzbronn were connected. I can only warmly recommend this tour to anyone in good physical condition. You can find a detailed tour description at Nicolet.
April 11, 2021