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  1. Matthias Brandt planned a hike.

    2 days ago

    6.25 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    diha47, Pascal Hug and 2 others like this.
    1. Marcus

      Matthias this is a very nice corner and I can still remember the stone bridge well when it was on the Belchen. Have fun on the tour

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      • about 9 hours ago

  2. Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt went for a hike.

    2 days ago

    9.34 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,925 ft
    Ralf Kaidel, Timo and 55 others like this.
    1. Matthias Brandt

      This Sunday we were once again on a premium hiking trail - connoisseur trail. On easy paths, mountain boots are not required, it goes through forest and meadows, with plenty of seating and views of the valleys, to the heights of the Black Forest. Since we hiked at the weekend, there were some hikers on the way, but all in the same direction, so that one only noticed at the rest areas that there were quite a few hikers on the gourmet path. The two inns (Berggasthof Wandersruh, and Zum Fiesenmichel) that we crossed on the round, however, were closed. However, the beer and schnapps fountain and the garden inns in Lautenbach were open. This year we were able to enjoy a beer garden beer for the first time.You can find the tour description at:

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      • about 20 hours ago

  3. Matthias Brandt planned a hike.

    3 days ago

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  4. Timo, Gabriele S and 117 others like this.
    1. Matthias Brandt

      Today without Annett, therefore not so many flower photos, but more stone, rock and water. This was a nice round of Father's Day, demanding because of the Karlsruhe ridge and with a mass emergence at the waterfalls of All Saints.Tour description and information:
      The tour starts in Ottenhöfen in the street Edelfrauengrab. At the end of this street, behind the working area of the gravel plant, which you can cross without fear, there is a hiking car park. From there it goes straight on a narrow path and secured with railings on steps to the noble women waterfalls. After crossing the gorge we followed the path to the beverage station. There we took a sharp left and continued climbing until we came across and climbed the Herrenschroffen rock formation. From there you can see the valley and the Rhine valley for the first time. After a short break, we continued uphill to the signposted Karlsruhe Grad. Shortly before the rock formation that can already be seen, a sign indicates the possible circumvention of the ridge. However, we climbed over the ridge. Behind the Karlsruhe ridge we continued, now quite steep, uphill on the ridge until we crossed a road. After crossing the road, we kept to the right and always followed the narrow path uphill until we came across the 1000 m path. From here we kept to the right and now followed the wide forest path at the height and enjoyed the great view and the view of the Karlsruhe ridge. After several hundred meters we went downhill again. A mountain path drawn in Komoot that we actually wanted to use did not exist. Even at the bottom of the alleged path, there was no evidence of its existence. Shortly before the Allerheiligen monastery ruin, it went down on a narrow zigzag path. We crossed a street again and the valley end with the monastery ruins opened romantically. From there crowded the crowds that had driven by car to the waterfalls. We now followed the course of the river downhill and descended to the lower end of the gorge on stairs following the waterfalls. We kept right at the lower parking lot and climbed back up to the angel's pulpit. We were lucky there and were able to take a break on the bench there and enjoy the beautiful valley view. After the angel's pulpit, we left the circular route from the All Saints' Waterfalls and hiked back on forest trails alone to Ottenhöfen. Shortly before the end it went back on a narrow path zigzag to the narrow noble woman's tomb waterfalls. The GPS couldn't find me properly because of the narrowness of the valley. That's why the recording looks pretty messy at the end.
      Conclusion: A very nice tour. Because of the Karlsruhe ridge, surefootedness and a head for heights are essential. You shouldn't be afraid of heights either. The ridge is very narrow in one or two places. Such passages are definitely better secured in the Alps.

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      • 5 days ago

  5. Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt went for a hike.

    May 17, 2020

    Alf, marcus and 102 others like this.
    1. Matthias Brandt

      The spa town of Bad Herrenalb can be easily reached from Karlsruhe with the Alb Valley Railway. The end station is within walking distance to the spa gardens. Up until a few years ago, the city looked a bit run down (many vacancies) and left behind. The 2017 State Garden Show has given the city new vitality and is again really attractive. A beautiful spa park with a spa house invite you to linger and in the city center are the remains of the former Cistercian abbey Herrenalb. In addition to the monastery church and the ruins of the former paradise, buildings, walls and other historical remains of the former monastery can be discovered there, numerous information boards explain the buildings still to be found there.Tour description:
      We started at the train station in Bad Herrenalb and first crossed the city center. We left the city above the cemetery. The hike initially led through the Alb Valley. A meadow accompanied the little river Alb on a beautiful, slightly gravel path. The hike soon turned right into the valley to the little river. First we followed the stream for a short distance, then it rises from the valley (blue diamond sign). However, we did not follow the blue diamond, but continued to walk directly on the Alb. Only after several hundred meters did we leave the stream and cross-hike up the mountain slope until we came across the forest path running above. We continued up a narrow path that went off to the right of the forest path to the Rißwasenhütte. The climb is quite moderate, but very nice. At the Rißwasenhütte we turned right and climbed further up a green, slightly overgrown path. There a jay accompanied us several hundred meters. However, he did not allow himself to be photographed. The uphill path then came across a forest path, which we then, keeping slightly to the left, followed this through the forest on an easy path. After about 6.5 km we crossed the road connecting Bad Herrenalb with Loffenau and driving with motorcyclists. There is a kiosk on the street, the Käppele, from where you have a beautiful view of Loffenau. On the other side of the road it was back in the forest on a wide road that we now followed to the signposted amber. Views of the valley were unfortunately hardly possible. We left the forest path just 800 m before the amber and followed a beautiful forest path which, after 500 m, met the forest path again. After about another 300 m we left the forest path again to the left and now followed a moderate climb to the amber. Once there, we were very surprised by the crowds, we had hardly met any people up until then. There was a queue to climb the rock. From the Bernsteinfels we first followed the border path and now it went steadily downhill on wide roads, interrupted twice by narrow paths, towards Bad Herrenalb and the Falkenfelsen. The single trail below was obviously hardly used anymore. It was very overgrown with nettles and blackberries. These are paths that I don't like at high temperatures and shorts. (Annett had 3 ticks). From the Falkenfelsen to Bad Herrenalb there is again a very nice path down to the train station, our starting point. Annett then catches a wagtail on the Alb flowing next to the train station as the crowning finale.
      Conclusion: A beautiful, not necessarily demanding round with a strong start, a weak middle section, from the Käppele to the amber, and from the amber to the falcon rock and a conciliatory conclusion. Since we had previously only walked to the amber rock from the other side, this was a nice change.

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      • May 17, 2020

  6. Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt went for a hike.

    May 16, 2020

    Stefan ⛰, Alex and 66 others like this.
    1. Matthias Brandt

      Many thanks to Nicolet. I had copied your tour, and wanted to follow it in the same way. Because I misinterpreted the loop on the map in the smartphone in Weinheim, it became a shorter round than planned and therefore without castles. This tour is also very nice in the shorter version. Since our lap was shorter, we decided to go to Neustadt-Hambach and Pleisweiler-Oberhofen to buy wine.Tour description:
      The tour started at the Wanderparkpatz Nextensbacher Weg / Boppelbachweg and first led through overgrown gardens above the city and then down to beautiful houses in the city center of Weinheim. Here we should have crossed the major thoroughfare, Birkenauer Talstrasse, but kept to the left and followed the main road. We left the street at the former Hildebrand mill and now it went steeply uphill on narrow paths. Suddenly the little deer head tower stood in front of us and completely unexpected, with narrow stairs to the observation deck. From there we first went downhill and then came across a wider path, which we now followed in a northerly direction and crossed a high tunnel ventilation shaft. In between, we left the wide path and followed a beautiful path that ran parallel to the wide driveway above, which we came across later, and followed a little further north to the Waldner Tower. From there it went on to Kreuzberg. We turned and there we went, partly on hardly recognizable paths (maybe we were not on the same path as Nicolet) down to the old Jewish cemetery. Unfortunately, this could not be entered due to broken branches and was locked. But the possible view of the cemetery from the street is impressive. A little further down in the valley we met the flower path, which we followed from now on through meadows and vineyards to our starting point.

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      • May 17, 2020

  7. Matthias Brandt planned a hike.

    May 13, 2020

  8. Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt went for a hike.

    May 10, 2020

    Sandra, Rolli + Mambo 🐕 and 101 others like this.
    1. Matthias Brandt

      This hike leads on sunny valley paths from Enzweihingen to Unterriexingen. There we climb 50 meters through the vineyards to get to the plateau and hike back across the fields. The tour is easy, perhaps down to the length and the ascent in Unterriexingen, and runs almost only on asphalted or gravel roads. The valley path, which is signposted as the Württemberg Wine Hiking Trail, is also the Enztal cycle path. Since we started early, we didn't get in the way of the cyclists very much.The tour starts at the Enz bridge in Enzweihingen. Along the Enz, we follow the Württemberger wine hiking trail marked with a grape to Oberriexingen. At the hydroelectric power station we reach the town and now follow the main road through the historic town center. We then made a short loop up to a Jupiter gang pillar and a Roman wine cellar, but you don't have to. The column is in a street curve on a residential area with houses from the 70s. This column was found in several fragments, but without a figure of Jupiter. This was replaced by a copy. In Roman times, such columns were often on Roman estates. After completing the loop, we continue to follow the main road in Oberriexingen, the wine trail to Unterriexingen. There we leave the Württemberg Wine Trail. run about 100 m next to the road and then climb a steep staircase at the vineyard to the plateau. There we follow the path marking "red cross on white ground", on asphalt paths between shadowless fields back towards Vaihingen / Enz. Shortly before the town of Vaihingen / Enz, we turn left and follow the gravel path downhill until we come across the Württemberg wine hiking trail, which we now follow again downstream on the upper level through wine terraces, which are a crowning conclusion to the round we get back to our starting point. Conclusion: This was an unspectacular round and with a little rescheduling would be more suitable as a small bike tour.

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      • May 10, 2020

  9. Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt went for a hike.

    May 9, 2020

    13.3 mi
    2.7 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,250 ft
    1. Matthias Brandt

      I rarely go on tours more than once. But there are tours that you always have to repeat because they are just so impressive and you cannot get enough of them. This round is part of it. The very beginning is fascinating. Right at the start, the unique enchanted landscape of the wild Sasbach with its countless rocks captivates you. Then the Hohfelsen with its view, the Mummelsee, the Hornisgrinde with its raised bog, the long alpine path and the Brigittenschloss, these highlights won't let you go. The different vegetation levels are always impressive, in the valley you can see dandelion meadows and the gorse already has pods. After only about 1 1/2 hours of walking, the dandelions and gorse bloom in the most beautiful yellow.Description of the tour: The tour begins on the hiking car park next to the Straubenhof mill above Sasbachwalden. A narrow path leads from the parking lot directly to the mill. There we cross the street and follow the wild Sasbach uphill. A narrow path leads us over the round rocks or past them, one crosses numerous rivulets. Some bridges make it easier to cross the Sasbach. We follow this valley cut uphill to the source. Shortly after the source we cross the mountain ridge and walk down into the Achern valley in the direction of Seebach to the district of Busterbach. From there it is only uphill to the summit of the Horsgrinde, sometimes very steep. In the first 3 hours we didn't meet a hiker. At 800 m altitude we come across the Hohfelsen, which opens up a fantastic view of the valley and the Rhine valley. From the Hohfelsen it goes uphill to the Mummelsee, which we then circle around and then follow the Westweg towards Basel for a short distance. After crossing the Mummelseetor-Seebach we keep left after about 100 m and continue to climb uphill. Now we follow the border path to the Dreifürstenstein. There the former borders of Baden, Württemberg and the Principality of Strasbourg were measured in 1722 and carved on the large flat stone. We then cross the Hornisgrinde plateau and the raised bog there to descend on the other side. On a narrow, stony and rooty path, which takes all concentration, we head towards the Brigittenschloss, which at the end of the tour opens up a nice view of the Rhine valley.Unfortunately the weather was not as sunny as hoped and there was no distant view, but I will repeat this round!

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      • May 10, 2020

About Matthias Brandt

Ich bin gern im Nordschwarzwald und im Pfälzer Wald unterwegs. Elsass und die Vogesen liebe ich.

Matthias Brandt’s Tour Stats

Distance2,524 mi
Time722:55 h