Today's tour went from Langenselbold to Ronneburg and back.My hiking partner and I started at the parking lot of the Rödelberg forest cemetery in Langenselbold. Today's hike mainly took us over dirt roads, but we started with a beautiful piece of forest. On the way we passed an old Celtic barrow, which is still easy to recognize and with information boards providing sufficient information about the Celts. After this excursion into the Iron Age, we continued on many dirt roads, past an Alpka farm and a short drink break at the "Tafel" to the Ronneburg. This hilltop castle, built in the 13th century, offers a great and varied entertainment program in "non-Corona times". From the normal castle tour, to a falconry where you can stop by, various markets, knight meals and much more ..... of course this is not possible at the moment, but at least there is a ToGo food and drink sale in the castle courtyard .After a good rest, we made our way back. This then mainly led again on dirt roads to the starting point in Langenselbold.All in all, with the exception of the Ronneburg, today's tour was nothing spectacular and with little altitude difference, but a tour that was easy to run.
6 days ago
Today's tour went from Ringheim to Schaafheim to the waiting tower and back in wonderful autumn weather.We marched off at the "Waldspitze" hiking car park in the Großostheim district of Ringheim, not far from the airfield. Most of the time, the path led me through the Geo-Nature Park Bergstrasse-Odenwald. Unfortunately, there was some storm damage there during the storm in August 2019, which is why I passed one or the other bare spot in the forest on my tour. After a good 13 kilometers I came to the highlight of the tour, the over 500 year old watch tower near Schaafheim. Once there, after a brief tour of the tower, I first unpacked Vespers and enjoyed my beer while enjoying the wonderful view and the sun.Afterwards we went back on field and agricultural roads. Shortly before Ringheim I built a little extra aisle so that I can get to the tree nature trail. About 50 different tree species were planted on the tree lee path, information boards next to each tree give the most important information about the origin, height of the species and special characteristics. Then I started the final spurt of the tour, but went back into town and walked to the former Luftwaffe research bunker from WWII. During the war, Ringheim was an air force base and a research center for an "X-ray weapon" to defend against enemy bombers and ground attack troops. Unfortunately, the bunker was also closed due to the corona, so I'm finally back to the car.All in all, the tour was really recommendable (due to the route profile with almost no altitude difference, you don't notice the 21 kilometers either), the view from the watch tower is outstanding and when Corona is over I'll hike Ringheim again and then also more about the history of the Find out the place.
November 15, 2020
Today's hike went from Wildenstein to Geishöhe and back.I started at the hiking car park just before the small village of Wildenstein near Eschau (Lkrs Miltenberg). From there it went through the village up to the Sommerberg to the Wildenstein castle ruins. After a tour through the remains of the medieval castle (built in the 13th century), we continued on the mountain ridge to Geishöhe.Arrived at the Geishöhe, the first thing to do was to unpack the Vesper directly at the Ludwig-Keller-Turm and to suck in the rays of the sun with a hearty snack. Then of course I went up to the observation deck of the tower built in 1936 and enjoyed the wonderful view. From up there you can have a wonderful view of the whole area and also towards Stengertsberg, where almost exactly the same tower is located. These two "twin towers" were built by the Spessartbund in 1936/37 as a recreational activity for the population.Then I went down the mountain and past the Gasthof Geishöhe back towards Eschau. On the way I stopped at the “Wolfsgrube”, an old pitfall with which Spessart wolves were caught. The next stop was Oberaulenbach Castle, which is still inhabited and unfortunately cannot be visited.Via the neighboring village of Unteraulenbach, we went back in the dark and equipped with a headlamp to the Sommerberg to Wildenstein Castle and then to the car.A wonderful tour in beautiful autumn weather.
November 8, 2020
This afternoon we started a hike from Sailauf to Jakobsthal. The path led through the beautiful autumn forest up to the Engländerhaus, from there down to Jakobsthal. There stop at the inn "Zur Knöpphütte". Then it was dark through the Spessartwald over the arena back to Sailauf.
October 31, 2020
After taking a creative hiking break due to football, I finally went on tour again today. I had planned the route in the beautiful Odenwald in April, but postponed it again and again, today I used the wonderful autumn weather to finally walk it.I started at the hiking car park not far from Breuberg Castle. From there it was first downhill to Neustadt, there a piece through the town and its beautiful old town and then on the other side back up the mountain to Höchst in the Odenwald (known from the Pirelli factory and the table tennis player Timo Boll). There I am through the Obrunn Gorge with the miniature houses and fairy tale characters. After this nice change, we went back towards the castle.Actually I wanted to make a detour to a Celtic burial mound on the way back, but the rising darkness made me hurry. Therefore, I am over the Borberg with its summit cross back to Neustadt and then along the circular hiking trail up to the castle.As you can see in the pictures, I unfortunately arrived there in the dark and equipped with a headlamp. That's why I had to do without my traditional after-work beer :-)The castle is definitely worth a visit again, but then in light and with a stop at the castle tavern.
October 25, 2020