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With today's 15th stage, we have now finished our 200-kilometer hike from Mainz to Fulda. And with one exception, this stage was just beautiful. Dirt paths with wonderful panoramic views, beautiful forest passages in the last foothills of the Vogelsberg, chapels and chapels, an idyllic Bachauenweg as an entrance to the cathedral city and finally the mighty cathedral in the fullest baroque.
Absolutely incomprehensible is the two-kilometer route through an ugly industrial area between Malkes and Rodges. It is even more incomprehensible that the E 3, which, when we were walking it, still ran through Mittelrode to Haimbach, has now also been relocated to this caustic stretch of road; There are certainly opportunities for a different route from Malkes to Haimbach.
Still, you don't have to be a pilgrim to take the Boniface route under your feet. Regardless of whether in two days, as extreme hikers do, or in the mostly suggested nine or - like us - in 15 enjoyable stages, there is an infinite amount to discover on the way from Mainz through Rhine-Main, the Wetterau and the Vogelsberg to to Fulda. We were definitely excited about this long-distance hiking trail!
April 24, 2021
This circular hike was once the Schlangenbader Rundweg no.19. Today you don't even recognize it in traces, which is a shame on the one hand because it is a really beautiful path, on the other hand the lack of signage has the advantage that you can almost walk the route doesn't have to share with anyone.
About the route: You can park perfectly below the Christ Church in the parking bays along Rheingauer Straße in Schlangenbad. The central bus stop of Schlangenbad is located opposite the church, if you want to use public transport to get there. Through the archway behind the church you can quickly get to the slowly rising path towards Wambach. On the other side of the Walluf, the B 260 runs parallel to the first section of this hiking trail, and the traffic noise that penetrates the forest from there is probably the only downer on this tour. Shortly before the Wambacher Mühle you can make a detour to the left to an old quarry and its beautifully situated lake. Passing the mill one arrives at the Kuckuckslei, a mighty rock formation that is protected as an area monument and therefore may not be "climbed". From Wambach - and finally away from the traffic noise - the Obergasse leads uphill out of the village. Where the road ends, you follow a pretty beaten path along the shepherd's pit. The fact that it is often used as a drinking trough for wild boars is easy to see from the wallows. Even before the beaten path ends on a forest path, you can already see the buildings of the Taunus wonderland behind the trees. It's funny at the moment to see geese and ducks marching along the paths on which visitors and especially children crowd in flocks. From the Taunus-Wunderland a dead straight forest path, which is currently a bit furrowed by the removal of wood in the forest, leads up to the highest point of the circuit, the Eisenkauten. In the upper part of the ascent, it is definitely worth looking back over the heights of the Hintertaunus and, having reached the height, a short detour to a clearing, over which you can look up to the Donnersberg massif. From Eisenkauten, the path actually only goes downhill. Most of the spruce trees have fallen at the top, but you can see the telecommunications tower on the Hohe Wurzel on the other side of the Hohe Strasse. The further you descend, the thicker the spruce forest becomes. The path here mostly takes wide forest paths, but they are easy to walk because they are not gravel and usually offer a grass ridge. A very steep descent follows between Georgenborn and Schlangenbad, which we saw years ago on the stage from Hausen v.d.H. to the Jagdschloss Platte on which E 3 hiked up in pouring rain. In the center of Schlangenbad, a small path leads from Mühlstraße up to the starting point at the Christ Church.
Although this hike is almost entirely through the forest and consists of a four-kilometer ascent and a five-kilometer descent, it is never boring and is really easy to walk.
April 17, 2021
The Roman forts are lined up like a string of pearls along the Limes Trail through the Taunus. One of the larger - and yet only a no fort for auxiliary troops - is the Kapersburg, through which you can stroll through the uncovered foundations of the former fortifications and understand Roman history in "Germania". There is significantly less to see in the small fort Ockstädter Wald; Strictly speaking, you need a lot of imagination to imagine a Roman fort here.
On days like today, when you walk through low-hanging clouds even in the middle Taunus regions, you can definitely understand why the Romans never really felt at home north of the Alps.
April 10, 2021
So today we continued on the Bonifatiusweg after the long winter break. From Ilbeshausen the path first led us from the Altfell over the plateau through meadows and fields to Nösberts-Weidmoos. From this tiny double village, the path then more or less follows the course of the Schwarza, which has dug an impressively deep valley behind Steinfurt. Shortly before Blankenau, the Schwarza finally flows into the Lüder. Blankenau impresses with its historic town center. Along the Lüder we went to today's stage destination Hainzell, whose church is architecturally in stark contrast to the church in the neighboring village.
April 4, 2021
Right at the gates of the state capital, this short hike leads on unmarked paths around the idyllic Goldstein Valley. Since most day-trippers follow the local, signposted paths from the Hubertushütte, this round is also suitable for Sundays and public holidays in Corona times.
April 2, 2021
Probably everyone who has been to the island of Kühkopf in spring will love to come back here again and again (just not in summer, because you can't save yourself from mosquitoes !!!). Although the island, which is a nature reserve, is only about 1,700 hectares in size, it continuously offers different landscapes, floodplains and rivers, and where the "primeval forest of tomorrow" is propagated elsewhere, it has already become a reality here. The scent of wild garlic hangs over the whole Kühkopf, thousands of songbirds chirp in the undergrowth and flocks of water birds can be observed in the floodplains.
This hike roughly corresponds to the Kühkopf circular route 3, which is actually more used by cyclists than hikers.
April 1, 2021
"Before the height", the Taunus is criss-crossed more by aisles than by single trails. But that doesn't mean that you can't go on varied hikes here.
This one here, for example, starts at the Hohe Mark car park and takes you along these aisles to the Forellengut. Behind the ponds, a small footpath passage leads through an enchanted, beautiful piece of forest, which immediately brings to mind all the fairy tales that Bechstein, Hauff and the Grimms wrote. Via Krausbäumchen and Elisabethenschneise you get to the Elisabethenstein, a small but imposing rock formation that you come across again and again in the Taunus. This is where the Landgravial garden landscape of Bad Homburg vor der Höhe begins, which was laid out from 1770 by Landgrave Friedrich V and his wife Caroline. You can still see that this park, which stretches up the slopes from Bad Homburg Castle to this point, was abandoned to decay from the late 19th century, but it has been rebuilt since 2002, and that is also an indication already recognizable in some places.
Past the mini golf course, the path leads around the deer enclosure (deer garden) to the forest garden with its native and exotic trees. Over the Heuchelbach and past one of the ponds in the forest garden, it goes back to the Elisabethenschneise. The way back begins at the Hirschgarten car park, which mostly leads south through the cold water depression and at the end again over the bridge path back to the Hohe Mark car park.
March 27, 2021