On the way in the footsteps of the Sponheim from Bad Kreuznach over the Hunsbuckel to the Moselle, that was my intention.
Start in the morning with beautiful autumn weather in Bad Kreuznach with its bridge houses over the Nahe, continue through a hilly wine landscape, across fields, meadows and through magnificent forests to Sponheim.
In Burgsponheim, unfortunately, I had to cancel my tour due to severe foot pain. A very friendly and helpful local resident took me to my destination today, the Bockenauer Schweiz.
At this point again a heartfelt thank you!
I'm afraid that tomorrow I will unfortunately have to cancel the planned, 3-day hike - too bad!
October 13, 2019
Spontaneous hike on the day of German Unity.
A little tour through the vineyards between Zell and Merl, so my planning. Still ignorant of the actual course, it was shortly before noon by public transport to the starting point of my hike, the "Zeller Black Katz fountain".
In the wine lounge on the market square was a cheerful wine bustle announced, this is nothing unusual for this autumnal season on the Moselle. Sure - a glass of Winzersekt to the motivation for the steep rise, why not!
Quickly it went the "market street", then the "Zeller Kehr" following uphill. Shortly after the square tower, I turn left to "Collis-Kletterfelsen & Collis-Steilpfad" Alternatively you can reach the "Zeller Bach" up to Collis tower high above the vineyards of Zell (Mosel).
I chose the more sporty ascent to the Steillagen vineyards. For physical exercise it went over ladders and climbing aids, secured with wire ropes, up the short, crisp via ferrata. Here I met only a few hikers and climbers.
Above the climb, in the steep slopes, everything was different, an afternoon full of nice surprises was waiting for me.
If I knew from my own, years of experience in this season, only the tedious work of grape picking in the steep Moselle slopes, today I was taught, between Zell and Merl, a better one.
Here the hiking event "Gieh roff of dat Haisje" took place.
At various "Haisjer" selected wines from wineries and clubs of the "Zeller-Schwarze-Katz" and delicious treats were offered.
- Here is a small excerpt -
The "Pidda Häisje" serves dishes from the game, the "Fischers Häisje" serves sweet and savory creps, the "Collis Häisje" serves onion cake with feather whites, coffee and cake as well as hearty grilled meat, the "Rieslingtreff Häisje" also serves hearty grilled as well The popular shrimp skewers, the "Schneckenhaus-Häisje" serve unusual delicacies such as brawn with green sauce or fish paté and the "Lönshöhe- Häisje" serves organic specialties around the organic Mosel pig.
In addition to these delicacies, there were panoramic views of the Mosel valley as a free bonus, small rain showers contributed to the refreshment.
Thanks to nice company, the difficult descent on a slippery steep path to the wine town of Zell took place without any problems. To say goodbye to this enjoyable afternoon, a "red vineyard peach" - bye & thanks to the next "Gieh roff of dat Häisje".
October 4, 2019
At the end of this year's Zugspitztour with the mountain shoes on the Oktoberfest, as in recent years.
A? Maß beer, half a hendel and a giant pretzel, my energy and cheerfulness tank was replenished.
Traditionally a ride on the Riesenrad, a short visit to the Oide Wiesn, then off to the ICE for a night ride home.
September 27, 2019
After a very restful night, a rich breakfast in the highly recommended Hochfelder Alm, today the last descent stage of my Zugspitztour.
A few meters from the Hochfelder Alm leads the Max Klotz Steig along Gaisbach steeply down to the "Pestkapelle", then continue on a forest road to Ehrwalder Alm (1493 m).
There turn right, following the forest and farm roads in the slope below the rock formations with a constant view into the Ehrwalder basin, over the villages of Ehrwald and Lermoos.
Now down the Wiessteig, turn right into the Koppensteig, continue horizontally along the slope to the mountain station Sonnenlift.
The sun had become scarce, rain gear was announced today.
Next on forest and forest roads, the first snack station Gamsalm hut -https: //gamsalm-ehrwald.at was reached.
Plain roads at a height of about 1400 m altitude, under the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn, then in the Thörle-Rundweg, again a small climb up to the Hochthörle-Hütte -https: //grainau.de/a- hochthoerle-hut.
After a few meters over the border of Austria to Bavaria, now a steep path, in the immediate vicinity of the Grainauer ski slope, down to the valley station of the Zugspitz cable car and to the Eibsee - de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eibsee
Continue in light rain over well-developed trails down towards Loisachtal.
A lap around the de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badersee and I had reached my last milestone at the foot of the Zugspitze, the community Grainau.Statistics:
Total distance: 62.5 km
Uphill: 2840 metersRelaxation stage tomorrow - on the Oktoberfest!
September 26, 2019
For today, adverse weather was announced, which was later confirmed. With a light daypack the climb to the top.
Just behind the Knorrhütte a bit steeply uphill, then the trail goes over the scree moonscape of the Zugspitzplatts, now and then over snowfields, to the flat Karboden with the cable car station Sonn Alpin (2576 m).
Before the station / station Zugspitzplatt the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn -https: //de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayerische_Zugspitzbahn it went right over the steep scree slope, past the Schneefernerhaus (environmental research station), to the beginning of rocks.
During a icy snow shower over the rocky, partly secured with wire ropes trail, continue on a ridge (2000 meters to Austria, other side 500 M) to Zugspitzgipfel with its famous summit cross and the Munich House -https: //www.alpenverein-muenchen- oberland.de/muenchner-haus.
The last section was quite difficult to cope with in these adverse weather conditions.
The Zugspitze (2962 m) -https: //de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugspitze, a wide terrace made of steel and concrete extends over the leveled western summit from the Austrian to the Bavarian observation deck. Only the eastern summit with its four-meter-high summit cross is still preserved. In addition to the cable car stations, which in good weather, not this morning, hundreds of tourists dredge up, the scarce space is also used by a weather station, the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institute, the Federal Post Office, and the restaurants.
In between stands the Munich House of the DAV like a rock in the surf. In 2017 I spent one night in this highest hostel in Germany during the construction phase of the new Eibsee-Zugspitzbahn.
The untouched, healing mountains can not be found up here. Despite the buildings, it is worthwhile to enjoy the great panorama in fine weather.
Today, I did not have to wait for the small climb (ladder and rope guards) to the famous eastern summit, the weather kept the Halb- & Stöckelschuh cable car tourists from their summit luck.
In this weather I allowed myself the descent with the cable car "Gletscherbahn" and floated down to the Gletscherbahnhof. Continue on foot from the Platt down to Knorrhütte, where I had deposited my luggage.
In light up and down on the "Plattsteig" from the Knorrhütte over to "Gatterl". Last steep uphill I reached the narrow gap on the German-Austrian border, recognizable by the old border boards. On the other side shortly over light rocks down (wire rope) and over to Felderjöchl (2045 m).
Now right below the Gatterlköpfen the Max-Klotz Steig following, then pretty steep down to the managed Hochfelder Alm (1732 m) hochfeldern-alm.at, my today's stage destination.
September 25, 2019
After nocturnal train arrival and a small refreshment - start to my this year's Zugspitztour (Wetterstein round).
Follow the geological trail "The Stones of the Alpine Space" to the large Olympic hill (740 m asl) in the district of Partenkirchen. Continue on the broad path to the first highlight of today, the Partnachklamm -http: //partnachklamm.eu.
The good way through the wildly romantic gorge with its thunderous waters and 100 meter high cliffs offers an impressive natural spectacle.
At the end of the gorge we continue in a southerly direction to the signpost "Reintalangerhütte / Knorrhütte", which showed the way on the road leading into the valley. Now follow the road until it turns into a beautiful trail that leads back to the shore of the lively babbling Partnach.
After about 2 hours I reached the Bock hut (1052 m) -https: //bockhütte.de, unfortunately only open at weekends at this time of the year.
The ever-increasing path led to the much more attractive rear Reintal, which extends in a westerly direction. From a valley hike is finally a real mountain hike. Along the Partnach along the path leads past a magnificent mountain landscape with up to 1500m towering rock walls.
In the early afternoon I reached my first snack, the beautiful on Partnach located Reintalangerhütte (1367 m) -https: //alpenverein-muenchen-oberland.de/reintalangerhuette.
The stately refuge near the Reintalschluss stands on one of the most picturesque places of the Wetterstein mountain range in the area of "sky high", wild rock walls and flanks. The cabin environment is an adventure playground par excellence: meadows, trees, rocks, the crystal-clear Partnach.
On my last tours, this hut was often my first destination, today my way led me a bit further up.
First to partnachsprsprung, then jagged uphill. In steep hairpin bends, following the red markings, over rock steps to the beginning of the Zugspitzplatts, up to the Knorrhütte, my today's stage goal.
The Knorrhütte (2052 m) -https: //alpenverein-muenchen-oberland.de/knorrhuette stands at the threshold of the Zugspitzplatts southwest below the Brunntalkopf. It is the closest refuge to the Zugspitze on Bavarian soil.
September 24, 2019
Fix this afternoon in sunny autumn weather, the Bachweg down into the Ahringsbachtal - de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahringsbach.
At the Upper Starkenburger mill - kulturdb.de/einObjekt.php?id=7746 - I crossed the Ahringsbach, now following the small Edmund path, a little up the slope, to the Sponheimer way. On we went further up the valley to the union of the Lommersbach (upper course Ahringsbach) and the Steierbach. It has become quiet in the Ahringsbachtal, here nature has conquered their refuge back.
Now follow the Steierbach, past the Rauschkümpel (waterfall with catch basin), then left a deserted forest path up to the Enkircher Berg.
Crossing the mountain plateau, past the Enkircher fire brigade hut and a tomb of a Celtic nobleman from the tribe of the Treverer, down to the next, right-sided valley of the Moselle, into the Grossbachtal.
In the Grossbachtal there are several pond and dam systems.The dams once served as a water reservoir for a frost protection rain system (steep slopes of vineyards).
Built from 1956 to 1959, closed in 1999, 65 ha of irrigated area, 9 pumping stations with a capacity of 3,000 m3 / h, 48,000 m of pipelines, 2,000 slow grapplers, 5 reservoirs 60,000 m3, max height difference 190 meters.
The facility was operated by the Wasser- und Bodenverband Enkirch (380 members).
In the next few years, probably the deconstruction of these reservoirs in the valley, the management of the vineyards in the steep slopes was partly abandoned.As the last highlight in the Grossbachtal, the initiator, our local "weatherman 🐸 HSN", recommended the adventure barefoot path Enkirch.
Sure, I had to go there. "Take care of your health" - "At your own risk" so the clues on the path, should I really dare?
Barefoot? - certainly fine for a frog,
for me? - no, I scrambled over and under logs the adventurous path with my mountain boots, but did not want to consult the next day doctor foot 😉On the old Hunsrück road from Enkirch to Meisenheim, near the present-day parish church of St. Francis in Enkirch, Ahrings- and Großbach meet and splash about 1.5 km through the wine town of Enkirch before they fill the lovely Moselle.In time for the "Enkirch Feierabend" I arrived in the center with its historic half-timbered buildings. While the "Mosellanos" off Schaart (Enkircher Oberdorf) still chirping happily, the night slowly moved into the Mosel valley, it went over the Trabener Zollturm in the last, adventurous ascent of today, the Starkenburger slope.
Done, I lay down at the top of Loretta's garden 😴.
September 19, 2019