Small Advent tour: from the village, up the mountain, over the old railway bridge with a view of the Birkenbach valley. Continue uphill to Drei Herr Stein, follow the high path to Erlingsberg near Niederjossa. The journey leads through a varied forest area. From Niederjossa it goes to Oberjossa, right through the village, on the main road towards Hof Ottersbach. From here a dirt road leads to Breitenbach am Herzberg and on through the forest up to Herzberg Castle. The sun comes out of the clouds and everything shines in a great light. There are some hikers and bikers on the route again despite the cold weather. Now comes the descent into the valley, first through the forest and then the open field. Now the sun has made it into the valley.
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Herzberg Castle, Lingelbach, Eifa, Schwarz. A small round, start in Wallersdorf over fields and forest paths to Herzberg Castle. The castle kitchen delivers the finest pizzas on weekends, which can be picked up at the castle gate after ordering by telephone. From the castle it goes to Lingelbach, past the western town (Lingelcreek directly on the bike path) to Eifa. The old railway bridge in the direction of Alsfeld is something like the landmark of Eifa, and a functioning bakery enriches the community. We continue to the Auerberg stop past the Hartmühle, a well-known excursion restaurant. The stop is at an altitude of 380 meters in the middle of the forest, the route was unfortunately closed in 1974. From here a path leads from many to Schwarz, a district of Grebenau, my goal.
November 22, 2020
Seepark Kirchheim: Browsed through Komoot yesterday, Jens P. was at the Seepark Kirchheim, the template was given. No water in the lake, I wanted to see it too. Saturday 11:00 a.m., 4 degrees and the sun comes out. Get on your bike and off you go in the direction of Rimberg, via Hatterode, Breitenbach and to the Silbersee. From here it goes (R18) to Kirchheim) over the mountain to Machtlos and on to Kemmerode. On the way there you can clearly see the ibra dome. From Kemmerode it is only a few hundred meters to the Seepark. Without water and then autumn, trees without leaves, everything looks a little bit getting used to. I decide to take the circular route for pedestrians, there are only a handful of people on the way. After a short break on the dam, the tour continues to Kirchheim. McDonald’s is on the bike path and I drive up to McDrive, have a small snack and then I go home. The next place is called Kleba, there I turn right to Hattenbach (known from the Hattenbach triangle A5 / A7) from there through the field to Oberjossa. There is also an abandoned farm called Hof Ottersbach along the way. In Oberjossa it's back on the bike path (R11 / R7) towards home. Most of the route is open and so the sun was my companion.
November 21, 2020
Hexentanzplatz Mariengrotte Sängersberg: The tour leads from Grebenau via Udenhausen to Willofs. The route is at the edge of the forest on gravel paths. In Willofs I cross the main street, past the monument to Elvis Presley, who was in Willofs during a maneuver in 1959. Now it goes uphill to the Steinberg (490 meters), there is also the Hexentanzplatz. The saddle stone is only a few meters away. According to legend, a monk and the devil rolled the dice here for a human soul. The descent to Bad Salzschlirf is rapid, on well-paved forest paths it goes to the edge of the forest. Now a piece of tarred dirt road, past the sewage treatment plant and over the bridge towards the church. From here I follow the signs to the Mariengrotte, which was inaugurated on May 9, 1915. The next destination is the Sängersberg with its 494 meters of altitude. Shortly before the goal, I drive to the small quarry that is equipped with a sofa. On the descent towards Schlitz, I look past the Wendberg, the poorly accessible summit cross is at an altitude of 380 meters. Arrived in Schlitz I drive on the ladies path to the Knittelteich, the drained pond has a sandy bottom that is stable. With a few steps I stand on the sandy pond floor, it's a different feeling. On the way to the city center, I pass the Landesmusikakademie in Hallenburg Castle through the castle park. At the corner of Bahnhofstrasse Bleichstrasse, there is the possibility to charge the battery at an energy station. Walter’s snack bar right next door offers sausages and other delicacies. The way back leads over Eisenberg towards Grebenau, a beautiful, varied forest with paved paths for every bike.
November 15, 2020
For hot chocolate after Schlitz. In sunny, dry, cold autumn weather, we start parallel to the R7, on a dirt road via Hatterode to Breitenbach a. Herzberg. At the fish ponds on the edge of the Gibge we come across the R7 in the direction of Niederjossa, accompanied by the Jossa river, which flows into the Fulda at Niederjossa. We follow the R7 cycle path to the Bad Hersfeld, Schlitz (Niederjossa) intersection. On the long-distance cycle path R7a we now follow the direction of Schlitz, before Queck we leave the cycle path and drive over a tarred field path to Sandlofs, then over the small Fulda bridge again shortly before Hutzdorf on the cycle path. The reason for this is the quieter route than driving parallel to the main road. Via the railway cycle path or the volcano cycle path, which connects to the R7a, we get to the town of Schlitz. Schlitz is a small town in the Vogelsbergkreis, which is known beyond Hesse for its castles and is also known as the Romantic Castle Town. At the Gerlach bakery we enjoy a hot chocolate that is really good in the great weather. On the way back we follow the cycle path to Hatterode and then switch to the field path, which saves us the small hill behind the village.
November 8, 2020
From Karlstadt to Würzburg: We start in Karlstadt, the historic town in the Franconian wine country. The old town surrounded by walls and towers as well as the ruins of the Karlsburg bear witness to a great history. Incidentally, Karlstadt is also the district town of the Main-Spessart district. From the old town it goes over the Main Bridge on the bike path towards Würzburg. The cycle path leads through Laudenbach to Himmelstadt, known for the Christmas post office that has existed since 1986. The shipping industry knows Himmelstadt because of the 300 meter long lock that overcomes a height difference of 4.3 meters. This is followed by the towns of Zellingen, Erlabrunn, Margetschöchheim and Zell am Main. All places close to the Main Cycle Path and the water, the route is easy to drive, it is not overgrown and you are spoiled by the sun. We come to Zellerau (district of Würzburg) which offers its citizens on the Main a number of sports and leisure facilities that are apparently also popular, especially the skate park. From here we drive up to the Marienberg (267 meters) to the Marienberg Fortress. The story began around 741 with a church that became the first Würzburg bishop's church. From 1200 the castle was built in the late Middle Ages and was expanded. After the Thirty Years' War it was expanded into a huge bastion. In 1945 it burned out, the renovation lasted until 1990. The descent to Würzburg first goes in the direction of the old Main Bridge, a landmark of the city, with a length of 185 meters it leads to the old town. Construction began in 1476 and lasted until 1703. It is the oldest bridge in the city. Today it is used by pedestrians and cyclists. We didn't visit the old town because the return trip was still on the plan.
November 7, 2020
A day at the Werra: Our tour towards Creuzburg begins in the small town of Hörschel (gateway to the Rennsteig). The medieval castle complex, the Creuzburg, a castle of the Thuringian landgraves can be seen from afar. On the way there you come across the oldest stone arch bridge north of the Main, built in 1223. You can also admire the Liborius Chapel, a pilgrimage chapel from the late Gothic period, right by the bridge. On the way there is also the village of Frankenroda which has some half-timbered houses to offer. The next larger town is Falken, since 1993 a district of Treffurt in the Wartburg district, with its St.Martins church in the center. The cycle path continues to Treffurt with its Normannstein Castle 290 m above sea level. NHN. The center of Altenburschla in the Werra Meißner district is also worth seeing and is a district of Wanfried. The historic town center offers well-preserved half-timbered houses and not to forget the church of Altenburschla. After a good 40 kilometers we come to Wanfried, a former port city. The historic port was more easily accessible through locks in Eschwege and Allendorf. The locks were built by Landgrave Moritz von Hessen. Around 1182 goods were already being transported to Bremen on the Werra, and shipping on the Werra was stopped for the transport of goods around 1850. Today you can still inspect a historic ship in the port of Wanfried and stop off at the port restaurant. On the way back we have some deviations from the bike path which also leave a lot of positive impressions.
October 31, 2020
Ibrakuppe: With anticipation we get on our bikes and off we go, in the direction of Breitenbach am Herzberg, past Silbersee and on the R18 over Rimberg into the valley to Machtlos. From Powerless you can already see the Ibrakuppe at 487 meters altitude, the autumn colors are so bright and attractive throughout the journey that the view is constantly in motion. The tour leads through the small town of Ibra, on the country road towards Hausen - Oberaula. After a climb of about 1 kilometer, turn right into the forest, from here the way to the summit is signposted. The forest around the Ibrakuppe, from the Ibra Valley to the Aula Valley, is very well maintained and has a high recreational value due to its varied appearance. The last few meters have to be covered on foot. We're lucky, the weather is fine, the view extends far into the country. The Rhön with its peaks, the Vogelberg with the many wind turbines on its heights, the neighboring Rimberg with the HR transmission tower, the Knüllköpfchen with its observation tower, the Eisenberg, which appears mighty opposite and much more can be seen. We linger on the bench with a view of the Schlitzerland, also recognizable by the wind turbines in front. No matter what time of year it is always an experience on the Ibrakuppe, at the moment it is the colors that have your Reitz and enchant the viewer. The way back leads past the Seepark, to Kirchheim, Niederaula and Breitenbach am Herzberg, from there back over dirt roads to the Gründchen.
October 25, 2020
We start a little foggy but dry in Kirchhain near Marburg. Our first destination is Burgholz (379 m above sea level) there is the Hunburgturm 28 meters high, it was built in 1968. It takes its name from the former castle complex in Hunburg. The view extends from the Vogelsberg, Kellerwald, Knüll and other mountains. The tour continues via Rauschenberg and Himmelsberg to the Ohm, which we follow to the height of Amöneburg. The slope up to the castle is limited. When we arrive at the market, we take a break at the Amöneburg pizza and kebab house. Friendly service and delicious food at reasonable prices. The last stage is the return trip to Kirchhain.
October 24, 2020