This hike was one of the most beautiful hikes, there was sooo much to see and do in a wonderful area.
Take your time for this demanding hike, we only hiked for 7 hours, but were over 13 hours. Again and again nice places invited to explore or to linger.It started on a square with storage space under the viaduct, right next to the trass caves.
The trass caves were the first highlight and are witness to the trass mining that was carried out by the Romans in ancient times.
In general, we encounter the Romans again and again on our route.
Once you have explored all the cave passages, you continue on the volcano and panorama trail, which really deserves its name. The ascent to the devil's bone seems almost alpine at times, but this should be topped up later.
Now it goes a bit through Burgbrohl, past its castle, in which a hotel is located.
Then we dive back into the forest.
Stones, there are lots of stones in the forest. If you take a closer look there, numerous boards explain that this is a former Roman quarry. Very interesting, we almost (I rather 😉) ran past it ...
Now follows a piece over land, close past a quarry, past Wassenach over gravelly dirt roads.
Then we went to the Lydia Tower, which has a wonderful all-round view and an overall view of Lake Laacher.
Shortly afterwards, the high trail around Lake Laacher starts, where it became a bit more populated. It was so crowded near the Maria Laach monastery that we refrained from visiting it.
Fortunately, the situation eased shortly afterwards.
Now it went over the Hochkreuz, where there was a little rest to the Teufelskanzel. The demanding increase was taken backwards. Almost the entire route has an alpine character, just great. Once at the top, briefly enjoyed the view and continue over the Krufter stove, which is even higher than the Teufelskanzel.Finding the way into the path near the Devil's Pulpit was not that easy, so we missed it several times until we found that the path that didn't look like path was actually the path we had to take ... 😂
Follow the Höhenweg to the Ahrefeld hut.
There was a somewhat longer rest here before we went past fountains that were even bubbling towards Wolfsschlucht.What can I say, the romantic Wolfsschlucht with its waterfall and stream was the perfect end to a wonderful day. Even if the Wolfsschlucht is right on the street, you can completely hide this fact, it's just too beautiful here.On the way back we went over the little village of Bad Tönisstein, a little uphill and a little more downhill over really nasty steps in the forest until we finally got back to the car.Everything was just perfect, a really unforgettable, wonderful day. Thank you Angela for your company, it wouldn't have been half as nice without you ☺.
Sorry for the many photos and the infinitely long description, but it has to be easy here.
May 22, 2020
Exactly one day after the day of liberation we went on this historic tour in beautiful nature.
The dramatic battle in the Hürtgenwald took place in World War II from November 1944 to February 1945 and claimed thousands of lives.
Today, numerous graves of soldiers, bunker ruins and memorial and memorial plaques still commemorate this terrible event.
The tour started at the Memorial Chapel in Kleinhau.
Nature has long since conquered this area again, but it is sometimes a queasy feeling to hike through this forest, everywhere reminders of the events.
It also went a bit through the bog "Der Todtenbruch" via wooden walkways, also known as "Deadmans moore", today a ground trail.
Some of the bunkers are hidden so well that you simply walk past them, but we managed to get a closer look at one or the other bunker, one of them could even be viewed from the inside 😎.
Finally, we went to the military cemetery in Hürtgen.
An extremely interesting, educational and varied hike, also through beautiful landscapes and the small town of Simonskall. Thanks Angela for taking it with me, the idea and planning.
May 9, 2020
Meine Verbundenheit zur Natur ist einzigartig 👼