Today was my first Eifelsteig tour! Stage 5 with the Eifelverein Kaisersesch.
Unfortunately, the tour did not save, so I had to re-upload the tour as a made tour.
The key data are: 19.1 km, duration 4 hours, ascent: 540 meters, descent: 370 meters.
Start was in Gemünden, arrival at the monastery Steinfeld.
The route was very well signposted.
Right at the beginning we climbed a steep path in Gemünd through forest and crippled oak forest up to the Kuckuckslay. For this we got a very nice view over Gemünd and surroundings. We continued to Olef through the small village with incredibly beautiful half-timbered houses. Olef has a special feature: right in the middle of the village is the Oleftalbahn, a heritage railway, which is also used for freight traffic. There are no barriers; if the train travels through the town, a shunter must go ahead.
We leave Olef behind us and come directly over meadows back into the forest and walk a bit next to the Selbach, he downhill, we steadily uphill. Again, the paths alternate - forest roads, paths, winding forest trails. For a while we walk together with the Pingerwanderweg. This trail documents the mining history of the Eifel.
Our paths separate and we come to Golbach, also a small historic and attractive village, unfortunately, as well as Olef hardly anyone knows.
Our way continues past vast fields,
sometimes through the forest and then along the Kallbach for a while.
The Kallbach accompanies us to Steinfelderheistert, another nice little place on our route, for which we have too little time. Behind this village we let the Kallbach go his way. We walk a few hundred meters over fields and see in the distance the three distinctive towers of the basilica of Steinfeld Monastery. For us the last climb comes through a wonderfully fragrant dream forest. On small paths, we snake up the monastery hill, sometimes on slippery, sometimes on sandstone gravel, sometimes on rooty paths, which pass just before the monastery wall in a wider meadow path.
Always along the wall, around the corner and the monastery welcomes us with open gate. We are at the destination.
The subsequent visit to the monastery is a must. If you want to see a grown monastery from the 11th century, this is the place for you. We strengthen ourselves and drive with the Eifelbus back to Kall and from there to Gemünd to Marienplatz, where our cars are.
A beautiful, extremely varied hike, which also has a lot to offer culturally.
2 days ago
This tour is a lunch break tour. I participated in a leisure event in Belgweiler and during the lunch break I went to Ravengiersburg. The car parked in the public parking lot and then it went into the short hiking pleasure.
The cathedral with the huge attached monastery complex is obvious. No matter which side I photograph him, he always makes a good and impressive figure. I have put together the hiking trail around the town myself. As I estimate, it is the Domblick-Rundweg in a nutshell. Varied and full of views of Ravengiersburg, it leads over scenic paths and paths, over the Simmerbach and past stubby fields. And by the way, after 3.8 km on a steep gravel piste he returns to the main road. And a hundred meters away my car waits. Reliable as always!
Great little tour, which ensures a good mood ....
3 days ago
Yesterday RheinBurgenWeg with no castles, today RheinBurgenWeg with some castles. They proudly look down on the Rhine and have no idea of the Celtic refuge, which wants to shield itself from the outside world on the Dommelberg with a mighty rampart. I quickly conquered the Fliehburg and photographically secured it. My further Burgenerkundungsweg leads me over the comfortable Celtic rampart, which in its time represented an imposing bulwark against its enemies. From there I also spot Lahneck and Stolzenfels. At the Weidgenhöhe the wall runs out and I move on forest roads of various kinds. About this variety of ways I almost forget that it is constantly uphill, meter by meter. The Koblenzer Stadtwald, in which I would get lost, would not be the nice whispery Komoot voice to the side, is huge and pervaded by many Kerbtälern. The large, gentle ridges slope down infinitely far down to lead a brook into the Rhine somewhere deep down.
In some places they plunge into the depths and the hiker shudders on a narrow path. What a force of nature!
And in the depths, some brook clings to its craggy walls and, with its help, makes its way into the Rhine.
Admiring, I walk past this scene change, forget about it almost time and space. Until I get to a blackberry hedge. All the way along just before the Roman temple of Mercury. The berries are so huge, so juicy and almost black. I can not resist that. One after the other disappears from the bush into the abdomen.
Strengthened it goes on towards Rhens. I do not visit the temple of Mercury. I already know him. A real gem in the Koblenz city forest.
A little later I meet Wolfsdelle on the dream path. And on the Wegedoppelpack I climb the Hunsrückhöhe. My effort is rewarded: Rhens lies at my feet.
But before I finally conquer the place, my path still bends and leads me to the Jewish cemetery.
In the silence of the forest such a quiet place. That fits. They are all old graves, a hundred years old and even older. Some tombstones show traces of devastation. Some graves no longer have tombstones. And there are no new graves. Grief, lack of tolerance and reparation - many emotions are superimposed on this small place and cast a spell over the viewer.
Quietly, I pull the door behind me and go my way. To Rhens. I think about the cemetery, which so quietly and self-confidently claims its place in the forest.
The path turns into a smaller mountain trail, steep down through meadows, past allotments, through thickets and ends just before the ring road to Rhens.
And there stands the king's chair, broad, somewhat gloomy in front of a spectacular backdrop: the Rhine! Electors, emperors and mayors were at his service. Fate has assigned him a new task: it is turning into an attractive photo background for tourists.
The stage is done and it is only a few meters through the impressive medieval Rhens to the train station.
It was a nice tour!
RheinBurgenWeg without castles! No castle view, no castle tour. But very beautiful, imaginative trails, well maintained and rows of beautiful views. On Moselle bridges, vineyards, winegrowing villages, but no castles. I would also take castle ruins ...
Instead, I stand at the knight's fall. An unfortunate enamored knight has plunged here from the Koblenzer rock into the depths. Nobody saw it, but one knew some time ago someone who had heard of it. What a pity!
My hike begins with this tragedy. And everything goes downhill .... miles! The Schwedenschanze stops me. Tragedy, dear heart. Koblenz must be saved from the Swedes. Meter-high protective ramparts are being erected in the forest area around Koblenz. Some three in a row with imposingly deep ditches. Although this does not replace a castle, it leaves no impression and comes from the late Middle Ages. Which I have the temporal relation to the castle time restored in about.
It goes downhill through the district Karthause on the most beautiful panoramic path. Views full! On the other side of the Moselle, I can see the Rb just stopping in Winningen. Still pretty far to Winn ...
Do not complain, run! Downhill it goes this time quickly and almost imperceptibly we arrived at the entrance of Moselweiss on the Mosel bridge. In the middle of the bridge a picture of the view and on to Güls. Only along the banks of the Moselle to the exit Güls, and from there into the mountains. We go over orchards and vineyards and approach Winningen almost imperceptibly. It goes higher and higher - the vineyards are getting steeper - Winningen is deep below us. Let's be honest: only 500 meters at this altitude and then it should go down to the place! This looks like a typical downhill climbing ramp from the 50s. Fast and cheap ....
But - the way down is modern for Moselans. Every 10 meters an old vineyard pylon rammed into the ground. People hold you, it goes down. Steep, but decent. Even the dog is satisfied, even if he initially did not want. He hates steep paths down. Finally, we even walk in the sewer to the catch basin. That's the case on the Mosel. And so we pretty soon get down in the village and trot our last 600 meters to the train station. The train we reach exactly.
PS: We ran the RBW from Koblenz to Winningen. Arriving by the RE to Koblenz Hbf, then by taxi up to the parking lot Rittersturz.
You can also walk from the main station to the knight's fall, about 5.1 km, but you can also overdo it ...
A rainy day as he stands in the book ...
I was already in Immenrath with the full intention of running around the Immenrather Maar. As soon as they got out of the car, it started to thunder carefully. Ten minutes later, everything was about Immenrath. Since the village is deep in a dry manger (by the way basically very impressive, only in thunderstorms not), I had the feeling of being in a trap very quickly with the storm above me. In other words, I was quickly back in the car and on my way home.
But I still have not done a dog tour and we both want it.
No sooner does it stop raining, we cheerfully get on our socks and choose in case of need a homezone tour, which we used to run more often.
But today luck is not entirely on our side. Halfway down some sky bucket spills over us and we both get puddled. But no matter! I did not sing in the rain, the dog certainly did not.
After having sniffed the nature of the Schieferwanderweg with dog a few weeks ago, I finally walked the whole distance with not so warm weather - again with dog.
And I have to say: The Schiefergrubenwanderweg is one of the most beautiful hiking trails I have ever walked. The route does not stray from the subject of "slate pits", but the way leads in a constant ups and downs from one pit to the next. At each pit, ruins convey a feeling from the slate crusher's workplace, and a board gives the interested hiker facts! Tables and benches invite the hiker to take in the place during a little rest. In the Kaulenbachtal below the Herrenwiese pit a wall told of the death circumstances of the "Koulemänner" and the suffering and sorrow of the affected families. Quite violent and dangerous was the life of the slate crushers. In addition to the mourning, the family was faced with greatest existential problems if one of the family members in the mine work accident.
Touching the fates of the victims and suddenly the slate region is no longer just a natural fallow, which is developing new and promising. It is also a place of dramatic history and human destinies that still touch us.
The path winds past the memorial over the hill and I walk steeply uphill between two huge slate screes. I like the way narrow and somehow exotic-different. Very impressive, when you look up at the hundred meter high slate mountains. Very warm here. The dog just wants to go up and out of the shale dumps. He has no interest in my admiration.
So we go on and come to a plateau. The mines here were called Höllenpforte I and Höllenpforte II. They were more modern in their construction than the old tunnels. Maybe the miners did not trust them? Devilry? Strange as the mine names were, the plateau does not suggest anything bad.
We continue steadily uphill through the forest and come out after one and a half kilometers back in Leienkaul. We are almost at the end of our tour. NEARLY!
Now comes the highest shale pile of the pit Maria shaft, which ran in 1959 in a storm with water and since then is no longer operated. Info panel. Mine cart. And a fantastic view! On the opposite side I see the pit Colonia, the Juliusstollen, in the valley the pit Herrenwiese and on the right the elongated Leienkaul.
CONCLUSION: Dreamlike hike with fantastic views and touching insights.
At the car we are now very fast. Only two hundred meters and then it's back home.
The circular trail Lonnig is a hiking trail, which I have chosen as my entry after my vacation. With dog. Clear!
Just under 8 km and not much to climb.
The hiking trail starts in the village; in front of the local Volksbank is a parking lot.
You walk immediately to the Maifeld and the Keverbachtal and past paddocks with various breeds. Lonnig is a horse-loving people. At some point, however, I am also past the last paddock and enter the forest, disappear very gently in the Keverbachtal. First on asphalt and then on soft forest floor, covered with flat-pressed horse apples, wherever you look. Does not bother dog and me very much, it is very humid and brakes do not plague us. Maybe that's because of the horse apples? That would be only right.
Dragonflies fly across the path, many different species. The brook widens in some places and forms small floodplains. I like the dragonflies.
After two kilometers we leave the valley again and stand directly in the shimmering evening sun on the Maifeld. About really nice groomed dirt roads we walk cumbersome in Schlingen direction Lonnig.
On the edge of the village, a sign points us to the Roman Villa Rustica. Well, there was one there. And that is about two meters underground. A part on which no house stood was dug up, measured and filled up again. The rest of the villa has been confirmed by aerial photography and now children are playing on a playground on former Roman terrain. What remains? A few stone walls, which represent a tiny part of the villa floor plan and an information sign! Hm...
I keep going, out of the village and walking around from behind. No new findings! So back in the place and in the direction of the parking lot. The car is waiting for me and the dog ...
The third ancient city I visit on my vacation and already know is Side. The city has Luwian origins. The name of the city dates from this time. Side is called "pomegranate". This was not only an important fruit in the diet, but also the symbol of fertility.
Side existed among the Luwians, the Hittites, who were completely absorbed in the population and the Greeks. But it reached its final size only under the Romans and their architecture and rage. Due ruins of remains that we can now view are invariably Roman. You can drive completely through the city by car and park there in the parking lots.
That's how we did it. However, we did not really look at the city because we had already seen a few years ago. The colonnaded street and the temples are missing.
The theater was our first stop and it really is a highlight. Well preserved with arcades and parts of the
Not quite as hot as in Germany, but with stronger sunlight I drove today with my eldest daughter to Aspendos.
An ancient city that, like Perge and Side, has Hittite roots. Of this and also of the Greek influences nothing is to be seen. Aspendos is dominated by Roman and of course Seljuk influences. What is left of the city, and the size and power of the city suggests, are the representative buildings such as the widely visible Basilica, the Exedra, the Nymphaeum, the Agora with the shops and the adjacent bouleuterion, the Acropolis and of course for Romans very important, the aqueducts and the theater. The latter is still exceptionally well preserved, thanks to the Seljuk Turks, who converted the stage building into a caravansary in the 16th century. Spas and Gymnasion are located far out of town. The stadium is located below the city.
Wandere meinem Traumziel entgegen - - einmal die Alpen zu überqueren.