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  1. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    November 17, 2019

    03:11
    42.5 mi
    13.3 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,075 ft
    rudiradler, Bernd and 5 others like this.
    1. Nikolaus

      To the duty-free shop
      Crossing the border, I think about the events 30 years ago. Bold citizens' movements in the GDR not only brought down the wall with their demos, but also brought us borderland residents great freedom of movement with the soon-to-be-gone disappearance of the Iron Curtain. Whenever we want we can - even without any control - to the Czech Republic. We have not thanked Wessis for the ossis yet. I would like to make up for that.
      Today I stop in Ast and visit the local church Maria Himmelfahrt. A beautiful saying greeted the visitors: "If you believe - pray! If you do not believe - marvel! If you are educated - show awe! "
      The church is already mentioned in the 13th century. On the parapet of the gallery, a picture shows two carriages. The legend: A Czech nobility woman in the branch have spared the horses and gone through with their coach. Only with good luck did she survive the accident. Out of gratitude she would have built a small chapel in place of the mishap. Even if it did not happen, the story is still beautiful. True, however, is that the church in Ast long was a much-visited pilgrimage church. Unfortunately, today's zeitgeist has eaten most of the prayers to the church.

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      • November 17, 2019

  2. Nikolaus went for a hike.

    November 16, 2019

    01:46
    8.46 mi
    4.8 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    1. Nikolaus

      Walk to the chapel SchönbuchenSince I prefer cycling as go, I take my bike to Hammerkröblitz. In between, I put a small stop at the Druid stone.
      Here granite blocks shaped by "Wollsack weathering" pile up to a small dome. Certainly, the distinctive place served people early on for orientation. Since the upper blocks have depressions, some suspect a Celtic place of worship. But that can not be proven. The stones could just as well have been processed in the 19th century.
      From Hammerkröblitz I go the upper Schönbuchenweg to the pilgrimage chapel at Dautersdorf. From the viewing platform on the Kupferplatte you can look down pretty well in Murnthal. The wild beauty of the narrow valley I enjoy only on my way back.
      The name of the valley comes from the swampy, boggy bottom of the Schwarzach. For centuries the Allebacher mill was the only building here. In 1832, a glass loop was made in Mittermurnthal. A few years later followed Upper and Untermurnthal and finally in 1878 the Frankenschleife. For a few decades, the polishing works brought work and prosperity. However, even before the Second World War, the production of flat glass made the loops uneconomical. They entered. Since then, electricity has been generated in Murnthal in small hydropower plants. On the route of the former railway line Bodenwöhr-Rötz now leads a comfortable bike and hiking trail through the romantic landscape.
      West of Dautersdorf stands lonely at the edge of the forest, the 17th century pilgrimage chapel Schönbuchen. Even today, she is a popular place to present his concerns to the local Mother of God statue. In the small church many votive tablets with sayings for salvation depend on the need.
      A Hafner journeyman, after a terrible thunderstorm, is said to have made the earthen goddess of God with a child and put it into the book, where he had sought shelter in the storm. The people in the area heard about it and worshiped the very simple figure. They brought them to their church for better protection. But, oh wonder, the Mother of God returned many times in spite of repeated attempts back to the book whereupon they built a chapel there. One of the many identical legends about pilgrimage sites of our homeland.
      Back to Hammerkröblitz I take the lower Schönbuchenweg, which is a part of both the Main-Danube trail and Goldsteig.

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      • November 16, 2019

  3. Nikolaus went for a hike.

    November 10, 2019

    1. Nikolaus

      Walk across the Steinerne Wand at SchwarzwihrToday I feel like going for a walk to the Stone Wall. This rocky point on the Schwarzwihrberg is one of the most beautiful parts of the Schwarzachtal region.
      So I swung myself on my Sauserl and cycle to the Schellhof. In Nefling, I photograph the huge boulder beside the state road. He lacks a corner. The stonemason Eder knocked it off almost 100 years ago and turned it into the Hussitenden monument in Hiltersried. It is reminiscent of the battle of 1433, when the Palatine counties succeeded in attacking the Hussite wagon-castle, the only defeat for the Bohemian warriors.
      At the Schellhof, I hang my bike on a tree in the forest and make myself on foot on the forest road, up to the saddle hut. These existed already in the postwar period, when my father earned his money in the surrounding woods as a woodcutter. From the hut, a footpath - signposted as "Schwarzwihrbergweg" - soon leads steeply up the slope. The Main-Danube hiking trail and the eastern route of the Goldsteig lead through it. After 20 minutes, a sign at a fork to the left, on the variant on the stone wall. Only 150 meters later begins the impressive rock over which the trail leads. Many granite steps make it easy for inexperienced people with suitable footwear. Where there is a danger of falling, there are quite new and exemplary rope safety devices. You can also go well with children from about 10 years on. It will certainly be a special experience for them. In addition to the rock, the terrain falls steeply to the north, so offers a magnificent view towards Thanstein and Kulz.
      Only a few minutes walk from the Steinernen Wand to Schwarzenburg on the summit of Schwarzwihr. Since this year, the dome is illuminated around the ruins. This makes the system much more impressive and larger than before.
      As early as 1050 a "Heinricus de Swarcenburc" appeared in a document. Then in 1433 the Bohemian owner Hintschik Pflug was Palatine Count of the Hussites battle. The last owners were Guttensteiner, also from Bohemia. Their last, the "wild Heinz" is said to be two things. He is said to have attacked as robber barons merchants, which called the Swabian League on the plan. This is also the open air spectacle of "Guttensteiner" (currently exposed). He is said to have even bombarded his fortress with his own guns to see if they can withstand the new firearms. Because this was not the case, she was abandoned by him and fell into disrepute.
      If you walked a short distance on the Jägersteig towards the Bauhof, you would come to the "mortuary chest". This is a distinctive stone that is so called because of its shape.
      I decide on the way back but for the footpath, which gave it to my childhood between the Schellhof and the castle. Only a short piece of the ruin is still recognizable, then it is overgrown. I have to cross the forest down the hill so I can get to my bike in the bushes.
      Note: I have set my Navi so that it records only from 3 km / h waypoints. Since I was traveling slower over the Steinerne Wand and down to the Schellhof, the recorded GPS track is inaccurate there.

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      • November 11, 2019

  4. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    November 3, 2019

    1. Nikolaus

      In search of the castle stable AltenschlossIn his work of 1975, Armin Stroh describes: "The Prehistoric and Prehistoric Landscapes of the Upper Palatinate", the Burgstall Altenschloss. The Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments also lists the long-abandoned complex as a ground monument in the list for Neunburg vorm Wald. The place is designated with the number D-3-6640-0013 as medieval castle stable "Altenschloss". As a local I have heard nothing about the castle stable, only a few hundred meters northeast of the former "Palatine Count Johann Kaserne" in Neunburg in front of the forest. With the coordinates found at Wikipedia 49 ° 20 '57.8 "N, 12 ° 20' 44" I search for the place and find it in the "Pfarrholz" the Katzdorfer corridor.
      Without background knowledge, I would not come to the idea that there could have been a castle here before during the assessment of the site. Now that I know what to look for, I recognize a relatively flat, approximately 1000 square meter trapezoidal area that tapers to the east. It could have been the interior of the former plant. To the south and west, the terrain falls steeply and to the north it limits a 3 m deep ditch, probably the former moat. Access to the facility should have been located on the narrow east side.
      On the surface in the forest floor, no remnants of the foundations are visible. That does not say much. As you know, the walls of abandoned ruins were often used as building material for new buildings.
      What does not fit to an early medieval height or Spornburg is the name: "Burgstall Altenschloss". Well conceivable, however, that the plant was the former residence of Katzdorf. They appear around 1300 for the first time in various documents. Soon after, a reference to a Veste Katzdorf can be found in documents. At some point after, these simple Katzdorfer Landadeligen have probably built their "new castle" in Pettendorf and abandoned the old family home in Pfarrholz. This is how the name Altenschloss would be explained for the Burgstall.Castle Katzdorf
      The small castle-like building dates back to the 17th century. It was once a simple four-storey building surrounded by a pond, which is not in Katzdorf but in Pettendorf. Presumably since a fire in the early 20th century, the upper floor has been cleared away. On the east side is a granite edged entrance portal and on the north side a small bay window. The building is rather inconspicuous and is now privately owned.

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      • November 4, 2019

  5. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    October 26, 2019

    02:55
    38.1 mi
    13.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,150 ft
    rudiradler, Rombea and 6 others like this.
    1. Nikolaus

      Comfortable to Lake Murner and SchwarzenfeldWhen the morning mist clears around noon, the sun, hazy air and colorful leaves conjure up a wonderful atmosphere in the autumn landscape. This is the special attraction of cycling in this season.
      Too bad I left the porter basket at home. In Bodenwöhrer Forst there are many magnificent mushrooms along the way. A few stone and birch mushrooms, many Butterschwammerl, but mainly Sandroöhrlinge (quite a tasty mushroom sauce, which is particularly good for drying). They are begging to be taken.
      Between Stocksried and Bodenwöhr I come to the Dr. med. Hundhammer Rock over. What's it all about? The bearded stock conservative upper-bishop Alois Hundhammer did not care much about East-Bavaria during his political career. So why the memorial stone? Mockers claim that barmy Oberpfälzer had built this "monument" only to lure the then Minister to the revelation at least once in our homeland. Actual reason of his visit but probably the land consolidation in Altlandkreis Neunburg have been.
      In the Naabtal near Schwarzenfeld, the tough fog has lasted all day. There it is 10 degrees fresher and there is evening mood in the afternoon.
      On the way to the village Schwarzach I drive over the hill on the road Wölsendorf - Oberwarnbach. From up there you have a good view of the meandering meanders in Schwarzach.

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      • October 27, 2019

  6. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    October 20, 2019

    04:45
    61.2 mi
    12.9 mph
    4,275 ft
    4,275 ft
    rudiradler, Rombea and 9 others like this.
    1. Nikolaus

      To Starý Herštejn11 km north-north-west from the 1042-meter-high Čerchov, the king of the Upper Palatinate Forest, stands a prominent visible hilltop from the hilly landscape of the Upper Palatinate Forest, here on Czech territory called Český les. It is the 786 meter high Starý Herštejn. As long as in the surrounding villages and hamlets still predominantly German-speaking population lived, thus until about 1946, one knew rather its German name, Hirschstein.
      At the top of the hill sits the small ruined castle Starý Herštejn. Today you can only see remnants of the defensive wall, the moat and the half-ruined keep on the rock spur.
      According to legend, around 800 she founded a knight. In search of his missing wife Elsa, he met a white doe, from which his wife had been nourished. In the vicinity of this place he is said to have built the castle Hirschstein, and the actual place of reunion was the neighboring hill, which therefore bears the name Liesaberg (Lysá hora).
      The former royal castle was first mentioned in documents in 1272. From 1328 the castle changed hands several times. First the Count Palatine near the Rhine, then the Bohemian King John of Luxembourg, then a Prague bishop, later that of Ronsperg. As one of the Ronspergs became a notorious robber baron, King Vladislav II had the facility destroyed while the villain could settle for Flossenbürg. As impregnable as one suspects, the plant was not. In 1421, Hussites conquered the hilltop castle and plundered it. At that time, the Prague bishop was the victim.
      Since 1968, the peak and its surroundings belong to the protected area Starý Hirštejn. Since it is not accessible by car or bike, only the arduous walk to him and the ruin remains. As a result, nature was relatively undisturbed and provides habitat for rare animals and plants.
      From the castle ruins on Hirschstein offers a wonderful panorama. From no other summit of the Upper Palatinate Forest has such a beautiful view. Toward the north, tough autumn fog prevents a view down into the lowlands. Only the listening tower on the Velky Zvon stands out. Alone the fantastic panoramic view is worth the approx. 1.5 km long march on the path covered with roots and stones, for which one already needs suitable footwear.
      I recently bought my new cycling shoes with the Vibram mountaineering profile just for such occasions. Test passed!
      To the trail parking lot at the highest point of the road 19514, Nemanice - Pivon, where the hiking trail to Hirschstein begins, we make a small detour. After the border crossing Lískowá we drive first the S178 up to Capartice and turn left there on the tarred forest road. It leads a good 12 km through a deserted beautiful mixed forest with a lot of beeches, almost as in the Steigerwald or Spessart. Now in autumn, the falling leaves offer a wonderful play of colors, plus the wonderful way! Radlerherz what do you want more?
      We set our bikes in the woods and make our way to the castle on foot. 1 ½ hours after the first steps we are back at our bikes and then enjoy the descent down to the Waldmünchen border crossing. On the way home a cup of coffee at the relatives in Biberbach and then pedal for an hour, already is a nice day of cycling at the end.

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      • October 21, 2019

  7. moierbou and Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    September 22, 2019

    04:20
    52.7 mi
    12.2 mph
    3,550 ft
    3,575 ft
    1. Nikolaus

      To the high arcThe first section of our tour to the Hohe Bogen is to Grafenwiesen a wonderful car-free paved river bike path along the rain. An ideal level route for small tours of elderly elderly or families with children.
      The late Gothic church in Chammünster deserves mention because at this point the first monastery was built in 739 in the "Nordwald". As "cella apud chambe" she was the primitive church of the upper Bavarian Forest.
      After Blaibacher See we make a short detour to the pilgrimage church White Rain, then it goes down the Way of the Cross to Bad Kötzting. Many visitors are already sitting in the park at the pavilion in the sun, waiting for the beginning of the Sunday concert.
      At Grafenwiesen we leave the car-free cycle path and change directly to the state road via Rimbach to Madersdorf. There we turn onto the access road to the Hohe Bogen, which is paved to the towers on the summit. On the 8 km come just under 600 meters. Three times the slope is just over 20%. Good that we seniors can help us from the e-bike engine. Numerous cars are on the way to the large parking lot at the service hut. Many families use the beautiful autumn day for a hike on the Hohe Bogen.
      The former Nato Horchtürme on the summit are surrounded by Ausfüglern. A little to the west, from the cornerstone, there is a wonderful view to the north, across Neukirchen and Eschelkam into Bohemian.
      Up to the mountain station of the chairlift leads a wide hiking and driving. Almost all of the seats in the large guesthouse at the Ahornriegel are occupied, so we do not stay long and drive on the Baierweg to the Berggasthaus Schönblick. Skiers know the Baierweg as the Ziehweg to Schönblick. It goes steeply down the path, many hikers are on the way, so we like to do a little slower. In the sun on the terrace we enjoy the lunch break, while cold wind blows around our ears.
      From the beautiful view over to the ski slope leads a short forest path with coarse surface. We want to ski down the slope to the summer toboggan run. This is more difficult than expected. Here on the northern slope, the grass on the steep slope is wet and greasy. Bad for our trekking bikes. The rear wheel constantly blocks during braking and slips sideways. Because of the high risk of falling, I push as a precaution. So I'm hardly slower, but safer than my brother, on the road. He stays in the saddle and masters the risky downhill over the ski slope actually free of falls.
      From the valley station, we have asphalt under the wheels again and come pretty fast thanks to the tailwind. In Neukirchen hl. We keep blood at the pilgrimage church Maria Geburt. It has been the destination of many pilgrimage groups for 550 years.
      Then we look in Stachesried in the art pavilion, in which pictures of different artists are exhibited alternately. Ida Aschenbrenner and an Eschelkamer dentist had him built many years ago. The two are also the work of art on the Leminger height at Eschelkam owe, which we look at next.
      Back to the starting point Cham we drive past the Drachensee. The flood storage facility on the Champ near Furth im Wald has been in operation for 10 years. Around him, the footpaths and beaches are pretty well laid out. From Furth in the forest to Cham, there is the Champtal cycle path again a nice bike route.

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      • September 23, 2019

  8. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    September 22, 2019

    04:27
    52.4 mi
    11.8 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,575 ft
    rudiradler, Rombea and 6 others like this.
    1. Nikolaus

      To the high arcThe first section of our tour to the Hohe Bogen is to Grafenwiesen a wonderful car-free paved river bike path along the rain. An ideal level route for small tours of elderly elderly or families with children.
      The late Gothic church in Chammünster deserves mention because at this point the first monastery was built in 739 in the "Nordwald". As "cella apud chambe" she was the primitive church of the upper Bavarian Forest.
      After Blaibacher See we make a short detour to the pilgrimage church White Rain, then it goes down the Way of the Cross to Bad Kötzting. Many visitors are already sitting in the park at the pavilion in the sun, waiting for the beginning of the Sunday concert.
      At Grafenwiesen we leave the car-free cycle path and change directly to the state road via Rimbach to Madersdorf. There we turn onto the access road to the Hohe Bogen, which is paved to the towers on the summit. On the 8 km come just under 600 meters. Three times the slope is just over 20%. Good that we seniors can help us from the e-bike engine. Numerous cars are on the way to the large parking lot at the service hut. Many families use the beautiful autumn day for a hike on the Hohe Bogen.
      The former Nato Horchtürme on the summit are surrounded by Ausfüglern. A little to the west, from the cornerstone, there is a wonderful view to the north, across Neukirchen and Eschelkam into Bohemian.
      Up to the mountain station of the chairlift leads a wide hiking and driving. Almost all of the seats in the large guesthouse at the Ahornriegel are occupied, so we do not stay long and drive on the Baierweg to the Berggasthaus Schönblick. Skiers know the Baierweg as the Ziehweg to Schönblick. It goes steeply down the path, many hikers are on the way, so we like to do a little slower. In the sun on the terrace we enjoy the lunch break, while cold wind blows around our ears.
      From the beautiful view over to the ski slope leads a short forest path with coarse surface. We want to ski down the slope to the summer toboggan run. This is more difficult than expected. Here on the northern slope, the grass on the steep slope is wet and greasy. Bad for our trekking bikes. The rear wheel constantly blocks during braking and slips sideways. Because of the high risk of falling, I push as a precaution. So I'm hardly slower, but safer than my brother, on the road. He stays in the saddle and masters the risky downhill over the ski slope actually free of falls.
      From the valley station, we have asphalt under the wheels again and come pretty fast thanks to the tailwind. In Neukirchen hl. We keep blood at the pilgrimage church Maria Geburt. It has been the destination of many pilgrimage groups for 550 years.
      Then we look in Stachesried in the art pavilion, in which pictures of different artists are exhibited alternately. Ida Aschenbrenner and an Eschelkamer dentist had him built many years ago. The two are also the work of art on the Leminger height at Eschelkam owe, which we look at next.
      Back to the starting point Cham we drive past the Drachensee. The flood storage facility on the Champ near Furth im Wald has been in operation for 10 years. Around him, the footpaths and beaches are pretty well laid out. From Furth in the forest to Cham, there is the Champtal cycle path again a nice bike route.

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      • September 23, 2019

  9. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    September 15, 2019

    04:45
    62.7 mi
    13.2 mph
    2,050 ft
    1,975 ft
    rudiradler, Claus and 5 others like this.
    1. Nikolaus

      Bibelried - Nuremberg
      The early bird catches the worm. Following the motto, I like to travel early on my bike tours. I am pleased that there is already from 6:30 clock breakfast. I'm on my way before 8:00. Directly on the still empty B8 I take the 7 km to Kitzingen. From afar, I see the Falterturm, which became a landmark of the city because of its crooked helmet. It was part of the outer city fortification and was built in the 15th century.
      So early on Sunday morning you could safely drive the federal highway 8 to Neustadt a. d. Take egg. But I switch to the well-developed Franconian cycle path network and cycle eastwards.
      The Franconian cycle paths deserve the highest praise. Where they are not reserved exclusively for cyclists and walkers, they lead on agricultural roads, through tranquil villages and market towns with beautiful historic town centers, where you can admire wonderful half-timbered houses and sandstone architecture. And unlike ours in the Upper Palatinate here on the bike paths always asphalt under the tires. Too bad that I'm traveling without a map. Maybe I would otherwise have seen with little detours many more sights. But I am also so impressed by the many picturesque places.
      A few kilometers to Kitzingen I stop in Mainbernheim. In addition to the typical Franconian town center, there is here with the listed arcade cemetery, a little known tourist attraction.
      I really like Iphofen, where world-renowned drywall specialist Knauf has its headquarters. In addition to the town center, with beautiful town houses and churches, the town presents the visitors a completely preserved city wall with 4 interesting gate towers.
      Soon after comes Markt Einersheim. There's a protest poster hanging on the marketplace. The rectory was to be rebuilt. During the excavation we came across an old cemetery. For years the finds have been examined by the monument office in Munich. The decision whether to build or follow more excavations, pulls out. The clergyman now burst the hat line because of the missing vicarage, so in this way he draws attention to the malady.
      In many places I see old Schöpfbrunnen, beautiful churches or well-preserved gate towers and again and again remains of city walls.
      Neustadt I leave right and drive down the Eisch direction Höchstadt. In Gerhardshofen I turn off onto the state road, because I want to Weisendorf. From there I drive via Herzogenaurach to Fürth, because I can drive from there over the Pegnitzauen car-free and without traffic lights.
      It may be that the people of Nuremberg like to look down contemptuously at their neighboring town, but I find the old city center of Fürth particularly lovable and worth seeing.
      A few more kilometers through the Pegnitzauen and my 4-day cycle tour in Nuremberg is over.

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      • September 21, 2019

  10. Nikolaus went for a bike ride.

    September 14, 2019

    05:40
    63.1 mi
    11.1 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,100 ft
    Steffen, Schiggi and 12 others like this.
    1. Nikolaus

      Stockstadt am Main - BibelriedToday and tomorrow it goes by bike back to Nuremberg. Finding a place to stay overnight is difficult. I google for over an hour before leaving and finally find a room in Bibelried.
      Through the landscape park Schönbusch, which is one of the most beautiful Bavaria, I drive to Aschaffenburg. If you want to look around in Aschaffenburg Castle Johannisburg is a "must", but also at Pompejanum you should stop by.
      I cycle through the bike-friendly city, because I want to Marktheidenfeld. There is no usable bike path across the Spessart. You have to choose one of the different state roads. There is probably little traffic on the St 2312, which I take. I drive to Hessenthal via Haibach. From here, the road leads through the beech forests of the low mountain range, south past the motorway service area Spessart, to the apex at 565 meters. From Aschaffenburg you have to overcome about 700 meters in altitude on these 25 kilometers. Years ago, even without an e-bike, it was already starting to sweat, although the gradients are always very moderate and only have a maximum of 6%. With my Sauserl the journey is a real pleasure.
      Where it goes up, then it goes down again. So comes to Marktheidenfeld on 16 km a slight even slope.
      Heidenfeld, which was founded in the 8th century, has been called "Markt ..." since the end of the Middle Ages to distinguish itself from Heidenfeld Monastery near Schweinfurt. The old town is quite popular with cyclists on the Mainradweg or the Fränkischen Rad-Achter in the summer months. I, too, take a long coffee break at the sunny market place.
      On a Radwegehinweisschild on the outskirts I read: Würzburg 34 km. I trust, disregard my navigation, follow the signs and ride the bike paths. It is not a bad decision! Almost always one is "car-free" on paved roads on the way. Just before Würzburg comes a short piece of perfect natural surface. It ends in a new housing estate, where it goes back and forth without signs. That's where I'm in doubt, so I ask. Had it not needed, because already 500 meters further opens a magnificent view of the fortress Marienberg and the Würzburg behind it.
      I drive to the mountain tongue with the fortress. There I stand in the middle of the hundreds of visitors who usually gather in groups for tourist guides. The Würzburg Prince-Bishops had their seat here for almost 500 years until the particularly jolly-minded J.P.F von Schönborn of Baltasar Neumann had the residence built in the city.
      The Old Main Bridge is a landmark of the city. The construction begun in the 12th century was until 1886 Würzburg's only river crossing. Since the 18th century, they have adorned their cityscape-defining stone figures. For years, they only use pedestrians and cyclists. Today there is hardly any getting over by bike, so many people are standing or sitting around.
      When looking from the bridge to Kiliansdom you can see only crowds on the sprawling cathedral street. No getting through by bike! This weekend is Stadt- und Musikfest in Würzburg. Not a good day for me to see the many sights of the old bishop town. Good that I already know her quite well.

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      • September 21, 2019

About Nikolaus

2016 auf ein Trekking-E-Bike umgestiegen! Seither genieße ich auch lange Anstiege .

Nikolaus’ Tour Stats

Distance3,962 mi
Time383:30 h