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„Der Sinn des Reisens ist es, an ein Ziel zu kommen, der Sinn des Wanderns, unterwegs zu sein.“ (Theodor Heuss)
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Exulting heavens, saddened to death. Such mood
Apparently Peter also had fluctuations today.For our little home round, that meant getting into the rain jackets and getting out of the rain jackets. Sometimes sun, then rain, then mud, then sun, then thunderstorm, then hail, then sun. We didn't expect so much variety today.
From Hersfeld over the Johannesberg to shortly before Siegwinds, further over the Turmweg and then down to Hermannspiegel. Through the Haunetal we went back to Hersfeld.The thunderstorm caught us about 5 km from home (luckily we were just walking through a village). Even if the rain ponchos protected us from the wet, in the event of lightning, thunder and hail we decided to stop under a house canopy.
In the end, however, the sky was azure and forgiving again.
2 days ago
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With the Gebaweg we honestly didn't know exactly what to expect. We have rarely been to the Thuringian Rhön before. We did not start from the Hohe Geba, as suggested in relevant Rhön guides, but in the valley, in Oberkatz, through which the Gebaweg leads. We ran the loop clockwise. Although we had to go uphill from Stepfershausen to the Hohe Geba, at the end of the circular route it was almost 5 km downhill.
In Stepfershausen we made a little detour to the church. The path led us past picturesque gardens and secret paths through the town. Back to the hiking trail, we decided to take a shortcut across a steep meadow behind the cemetery.
The views above Stepfershausen are amazing. Great view today.From the summit of the Hohen Geba you can see Wasserkuppe or Kreuzberg in the west and e.g. the Großer Inselsberg in the east.
Although Sunday and Mother's Day, we had expected more people at the summit and that where the snack at the Meininger Hut was open geöffnet.
All in all a very nice and demanding extra tour.
May 9, 2021
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We started today in Kieselbach near Merkers (Thuringia) and walked directly to the nearby Krayenberg. Remains of the Krayenburg castle can be seen above. There is also a beautiful restaurant up there with a lookout tower (unfortunately currently closed). Over the ridge of the Krayenberg we continued to the two lakes created by sinkholes, the Hautsee and the larger Albertsee. We circled the latter once. It's very idyllic there, so a rest was an option. There are benches everywhere and invite you to do so.On the high-altitude trails, one can often see the Inselsberg and of course the lush green of the Thuringian Forest. Simply wonderful foresight that opened up for us.The way back led us over the place Frauensee and also around the lake of the same name. It's just picturesque there. If you are already there, then it is worth making a detour to the castle and the St. Mary's Church, built in the neo-Gothic style between 1855 and 1857 (unfortunately both closed).From Frauensee we continued over the Gansberg. There you will find a small settlement, the Möllersgrund. An old shaft and old settlement houses bear witness to the former potash mining at this location. Some houses are still inhabited, others empty and run down. Again a place with “lost places” charm (see photos).
We finally returned to Kieselbach via the Hechberg.We found the round we put together very varied and entertaining.
Krayenburg and Albertsee were the highlights for us.
May 8, 2021
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Today we combined the newest premium trail (No. 25) with the P 9 Wacholderweg Roßbach. To do this, we drove to the hiking car park at the sports field in Kleinalmerode. We then ran the two P-way counterclockwise.
We recently ran the P 9 in a station wagon with the P 14 (Bilstein). So you could even combine all three ways.While no plant was in bloom a month ago, it was downright colorful on the route today. Even if spring lags a good two weeks behind this year, not only were the cherry trees in white bloom, we were also able to admire the first orchids in their small splendor on the limestone lawn of Roßbach.Our highlights today: blooming cherry trees around Kleinalmerode, orchids and a sea of cowslips on the hills around Roßbach. Plus a great sun-cloud game. My personal highlight of the tour, however, was the discovery of the Ahle sausage cabinet at P 9 (it wasn't there 4 weeks ago!). The temptation was very, very great ...For us, the P 9 is simply one of the most beautiful P paths that we have hiked so far. The P 25 benefits from the Roßbacher limestone lawn. In addition, the orchards and distant views on the heights are beautiful. In some places the route seemed a little constructed to us when you are looped around and through Kleinalmerode several times. We walked without a map, just following the signs. Three times we did not notice the small new boards in time or were irritated by similar boards that mark paths in the orchards. After a few meters in the wrong direction, however, we always noticed our mistake. Unfortunately, the map of the P 25 has not yet been set in the Frau Holle-Land app. With their help you can always orientate yourself very well.
May 3, 2021
- 05:1115.9 mi3.1 mph1,500 ft1,500 ft
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The start and finish was the church in Lauchröden. From there we walked to the nearby ruins of Brandenburg. Although seen many times from the A4 near Herleshausen, we have never been there. We were impressed by the size of the remaining parts of the castle.It continued on the Werra-Burgensteig very steeply up to the Stechberg. From there you have an excellent view of the distance (if the weather cooperates). At first we only saw the small wooden pavilion on the mountain, later we discovered the entrance to an old bunker very close by. Until the fall of the Wall, the Stechberg was used as a lookout post by the Red Army.Back down to the Werra and at Göringen over the old GDR border bridge to the other side of the river. There it went along the Werra bank (via Wartha and Neuenhof) to Hörschel. There the Werratal motorway bridge, which can be seen from afar, stands on pillars up to 85m high. The most easterly point of our tour was Spichra with its historic hydroelectric power station.Here we were able to cross the Werra again via a pedestrian bridge and reached the Kielforst via Pferdsdorf. The highest point is the Franzosenkopf (according to the Wiki, French prisoners of war had to clear trees and plant new ones there in 1915-1918 - hence the name). Herleshausen citizens have erected a wooden cross (with a summit book) there for about 8 years, the so-called French cross. The way there leads picturesquely over a narrow path through a huge sea of wild garlic on one side and steep slopes on the other (that reminded us a bit of the silver cliff in Hess. Switzerland).
The way back was fairly moderate to Schulzenberg, from there only downhill, past a Russian war cemetery (formerly a prisoner of war camp)
to Herleshausen. The Werra bridge to Lauchröden, built after the fall of the Wall, is a reminder of the German / German division.
May 1, 2021
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Today we had a relaxed Sunday round in the Vogelsberg.
In bright sunshine, the mill tour is highly recommended. Wonderfully good, easy-to-walk paths with diverse vegetation. The lush green of the meadows and the azure blue sky were hard to beat today.We deliberately started in Hosenfeld and then got on the track at Sieberzer Berg and walked it counter-clockwise. The extra tour is very well signposted throughout.Our highlights were the view from the Sieberzer Berg to the Wasserkuppe and the beautiful valley of the Kalten Lüder with the three mills: Sieberzmühle, Zwickmühle and Hessenmühle.
There is little seating everywhere to take a break. We were very pleasantly surprised by this extra tour 😀
April 25, 2021
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First of all thanks to Astrid and Hesta for the tour templates. I can anticipate that we have found the summit book on the Wildsberg summit).The start and finish of today's round was at the Haydau Monastery in Morschen.
First we followed the Ars Natura path, but then walked over the Wildsberg to Adelshausen. From there over the Scherengraben back to the Wildsberg. We made numerous detours on the way, hence the strange course of our route. We discovered a lost place behind Adelshausen (with locus 🚽), and we had our little picnic on the ICE route (with 🚂). A wonderful route was from the Wildsberg summit down the Borngraben to Haina.
In the small, idyllic village we also did another lap and then returned to the second part of the Ars Natura route. After Eubach it went uphill one last time to the Eichkopf and then quite steeply downhill back to Morschen.Speaking of "steep". We have not yet found an Ars Natura trail with such a demanding profile. Not exactly a route for older or untrained people. Nevertheless, we have never seen so many and some very beautiful works of art (a matter of taste, I know😉).
April 24, 2021
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Circular hike through the beautiful Rhön in glorious sunshine.
At the start in Birx (parking lot at the sports field) it was still cold in winter. At first we walked a little "free snout" down the Birxgraben into the valley.
There the stream meanders picturesquely. We got to the former border, then we had to climb a little until we could continue walking on normal paths.At the hut of the Rhön Club Seiferts it went up to the border triangle (Thuringia, Hesse, Bavaria) and on to the hiking car park on the Black Moor. We came to Frankenheim via a piece of the “Green Belt” with a border watchtower. From there it went up to the "Three Peaks" and on to "Noah's sail" on the elbow. The view from the tower was unfortunately not really good today. It was also very drafty and uncomfortably cold upstairs. Unfortunately, the sun didn't help much either. The Eisenach house is very close by. That was of course closed and none
Human soul far and wide. It is therefore all the more astonishing that we actually got a fresh sausage sizzling in the small snack bar behind the inn! We were thrilled☺️.The way back then led us past the Thuringian Rhönhaus. Most of the route ran in the forest. A little highlight was waiting for us shortly before Brix. Close by is a huge basalt quarry (Billstein basalt works) with a viewing platform specially built by the operator. That was quite spectacular, in the "big hole"
to look, especially since we did not expect it, because the area is otherwise completely fenced.
April 23, 2021
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Nice afternoon round on the Soisberg. Start and finish at Mansbach Castle. We walked around the Grasberg to the Hohenroda holiday park.
There we had a particularly nice encounter with a couple who followed our hikes at Komoot and recognized us (so warm greetings to “klahilde”! A beautiful piece of earth where you live 🌍 !!!).We crossed the Schwärzelsberg and continued towards Wehrshausen. We found our first edible morels in a meadow (they are now hanging on the line to dry).The highlight of the round was of course the Soisberg. Down at the foot of the tower it was still quite comfortable in the sun, but above the wind was very cold and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it wasn't so great today with the distance view either. But the ascent and the view from the tower are always worthwhile, as we think☀️.
Then we went back to Mansbach via Soislieden. On this way there were some places with a wonderful view of the Hessian skittles. Always impressive👍.
April 22, 2021