About Kristian Pröller
- 04:207.45 mi1.7 mph1,425 ft1,350 ft
- Kristian Pröller
This day welcomed us gloomy, listless rain showers pelt down on the glass roof. Actually, friendly weather was promised the whole day, but what the heck - for the hiker, the path is the goal. From the small oven, the hiking trail goes up through the Schießgrund to the Elbleitenweg in the direction of Schrammsteine. Hoher Torstein, Mittlerer Torstein and Schrammtürme can only be guessed by the light drizzle. The path meanders south around the Schrammsteine, only to suddenly climb steeply. Ladders help to overcome steep inclines. The Schrammstein view, which today does not live up to its name, is soon reached via the Wildschützensteig. Showers are lashed by the wind against the rainproof outer clothing. There is a traffic jam in the narrow, impassable descent. The numerous nature lovers want to visit the lower-lying protected areas at the same time. On the subsequent ridge path, the sky tears open and allows a breathtaking view on both sides. The viewpoint Spieß is reached effortlessly, with some ups and downs. The return climb brings us to the Carolafelsen, from whose plateau a grandiose panoramic view turns the beauty of the landscape into an experience. This place is also popular with many.
Now it goes steeply downhill. The wild hell requires the greatest attention, damp roots and scree, extremely rough terrain could become a slide. We carefully shimmy down over steep ladders, crampons and holding aids. Here it is beautifully deserted, only a few make it through the gorge. The climbing tour is over after 500 m. We reach the wild meadow via Eulentilke and Nasser Grund. From here the Schrammsteine appear in full splendor, one peak after the other like a chain. We turn left again into Elbleitenweg, which will soon bring us back to the starting point.A nice round trip that makes you want more, despite the sub-optimal weather.
about 19 hours ago
- 07:3713.2 mi1.7 mph2,400 ft2,400 ft
- Kristian Pröller
Saxon Switzerland is always worth a visit, not just in late summer. From beautiful Rathen we went today along the Elbe over the Lottersteig to the north ascent of the Lilienstein. The victims of the last world war are commemorated at its foot. A prisoner of war camp was located here and later a refugee camp. The summit plateau is reached after just 15 minutes. Thanks to the off-season, there are only a few hikers on the go. Fog walls stick lazily on the slopes and block the view of the surrounding peaks. The restaurant also looks deserted. On the descent towards Königstein, we meet few who are willing to climb, the path is slippery due to the nocturnal rain. Caution is advised. We happily reach the ferry to the opposite bank. The trip costs one euro fifty. The nearby café offers top-class cakes and tarts, so we can't stop by without trying. (kaffeehaus-zimmermann.de/home.html)
With charged batteries it goes up to the fortress. With an entrance fee of 12 euros and a valid Corona pass, we can pass through the mighty gates. The former military facility impresses with its eventful history and architecture. You should have enough time for a visit. We leave the fortress towards Thürmsdorf. The castle there has seen better days, but the garden is worth seeing. Due to lack of time, we bypass the Bärensteine and head for Rathen directly. The Gierseilfähre brings us to the other bank of the Elbe without a motor. Now even individual rays of the sun make it through the tearing clouds. The matt rippling river is wrapped in a fluffy veil of fog, reflecting light. The growling belly now demands something hearty.
2 days ago
- 03:4410.1 mi2.7 mph700 ft700 ft
- Kristian Pröller
Today's weather forecast promised a late summer September day. So put your hiking boots on and head to Märkische Schweiz. We started at the Buckower School and followed the signposted path towards the two Tornow lakes. Relaxed, your gaze wanders over the larger of the two. A fisherman slowly drifts dozing across the water. Sun-seekers bask on a bathing platform. The Pritzhagener Mühle, first mentioned in 1375 on the Stöbber, is soon reached. After its destruction in the Thirty Years War, it was rebuilt in 1650. Today the restaurant, which is considered the oldest pub in Märkische Schweiz, looks rather inconspicuous. All the more impressive is the 400-450 year old border sign with a circumference of 5.45 m and a height of 22.00 m, where the Stöbber formed the border between Buckow and Pritzhagen. We briefly visit the old mill, but nothing more than a ruin is left of the building that was later used as a GDR company holiday home. A little disappointed, we turn to the way to school in the direction of Buckow and discover three oaks. Here the hiker is provided with the bare essentials in order not to starve to death. There is also a visitor center for nature and environmental education. It is also possible to stay overnight.Passing the pretty Hotel Burgschlösschen you will reach the center of the cozy town of Buckow. Many day tourists populate the well-stocked restaurants and pastry shops. Nevertheless, the neatly renovated town center does not seem hectic. First uphill it goes to the Brecht-Weigel-Haus, which is located directly on the Schermützelsee.
The playwright and poet Brecht used the house together with the actress Helene Weigel as a summer residence since 1952. After Brecht's death, Weigel lived there until 1971. Brecht wrote the cycle of poems Buckower Elegien here in July / August 1953. The Brecht-Weigel Museum is now housed here. The golden September sun and the turquoise shimmering water of the lake look like an afternoon on the Italian Riviera. Instead of the upper panorama path, we choose the circular hiking path that runs near the shore. Shortly before the Bollersdorfer Heights, a sign clearly indicates not to leave your excrement here. No problem, we wanted to go out to eat anyway.
September 5, 2021
- Kristian Pröller
Changing clouds with brief showers was the autumn weather forecast in these late August days and thus the meteorological conditions were ideal for hiking. Shortly before the registration deadline, we spontaneously decided to take part in the Berlin mega march - when the event started practically on the doorstep. Since only the last season was still free at 9 a.m., we were able to take it easy in the morning, register in peace and start the tour without being rushed. We roamed the Rehberge in Wedding through Siemenspark and Jungfernheide and left Kurt-Schuhmacher-Platz in the direction of the former runway of Tegel Airport. The airport lake stayed on the left and we were welcomed by the shady roof of the northern Jungfernheide. Soon the Tegeler See and the Greenwich Promenade from Tegel with its numerous excursion steamers were reached, which we left after a few hundred meters in the direction of Humboldtmühle. Via Waidmannsluster Damm we entered the tranquil Hermsdorf center with its neat, middle-class houses. The adjoining Fohnau was only touched and soon the northern Tegel Forest was crossed. Here we followed the Wall Trail to Henningsdorf with its many Havel harbors and even more numerous sport boats. Over half of the route was done and it went along the Havel to Niederneuendorf, which still belongs to Henningsdorf. Behind the Spandauer Forst, the first larger Berlin housing estates came into view and after crossing the Havel and the Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal we were happy to reach our goal with smoking feet and to throw down the well-deserved finisher beer.The four refreshment points, the tireless efforts of the many helpers and the good organization made the mega march an unforgettable experience.
August 28, 2021
- Kristian Pröller
In Lichterfelde-Süd we leave the S-Bahn station heading north and cross the tranquil, middle-class suburbs. The overgrown grass on the streets and sidewalks as well as the somewhat neglected-looking front gardens reduce the otherwise good impression of this area. We use the Eugen-Kleine-Brücke to cross the Teltow Canal, which connects the Spree-Oder waterway with the Lower Havel waterway over a length of 38 kilometers. It was created at the beginning of the 20th century. A memorial stele commemorates the darkest German history. From 1942 to 1945 a sub-barracks camp of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp was located here for prisoners of war who were forced to do forced labor in the surrounding factories under the most inhuman conditions. The shared bike and footpath runs next to the Teltow Canal. After about four kilometers, the so-called 5.7 hectare Lichterfelder Schlosspark is reached. The supposed castle turns out to be a manor house. It was probably built around 1780 in its current classical style on the foundations of a previous building. From there we go around the Benjamin Franklin Clinic, come across the Bäke Park again to the Teltow Canal and follow its course to the Steglitz City Park. That one looks inviting with its well-tended and colorfully planted borders. Older semesters practice tango dance here. The Steglitz cemetery is reached via Bismarckstrasse. At its highest point is the Steglitz water tower, which was completed in 1919 according to plans by Hans Heinrich Müller. The islander is to the east. We leave the Wilhelm Foerster observatory on the left and cross the oldest mountain of rubble in Berlin, which was created from around 1.8 million cubic meters of rubble (as a result of the last world war).
The Schöneberger Südgelände nature park was set up between the routes of the Wannseebahn and the Berlin – Dresden railway line. Nature is now given free rein on the former railway site. Numerous, also protected, animal and plant species have settled here again. A beautiful gem of wild nature in the middle of the big city. Shortly after leaving the park, you will reach the Südkreuz S-Bahn station and start your way back.
August 8, 2021
- Kristian Pröller
The Darßer Weststrand offers unspoilt nature and relative seclusion from the tourist streams. Here in the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park, nature can still be nature. Numerous hiking and cycling trails run through the approximately 5800 hectare Darßer Forest. In these summer days the forest offers enough shade and space for hikes through the lush nature. The large distance of the west beach to parking lots and public roads only leads to sparsely filled beaches in the tourist high season, which can only be easily reached by cyclists. The turquoise-colored, crystal-clear water attracts the overheating active holidaymaker to constantly want to bathe. Why fly to the Mediterranean, the Maldives or East Asia when paradise is practically on your doorstep?
July 16, 2021
- 06:3519.2 mi2.9 mph750 ft725 ft
- Kristian Pröller
From Ribnitz we hiked to the Baltic Sea resort of Graal-Müritz. The Boddenweg was quiet and away from the parallel street. The path forks behind Körkwitz. On the right hand it would go in the direction of Neuhaus / Dierhagen, but we follow the signpost to Klockenhagen. The Bernsteinsee with its water ski facility remains on the left. The Bäderstraße is crossed and we follow the road to Neuheide. The "Forest and Moor" information center awaits visitors here (ribnitz-damgarten.de/infozentrum-wald-und-moor). The dense deciduous forest provides shade, the bird orchestra provides music and we briefly touch Klein-Müritz to make our way over the Reiherstieg to Müritz-Ost. There is little activity on the beach road there, but all the more on the promenade, which stretches for about 1.5 km on the top of the dike. We fortify ourselves with fish rolls, soft ice cream and drinks at the many snack bars in front of the pier in the Baltic Sea resort. After a short rest, it goes below the dike in the direction of Neuhaus. Before we turn into the tower lane through the Ribnitzer Große Moor (de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturschutzgebiet_Ribnitzer_Gro%C3%9Fes_Moor), the heated body is cooled in the 17 degree warm water of the Baltic Sea. Strong north-westerly wind brought cooler water to the area compared to the previous days. Fortunately, the heat of the past few days is over. Now it goes through the lush coastal forest refreshed and back via Körkwitz to Ribnitz.
June 22, 2021
- Kristian Pröller
Today's tour started on the southern part of the Fischland in the Baltic resort of Wustrow. From the heavily frequented pier it went along the beach to the beginning of the cliff. While the path below the cliff used to be accessible, a sign now warns of falling sand formations and danger to life. From the upper part of the coast, the wonderful view over the water makes up for it. Below the Bakelberg, the highest elevation in the Fischland, the fields have been spruced up in bright colors. Poppies and cornflowers, chamomile, clover and thistles bloom in a harmonious composition. The ears of rye sway gently in the moderate wind from the northwest. In Ahrenshoop, the heated body is cooled down in the already quite warm Baltic Sea. Again, there are warning signs: at risk of death, warnings are given of the breakwaters, falling cliffs and dozing seals. Will you experience the end of your vacation here unscathed? The bay offers a small contrast to the roaring Baltic Sea. It's more contemplative here. The wind blows offshore, the freshly mown meadows smell, everything seems calmer and life is not very hectic. In Altenhagener Hafen, Zeesen are waiting for paying guests who prefer to stay in the smokehouse and the inn: it's lunchtime. The hiking path meanders along the reed edge and repeatedly reveals views over the Saaler Bodden. In Niehagen you walk a short distance along the busy Bäderstraße before you switch left again to the Boddenweg, which leads past paddocks and fields in the direction of Barnsdorf. Barnsdorf is a kite and surfing paradise on the Permin, a bay in front of Wustrow. The church tower in Wustrow rises steeply and points the way to the starting point, where refreshment with ice cream and fish rolls is waiting.
June 21, 2021
- Kristian Pröller
Today's small corridor initially led through the town center of Ribnitz. The monastery with its amber museum, the market with St. Mary's Church and the small town harbor are worth a visit. A Bodden hiking trail leads to the Damgarten district. Halfway there is the historic border between Mecklenburg and Pomerania, which marks the Recknitz river. Compared to its bigger sister, Damgarten looks sleepy and arable. In the Pûtnitz district, the restored manor house with park and mausoleum is a real eye-catcher. If you follow the path that continues, you reach the end of the peninsula of the same name and can marvel at Ribnitz looking over the bay. We visit the small market and the few historical buildings and make our way back, whereby a panning through the Nice Park, named after a Mayor of Ribnitz, concludes the hike.
June 20, 2021
- Kristian Pröller
Today's tour followed the well-known R1 long-distance cycle route (London-Helsinki) in the first half. The sections at Treptower Park / Rummelsburger Bucht and along the Müggelsee with varied views over the water are particularly beautiful and cyclist-friendly in Berlin. After passing the Dämeritzsee and the town of Erkner, the cycle path in need of renovation follows, after crossing under the A10 motorway bridge, the Löcknitz, which widens in places with Werlsee, Peetzsee, Möllensee, Elsensee and Liebenberger See. From Kagel, the initially road-accompanying cycle path changes to a well-developed, independent cycle path without car traffic. In Kienbaum, not only the village church attracts attention, but also the "Olympic and Paralympic Training Center for Germany" as the federal performance center is officially called. The numerous outdoor sports facilities, training halls and accommodations for athletes stretch along the way. Since 1952 they have been used as a training facility for competitive sports in the GDR. Today the sports facility is also used by the Federal Police to promote top-class sports. Along with the cycle path, the famous Jakobsweg also leads through Jänickendorf with its pretty village church. A display board provides information about the history of the place and the church.
Trebus is soon reached. On the left, just after entering the village, a yellow kiosk attracts attention and revives memories that were thought to be lost. Doesn't he come from the GDR? A modeled Minol gas station and various vehicles that shaped the streets of the GDR can also be seen. It's a shame that it is closed today. After the restored village church disappears from view, the Trebuser See shines with its crystal clear water on the right hand side, cutting into the landscape. It's always beautiful here and rarely crowded. Now it goes via Molkenberg and Neuendorf im Sande to Fürstenwalde, from where the RE1 takes me back to Berlin.
June 13, 2021