Today I went to see the area around Słubice together with the choirboy. Here is the recording of the choirboy: komoot.de/tour/580504204We meet at around 8:05 a.m. under the black locomotive at Frankfurt (Oder) train station and first walk through the railway settlement and through the Gertraudenpark with the Kleist monument to the Marienkirche. We continue down to the banks of the Oder, which we follow to the Oder bridge. We reach Słubice over the Oder bridge. We follow the dike for a while and turn into the Oderwiesen at the small marina. Here we run up to one of the polders, which are supposed to slow down the speed of the Oder. From here you have a great view of Frankfurt and Słubice.
We continue on the flood plains of the Oder, freely following the instinct of the choirboy, which does not always correspond to reality. But we still arrive at the southern end of the Oderwiesen, after the involuntary visit to almost all of the polders. There are interesting views of the railway bridge and the motorway bridge over the Oder. We now reach a memorial stone for the former forced labor camp from the Nazi era near Świecko. There is also a cycle path financed by EU grants, which ends here abruptly. The funds probably only lasted as far as here.
After crossing the railway twice, we now come to the Bismarck Tower, or rather to the remains of it. The tower was blown up in 1945 to make orientation difficult for the Red Army.
We continue through an industrial park and briefly on a former railway embankment to the Kunowice train station (Kunersdorf). Trains to Słubice and Zielona Góra leave from here. Through Kunowice we get to the former battlefield of Kunersdorf and the memorial stone for Ewald Christian von Kleist, a Prussian poet and officer who was found here half dead after the battle.
On the Sportowa we walk along the gravel pit and then a little uphill to the remains of the former Kleist Tower. The concrete scaffolding of the new Kleist Tower is already standing next door, but it will now be called the Słubiceturm. The German past is not so popular here. Below the towers is the large sports area of Słubice and next door is the large Poland market, which was rebuilt after a fire a few years ago, financed mainly by donations from German customers.
Through Słubice, over the Oder bridge and through the Lennépark in Frankfurt, we reach our meeting point again at around 2:45 p.m. under the black locomotive at the train station. The locomotive is decorated for Christmas with a chain of lights and Santa Claus is in the driver's cab.That was a historically very interesting hike through the Oderwiesen and to Kunersdorf. Many thanks to the choirboy for the great tour!
The weather suited us very well, initially with a lot of sunshine; only in the early afternoon did the sky clear. It then started to drizzle near the Frankfurt train station. And it was bitterly cold with temperatures up to a maximum of four degrees.
about 18 hours ago
Today we went together with Heiner (for his tour description see komoot.de/tour/580454603) to a hike on the eastern, i.e. Polish, Oderside.
Historically interesting buildings determined the course of the tour.Start was at Frankfurt train station, from here we went to the former churchyard (cemetery) of St. Gertraud's Church (St. Gertraud has only been in its current location since 1878, before it was in the park opposite), today a park. The former use can still be seen in the three preserved grave monuments. A grave memorial is for Ewald Christian von Kleist who died from the consequences of a wound from the battle near Kunersdorf in Frankfurt (Oder). In his time, Ewald von Kleist was not only a major in the Prussian army but also a very well-known poet (e.g. Lessing immortalized him as Tellheim in "Minna von Barnhelm" and Schiller transfigured Kleist's death in "Wallenstein's Death". Not far from the Ewald grave monument von Kleist is the sculpture by Heinrich von Kleist, which were only related to each other in seven corners.Past the university, St. Mary's Church and the town hall, we crossed the Oder bridge to Slubice. At the level of the marina, we turned onto the floodplain and followed the Oder through beautiful, quiet nature to the iron and motorway bridge. Shortly behind the motorway bridge, just before Swiecko (Schwetig) is the memorial for the "Oderblick" labor education camp, which was located there from 1940-1945. There, suspicious prisoners of war were burned under inhumane conditions during the construction of the motorway, the construction of the Kunersdorf airfield and the Finkenheerd power station. 4,000 of them died. The camp was designed for 400 people and mostly occupied by 800 people. From 1943 the camp also served as a branch of the Gestapo police prison.In the further course of the tour you will find the remains of the former Bismarck tower, which was built there in 1901, shortly behind the former farm (forester's house, presumably with a bar). The 14.50 m high tower was blown up by the German army on February 20th, 1945.
Then we followed a beautiful avenue of beech trees to the road from Swiecko to Slubice, crossed it and wandered through the Slubice industrial park, a special economic zone on the site of the former Kunersdorf airfield (military and civil airfield at the beginning of the 20th century). This section is not subject to entertainment tax, but it is also not sensible to avoid it. We left the industrial area on a forest path and were able to follow it until shortly before Kunersdorf. The last stretch to Kunersdorf we followed an unused country road (otherwise the railway line cannot be safely crossed). The road 138 (Slubice-Osno) was crossed and then we were on the battlefield of the Battle of Kunersdorf in the Seven Years' War on August 12th, 1759 80,000 soldiers of the Russian / Austrian army destroyed the 50,000 soldiers of the Prussians (the term from " Miracle of the House of Brandenburg "was coined by Friedrich II as a result of this battle). At the edge of the battlefield is the Kleiststein (or two Kleiststeine) which marks the place where Ewald von Kleist, who was seriously wounded in the battle, was found.From here it went past the gravel pit back to Slubice. There we turned into the excursion area in the (formerly so called) Judenbergen. There we first visited the remains of the Kleist Tower (again in honor of Ewald von Kleist) and then looked at the construction site for the new Kleist Tower.Past the SOSiR stadium (scaled-down copy of the "German Stadium" in Berlin Charlottenburg, initially the stadium on the Kleisthöhe, later the Ostmarkstation, completed in 1927, arcades worth seeing, before the war for the Frankfurt tram to get there) and the Slubice thermal power station, we hiked back at the dam to the Oderbrücke.Through the Lennépark and past the ruins of the old brewery, we reached the Frankfurt train station again after 29 km.Many thanks to Heiner for the pleasant company
about 20 hours ago
Actually, I wanted to look for traces of the Ziltendorf seaside resort on the Großer Pohlitzer See today. But since the preparation of the stir-fry took longer than planned and I didn't want to hike in the dark, I rescheduled and hiked a tour close to the city with a focus on brown coal.Lignite was only mined underground in Frankfurt (Oder). Lignite mining began with individual pits in 1842, and in 1846 the "Braunkohlenwerk Consolidiert Auguste" was founded. Later the "Vereinszeche Vaterland" and "Consolidert Braunkohlengrube Cliestow" followed. All companies operated several mines in the Frankfurt city area or the surrounding area. In addition there was the "Otto 1" mine which belonged to "Mit Gott bei Pillgram". Frankfurt (Oder) was an important center of German lignite mining at this time. World War I), underground mining was no longer economical.At the end of the 19th century, the north and west of Frankfurt had literally basements. There were pits in the city forest (rose garden), Boossen, Kliestow (up to the Hexenberg), in the area of the Spitzkrug Multi Center (that's why the new residential area was not built there in the GDR, but Neuberesinchen was created), in the area of the homecoming settlement, in the northern area of Hansa Nord and in the area on both sides of Georg-Richter-Str., to Birnbaumsmühle.Since subsidence and collapse occurred again and again, the former pits were laboriously filled with a coal dust mixture after the fall of the Wall.The first encounter with lignite on my hike was at the Heimkehrer Friedhof, a facility for soldiers who died in the POW camp (World War I, the barrack camp was on the site of today's homecoming settlement, the camp's wooden church is still preserved). The cemetery was partly built on the spoil dump of the Körner pit. The remains of graves can still be found there.The next point of reference was the remains of the "Grube Vaterland" stop on the Eastern Railway. It was later renamed Haltpunkt Kliestow. The Ostbahn used this route from 1877, and the stop was established in 1900. In 1911 the route of the Ostbahn was changed by connecting it to the marshalling yard via Boossen and the Kunersdorf junction. The stopping point for a commercial track remained in operation until 1934, then the port railway (from the Oder along Berliner Straße) was extended into this area and the stopping point was closed.From the breakpoint I continued in the direction of "Grube Muth" (there is still the mine building and boundary stones, the location is roughly in the area of the Sonnenhang housing estate) but due to time constraints I turned along the former Kliestow Castle Park (a historical theme of its own) to Kliestow and continue to the Kleiner Kliestower See. The Kleine Kliestower See was formerly called Rohrpfuhl. It already existed before lignite mining, so it is not a residual mine. In the course of the mining, it dried out, only to be rebuilt later due to major subsidence caused by mining. There is currently a significant loss of water that is unlikely to have anything to do with mining.Between the lake and Kliestow you pass the spoil dump of the "Grube Armin" (private property). From Kliestow it went to Gronenfelde. On the right hand side you will find an area (wood), which suggests another previous use. It suspects that it could be the former area of the Armin mine.At the end of the path, in Gronenfelde, the Grubenstrasse begins. I did not follow it but turned towards the Klingetal and later turned onto the dirt road behind the last commercial property. At the end of the dirt road I had to insert an off-grid section to get to the pear tree mill. On the way from Georg-Richter-Strasse to Ernst-Ruge Strasse, I crossed the site of the "Consolidiert Auguste" mine, which was the last area with lignite supply for today.
7 days ago
- 02:027.95 mi3.9 mph275 ft275 ft
"Oh my dear, start singing, sing as much as you can. Let your voice ring with joy, because the time is very comforting."It is actually a song from the Advent season, but this piece comes to my mind regularly when I walk through foggy-gray landscapes. The fog shortens the horizon and thus the width, the gray takes the colors and thus the distraction and so I concentrate more on the immediate surroundings or end up in relaxed autopilot mode, which leads to deep relaxation.Today we went through the natural no man's land between the railway line to Berlin and the orchards to the B112, then up the hill and on to Amsterdamer Straße. This was crossed and on the bike path we went into Frankfurt, on to the main cemetery and then towards home.The paths outside the city are field or cycle paths that are easy to walk. Today I was only able to watch a few birds, but I didn't want to watch at all, I wanted to let my soul sing.
November 14, 2021
- 05:1915.0 mi2.8 mph425 ft425 ft
Since a bacterial mother ship has nested in my home, the safest way not to participate in his cold was to escape into the fresh air,After the beautiful group hike last week, I have the idea in the back of my mind to also put Frankfurt (Oder) and its surroundings in a suitable light for hiking purposes. We have great hiking areas on both sides of the Oder.I actually know the trails on the eastern side very well, but not under ASP conditions. The area is a core area and therefore fenced in (the question is where are the gates). Lt. Frankfurter ASP regulation, however, is allowed to enter field and forest paths east of the course of the B112. In other words, where there is a path and a gate, you can walk along there (at least that's how I interpreted official German). As a result, almost all beautiful paths are also hikable, only the steep face can no longer be reached (although allegedly not a core but only a hazard area.So went over the train station in the direction of the city center past a few sights (see photos) on the Ziegenwerder and on over the Oderwiesen, the Eichwald to the motorway bridge. This is followed by the beautiful section below the Buschmühle to the passage under the railway line near the Brendel spring. Here the path to the steep wall went off, but that doesn't work at the moment.So we went on other ways to Lossower Burgwall, a settlement that at the end of the Middle Bronze Age in the 13th century BC. It was built in the early Iron Age (8th-6th centuries BC) and was one of the most important ground monuments in the state of Brandenburg (= nothing can be seen above the ground).Past Lossow we went to Tzetzschnower Switzerland with its former vineyards. The mocking verse "Märkischer Erde yields go through the throat like a saw", by the way, comes from the students of the Frankfurt University Viadrina from the 16th century, that should say something about the quality (at least about the sugar content) of the local wines. Viticulture ended at the beginning of the 20th century when the vines were attacked by a fungus. The vines were torn out and burned and no new vines were allowed to be planted for the next 50 years. Time has passed but the old vineyards are now forests.Tzschetzschnow is the old (Slavic) place name of Güldendorf. In 1937 the village was renamed Güldendorf as part of the Aryanization of the place names, in the GDR this renaming, unlike many others, was not returned.The deeply cut valley used to house 3 mills. Crossing Güldendorf and walking through the Märkischer Naturgarten, a well-developed terminal moraine, it went back to the home zone.So I have an ASP safe route on the western side of the Oder in store, now I have to look on the western side to see how all the historical evidence (e.g. Schwetig labor camp, basic sheep farm, Bismarck tower, Jewish cemetery, Kunersdorf battlefield (seven years' war ), Kleiststein and Kleistturm (not Heinrich von), Ostmarkstadion) in a hike less than 30 km in length. There are no ASP fences in the countryside in Poland for this, the pig-keeping farms have been fenced off there.Today I met a lot of water fowl (great egrets, gray herons, comorans, ducks) and various other birds (many jays, some woodpeckers). I don't know who was more frightened, me or the pheasant taking off next to me, I'm sure about the fleeing deer.
November 13, 2021
- 05:0416.1 mi3.2 mph625 ft650 ft
An invitation from Frank Meyer to a hike from Eisenhüttenstadt to Neuzelle, organized by Axel the local tour guide, sounded twice as exciting.On the one hand I am out and about in the area from time to time, but with a local guide you can certainly get more out of the area and on the other hand it is interesting to know who is behind many nicknames I know in real life.We almost started today in Karl-Marx-Stadt. That was the name actually intended for Stalinstadt, which was to be given to the city on March 14, 1953 (the anniversary of Karl Marx's death). But since Stalin died 9 days earlier (March 5th, 1953), the rescheduling was quick and the new city was given the name Stalinstadt on May 7th, 1953 (Chemnitz was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt on May 10th, 1953). In 1961 Fürstenberg and Stalinstadt were merged and were given the name Eisenhüttenstadt.So the starting point was Eisenhüttenstadt, where, in contrast to most of the participants, I also had an arrival and departure advantage. My departure was 8:37 a.m. = sleep an hour longer + a coffee at the train station ☕️
For me, Eisenhüttenstadt is an exciting contemporary witness for planned cities. If you get a little familiar with the subject and the general framework:- Movement in urban planning that at the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th century wanted to move away from the uncontrollable large cities towards smaller and functional cities with a maximum of 33,000 inhabitants, the idea of garden cities also stems from this
- at the same time the architecture of the new objectivity (including Bauhaus) emerged
- During the global economic crisis, however, the new type of town planning in Europe could not be implemented for economic reasons
- So planned cities (western projects) were only implemented in the Soviet Union, e.g. Magnitogorsk, but they were quickly satisfied with the results (new objectivity, linear construction = faceless settlements)
- that's why Stalin took on the topic (e.g. renovation of Moscow) and provided the architectural guidelines
- These guidelines can also be found in the 16 principles of urban planning in the GDR adopted in 1950 (popular, richly pictorial architecture)as well as the special framework conditions:
- The first residential buildings in the 1st residential complex were planned and built in accordance with these guidelines, which led to the resentment of the GDR government, as these houses were not representative enough (based on the social building of the Weimar Republic = row buildings with low ceiling heights and small rooms coarse plaster on the outer facade)
- You can then already understand the implementation of the architectural specifications in the first residential complex, but especially in the 2nd residential complex
- when Stalin died in 1953, Khrushchev initiated the "All-Union Conference of Building Professionals" in 1954 with the aim of de-Stalinizing the building culture.
- This change of course was made binding for the GDR in 1955 with the "First Berlin Building Conference"
- The transition from the "national building tradition in the sense of Stalin to industrialization in the sense of Khrushchev can be followed very well in the third residential complex and its (preliminary) conclusion in the fourth residential complex, which consists entirely of standardized residential buildings (Q3A)notice, then a lot of the Eisenhüttenstadt architecture becomes clearer, it takes on a meaning and a peculiar, sometimes somewhat out of date, beauty.
Due to time constraints, our tour only led through the first and second residential complex, Axel was our very knowledgeable city and architecture guide.
I can highly recommend a hike through Eisenhüttenstadt with an architecture guide under my arm. Those who like taking photos will also enjoy the many sculptures, wall designs and fountains in Eisenhüttenstadt.
November 7, 2021
Due to the time change, it was relatively early lunchtime today, we had to be in Müllrose for coffee. The time window in between should be enough that I could do the route on foot. In addition, I had decided on the route through the nature reserve "Fauler See", past the Helenesee train station and then on the "Lossower Weg" to Müllrose.The route is shorter than via Lichtenberg / Hohenwalde and not much longer than the cycle path on the B87, but it is only a compromise.The first 5 km leads through the city to the cemetery and then runs along the highway and the B112 to the shooting range. These are five fun-free kilometers that are necessary to reach the goal and cannot be avoided in a meaningful way.This is followed by the section through the "Fauler See" nature reserve. It used to be a hiking highlight, today it is almost impassable. The two hiking trails have not been maintained for years, fallen trees require a certain sportiness and the rampant nettles, shrubs and robinia have partially devoured the paths. You only come forward very slowly, you have to look for detours again and again and ask yourself whether this is still hiking in the nature reserve or already "hiking across the country", which is not allowed in the nature reserve. For me it gives the impression that they want to push hikers out of the nature reserve.The condition of the three waters of the NSG is also dramatic. There is only the "Lazy Lake" left, the already temporary waters "Kranichkuten" and "Kesselmoor" I haven't seen full of water for a long time. The "lazy lake" has noticeably silted up since the last visit.After the nature reserve, i.e. from the level crossing at Markendorf, past the Heleneesee train station to Müllrose, you then have a hiking motorway (paved, wide forest / field path) through a more or less boring pine forest. Better for my targeted sports hike than along the busy B87, but for a varied hike I would choose a different route. But of course the weather tore out a lot today.My actual goal of being able to move around in the fresh air between lunchtime and coffee in good weather was fulfilled, and that's all I wanted.And since you are never satisfied with what you have, I am really looking forward to the autumn hikes in foggy, damp weather (to long for the sun).
October 31, 2021
Today we were on the road with visitors, a "real" hike was not possible but a long walk in this great weather was definitely possible.Since drinking coffee was also planned, we decided to make a detour to Beeskow. In my opinion, Beeskow was able to maintain the flair of the pre-war period in many places, despite massive war damage. The well-rehabilitated city wall, which has to be walked on and has many historical objects in the immediate vicinity, contributes a lot to this. With some the meaning is immediately recognizable, with others one has to deal with.So we parked (free parking) in the parking lot of the castle, first looked at the Fischerkietz, followed the Spree to the park and this to the city wall. Along the city wall, which has been very well renovated and has beautiful paths both on the inner city side and on the city moat side, went over the station to the Spree and on the other side to the station back.
This is followed by an extensive visit to the café in the cinema, where there was delicious ice cream and cake and of course coffee. The round was completed along the Spree past the lock back to the castle.Because we know him well, we left out the inner city part with St. Mary's Church and the city wall section there. In my opinion, this area is a must for a proper city tour.
October 31, 2021
The city tour began and ended at the Stadtmitte S-Bahn station and led over 9 km through downtown Stuttgart. Then the S-Bahn line 6 (every 15 minutes) went directly to the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen (8 km, Neuwirtshaus station is right next to the museum, single journey € 2.55, day ticket € 5.10).I admit that after 5 days in Paris, Stuttgart had a hard time architecturally for me. Vienna or St. Petersburg might have had a chance, but a city that had to endure 53 bomb attacks in World War II and was then completed again in the post-war period has many architectural breaks. I like organically grown cities better.Nevertheless, there are also many individual buildings and groups worth seeing in Stuttgart, so that a visit is definitely worthwhile in this regard as well. There is just no closed ensemble.My girls, for whom other things (shopping, cafes) are more important than architecture and history in a city, really liked Stuttgart. It's all a matter of personal taste.Then we went to the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. I think the building is very well done outside and inside, the setting sun gave the facade a special atmosphere. Admission was 10 € (or 5 € for students) and there was really little going on. You could take a look at the almost 100 vehicles (and even more small exhibits) and take photos. Even with the other variety (argumented reality, car races, sound generators, etc.) there was little or no rush.And as always, you learn something, e.g. that Ferdinand Porsche started with battery electric cars. As early as 1900 there was a hybrid in which two gasoline engines generated electricity (which is now being rediscovered) which was transferred to two wheel hub motors (we are still researching this).We were in the museum for two hours (until it closes at 6:00 p.m.) and felt well entertained.
October 22, 2021
The tour of the castle and gardens was 15 km. Unfortunately, Komoot was of the opinion to resume the paused recording of night photos of the Eiffel Tower (I did not take photos with Komoot) and thus to add it to the tour. That's why I smuggle in two photos of the Eiffel Tower at night.Plot:
Last night we decided to visit Versailles today. We bought the tickets online at night and downloaded them to our mobile phones, there is a 30-minute staggered entrance fee. Then we took the RER C to Versailles train station (this is where the tour starts) and then to the palace. We were there at 12.20 p.m. and saw a huge queue from the 12.00 p.m. slot. But, the organizers are apparently used to a lot more crowds, everything was calm and relaxed and we were in the castle at 12:50 pm.You can say a lot or a little about the castle. I won't say a lot (there are travel guides for more), it's just pure pomp, the eye is literally stunned. The rush of visitors was limited and so it was a relaxed and educational (audio guide) visit. It is a very clear increase compared to German palaces (you can see why Versailles was the model), perhaps the Hermitage in St. Petersburg can still keep up.The size and versatility of the gardens surprised me. The expansion meant that in some places you were even completely alone. Everything can be found that served royal amusement, e.g. water games with and without music, a very large canal, wide bridle path, many great lines of sight and again and again small or large artistic and architectural surprises (sculptures, English village ...).There is also a lot on offer in botanical terms. The garden design is predominantly French, but there is also a large English garden at Le Petit Trianon and all the grounds are very well maintained.In addition, we had dream weather, 22 ° C with a cloudless sky and a very bearable number of visitors. It was a great afternoon.I would have liked to have spent two hours longer there (but it was getting dark), from that point of view 12:30 p.m. was actually too late, 10:30 a.m. will be booked for the next visit.In the evening we went to the Eiffel Tower to see it illuminated and glittering (5 minutes every full hour).Paris is a great city.
October 19, 2021