The last day of our Prignitz bike tour starts in Wittenberge. We accompany the Elbe to Havelberg. Either on the dike or on accompanying paths. Great opportunity to clear your head. The trails are very good and - contrary to our expectations - there are hardly any other cyclists.In Havelberg, which we know from our visit to the 2015 Federal Garden Show, we find a restaurant near the cathedral for our break: La Dolce Vita seems to be the only open restaurant in Havelberg today. But that doesn't matter, because it sits on a terrace over the city with a wonderful view and the food and service are adequate.Then it continues along the Havel towards Strodehne. There we choose the shortcut to Neustadt / Dosse because we want to go back to Berlin this evening. On the map we see that the route quality should not be so good. But we are sporty and so a few kilometers of bad ground shouldn't matter so much. Well. It is an ordeal. The path between the Strodehne and the Rübehorst must be avoided. Unless you have a mountain bike and have fun on potholes in flat country.Accompanying the B102, it continues to Neustadt / Dosse. Since we still have some time, we treat ourselves to a very delicious ice cream in the Café Ice Dream (Köritzer Strasse 32) in Neustadt / Dosse.The return trip to Berlin on this Friday evening makes it clear to us again that it is not a matter of course to get a place on the train for your bike: the train attendant signals to us as soon as we arrive that our two bikes are the last, that he can still take with him.
7 days ago
From Wittstock / Dosse to Heiligengrabe we drive on the companion route of the B189. You are always sent from one side of the street to the other. This is inevitable with the chosen structural constellations - but sometimes it leads to confusing and uncertain situations. A large wood processor has its production facility at the entrance to Heiligengrabe. We can smell the exhaust air just behind Wittstock. And there is lively truck traffic around the factory premises. Not nice.At the end of Heiligengrabe we find a completely different world: the abbey grounds with the prepared old buildings are very beautiful and definitely worth a visit. We stay here for a few moments and then continue.From Heiligengrabe we follow to today's destination, Wittenberge, again small district roads, farm roads or forest trails. The route quality is basically good, there are mostly avenues again and the traffic is definitely limited. Agricultural traffic is increasing in some places, but that is not a problem either.We take a late break in the Neue Mühle in Perleberg. Food and beer are good, if a little expensive, and the service is easily overwhelmed.At Dergenthin we leave the Tour Brandenburg bike path and head south towards Wittenberge. The paths remain easy to drive on this section, even if they are paved at times quite unconventionally.In front of and in Wittenberge there are the usual road escapes or we are led to the sidewalks.We stay at the Hotel Alte Ölmühle and find the accommodation and the restaurant very good.
July 30, 2020
We start our three-day bike hike through the northwest of Brandenburg in Dannenwalde (Oberhavel). Today's destination is Wittstock / Dosse in Ostprignitz.The first part of the route leads us through the wooded area of Stechlin to Rheinsberg. A few kilometers before Rheinsberg, the bike path becomes bad. He broke open on long stretches of roots and we cannot enjoy the beautiful forest because our eyes constantly have to scan the meters in front of our tires for damage and deep craters in the surface.In Rheinsberg we take a little break and circle the beautiful castle.Then it goes on - unfortunately also with the poor route quality - to Dorf und Flecken Zechlin. We take a break in the Waldeck restaurant. Food and beer are good and service is brisk. We then cross these two beautifully arranged places in astonishment. And miraculously, the bike path is now getting better. Much better.Through the NSG Wumm-See and Twern-See we continue to Sewekow, the northernmost point of our tour. In the meantime we have arrived in Ostprignitz. It is a wavy to flat, heavily agricultural landscape. We are now enjoying the beautiful wide views.The bike route now leads over small district roads, which mostly come along as avenues. Oak, linden, robinia and others - beautiful. Traffic is limited because there is no through traffic here.We already know our goal, Wittstock / Dosse, from a visit to the State Garden Show last autumn (komoot.de/tour/96039025). A pretty little town with a preserved city wall and an old bishop's castle.We spend the night in the Hotel Röbler Thor, right on the Dosseteich in front of the city wall. A good choice.
July 29, 2020
Nice little round of ussels. The path leads through the Diemel valley to the Diemel spring. Then it goes to the border to NRW. We leave Graf Stolberg Hütte on the right and turn to the Echternschlade refuge.The heather area begins there. Very very nice. The blueberries are not yet ripe and will probably remain relatively small. It is too dry. We find ripe raspberries. But they're tiny too.On the bald Pön and on the way back to Usseln we enjoy the wonderful view of the surrounding area. The trails are easy to walk and just right for a small afternoon hike.komoot.de/collection/890466/-das-upland-wandern-im-hessischen-teil-des-sauerlandes
July 24, 2020
Very appealing round through the Upland. From Usseln to Hemmighausen we follow the Diemel bike path through the beautiful, green Diemel valley. There are hardly any other hikers or cyclists.From Hemmighausen to Rattlar, we hike on a part of the Uplandsteig that we have never heard of before and that completely inspires us: largely open and hilly landscape with fantastic views in all directions.From Rattlar we choose a route over the Hermannsberg to Usseln, which also gives us wide views of the surrounding area.The paths are easy to hike. It goes a little bit up and down the mountains, especially if you visit the Dommelturm directly. Overall a very nice hike.
July 21, 2020
Although only a small part of the hike leads us through the Upland today, I assign it to my “Upland Collection” (komoot.de/collection/890466/-das-upland-wandern-im-hessischen-teil -des-sauerland). Because Medebach is also in the Hochsauerland region - albeit in the NRW region.We start at the church in Medebach (St. Peter and Paul) and walk north along the Weddel. The path is very beautiful, prepared for (family) hikes and easy to walk.Our stopover is Referinghauen. Before that, we run an unmarked and overgrown forest path from kilometers seven to eight, at the end of which we have to overcome a stream with giant steps.From Referinghausen I try to avoid the usual hiking routes and we hike narrow, steep, partly paved farm roads.Overall a surprisingly nice hike.
July 23, 2020
It should rain from 11:00 a.m. We therefore change our planning and drive via Bad Liebenwerda to Doberlug-Kirchhain. At the entrance to the town, the first drops fall.But first we follow the black magpie from Elsterwerda to Bad Liebenwerda. The path is very good and the landscape is appealing.Then we turn towards Doberlug-Kirchhain, pass Dobra and end up in what is probably the most boring pine forest. At least that's my impression. The forest belongs to the Lower Lusatian Heathland Nature Park, but there is not much to see from Heide - at least on this section of the path.In Doberlug-Kirchhain the weather is getting more and more uncomfortable. We no longer take the time to visit the castle and drive straight to the train station.
July 16, 2020
We drive back to Senftenberg and then mainly follow the Black Elster to Elsterwerda.It is a flat landscape with relatively poor soils. With Germany's poorest climate, agriculture is only profitable to a limited extent. The extraction of mineral resources (lignite, gravel, copper), on the other hand, was significantly more profitable and lignite-based electricity is still the largest employer with currently three power plants. However, several of the largest solar parks have gone into operation since the mid-2000s. Other biotechnology and chemical industries have also established themselves.But there are also large pine forests, heaths and meadows with alder forests. And that's where we mostly drive today. Except for a small dangling to Schwarzheide, we mostly follow the Black Elster.Even today the quality of the cycle paths is mixed again and occasionally the signage is missing.
July 16, 2020
Lusatia is located in the south of Brandenburg. Active and renatured open-cast mining characterize the landscape. After 1950 in particular, almost 26,000 people and dozens of places had to make way for lignite mining. The remaining opencast mines were / are usually filled with water, which created the Lusatian Lakeland.While active open-cast mining was a massive and incomprehensible intervention in people's lives and the shaping of the landscape, the coal phase-out is now another turning point. The necessary structural change is conceptually supported by the LMBV and funded by state and federal funds.The newly created Lusatian Lakeland is an essential pillar for tourism. There are also four university locations in Lusatia. Large company branches and medium-sized technology companies have also settled in Lusatia. So a lot is moving.On our bike tour we pass the very, very beautiful Branitzer Park in Cottbus, the impressive power station Black Pump and the lake landscape that has arisen from the flooding of the open-cast mine holes. We pass retort harbors and Disney lighthouses. And again and again at camping sites.The path quality offers everything: from smooth, freshly asphalted bike paths to pitiful bumpy slopes.At the end of today's tour we land in Großräschen, where a pier was built from the launching arm of the last spoiler of the Meuro opencast mine. Very impressive.
July 15, 2020
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June 27, 2020
"The hot north of Berlin"15 tours of the Komoot relay hike were already done when we - Anette, Frank and I - met at the Jungfernheide S-Bahn station and drove together with the RE6 to Kremmen to take up the relay from Thomas Tesche (Panketaler) and take the 16th Stage.I will add details and more pictures later when I am back home. Only that much. It was very hot, as exhausting as it was exhausting.We ask Hannah to the Oranienburg S-Bahn station. The virtual baton is on top of the information boards in the entrance hall. We are excited to see where it will land tomorrow.Anette's photos and tour description: komoot.de/user/215072986915Tour description (part 1, addendum from July 1)The station clock in Kremmen shows 9:11 a.m., shortly after we leave the RE 6. Not many get off here. We feel that a hot day is ahead of us. We agreed on this route the evening before because - as Annette already wrote - it promised a lot of shade. She didn't keep her promise.The Kremmen train station is just outside the town and so we first use the sidewalk along Berliner Chaussee, which - as we get closer to the center - is only called Berliner Straße.First we come across an unadorned building that you only perceive as a chapel at second glance. A cross on the dirty-gray front of the house to the left of the entrance. A bell tower on the neighboring property. You can read that the chapel “Christus König” was built in the early 20th century as a mission house with apartments and a “prayer room” for Catholic soldiers. The GDR authorities later refused to build a “real” church. And so the interior of a box-shaped extension became a church in 1970, with a small altar and an even smaller organ for the Catholics in the region.We do not stay long, make a little dangle over the market square, turn our back on the center via Dammstraße and turn to the oldest house in the former arable town. St. Nikolai is a magnificent church (for Protestants) with a field stone choir from the 13th century.We continue along the street of the unit, past the volunteer fire brigade. An inhabited stork's nest on an old chimney. With her strong zoom, Annette almost succeeds in a portrait, while I have to be satisfied with a search image ("Search’ the stork! ") Using a smartphone camera. In the meantime, back home, I can follow live on my monitor what's going on in the nest. The city has installed a camera high up. On their homepage - kremmen.de - you can see how Adebar is sorting his feathers.At the “Richard Dehmel Bridge” we can finally get down from the Ruppiner Chaussee and dive into the Kremmener Forest, which is supposed to provide us with more or less shady paths for a good ten kilometers. Our optimism relativizes in the course of the tour.Initially, “light games” immerse the forest paths in a magical world and are jointly responsible for a wonderful “quiet” hike. The canopy of the large trees only partially shields the forest floor. Because a canopy of leaves has many holes, and so the paths are littered with sunlight spots - taler, as they are called in the fairy tale. And there are big gaps in the canopy. Namely, wherever wider paths or a bicycle road were created.Benches, shelters etc. are completely missing here. Is that because we are not dealing with an official hiking trail? We improvise. That means, for the mountain festival, we jerk a tree trunk that offers a shady place to take our break bread by far.Sequel follows.
June 27, 2020