Beim Spaziergang im Wald oder Park ziehen nicht nur Pflanzen, Blumen und Bäume die Blicke auf sich, sondern leider immer häufiger auch allerlei Unrat: Verpackungen, Flaschen oder Taschentücher säumen Wiesen und Wege.
Wer sich vornimmt, bei jedem Spaziergang mindestens fünf Müllteile mitzunehmen und richtig zu entsorgen, räumt ganz nebenbei Stück für Stück unsere Natur auf. Ganz nach dem Motto: Jedes Teil zählt.
Der Müll in der Natur, vor allem Plastik, ist ein riesiges, globales Problem. Tiere verheddern sich in den Müllteilen oder halten sie für Nahrung – mit häufig tödlichen Folgen.
Yesterday we drove to the southern Black Forest. Partly on roads with little traffic, lined with tall fir trees with a few clouds of fog, we went to Baiersbronn. This hike starts in the free parking lot at the game reserve. Alternatively, you can park in the chairlift parking lot.
First you cross the Sankenbachtal up to the romantic Sankenbachsee, a great lake, lined with slightly autumn-colored trees, with plenty of seating around the lake. Then the ascent to the Sankenbach waterfalls, which unfortunately had little water, begins over bridges and stones.
Over the knee heights it goes to the Ellbachsee view. A 33 meter long footbridge leads to a platform that towers about 10 meters above the Karwand and offers a spectacular view of the Ellbachsee, 150 meters below, of the Mitteltal and distant mountain ranges.
Now it goes downhill to the idyllically situated, birch-lined Ellbachsee. There is also some seating and a hut here, but unfortunately there is no circular path around the lake.
At about 7 km you can choose whether you want to hike on a wide forest path or an adventure path that leads over hill and dale. We decided on the adventurous path, which was a lot of fun but also requires surefootedness.
Along the Höllweg you have a fantastic view of Mitteltal and Baiersbronn, before the path leads us back into the forest - a bit criss-cross - and finally to the starting point at the parking lot. Alternatively, you can also take another of the numerous routes.
A very nice tour that, despite the length, was a lot of fun and rightly makes the Black Forest a popular excursion area.
2 days ago
- 02:528.08 mi2.8 mph1,700 ft1,750 ft
You probably don't need to comment much on the premium hiking trail "Wasserfallsteig", as it's not for nothing that it has been voted Germany's most beautiful hiking trail several times.
At the beginning of the tour, we made a detour up to the Schlossberg with the Hohenurach castle ruin, which is not served but is currently under construction and renovation.
From the Schlossberg you can hike in various ways either to the upper or lower Urach waterfalls. Due to the little rainfall, these fall very modestly. The littered paths frightened me a bit ... traces of the last weeks and months, I can't understand why you're out and about in nature, admiring the beautiful and throwing your rubbish into the landscape!
For the visit we have planned a day outside of the holidays and weekends, in the hope that it is not so crowded. So it was then, the parking lot and waterfall, even the waterfall hut hosted, were only moderately attended and there was enough space.
I was very surprised by the Gütersteiner waterfall, which is a bit hidden in the forest but is very romantic and a bit unusual.
The great views of hills and mountains, valleys and cities, forest and meadow sections and the beautiful, quiet corn valley made this hike very varied.
September 17, 2020
- 02:4027.4 mi10.3 mph1,475 ft1,450 ft
Today we went to the beautiful Odenwald again. The drive along the Neckar alone is worth the trip if you drive past the industrial plants into the beautiful valley with its wooded slopes. Many castles, palaces and ruins appear at regular intervals, as well as small towns between water and slopes. The beautiful half-timbered town of Hirschhorn was the destination today, and thus a trip to Hesse. We parked in the free car park, directly at Hirschhorn Castle, which is also free and offers a wonderful view over the Neckar and the landscape. Castle tours can be booked individually. The complex houses a hotel, registry office and restaurant with a wonderful terrace overlooking the Neckar valley, which is currently closed for renovation.
A steep path leads down to the city, which we immediately left and hiked towards Langenthal. The first part took us along the fenced campsite and Laxbach and finally into the beautiful Ulfenbachtal.
Past rural Langenthal, it went uphill through an initially economically used forest, which then became more and more wild and romantic. Moss-covered stones, gnarled trees and a few views over the Odenwald lined the path. Past the Freischärler grave and through a ravine it went downhill towards Hirschhorn. Here we looked at the beautiful old town with many half-timbered houses, narrow streets and churches, before we climbed many steps back up to the castle and parking lot.
A nice excursion to a really great area that is reminiscent of the Moselle, not quite as spectacular, but not as crowded and quieter.
September 13, 2020
- 02:428.37 mi3.1 mph700 ft700 ft
After about 1.5 km from the starting point you come to a forest, wild and left to your own devices. Some views over the Neckar valley, meadows and fields open up before you come to one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Germany. There are over 1000 tombstones here, the oldest is from 1598.
The path continues to Guttenberg Castle, one of the oldest in Germany and still in excellent condition. The attractions are flight demonstrations of the birds of prey, castle museum and tavern. A few hundred meters away is the castle chapel, just as well preserved. Through the Mühlental it goes past the Siegelsbacher Mühle, where there is a lot of expansion and you can eat well if you haven't already done this in the castle tavern.
August 29, 2020
- 02:096.64 mi3.1 mph850 ft875 ft
This tour through the Bönnigheim city forest starts at the Birkenwald parking lot near Freudental. At the beginning there are beautiful views over the Stromberg vineyards. The route continues through the forest, past some huts and rest areas. The old Jewish cemetery is beautifully located on the edge of the forest, unfortunately only to be admired over the fence. The last part you walk past orchards and the "Garden of Remembrance", which is supposed to remind of the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Christians in Freudental and the sudden end.
August 27, 2020
- 02:377.59 mi2.9 mph1,150 ft1,125 ft
It is not far from Hirsau to the wildly romantic Schweinbachtal. Lined by moss-covered rocks, the Schweinbach meanders through the forest, albeit with very little water at the moment. Again and again you cross the stream over large stone blocks that can be slightly slippery. Only the busy street that runs parallel disturbs the idyll a little. The way was blocked today with some trees lying across and climbing was announced. At the end of the valley you can take a short detour to the Steinerner Brückle, an impressive building from the 18th century that marks the old church path.
The route through Altburg is not really worth it, only after Alzenberg does the route become more interesting again, with a view of Calw, past the cuckoo rock and finally with a view of Hirsau. Here you can visit the beautiful monastery of St. Peter and Paul.
August 22, 2020