Unfortunately the weekend is already over and we have to go back home. We are not in a hurry, and the long-awaited sun is slowly biting through. So we take a break in Schwanstein and once again a hardworking como driver helped us on a great tour. Thanks Jo for the great tip and the preliminary advice. The Tegelberg with its two via ferrata was our goal. After you have left the alpine meadows, it goes on a wide path, which is quite steep, uphill. At the junction to Tegelberg, the path becomes beautiful; a narrow path, mostly steep uphill, over countless roots and boulders. At some point a sign saying "Create via ferrata set here". Shortly afterwards the path is suspended. The Tegelbergsteig and the Gelbe Wand Steig start together. As soon as you get to the ladder, you have to decide whether you want to go the Yellow Wall Trail (Cat A / B). (The following rope bridge can be avoided, so the KS then has Cat. A.) or takes the Tegelbergsteig with Cat. The branch cannot be missed, it is very well signposted and indicates all dangers and necessary knowledge. We stood here for quite a while and discussed whether we should dare. I, when the more insecure one of us decided then, we go on to A. Hach, what are we reasonable. 😉 Because the rope sagged so much, my first rope bridge was much more shaky than I expected. But that's probably always the case, just that you don't see it in photos. Shortly after the tightrope walker diploma was passed, we were rewarded for our sanity. It started to rain, luckily without a thunderstorm. Below the cable car you come across the hiking path to the Pöllatschlucht. A beautiful path with wonderful views winds its way down the steep mountain in countless serpentines. The view of Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle opens every now and then, surrounded by beautiful blue lakes. You just have to stop and be amazed and enjoy. On the bridge over the Pöllatschlucht it was then mandatory to wear a mask and given directions, but then everything went smoothly again. Due to the day of the week and Corona, the number of tourists was clearly limited, although (meanwhile) there was wonderful weather with bright sunshine. The car already in view, right next to the huge parking lot, under the gondola passage we came across a glass structure with a tin roof. The excavations of a private Roman bath had been discovered here. If only the Romans had suspected that a cable car would eventually hover over their heads.
June 23, 2020
Even today the weather forecast was unfortunately not very pleasant. However, we remained optimistic and still packed our via ferrata accessories in our backpacks. It started to rain more and more on the way up to the Stripsenjochhütte. Once at the top it was completely covered with thick fog, so that we did not want to tackle the alternative route directly. So we went into the hut quite contrary to our custom and waited for tea and apple strudel for the predicted two-hour dry-weather window. As soon as it subsided, we made our way to Feldberg. A very beautiful stony path, sometimes steeper, sometimes less steep, led up. Every now and then the wind gave us a brief look into the valley. Hardly arrived on the Feldberg, contrary to the forecast, it started to rain heavily again. Fortunately, the announced tightrope walk proved to be nowhere near as exposed as announced. Therefore, she let herself go well in the rain. At 3:00 p.m. back at the accommodation, we sealed the hiking tour with sparkling wine and cider.
June 22, 2020
At the end of the toll road in the Kaisertal is the Griesner Alm. This should serve as the starting point for our hikes for the next two days. I expected a much smaller cabin with significantly less comfort. On the third day, I noticed that the rooms were even equipped with a television, and that neither the network nor the WLAN were available, which already created an unexpected helplessness after 10 minutes.The view from here, up the steep rock faces of the Wilder Kaiser, is awe-inspiring and made the excitement of the upcoming tours increase.Unfortunately, the weather was not well reported for the first day and our landlady strongly advised us against it in the morning To climb the via ferrata. For this she gave us the key of the Fritz Pflaum hut, so that she could look for shelter there. On the way we were not only completely fascinated by the gigantic rock walls, peaks and pinnacles but also enjoy a herd of chamois. It was raining from time to time but luckily never very heavily. The paths are not always immediately obvious, but they are perfectly marked and you can always see two of the red / white markings in advance. When I got to the hut everything was completely foggy and my hands stiff from the cold. We went in and used the time to look around the hut. DAV members can get a key in advance and stay here in the bed storage as a self-catering. Just a few minutes later a climber arrived who now urgently advised us against the planned two peaks due to wetness and poor visibility. So we started the way back in an arc on the other side of the rock massif. The descent was significantly more demanding than the ascent. It went steeply down over a scree field and despite the short distance we felt our legs afterwards. It was only 2:00 p.m. when we got back to our accommodation. The violent downpour that followed shortly afterwards and the cozy reading afternoon compensated us a little for the early hiker and did not stop us later from enjoying a hearty dinner.
June 22, 2020
Today I once again succumbed to a tour template from MB. Thanks for that.
Fortunately, our calendars corresponded to the weather forecast, so the hiking afternoon was postponed at short notice. The whole journey was raining heavily and the start was still in the rain but then the weather god held us and it became more and more beautiful. The tour was almost entirely on forest trails and paths, with the number of paths increasing. The highlights were rather packed towards the end, which came in handy for our need to catch up on speech. Each of the three castles was something special in its own way. Seen from below, the Altleiningen castle ruins gave the impression that it was "just" a half-ruined ruin. If you went inside, a fairly modern youth hostel was integrated. The large outdoor pool in front of it somewhat destroyed the look, but it certainly makes the hostel even more attractive for children and teenagers. From here on the Mühlenweg on a nice path to Neuleiningen.
Of course I was excited about the sky ladder that leads up to Neuleiningen. At some point this was a simple staircase, now very overgrown, it had its own charm - provided you don't worry too much about ticks. When you reached the top, you suddenly found yourself in front of a castle tower. We decided to go left along the castle wall. This then turned out to be the city wall, so that we had to walk around the whole place. Neuleiningen is a picturesque village that blends wonderfully into the castle complex and city walls. Here, care was taken to ensure that all the houses fit optically into the cityscape. Narrow alleys and stairs invite you to explore the place. The numerous bars also look very inviting. Definitely worth a detour. A nice combination of castle and place to visit. From here it is a stone's throw to Battenberg Castle. This is also something very special, as it houses a beautiful garden restaurant. You have the choice to sit in the cozy herb garden or on the tower terrace with a view of the wide plain. You practically cannot avoid using it for a stop. However, we were not presented with this choice, it was closed. It is advisable to walk past the flash tubes below. A fascinating natural phenomenon that can be seen here in much more meaningful pictures battenberg-pfalz.de/blitzroehren. The way back to the parking lot was characterized by very narrow paths through plant tunnels. In my view, the tour should definitely go in this direction, it increases until the final fireworks at the end.
June 17, 2020
Wanderparkplatz_ Wildeckstraße, 74360 Ilsfeld
Despite the many highlights, this tour left me with mixed feelings, so I would not recommend it unreservedly. The nice thing was that, as you would expect from a star menu, it continued to increase over the course of time. Started from a nice parking lot, it went for a long time on wide paths on the edge through the village of Beilstein to the Wunnenstein tower. Despite being lonely on a hill (and surrounded by beautiful paths there), the tower was closed due to the current situation. Again on broad paths but in beautiful green surroundings we reached the village of Oberstenfeld, which had excellent ice cream. The ominous thunder above us, after all, kept raining until we had our ice cream. Then there was everything that was possible. The hedge, behind which we ducked for lack of alternatives, eventually gave up resistance. Fortunately, the spectacle only lasted about 15 minutes and we left our cover soaked through. A really nice way to Lichtenberg Castle. Unfortunately, the castle was partially scaffolded and the paths around it were ransacked by construction machinery. It had also been decided to keep the castle gate locked despite the opening hours. After a 5 km dry spell, the pretty Hohenbeilstein Castle, where even the open-air catering had opened. Now finally beautiful paths and trails, two small lakes and from afar you could always look forward to the approaching, very pretty castle Wildeck with its half-timbered oriels. From there it was not far to the small delicacy at the end, the castle ruin Helfenberg. In contrast to the playful castle Wildeck, a simple, dark cube.
June 4, 2020