For history lovers, the Soča is better known by its Italian name Isonzo - no fewer than twelve battles between Italy and Austria-Hungary were fought here during the First World War, with the unbelievable result of over a million dead, wounded and missing ...
Fortunately, the only hosts here in the region today are the tourists who are drawn to the Soča Valley.
The entire Soča Trail from the source to Bovec is almost 30 km long and part of the Alpe-Adria long-distance hiking trail. There is a bus from Kranjska Gora to Bovec, so with a little planning you can hike the entire trail and take the bus there or back.
On the other hand, we decided to hike through the heart of the trail with the 100m long Little Gorge and the 700m long Great Soča Gorge. In this wonderful landscape, a round trip is really not a disadvantage, and there should be plenty of time to take photos and swim.
By the way, the best bathing place is at the exit of the Great Gorge, here you will find wonderful pools with turquoise-blue water and snow-white small beaches.
Of course, you're all alone here in rainy weather, and there's a lot going on on the trail, too. Overall, however, it is still quite bearable (at least now in mid-September) if you consider the tour's reputation as one of the most beautiful hikes in Slovenia.
After the two gorges we hiked to the suspension bridge near Podklanec, turned around there and first of all treated ourselves to a cold beer at Camping Klin.
On the way back, completely new perspectives open up, the river just doesn't get boring 😍
October 1, 2021
After our little evening exploration yesterday, we started again today to the lake of Jasna, in order to hike on from there to the Krnica hut. We reserve the main path between Kranjska Gora and the hut, which largely follows the Pišnica, for the way back.
The way there is not so clear from the height of the Jasna lake: after a beautiful path along the telephone line, it goes again and again along the little road, then again over partly very damp forest paths or across the pastures - the warning of the wild bull we only saw it when we left the pasture😅
Overall quite varied, while the surrounding mountain panorama is becoming more and more impressive.
From the hiking car park at Ruska Cesta (the road over the Vršič pass with its 50 bends was built by Russian prisoners during World War I), the hut is signposted for the last 2km.
The Krnica hut is wonderfully situated at a good 1100m in the midst of an impressive mountain backdrop, from here the paths and climbs start, for example, to Križ (2400m) and Razor (2600m), which we are happy to leave to the professionals this time😋
The management by the local section of the Slovenian Alpine Club is excellent, you could easily spend the rest of the day here ...
But then we content ourselves with a refreshment from the drink fountain and make our way back along the Pišnica, which runs partly underground here and only leaves a dazzling white river bed made of limestone gravel. Above ground, the water is then promptly so icy that it feels very much like a glacier stream 🥶
From a picnic by the river to the obligatory photo break at Lake Jasna, we can easily spend the entire afternoon on the way back to Kranjska Gora.
The landscape is just way too beautiful, no power hiking is possible there🙈
September 13, 2021
It's quite a gherkin from the Black Forest to Slovenia, but it's worth it - just a great mountain world😍
A small sunset tour to Lake Jasna on the edge of the Triglav National Park to untie your legs.
Then return along the Pišnica and a nice dinner in Kranjska Gora.
September 12, 2021
I have already hiked the entire Rundumwegli this year to Dreikönig (komoot.de/tour/302455896?ref=aso), but the part 3 fell by the wayside ...
Exactly the right thing for a sunny Saturday afternoon, because the second half of the path leads through the Müllheimer Eichwald 🌳😍 in a beautiful shade
The official starting point is the tourist information office on Wilhelmstrasse, but it is also easy to get right from my front door 😊
The tour leads through fields and vineyards to just before Zitzingen, then back to Niederweiler at an acute angle, which you leave along Lipburger Straße. From here the route runs through the Müllheimer Eichwald, the use of which there has been a lot of wrangling in recent years.
From the Blauenblick opposite Lipburg there is a fairly direct line back to Müllheim.
All in all, a nice little round without a big difference in altitude, which offers some beautiful viewpoints.
September 11, 2021
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The small Sundgau town of Ferrette looks back on a long history and from the 11th century onwards was the seat of a county that at times ruled the whole of southern Upper Alsace beyond Mulhouse. Later the Habsburgs ruled here and Ferrette (Pfirt) belonged to Upper Austria, after the 30 Years War the region finally fell to France.
The first stage of our little tour is therefore the castle ruins above the village, the best starting point for the tour is, by the way, Charles-de-Gaulle-Platz below the church.
Via the Rue du Château it goes up to the medieval garden, which is well worth seeing, from here to the left past an old fountain on a path that climbs steeply in serpentines to the castle.
The castle ruins consist of an upper and lower castle: the upper castle dates back to around 1100 and was destroyed in the 30 Years War, while the younger lower castle fell victim to the French Revolution. The ruin is freely accessible and offers a great view, especially from the former keep of the upper castle.
A varied mountain path then leads from the Burgberg towards the Grotte des Nains, the most spectacular of the numerous Jura rocks along the way is the well-secured Loechle rock. At the Heidenflueh, a picnic area invites you to take a break, then you continue without steep inclines to the Plateau des Nains above the Wolfsschlucht. The gorge and the Grotto des Nains at its end are the second big highlight of the tour - contrary to the old legend, the dwarfs have obviously returned to the cave 😅
From the cave it goes through the forest to Lochmatten and from there over a very beautiful path always above a Jura edge towards the Rossberg. The Rossberg tower at almost 700m should be the crowning glory of the round around Ferrette, but in the heavy rain that set in, it would definitely not have been fun anymore ...
For this reason we went straight back to Ferrette and the Rossberg has to wait until the next dwarf tour. It won't be long in coming, after all, the little ones want to be visited regularly😋
July 6, 2021
Even if it is still compulsory to wear a mask in the whole city area - a short city tour through Mulhouse with open outdoor catering was due again for a long time
A good starting point for such a round is the Belvédère on the Rebberg, here in the posh district, parking is also free of charge. Unfortunately, the lookout tower from 1898, by the way from the same Freiburg forge as the towers on Rosskopf and Blauen, is currently closed, so the overview at the start is unfortunately not available ...
The first section (unfortunately stumbled on komoot) leads over the Sentier du Sommer through a park to the transmission tower, from there through the city forest to the zoo.
After passing the zoo, you leave the noble vineyard, cross the small Parc du Tivoli (on the southern edge of which you can marvel at the imposing Schweissdissi😅) and arrive at the newly established Bahnhofsesplanade.
On the other side of the Canal du Rhin au Rhône there is still a major construction site, the triangular Square de la Bourse is really nice again with beautiful perspectives and of course the central Place de la Réunion with the old town hall.
Via the Jardin des Senteurs (really a fragrance experience at this time of the year, unfortunately the rather littered look is not so sparkling) it goes along the Ill from the center. Between the football stadium and the bank it goes a little through the park, back on the other bank of the Ill and over the railway line to the quarter of the former foundry. Part of the factory building has already been renovated and now houses apartments and parts of the university, overall the quarter has changed very positively in recent years.
Over the Fonderie Bridge and under the railway line it goes back to the Rebberg, where one can marvel at some of the noblest dwellings in Mulhouse over the last kilometer.
The Belvédère tower is finally reached again via the Sentier du Sommet.
May 31, 2021
Only a few kilometers south of Mulhouse (Saturday is market day😉) you are already in the Sundgau, the hills of which stretch from here to the Swiss border. A very nice hiking area with pretty half-timbered villages and, especially in the southern part, extensive forests.
The front line ran in the Zillisheim-Luemschwiller-Tagolsheim area in August 1914, before it established itself further west at Dannemarie and hardly moved during the rest of the war.
To commemorate the fighting in 1914, Luemschwiller set up a "chemin de mémoire" with impressive information boards, and Zillisheim has signposted a "circuit historique". Both are a bit short, so I put together my own round.
The ideal starting point is at the parking lot at the former "Auberge du Canon" (Rue de la Vallée, or better w3w zwei.sorgten.eckige), from there a beautiful route leads over forest and field paths to the outskirts of Luemschwiller with the Notre Chapel -Dame-des-Neiges. The chapel is mostly closed, but the church garden with Lourdes grotto and mighty linden trees in front of the chapel invite you to linger.
Luemschwiller is only touched, in a wide arc across the meadows you get to the former Jewish cemetery in the forest on the southern outskirts. The town has not had a Jewish community since the 1870s, and most of the more than 200 tombstones have fallen over and overgrown.
On the chemin de mémoire you now cross Luemschwiller, followed by a long (leisurely) climb to the German military cemetery above Illfurth. Here lies next to about 2000 other dead from the front section south of Mulhouse with Lieutenant Albert Mayer (22) the first German fallen in the First World War, who died in a shootout near Joncherey before the official start of the war - just like the French Caporal Peugot (21) . The first of over 10 million, and 20 years later the horror started again, what could be stupid ...
After crossing the cemetery, you quickly reach the Chapelle Saint-Brice via small forest paths. There were already settlements here on Britzgyberg in prehistoric times, and archaeological excavations have unearthed the remains of an important Celtic oppidum.
From Britzgyberg with its proud 382m and a beautiful view of the Black Forest, it goes on wide forest paths to the last historical relic of the tour, the base of the "Long Max". This belittling designation hides a 380mm naval artillery which, with its 17m long barrel, could shoot 750kg projectiles up to 40km. This monster was installed here in 1915/16 and fired a total of 44 times at Belfort and Wesseling before it was dismantled again at the end of 1916. The enormous gun base and the extensive system of tunnels and bunkers around the whole complex, explained in detail by display boards, have been preserved.
From here you can reach the starting point of the tour in a few meters.
May 30, 2021
In addition to the Planetary Path and the Time Path, both of which can be easily combined with the Wolfsschlucht to form a larger tour, Kandern also has some nice little routes to offer. One such small circuit, which is set up with a lot of effort, is the forest adventure trail - you can go for a short circuit after work or go on a long hike with children. Informative stations alternate with installations for playing or taking part, all in all a very worthwhile short tour.
You can start well at the August Macke School in Kandern, where you also have a small barbecue area with a beautiful view over the town at the beginning and end of the round.
Also very exciting is the large apiary, which offers additional insights as part of a guided tour (imkerverein-kandertal.de).
More pictures and information about the path: schwarzwaldportal.com/walderlebnispfad-kandern.html
May 25, 2021
In 2008, the Freiburg-Kappel hiking group signposted a beautiful panoramic tour on the Schauinsland, this tour is simply a must for me several times a year 😉
Start is at Hotel Halde above Hofsgrund, from here it goes almost flat, mostly along the Schauinslandstrasse to the mountain station of the Schauinslandbahn, Germany's longest circulating cable car since 1930 and has been in operation again for a few days. At the mountain station there is some nice seating to enjoy the great view of Freiburg, a kiosk provides cold and hot drinks.
From the mountain station it's only a short climb to the Schauinsland summit (1284m), the observation tower brings you just over 1300m and offers a great 360 ° panorama.
We continue in an easterly direction, past some remarkable sculptures by Thomas Rees, cross the Schauinslandweg and come to a beautiful little path that leads diagonally over a slope with old willow beeches to the great English monument. From here it's almost flat to just before the small English monument, then at an acute angle slightly downhill to the Schniederlihof Museum. You cross the slope with the Rotlachelift and finally reach Hofsgrund. From here you can either shorten steeply up to the heap or continue in a wide curve over Sonnenstraße and then the Rainweg, steadily rising slightly. After a longer passage on asphalt, after the Seppen farm, you once again dive into the forest and, after a final ascent over the route of the Notschreiloipe, you comfortably reach the starting point.
Although the area up to the summit is extremely overcrowded, especially on weekends, the tour is worthwhile because of the great panorama, and the willow beech slopes above Hofsgrund are also well worth seeing.
May 24, 2021
Small Sunday evening round to the Grißheimer Baggersee, which always feels a little like the South Seas in South Baden when the weather is nice😎🌴☀️
At the start from the Grißheim church there is unfortunately quite a bit of asphalt, but you can include the cage corners nature experience path. It leads through the former Rhine meadows, which are now dry and have a beautiful southern flair. The first part of the way after the autobahn is very overgrown, it is better to get off-grid here. On the nature experience path you then reach the Old Rhine, after the Großheiner Furt you soon turn right to the quarry pond. Attention, the sand and gravel pit is still in operation and, due to the steep banks, not entirely harmless, some caution is advised.
The water color in fine weather is, however, inspiring and also worth the somewhat wild section back to the land consolidation road.
May 24, 2021