- 03:237.22 mi2.1 mph325 ft350 ft
Last Monday finally the Paschenfeld near Wernsdorf, known as the Neu Zittau military training area. I was particularly interested in whether you can still find remnants of the "teaching and exercise limit" that certainly existed here (forum-ddr-begrenz.de/t10632f50-uebungsgrenzen-wo-gab-es -sie.html). And yes, I actually found it, but there is not much left to see.
The Paschenfeld (according to Duden et al. Paschen = smuggling) was a military training area for the NVA and border troops of the GDR for border training and an important location for the combat training of border soldiers. For this purpose, in addition to the "teaching and exercise limit", a shooting range, a storm track, various sports facilities, hand grenade launching stands, a training area for close-range combat and fire and fire extinguishing, etc. were set up. Since pseudo-military units such as combat groups, people's and transport police were also trained here, there were also corresponding "offers" for these troops. So I came across a training area for railway systems, where you could simulate attack or defense of rail-bound transport.
The starting point of the circular hike was the parking lot at the Wernsdorf lock. From there, a concrete slab road typical of the GDR leads directly into Paschenfeld. First you come across the shooting range, which is still used today and is appropriately secured. I didn't even try to get into that area. South of the shooting range you get to the former trenches, which every visitor to the Paschenfeld has probably seen. The railway facilities practice area is not far away. In search of the teaching and training wall, I headed east through a wonderful heathland until I found it after about 1.0 km: Old concrete light masts, remains of a B-tower and a splinter bunker as well as an old fuse box were unmistakable Character. However, it takes a lot of imagination to imagine an approx. 1000 m long reconstructed border section. Since I didn't want to walk directly through the drop-out settlement on the Kesselberg, I passed it to the west and reached Wernsdorfer Strasse after a two-hour journey into the past.
Past the former household garbage dump, it went to the Wernsdorfer See circular hiking trail, which I already hiked in parts on my Gosen tour in February. Finally, a little round on the Oder-Spree Canal and hanging through Wernsdorf, I ran back to the starting point at the Wernsdorf lock.If you are interested in the history and the stories of the military and structural infrastructure of the Grenzkommando Mitte (GKM), I recommend the book "Behind the Wall" by Axel Klausmeier, July 2012, which is currently out of print. A detailed sample can be found on Google Books at: books.google.de/books?id=2pOSAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA281&lpg=PA281&dq=%C3%9Cbungs-+und+Lehrbegriff+neu-zittau&source=bl&ots=0nX3ZyJ068&sig0nX3ZyJ068&sig0nX3ZyJ068&sig0nX3ZyJH72 de & sa = X & ved = 2ahUKEwjl3KnFhv7vAhUizYUKHanoB-0Q6AEwBnoECAcQAw # v = onepage & q =% C3% 9Cbungs-% 20und% 20Lehrbegriff% 20neu-zittau & f = false
2 days ago
Small afternoon tour to Biesow in the highlands and around the Markgrafensee and Röthsee.
I had been keeping an eye on Biesow for a long time. Since 1978 there was a former missile base in the forest between Biesow and Sternebeck, an air defense position equipped with S75 "Wolchow" anti-aircraft missiles. However, I found nothing of it except a concrete slab road, which should normally be an unmistakable reference to a military object. I was there shortly after the fall of the Wall and found an area that was secured and fenced in with dogs. There is probably nothing left of it today.
Up to here the journey is approx. 3.0 km without any problems on an endless, former cobblestone street. Then it gets exciting: the only access to Biesow is via a forest path, on which driving is generally prohibited. The Biesowers themselves have a so-called "emergency right of way", which also applies to visitors to the residents as well as supply and disposal vehicles. I was neither one nor the other, so park about 2.0 km from the place in the forest or "overlooked" the sign. The alternative is of course to travel by bike.
I was also surprised that there were around 100 meters of altitude difference. The name "Höhenland" is somehow justified. It should also be mentioned that the weather held up, although it didn't look like it in the meantime.
April 7, 2021
- 01:143.53 mi2.9 mph150 ft150 ft
Corona and lockdown are not over yet 😷. And thus various access restrictions in hospitals, rehabilitation and senior facilities continue to apply.
Opportunity for me to do another "shortening the waiting time" in Strausberg. This time the way led me to the east of the city. There is what is known as the middle field, a former property from NVA times. The area was cordoned off, I am not aware of any possible use. One speaks, among other things, of residential development. From the S-Bahn station in Strausberg-Stadt, we went back on familiar paths along the city wall towards Straussee. I spent the rest of the waiting time in beautiful weather at the Trauerweide bathing area, where surprisingly few people were out on Easter Monday.
7 days ago
After the rather contemplative program of the previous day, there should be a little more walking today. The weather forecast had actually predicted good weather, but as soon as we were on the road, it began to drizzle. This light rain accompanied us almost half of the way. People always say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing. But that's not nice either and there is simply a lack of light and the desire for good pictures. After all, the route is quite varied. The kids never got bored. Above all, the large number of beaver structures and their bite marks are impressive in this area. Despite the holidays and the exposed location in the Märkische Schweiz nature park, the number of encounters was very limited, the image of the parking lot is already indicative.
April 6, 2021
After visiting the Findlingshof Ruhlsdorf (see also komoot.de/tour/330475192) we didn't want to have our picnic at the rest area on the road to Buckow. We decided at short notice to drive to Garzau and take a walk to Germany's largest field stone pyramid.
The nicely situated rest area directly below the pyramid offers the best entertainment regarding the many "climbers" to the top of the pyramid. Fortunately, there were times when no one was on the go, when no bike was parked or staged on the walls of the pyramid and I could take my pictures 😊.
Incidentally, I've heard rumors that at least the Garzau Castle Park should be made accessible to the public again. However, I do not know whether and when this should happen. In any case, it would be nice, because the path along the fence is really not that great.
April 5, 2021
For an Easter walk with the family during Holy Week, you choose a route that has something to offer everyone. You definitely can't go wrong with the Heinersdorfer Seerunde, regardless of whether you start in Heinersdorf or, as we did, in Behlendorf. The historic center of the village and the small open-air museum for agricultural implements made the difference.
The starting point was the small parking lot right next to the former distillery and the Schinkelhof. Passing the monument to Karl Friedrich Baath (1756 - 1816), the founder of the regular octagonal manor built by the young Karl Friedrich Schinkel based on the English model, you go straight down to the Großer Heinersdorfer See. We decided to walk "counterclockwise", so first the shorter way to Heinersdorf. The former castle, the manor house and the home zoo look a bit neglected, but they also have some kind of charm: It's not a tourist destination. But if you like that and are looking for quieter sections on public holidays or during the holidays, this is the right place. In summer there are several bathing spots along the circular route and the tour can also be extended towards Krummer See or the former Heinersdorfer Waldschlösschen (see Komoot highlight komoot.de/highlight/2809467).
April 5, 2021
Part 2 of my tours through the NSG "Ruhlsdorfer Bruch". Whereby "through" is not entirely correct, since you are mostly moving along the breakline. You should leave it at that, because there are no ways into the break. The attempt to get to the Steigsee was doomed to failure after a few meters. But the prospects are really great.
The way from the wayside cross north of Garzin to the east side of the Haussee, however, was a pure catastrophe. At first there was no visible path along the Lichtenower Mühlenfließ (although marked on the map). A few footbridges and boards in the mud showed me that I was on the right track. But you had to find that first. More "off-grid" is probably not possible. I was glad to have solid ground under my feet again after about 200 m.
The remains of the former Hohensteiner Mühle no longer exist either and the Slavic castle wall can only be guessed at.
Anyone expecting tons of hiking highlights is definitely out of place here. But if you are looking for peace and relaxation paired with a bit of adventure, this is the right place for you. And in the warm season you can end up with a refreshing swim in the Long Lake, preferably during the week, outside of the holidays and probably in the evening.
March 26, 2021
- 02:145.08 mi2.3 mph475 ft450 ft
Today is the second part of my city hikes through Bad Freienwalde. The starting point was the free car park close to the center on Tornowstrasse. The spa area is absolutely impressive and recommendable. In Gesundbrunnenstraße you could create a hiking highlight at every second house and the actual spa area with the Kurhaus, Kurmittelhaus, Kurfürstenquelle as well as the Kurpark, Papenteich and Papenmühle are real highlights. The observation tower on Wilhelmshöhe, the well chapel and the ski jump area are in no way inferior.
You could of course combine this round tour with my first city tour (komoot.de/tour/331374068). That is then an "easy" 15.5 km with 250 meters of altitude, but less time to enjoy. If at some point the gastronomy is open again and the weather is right, it is indeed a pleasure round.
March 24, 2021
It was only during the follow-up that I realized that this was my 100th tour on Komoot 🙆👏.
Bad Freienwalde, another place in my loose episode "Märkische Cities and Small Towns", I had actually been looking at for a long time. Due to the rainfall in the previous days, it was logical last Thursday.
I haven't been to Bad Freienwalde for a long time. I was surprised by the number of historical buildings in the relatively small town. You can get a good overview if you look at Wikipedia in the list of architectural monuments in Bad Freienwalde (Oder). However, a number of the buildings are in poor condition. There is a lack of money, as an elderly lady told me from her car. Is definitely understandable.
The surrounding area is of course great, after a few hundred meters from the city center you are in nature with wonderful views all around the place. Since I have not yet walked the entire area south of the B158 within this round trip, it will probably be a worthwhile goal at some point in the near future.
March 21, 2021