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  1. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 9, 2021

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    6.73 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,100 ft
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      The Thiesenring is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in northern Bavaria. The tour impresses with exciting castle ruins, fantastic nature and great panoramic views over small Franconian villages and vast forests. It starts at the parking lot at the Anger in Bad Berneck. You can also get to the starting point via Bayreuth by public transport. The path is marked with a red fir tree on a white background.It is particularly practical that you hike around the town of Bad Berneck on the Thiesenring. In the event of a sudden rain shower or acute hunger and (beer) thirst, you can take a quick trip to town and stop off at an inn. Incidentally, the Thiesenring was named after Carl Thiesen, a Berlin printing company owner. He spent his spa stays in Bad Berneck and was so enthusiastic about the small town that he bequeathed part of his fortune to the community.The path first leads you over comfortable forest and meadow paths to the Rotherfelsen. For these first hundred meters you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over Bad Berneck. It continues with a slight up and down to the Hohenberneck castle ruins, one of a total of six fortifications in and around Bad Berneck. It is no coincidence that this region is also called Burgenland. A little later you will reach the idyllic Ölschnitztal via the Knodental and the Schlossleitenweg.You walk past several promising rocks such as the Thiesenfelsen and the Ludwigsfelsen. You should definitely stop at each of them and enjoy the panorama. Finally the path leads you back to the starting point.

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      • February 10, 2021

  2. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 9, 2021

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      A very special adventure awaits you on this tour: You visit a dark cave and can explore it on your own! Don't forget your flashlight, a warm jacket is also advisable. The circular hike to the Petershöhle is also a good tip for families with children, because it is very entertaining and there is so much to discover. The starting point of the tour is the hiking car park in Hartenstein. If you are traveling by public transport, it is best to take the train to Velden and take the bus from there. The super highlight is not long in coming. After only one kilometer and about 50 meters in altitude you will already reach the Petershöhle.First you arrive on the roof of the Petershöhle - the cave itself is quickly reached via a rocky path. Now it's time to go on a discovery tour! The approximately 70 meter long cave system was used as a place of worship in the Paleolithic. Ice Age animal skeletons of cave bears and cave lions were also found here. Attention: The Petershöhle is freely accessible all year round. However, to protect the bats, it cannot be entered between September 30th and April 1st.After your stop in the Petershöhle, you continue through sparse mixed forest. Again and again you come across small bizarre rock formations such as the Hainkirche. On your way you will also discover several stations on the “Hartensteiner Oberberge” nature trail. Among other things, a tree telephone, forest instruments, viewpoints and a barefoot path invite you to explore the forest habitat with all your senses. Finally it goes on towards Hartenstein.Another highlight of your hike is Hartenstein Castle, which greets you from afar. The knight's museum in the castle can only be visited on weekends, but the beer garden in the castle courtyard and the castle restaurant are open every day. Here you can take a leisurely break and enjoy the great view of the valley. From here it is only a stone's throw, then you are back at the starting point of the tour.

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      • February 10, 2021

  3. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 9, 2021

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      This hike takes you right into the heart of Franconian Switzerland: to Gößweinstein. You arrive by train via Forchheim to Ebermannstadt and from there by bus to Gößweinstein to the “Gasthof zur Post” stop. But even the journey can be a highlight here and especially as a steam locomotive fan you should put it on a Sunday: Because then you can enjoy a unique diesel and steam locomotive ride from Ebermannstadt to the terminus of the old railway line at the Stempfermühle , from where you hike up the mountain to Gößweinstein.The beautiful, small town has a lot more to offer - for pilgrims, hikers, culture fans, nature lovers, climbing freaks and gourmets alike. There is something for everyone on this hike. In Gößweinstein you can not only visit the castle and the basilica, but also get a great overview of the Püttlachtal from the many beautiful viewpoints on the hills around the village. You should therefore not miss the Ludwigshöhe and the Kreuzberg view. The dangling to Tüchersfeld is also highly recommended, because the village is dominated by a spectacular rock castle and offers a unique photo opportunity.From Tüchersfeld you first walk along the Püttlach, then up the mountain again to the hidden forester's lodge Schweigelberg - a real insider tip! Here you can enjoy the finest Franconian cuisine at the end of the tour, while a great day of hiking slowly draws to a close.

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      • February 11, 2021

  4. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 8, 2021

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      The 373 meter high Bückeberg belongs to the Weser Uplands and offers you a wonderful landscape for hiking. On this almost 7 kilometer long tour you will learn interesting facts about the history of mining, see traces of prehistoric beings that are thousands of years old and are surrounded by a wonderful mixed forest of beech and spruce.Your hike starts at the hiking car park on Schaumburger Weg in Stadthagen. You walk into the diverse forest with its Douglas firs, birches, maples and hornbeams. After about two kilometers you will pass a refuge. From here it is not far to brake shaft 7, which gives the circular hike its name. The brake shaft is the last evidence from the time when hard coal was mined here between 1939 and 1960. Once the buddies climbed twelve meters into the depth. Today information boards tell you more about the history and importance of mining in the region.The path continues to the next testimony, but this time it is a much older one: In the quarries of the Bückeberg, numerous traces of dinosaurs were found in 2007 and 2008. There are a total of 2700 footprints to discover. The multitude of tracks of very different predatory dinosaurs make the find unique in Europe.Now it goes in a small loop through the shady forest and back downhill on the ascent path. You will soon be back at the starting point of your instructive hike. In Stadthagen you will find a good selection of places to stop for a break to end your day.

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      • February 9, 2021

  5. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 8, 2021

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      “It is the lagoon city in pocket size, a Venice as it may have been 1500 years ago.” This is how Theodor Fontane (1819-1898) describes the Spreewald. The poet loved the landscape in southeast Brandenburg - and why not? The UNESCO Spreewald Biosphere Reserve is a unique cultural and natural landscape that you can immerse yourself in on this ten kilometer hike. On the Fontane-Weg you will experience 100 percent Spreewald and learn interesting stories about the namesake of your hike.It all starts at the Landhotel Burg in the Spreewald. After just a few meters you are surrounded by the typical landscape of this region. The Spreewald is known for its natural river branches and the numerous canals that meander through the floodplain and moorland. A paradise for paddling - but also for hiking.You will soon reach the “Green Corner”, where you can fortify yourself with a snack, including Spreewald cucumber, of course. The path leads you through the wonderfully green landscape. Several stations along the way provide you with information about Theodor Fontane. For example, the author is said to have eaten pike with Spreewald sauce at the Waldhotel Eiche.It goes on and on through the branched network of waterways. Every now and then you come to old, partly listed Spreewaldhöfe. Incidentally, the cultural landscape of the region was shaped by the Sorbs. That is why it is common for you to find bilingual place name signs and signposts.Back at the starting point, you can still feed the animals in the petting zoo, play a round of adventure mini golf or stop by the restaurant of the country hotel. Because, as Fontane already knew: "You always get your money's worth somewhere."

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      • February 9, 2021

  6. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 8, 2021

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      The green forest, the white rocks and the turquoise water - the chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen offer you a very special play of colors. And thus the perfect backdrop for your hike through the Jasmund National Park in the northeast of the island, on the coast of which the famous rocks rise. On this almost 15 kilometer long hike you walk through the dense beech forest and enjoy wonderful views of the landmark of Rügen again and again.Your tour starts at the port in Sassnitz. Here you can stroll along the pier to get in the mood, treat yourself to a fish sandwich and watch the big ferries on their way to Sweden or the Danish island of Bornholm. You stroll along the promenade, pass the spa gardens and soon swap houses for the coast. Then you turn the curve and enjoy the first view of the white rocks. Even the famous painter Caspar David Friedrich was enchanted by this sight and dedicated the famous painting "Chalk Cliffs on Rügen" to the landscape.On your hike you will sometimes walk down along the coast, sometimes up through the dense beech forest. So you can enjoy the chalk cliffs from very different perspectives. Again and again the path leads you to fabulous views that invite you to take a break with great prospects. And in between you can enjoy the fairytale beech forest extensively - a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011.In total, the chalk coast is eleven kilometers long and extends from Sassnitz to Lohme. The highest point is the rocks at the 118-meter-high Königsstuhl. The National Park Center is also located here, where you can find out interesting facts about this special piece of earth.You walk a bit along the coast before your hike ends in Lohme. With the number 14 bus you can get back to Sassnitz quickly.

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      • February 9, 2021

  7. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 2, 2021

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      Can you believe it Today is the final stage of your long-distance hiking adventure. Around 18 kilometers, a lake, an observation tower and a ceremonial gate that marks the end of the Hochrhön premium hiking trail await you. But one by one.Right at the beginning you will come across the Bernshausen Kutte, a lake that owes its circular shape to a geological collapse. Bathing is forbidden here, taking a break and enjoying the idyllic nature by no means. Once in a wide arc around the Stoffelskuppe, you then hike on to the observation tower promised at the beginning.He is enthroned on the summit of the Pless. Reaching it takes a little perseverance. There are benches and tables upstairs to consume any food you may have brought with you. And one more piece of good news is conveyed to you at this point: From here to your destination it's only downhill.It's not far: the well-known saltwater spa Bad Salzungen is located in the Werra Valley at the transition to the Thuringian Forest. In addition to a train station, from which you can start your journey home, you will also find a gate here that marks the end of the Hochrhön premium hiking trail. Be sure to take a photo. Who would have thought that you would one day master such a long-distance hiking trail !?

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      • February 3, 2021

  8. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 2, 2021

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      Today a comparatively leisurely stage of your Hochrhön adventure is on the program. You march from Dermbach to Bernshausen. Almost twelve wonderfully varied kilometers, which have so many highlights in store for you, are waiting for you.From Dermbach you follow a path that leads you on the slope of the Gläserberg to Glattbach. Not far from the heart of the village, you will meet for the first time a figure that is typical of the Rhön. The "Rhönpaulus" sits on a resting place with great views. Of course, he has his treasure chest with him, because the good man is known for his many, but always non-violent, attacks on wealthy farmers. You are welcome to keep the “Robin Hood of the Rhön” company for a while before you continue your hike.You cross the Felda river and soon begin to climb towards the “Ibengarten” nature reserve. The branches of old yew trees - one of them a proud 500 years old - form a tunnel that leads you protectively towards Wiesenthal. After you've passed the place, the path rises again. You hike up a slope over meadows.Through wonderful forest, you finally reach the summit of the Horn mountain. Up here you will once again have unique views of Roßdorf and the 1866 battlefield on Nebelberg. Then you climb down through a beautiful beech forest and pave your way to today's stage destination Bernshausen.

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      • February 3, 2021

  9. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 2, 2021

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      Stage 4 is coming up. A good 16 kilometers and a little more than 400 meters in altitude await you. And so much can be revealed: It remains promising and wonderfully natural. But for that you must first master an ascent: From Tann it goes up to the Horbel, then over a former border post path to the south.The two routes, which initially separated, now merge again. Together they will guide you around the rocky Katzenstein. You will see a wonderful panorama consisting of the Feldatal, the mountains of the Vorderrhön and the Thuringian Forest. Have you enjoyed the view long enough, you march across meadows towards the Arnsberg.First downhill into the valley, then uphill again, you make your way in the direction of the Gläserberg. With a little luck, you will be out on a Sunday or public holiday and can thus secure a stop at the Dermbacher Hut with a view.All that's missing is one last descent. It is steep and brings you to today's stage destination Dermbach. You will hike again through a wonderful beech forest and have the opportunity to take a break at the shepherd's drinking trough. When you arrive in Dermbach, you can then look for a place to stay for the night.

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      • February 3, 2021

  10. KEEN Footwear planned a hike.

    February 2, 2021

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      Today the Hochrhöner takes you over a length of almost 18 kilometers not only through beautiful nature, but also over the former border between Hesse and Thuringia and last but not least to the historic town of Tann.It starts relatively leisurely from your night quarters. You will soon be heading for your first ascent over meadows and fields as well as through orchards and beech forest. From the "Hessian Balcony" near the border that you will cross shortly afterwards, you can enjoy a great view of the green expanses of the Rhön.You pass the dreamy village of Habel and shortly afterwards you find yourself at the foot of the Habelberg. Don't worry: you don't have to climb it. Instead, you basically walk around it and you can always glimpse the beautiful mountain with its remains of a Celtic rampart.A little later you have already reached Tann. And there is a lot to see in this charming town in the Ulstertal: Not only does it have a proud Renaissance city gate, but also beautiful, old half-timbered art, a historic fountain and the castle of the noble family "Von der Tann" from the 16th century There are also several nice accommodations here, so it's the perfect place to rest for your next stage.

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      • February 3, 2021

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