On this hike we had to drive a little further to Koblenz in Germany. The tour led for a large part through the city forest of Koblenz, but started in a village. The distance was 21 km with a total ascent of 860 m. The route almost always led through forest to the Rhine, then back along the city limits of Koblenz. For the most part we were able to walk completely alone. Especially the first two and the last two hours were almost completely on our own. However, at the end there was a steep ascent without a recognizable path, which was a bit strenuous at the end of the tour. Furthermore we had to overcome some hurdles in the form of felled trees on the way, which seemed impenetrable at first. Fortunately we managed to get through them. GPX track for download: https://www.summer-ends.de/hiking-tracks/hiking-track-koblenz-germany/
This hike took place again in the Black Forest in Germany near Bad Liebenzell in November 2020. The distance was about 22 km with a total ascent of 780 m. GPS Track for download: https://www.summer-ends.de/hiking-tracks/hiking-track-hirsau-black-forest-germany/
This short hike was an approximately 10km long track around the village Muehlhausen in Baden Wuerttemberg in Germany. The hike was along the river Enz, along old and abandoned vineyards and finally back to the village and along still cultivated vineyards at the end of autumn 2020.
For this hike we went this time to the Black Forest to Neubulach near Bad Liebenzell. Especially in the Black Forest the temperatures were already quite low, but the sun came out and the landscape was not so depressive at the beginning of winter 2020. This time the tour was again about 20 km long, with about 700 m altitude ascent and 700 m descent as a round trip. Basically this tour was very scenic, but the car traffic was very exhausting and needed getting used to because of the high noise level. We did the tour on a Saturday. In the summer on a Sunday it should probably be even more exhausting with all the loud motorcyclists. I would like it to be as quiet as possible and I wouldn’t recommend this again for the summer because of the high noise level.
It is crisis time and normally I would be back in Australia in spring. Since this is not possible at the moment, other activities have to be undertaken. After the 20 km hike through the Taunus Mountains along the Limes, this time I went to Rommersheim in Rhineland Palatinate. Again we went on a round trip, this time surprisingly again through a wine-growing landscape. The area of Rommersheim was already inhabited 2000 years ago and is quite interesting to look at during this 10 km hike.
During this hike we went on a weekend back to the Taunus. There you can find among other things such historical specialties as millennia-old settlements or at least the remains of them. A special attraction is the Limes. The Limes was the border between the Roman Empire and Germania in the middle of Europe. This border consisted of a wall and was built in a very different way. Interestingly enough, you can actually see a wall going through the forest. The height is about 1 to 2 meters high, but since it is the remains of the Limes, you can see that this wall runs absolutely straight through the forest and does not seem to fit there at all. There are also remains of watchtowers. I was a bit surprised to see the foundation of one of the towers and the remains of the stone walls. Considering that this border was built over 2000 years ago. This hike was near Wiesbaden, Mainz, and Frankfurt in Germany October 2020.
For this hike in the crisis, this time we went again to the Rhine in the Rheingau to Lorchhausen in the very west of Hesse. Lorchhausen, like many other villages and towns on the Rhine, is characterized by viticulture and can look back on centuries of history. On this hike we started in the middle of Lorchhausen and, as always, turned left along an approximately 10 km long circular path, first up the slope and later over fields, meadows and forests back to the Rhine. The hike took place in October 2020 and was excellent to walk despite the slowly decreasing temperatures.
This time, in the middle of the crisis, we went again along the Rhine to Sankt Goarshausen. In this village in the middle of the Rhine stands the famous Loreley. However, there is also a hiking trail that leads from the village up the slope and finally returns to the Rhine as a circular path through fields and forests.