“Die transsibirische Eisenbahn fährt nicht durch Mörschenhardt” (Andreas Balles, 1990)
This was my first thought when I arrived in this very small village called Mörschenhardt not far away from my hometown in Southern Germany.
In 1990, a former classmate wrote this sentence while imitating Günther Eich, a famous German poet. He – the classmate – became a poet later on – at least he wrote a poetry book.
And there is so much more in this sentence. There are quite a lot of villages where there is, metaphorically speaking, nothing like the Trans-Siberian Railroad. And sometimes this is a great advantage.
Location: Mörschenhardt, Klinge, Ernsttal, Schloss Waldleinigen, (from there we hitch-hiked to Schloßau) – Schloßau – Mörschenhardt / Distance: 12 km / Weather: 2 °C, cloudy & freezing
Location: Restaurant Forsthaus Leuenberg – western shore of Mittelsee – eastern shore of Langer Haussee – Leuenberg – Röthsee – Leuenberg – Restaurant Forsthaus Leuenberg / Distance: 12 km / Weather: -2 °C, sunny Near Forsthaus Leuenberg: Mittelsee and Langer Haussee: From Leuenberg to the Forsthaus:
Location: near Altkünkendorf – Kleiner Grumsinsee – Sperlingsherberge direction Groß Ziethen – Großer Kagelpfuhl – Großer Schwarzer See – direction Altkünkendorf / Distance: 11,5 km / Weather: 9 °C, cloudy
Großer Schwarzer See:
BTW: Do not expect the information point in Altkünkendorf to be open on Sundays. (Why would they? All tourists come during working hours :-)) And a “hikers rest area” is a fenced, windy space equipped with some seats but without a roof or any other similar amenities.
Location: Mönchwinkel – cross the small bridge south of Mönchwinkel – don’t follow the paths, you can easily walk the meadows/ Distance: 5 km / Weather: 8 °C, sunny and cloudy
We left a little late this saturday and we got into this weather shortly before the sun went down. This is the river Spree in its natural state. We walked alongside the river on the meadows even if there weren’t any paths on my map. Sometimes you have to detour because of animal fences.
Location: Starting at Buch on the Berlin/Brandenburg border, Gorinsee, Hobrechtsfelde, Buch / Distance: 14 km / Weather: 14 °C, unsettled / A nice hike very close to Berlin. We saw a lot of horses. Next to Gorinsee Beach there is a typical German restaurant. They serve very good rustic venison in huge quantities and there is a huge taxidermy of […]
Location: Freudenberg am Main – Freudenburg – Short Trip trough the forest along the Nibelungensteig – Main – Freudenberg / Distance: 10 km / Weather: 23 °C, sunny / After the hike we stopped for a bite in Miltenberg
Location: Wandlitz – Drei heilige Pfühle – Regenbogensee – Liepnitzsee – Bogensee – Wandlitz / Distance: 15 km / Weather: 27 °C, sunny / Animals spotted: frogs an shiny bugs / Special feature: Bogensee is a historical site in the middle of the forest.Read more about it here / Beware of ticks!
Location: Burgwall – Mögelinstich – Ziegeleipark – Döbertstich – Radkestich – Campingplatz Wilde Heimat and back on the other side / Distance: 15 km / Animals spotted: a lot of horses and a slowworm / Special feature: Frequently you walk an a small land crossing between two lakes. Make a stop at campsite “Wilde Heimat”. It’s a wonderful place.