From the top of the glider airfield you have a wonderful view over Laucha and the vineyards. With the weather today, I could have just stopped and watched the planes and paragliders. The path towards Burscheidungen is lined with viticulture. The castle itself has certainly seen its prime, but it still has something of a fairytale castle. It's a shame that it's left to decay. Actually, I wanted to go on to the Teufelskanzel, but my companion was already a little lame and so we are back along the Unstrut to Laucha. The path wasn't marked at Komoot, but it was very nice to walk.
Above all, we always had the old flight school up on the mountain in mind. It always appears different in the changing light. I love this sight 🤗
A small round from Balgstedt to the dead valleys. The path runs very well. Once at the Rödel, the first step was to find the horses. Nothing to see anywhere. The variety of flowers, the butterflies and the buzz around you is beautiful to look at. But at the last moment I found it. In the shade under a small group of trees.
It's nice to be close to these animals.
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From Tilleda we went up to Kyffhäuser early today. In the heat the forest is doing very well and up on the mountain you couldn't really feel the sun. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy today and you couldn't see very far from the top of the tower. But it is worthwhile to climb the 247 steps.
Our second port of call was the Kulpenberg television tower.
which was certainly very interesting in GDR times. The little coffee owl is from that time, of course restored and very cozy.
On the way back we were able to see the Kyffhäuser from all perspectives more often. the orchards were full of apples and pears. Nice to look at.
As a little insider tip I would like to mention the small church.
Church of St. I found Salvador in Tilleda beautiful. Completely different from how one actually knows the churches. Historically interesting, but unfortunately it was closed. :(
Visiting the Rhön today. A short walk to the Kreuzberg monastery. 300 steps lead up to the three crosses and once at the top you have a wonderful view of the Röhn. There were still plenty of hiking trails, but unfortunately the monastery brewery pulled more for men than nature 😣
Today we went to a historical forest. Muna stands for ammunition factory. Bombs made with mustard gas and napalm were made here in the 1940s. Fortunately, Factory 45 was not bombarded by the Americans. After that, our Soviet friends used the area for themselves. Only when the troops left did the forest become conditionally accessible to the population. Many bunkers were blown up and the signs still point out the danger today.
After a long time, I once again made my way to the Stations of the Cross. This place in the forest radiates tranquility and invites you to linger. The forest, with the Stations of the Cross, belongs to a very devout farmer who has built everything on his own initiative, but also makes it available to the public. There is a lot of work and care and maintenance in it.On the way there, you pass the Rosenmühle. It is a mill, from the mill trail. Privately owned, you do not see much of her.
Today there was a lap of honor for my good "Kilkerwade" 🤗🎂
I had not been to the shaft for a long time, in GDR times, forest peace was a popular destination for families. There was everything we needed. Bockwurst, coffee, ice cream. For the children a playground and a mini zoo. We were also not satisfied with anything. 🤔
Today everything is abandoned here and nothing bears witness to the happy confusion. There is not much left even from the forest.
That makes you think sometimes. This is just one example of many things.But it was still a nice round. The sun ☀, the birds and there is always something new to discover 😄
Today I wanted to see what is still going on at Geiseltalsee despite Corona, since it is my "two mothers" birthday and I want to spend an adventure day with them.
Unfortunately it is very quiet there. The ships currently only sail in Braunsbedra from 15 people. Well, let's see :(
The route around the lake is not so good for hiking. Only the bike path and the view of the lake are hidden by the trees. Smile, on the other hand, is a very nice place. I actually wanted to see more there, but my battery was exhausted. So I have to do that for the mill hike.But when I consider how much suffering today's idyll has brought.
16 villages crumbled away and 12,500 people had to be relocated.