Bavaria - Austria - the 2009 rides - #2 Franconia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by franken, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Hi all,
    Next part of the Bavaria - Austria - Series. :-)

    Over the easter-weekend we have been back to my roots.
    My nickname is Franken - wich means Franconia in English. So let me show my "homeland".

    GPX-upload is still not possible - if you like to have the track - PM me.

    Some fun and info before we start our report.

    Fraconian people speak a very cool dialect. So if you are close to Würzburg on the highway and you ask some native "Where i am" he may answer you "Short before "people read a dry egg" (wich means "Bieblerieder Dreick" - wich is the name of the highway crossing near the town of Biebelried).
    May also sound familar to english speaking people if we say "Shower mol hair, do left a eagle" - means "Schau mal her, da läuft ein Igel" -- look here, there is a hedgehog walking).
    More you might find here
    http://www.deanita.de/franconia_englishspoken.htm

    Btw - you all think Munich is a beer city - forget it - upper franconia has the highest destiny of breweries in the world.

    More info see here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberfranken

    So lets start the report.
    We passed Munich, took the highway - passed Nürnberg (Nemberch in Dialect).
    Some km behind Nürnberg we left the highway and dived into the "Fränkische". (this is like we call this aera - more info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A4nkische_Schweiz).

    On small roads we reached Pottenstein.

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    Pottenstein - the heart of the Fränkischen Schweiz

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    closer look

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    this is like the most valleys look like

    We followed the road to Ahorntal (Ohrntol) - Mistelgau (Misslgaa) to Donndorf close to Bayreuth (Bareidh).

    In Donndorf we found the first easter well - easter well? Ok - this is what i mean.

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    easter well in the foreground :-) in the background Schloß Fantaisie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Fredericka_Sophie_of_Brandenburg-Bayreuth

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    We made the last km to Bayreuth and stay the night at my mothers house. (and we got too much to eat) :-)

    Next day we started the tour into the "Frankenwald-area". First stop after 3 km at the Richard Wagner opera house at the "green hill" in Bayreuth.

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    Next stop was Wirsberg - a steam train museum is located there. You also can take a ride with this old trains

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    not a very good pic, but had no other chance to make a pic here.

    We went on to Staffelstein and followed an old "Mountain-race-track" and then we reached Kronach.

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    a lot traffic in the city

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    the historic town wall is nearly complete (seldom in germany - WW II bombing)

    After some ice cream we went on to Coburg. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coburg). Here the pics

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    easter wall

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    city

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    Tina has to explain the bike. :-) (like always with helmet on)

    We left Coburg and followed the GDR border (german democratic republik). We entered the Fankenwald Höhenstraße wich is a road with nice curves and great views. We passed the Köteltalsperre (a dam to get trinkable water for the region).

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    fire fighters know the material used for this seat

    Through Naila - Helmbrechts we went into the Fichtelgebirge - Bayreuths wintersport area. Was still cold there

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    Still some snow and ice left.

    70 km back to Bayreuth - again too much too eat at "Mothers". :-)

    Next day we went into the "Fränkische". The famous area between Nürnberg, Bamberg and Bayreuth. Here we go.

    First step - to Heinersreuth and Altenplos - here we took the gravel road to the "Waldhütte". (a nice beer garden)

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    the way we came

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    Waldhütte

    More 5 km on gravel to reach Oberwaiz - passed Donndorf and went on to Mistelbach. Uphill to Gesees and into the next forest to visit the "Rotmain- font".

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    into the trees ... (this is not finland)

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    parking near the font

    some more gravel road - then we passed Weiglathal (another nice beergarden) and went on to Waischenfeld.

    Impressions of Waischenfeld

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    nice mil

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    watch it - left of the church

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    river Wiesent

    On we go - passing Breitenlesau (my favourite beergarden - sorry no pics) to the famous "Kathi-Bräu" at Heckenhof.

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    like always - too much people (ups, what a fault - Tina without helmet) :deal

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    don't :1drink and :snore

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    no free place

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    all kind of bikes and all kind of people

    We passed Aufsess (4 breweries), on to Holfeld and on to Scheßlitz. Next highlight is Tiefenellern - why? -- Hairpins :-)

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    but be careful - a lot of police in the area - and speed traps.

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    and small waterfalls

    Next bigger town is Heiligenstadt. And again we found this easter thing. :D

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    Party time in the center of Heiligenstadt

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    some bigger one here

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    children from local school did the art work

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    the crown (juwels)

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    Who eat all the eggs the weeks before?

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    i like it

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    my favourite

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    regional overview

    We left Heiligenstadt and went on to Ebermannstadt. Too much traffic there - so back on smaller roads. We reached Bieberbach. And here it is - the biggest in the world (entry in Guiness book of records)

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    unfortunaly also the biggest crowd. :D

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    hand made - self painted - for sure

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    closer look

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    wuff

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    easter bunny school

    We left the little town and went down to Egloffstein. We followed the next valley to reach Gössweinstein. Some impressions.

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    a peaceful one

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    typical valley (and weekend traffic)

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    up and down

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    it's also a great area for freeclimbing

    On our way back to Bayreuth we passed Waischenfeld again - don't know why i made so much pics there - but we stoped for another ice cream.

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    Bridges over Wiesent river

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    Typical "Fachwerk-Haus".

    Last highlight of the day was the road over Neubürg mountain. (a small hill) :-)

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    history

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    panorama part 1

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    Pano part 2

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    wandering through culture

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    Art

    20 km back to Bayreuth - the day ended - you know how -- too much food at "Mothers". :evil

    So last day - we had to go back home. We decided that highway is boring - so we made our way home through Czech republik. (to avoid german highway easter traffic). :D

    First stop we made in Cheb (Eger). (Most Czech Cities have also german names - History?)

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    Center of Cheb

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    Center part 2

    We went on to Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marienbad

    Impressions of this nice town


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    old style

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    in the center

    We left and followed the roads close to the german border. We passed Bor and went direction Domazlice. Very nice small roads - a lot of curves. Nice to ride, nearly no traffic.

    We found this.

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    I have 98 horses, but Tina like this ones more

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    view

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    look back where we came

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    last look at the horses

    At Furth im Wald we went back to Germany - need to make some speed to reach home. Passed Cham and Straubing and entered the Highway.

    As we passed Munich - at the Olypic stadium - this happens.

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    50 k

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    here we made it

    Last step - Highway direct. Garmisch - and off at lake Starnberg.

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    10 km to go. Alps in the background.

    So - hope you liked our report. Let's see what will be the next one. :D

    have fun

    Andreas + Bettina
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    I've been looking forward to this report since we last chatted!! :thumb

    Just simply awesome riding you have there!! Thanks for the report and beautiful pics :clap :bow
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  3. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Franken ride reports are always great:clap :clap

    Thanks for taking time to post all your travels.
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  4. checksix21

    checksix21 Adventurer

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    Beautiful pics, I was stationed in Nemberch in the 80's and my Wife and relatives are from Furth/Nemberch. I would love to be there right now. Maybe one day. Have a great summer.:evil
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  5. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Hi all
    thanks for your kind reply.

    @checksix21: maybe you can make it to the Erlanger Berchkerwa wich i think is better than Octoberfest in Munich. :wink: :1drink

    I will add a pic form Google Earth to give you a better impression about the region i was riding. - If you want to take a closer look search for Bayreuth, Bamberg, Coburg on your PC.

    heres the pic

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    have fun
    Andreas
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  6. tiefflieger

    tiefflieger Been here awhile

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    Awesome pictures! Thank you for making me homesick :cry

    Born in Nemberg, have relatives there and in Furth im Wald. Very nice area :clap

    Say, die Franken still haven't established their own Bundesland? WTF?
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  7. mhpr262

    mhpr262 Banned

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    Ich habe Februar bis Ende Juli in Ebermannstadt gearbeitet - geniale Motorradstrecken! Ich vermisse meine Radlerhalbe beim Kathi-Bräu :cry
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  8. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    :deal I think they made their own Bundesland in their heart! (I don't know any Franconians telling that they life in Bavaria). :wink:

    to all visiting bavaria - try to take a look in this area. You also can contact me - if i have some time left i can guide you a bit, or give you some tips.

    have fun
    Andreas
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  9. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Sehr schoen, vorallem die Landschaften und die Osterndekorationen.
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  10. Stuntman

    Stuntman Been here awhile

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    One of my favorite parts of Europe! Thanks for sharing!!!
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  11. celticbrooder

    celticbrooder solo airhead

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    How many more "no motorcycles" signs will be popping up in Germany? :dog

    http://www.motorradausfahrt.de/sperrung.htm

    for that matter, 30kmh on Landestrassen in the middle of nowhere...

    (es ist nicht mehr wie damals war - it ain't what it used to be... after riding in Germany for over 30 years as ehemalige Gummi Kuh driver)

    is it "radl" or "moppedl" in you area? :wink:
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  12. MSH

    MSH The Salt

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    wonderful! Thanks for posting!
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  13. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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    Just what I'll need if I ever get back over there for a tour of Germany....on my own bike, of course.....thx....Bruce
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  14. Cuttle

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    Great trip!



    But these pics make me homesick :cry
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  15. Sylvia Stuurman

    Sylvia Stuurman Adventurer

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    Hey, we photographed the same spot.
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    Loved the area! It was a very pleasant surprise.
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  16. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Thanks very much for sharing a part of the world I'll never see except though ride reports such as your. Thanks for the time and work. :clap :clap :clap
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  17. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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    Instead of reading any more of these teasers, I need to pack up and get over there with my scoot......from the look of these pix, there's no need to ever leave Germany....good roads, good beer and a nearby BMW dealer able to install my next battery (just kidding)....thx for another great report...Bruce
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