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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by franken, Apr 4, 2018.
Vielen dank, Andreas!
Such amazingly clear water in the lakes!
Big easter tour yesterday. 700km - a journey into my past. (even a lot of "Autobahn").
Let's see it.
so the "heart of the tour was Nürnberg - to Oberpfalz with Weiden, Schwandorf and Ingolstadt-aera. Also was closed to Czech border.
first up and down to muich, then down to Nürnberg, up into Fränkische Schweiz, and top at Oberpfalz. And back.
Let's see the pics.
Blue sign - German Autobahn. (yello for normal roads) (U xx alternate route then Autobahn is blocked by something).
So passed Munich after 60 km and went on another 200 km on the Autobahn. (put cruise control to 150 km/h and was relaxed on right or middle lane). Somtimes pushed speed up to 230 km/h for 2 min. to overtake some or to have fun.
Also had some traffic jams with stop and go -- because easter traffic.
Reached Nürnberg then.
Zeppelinfeld Nürnberg. Hitlers "Reichsparteitagsgelände" (Wiki: Nazi party rally grounds)
all in bad contition. But should be renovated next years.
For me -- my first open air concert with AC/DC, Nils Lofgren, Scorpoions, Miriam Makeba, Cheap Trick, Edo Zaki, Steve Gibbons Band and The Who in 1979 (i was 15 - drove there 3h witth my mofa ).
some more open airs with Peter Tosh, Wolfgang Ambros and so on had followed.
Motorsport - The road is part of a fine small race circuit. "Norisring". DRM races (Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft). (200 Meilen von Nürnberg)
So back to the Autobahn and some more km. Get some "gas" and a "Bockwurst" and left the Autobahn at "Plech".
Now the fun began. Curvy small roads.
free climbing - very popular in the "Fränkische Schweiz area". Here close to Neuhaus an der Pegnitz.
You can find 3 of the most difficult routes worldwide in this area . (Wiki)
some curves later -- Neuhaus an der Pegnitz.
btw. a beautyful tour by train from Nürnberg, via Neuhaus to Bayreuth. (Wiki Pendolino)
Next Stop - Auerbach in der Oberpfalz.
german version of "Wall Street" NY, NY
for the next km you see always this signs.
Grafenwöhr training area - one of the largest in Europe.
so thats why you have no roads in this area. (Wiki: Here)
Eschenbach in der Oberpflaz - lake Russweiher. A place i visited last when i was a child. (a long tour from Bayreuth) ;-)
look back to Eschenbach and "Rauher Kulm"
Rauher Kulm - an "ex" Vulcano. (Wiki here)
reached Grafenwöhr then - and an other Franconian tratition. "Osterbrunnen". Here a very small one. (Wiki here)
Grafenwöhr - Gate 3 - entrance to the USA. -- then i was young - good payed jobs for some of my friends in the security.
check google Maps for details -- huge camps behind gate 3 and Vilseck at the south gate.
Next - view from Hammerles to Parkstein. An other ex-volcano. (Wiki here)
Hammerles? - legendary Disco "car wash" in the late 80's. 45min by car from Bayreuth. People came from all over to this little place.
Next - Neustadt an der Waldnaab. City and next easter fontain.
city other direction - nearly no people on the road - Covid restrictions here on a high level.
on the way to Flossenbürg - old jewish cemetery at the village Floss
round 400 graves - since 1692 (tells the little sign on the wall) - no wiki here
next town - Flossenbürg. - close to Czech border.
easter fontain at Flossenbürg
and then you reach the dark point in Flossenbürg history
KZ (Concentration camp) Flossenbürg
Entrance Flossenbürg concentration camp -- SS building
place of the baraks and watchtower (guard tower) in the background on the left
map of the area
historical fotos - "Arbeit macht frei" at the entrance gate.
other view of the area - way to the "Valley of death".
Granite - The prisoners had to work in the granite quarry. To get granite for Berlin and Nürnberg Zeppelinfeld. 13 - 15 000 prisoners died here
More Info -- (Wiki here)
at the parking i meet 2 young bikers. So even on a place like this we had a nice talk about biking and the beauty of the area.
Left Flossenbürg to go a bit along the Czech border.
found some deers at Hammermühle
small roads - great views
for many km
away from Czech border - to Schwandorf area
reached Wackersdorf. Also a place when a was young in the 80's.
A lot of fights with the police in this forest from the anti-nuclear movement in Germany. (Wiki here)
a cart race track - (insteadt of a reprocessing plant) -- also BMW has a factory here now.
on the other side of the town - an industrial museum. (brown choal until 1982)
and some km outside .. this one
biggest wodden ball in the world - at Steinberger See. (Some Info here)
the lake nearby
the goose nearby.
on the way to the next target - pasing the river Naab. (on its way to Regensburg and the Danube)
reached Hohenfels - another "Army" town.
Hohenfels training area - was there in 1986, for a small training
at the main gate.
no entrance for civilians ;-)
last stop before the Autobahn -- Denkendorf -- place of the roman Limes. (to protect rome form the bavarians... )
Last pics -- very good timed -- blue hour at Munich....
and Olympic stadium
and a KTM at BMW headquarters. (and BMW Museum)
to be continued....
I wish you would put the picture title on top of the pictures instead of below them.
Anyway, I instantly recognized the Reichsparteitagsgelände before I read your caption and its interesting to see another perspective on it closer to the field instead of so far away. Also thanks for the pics of Flossenburg camp, along with the US Army camps. Is the BMW factory for cars or motorcycles?
nice to see all this pictures of my past
I am born in the Oberpfalz, lived near Neustadt an der Waldnaab, crew up in Nuernberg and live southwest of Munic when I am not in the US like right now. I remember that I played often at the Reichtagsgelaende tennis against the wall (back where are not the stairs). The time when Boris and Steffi were at their bests. Thanks for posting all this and showing a good part of germany with all the history (good and bad).
I am looking forward to bring my bike back to Germany next year and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Greetings from Texas,
Surprise this morning.
Weekend - snow is gone - warm sunday - round 16°C+ -- let's go for a ride. (tomorrow cold will come back for another some days).
Map of the tour:
So a 450 km ride with a lot of "German Autobahn" again -- but with a lot of fantasic views. Clear sky - and not much people in the towns.
Quick outline: Pasing Landsberg Lech, Augsburg, Donaueschingen, Nördlingen, Heidenheim, Augsburg, Lake Ammersee, Lake Starnberg.
So -- let's see the pics:
Antdorf, close to Weilheim - view to the alps.
german baby delivery service (not by Amazon). Another Andreas reached the world. (its a regional customs)
some Autobahn-km later -- Harburg (Wiki here - the german page has much more information)
Landscape between Harburg and Nördlingen. (Donau-Ries Wiki)
reached Nördlingen (Wiki here) a bit like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is not soooo far away from here (round 50 km)
inside the old city walls - the old town
Center - traffic reduced, Not much people - still restrictions...
beautyful old houses (and "Fachwerk")
nice old tree even
way out of the old town. - Passing city walls and tower
At Ohmenheim found this - a Blacksmith.
Neresheim Abbey - next highlight.
meet a biker from Ingolstadt here - had a very nice talk for a while. (in the monastery garden)
evem we saw nice old cars
inside the church - nice paintings (more info here - Wiki) - a masterpice of European baroque
closer look 1
closer look 2
way out of the church - monastary hotel and restaurant.
nice lake on the way to Heidenheim
typical landscape at "Schwäbische Alp"
one more nice church - at Nattheim.
some km later - reached Heidenheim.
between Heidenheim and Ulm - fantastic view - i only can remember a handful of days - when you can see the alps like this. (a 100 km away). The photo can't tell the real impression.
storks (at a break during differnt baby-delivering-jobs -- remember the beginning of the report ;-) )
Then again some Autobahn-km and then..
lake Ammersee. (with a fantastic clear sky and a super good view)
at Herrsching (lake Ammersee)
same pic -different view
betweem Andechs and lake Starnberg. Zugspitze mountain.
more great views (all the fresh snow from last week)
close to home - Seeshaupt at lake Starnberg
a last one -- 20 km to home.
hope you enjoyed the report.
to be continued....
hi again - and thanks for your kind comments.
today - another long "Autobahn" Tour. Back to my roots - (i can call it "Heimspiel" ;-) ) - a tour into the Fränkische Schweiz. Franken goes Franconia.
Let's see it.
so - a 620 km tour. - but most is "Autobahn".
at the end of the Autobahn is a .... KFC. (@ exit Schnaitach)
This is what i personal call the south end of the "Fränkische". I went to Forth and on to Gräfenberg.
Spring is comming - at Thuisbrunn
Fruit blossom everythere. There are many fruit trees in the area
Castle Egloffstein was next.
the villages, the houses - totaly differend to south bavaria - (even the language ;-) )
a differend look to castle Egloffstein.
Passed Biberbach next - where the world biggest easter fontain is locaded - was already dismantled again.
Next is Gößweinstein. Famous sanctuary there. Pilgrimage church of the Holy Trinity, 1730–1739 built during the reign of Fürstbischof Friedrich Carl von Schönborn according to plans by Balthasar Neumann.
Road through Gößweinstein was closed - so i went down the other way to
Valley of river Wiesent. The main road in the "Fränkische Schweiz" -- Ebermanstadt, Behringesmühle, Pottenstein to Pegnitz.
Clear water - green gras - a good protection for the fish
typical view in the valley. a good place for freeclimbers also. (and hiking, canoeing)
This is Tüchersfeld - founded 1243.
famous view. (Wiki here)
and than - Pottenstein.
differend view. (Wiki here)
Next scetion was curves, curves, curves -- and not limited to 60km/h like in the Wiesent valley.
Passed Trockau and Lindenhardt (which is close to my real name) ;-)
close to Wasserkraut - big view to Fichtelgebirge and also at the right the "Rauer Kulm" (tour some weeks ago). I think you can't spot the Kulm on this pic. (the stick in the field - points to it)
back into "main" Fränkische -- found this. cool gravel road behind Muthmannsreuth.
nest paved road is near
Waischenfeld and it's Castel. (in my dialect it's "Weschafeld")
my favorite place in the area - Krug Bräu @ Breitenlesau. Love the beer, the beergarden and the Schnitzel. (and all the other food).
the brewery - on of the biggest in the area. (40 000 Hectolitre).
Breitenlesau is part of the....
beer hiking trail. See also here (check Beer tours - better description at the german site here)
Only some km later - the next highlight for bikers ....
Kathi Bräu @ Heckenhof.
closed due to Covid restrictions. but ...
biker still meet .. with social distance, mask and everything.
still some more to come. I had to leave ... didn't stay long.
Went torwards Ebermanstadt. Here at Streitberg.
river Wiesent at Ebermannstadt.
The hills near Ebermannstadt. Famous for Cherry trees, and Beerfestivals.
a last look.
Then on to Egloffstein and Gräfenberg and back to the Autobahn.
7 km to go - Benediktenwand mountain. a nice last view.
to be continued....
Too cool! Love your day trips Andreas. Echt angeber!
@Oldschoolrocker: ja -- Poser Pics. ;-) Thanks for liking my tours (since a long time now). too bad we can't make a tour together until now.
Some weeks a ago, at my tour to "Heidenheim" i meet Peter at the monastary at Nereshiem - we had a nice talk there and today ...
we did this together in a group of 6 Bikers.
So - a nearly 700km ride today -- and yes -- with a lot of "german Autobahn".
I was nearly never before at the "Bayrischer Wald" - region and "Großer Arber" as highest mountain in this area by bike. Talking with Perter some weeks ago fixed this idea. Some e-mails later we cleared the date (today 9th may).
So i had a 200 km tour to Regensburg and some km more to out meeting-point.
Started at 8 a.m, so normaly i sleep at this time - so that's why my first pic is a bit decending to the left.
Went to Sauerlach to get cheap fuel - and then .... Autobahn. cruise control to 150 km/h
some km before our meeting point, short behind Regensburg -- Walhalla (more Info here)
Peter brought some friends with him -- so weve been a group of 6 then. (a real cool group by the way).
view from the first hills down to Straubing area
we reached a parking (a meeting point for bikers) with a .... (small cafe and good cakes) and ....
a breathtaking view ( not good to see on my pics - but this white at the horizon line are the alps - more than 100 km away - and in real much better to see this day)
the alps form Bechtesgaden area and Dachstein on this pic.
some very nice curves later we stopped here. "Berggasthof Menauer" at Grandsberg.
we all got something like this. (Cheese cake and coffee). very good.
and we got another fantastic view to the alps and the flat land between.
some good conversations about motorcycles and life
and still those view.
much more curves - up's and down's later - we stopped here. (Close to Arber mountain) -- good waether - a lot of bikes.
walked up to the viewpoint
got this good view (to the area we came from)
main target -- "Großer Arber" Mountain (and it's ski area)
Czech border is near - when we watch Arber mountain
Hotels and Resstaurants still closed.
our last stop ... at
Lake "Arbersee" - also a point to meet other bikers
more talks at the lake.
interesting wood roots also to find.
So as i have ot go south and the others more north we splitted some km later near Deggendorf.
I thanked Peter a lot for his fantastic guideing through the area. I think we did most of the highlits in the area and it was very relaxing to ride with this group.
Hope we can do some more trips like this. (we already talked about some ideas) ;-)
At Deggendorf -- again on "Autobahn". Until Freising - check if a friend is at home - but he wasn't. So went on on smaler roads.
Munich airport - landing zone
between Munich Haar and Sauerlach -- again fantastic views to the alps. (still round 80 km away)
close to home -- near Beuerberg
Zugspitze Mountain on the right - Beuerberg monastary at the middle
view to Karwendel mountains
and a last look to Beuerberg. 10 km later -- home again.
to be continued....
nice job Andreas for taking us along. lots of history and beautiful landscapes.
Vielen Dank, Andreas! Always enjoy Bavaria and Austria.
i watched this vid last night and thought of Andreas' travels.
Is that on a streaming site?
free to prime members.
highly recommended to watch. Germany's best places.
Great rides and pics. Much enjoyed.
@NSFW: i love nearly all those "the earth from above..." movies. (i think i need a drone soon ;-) )
so - last week was bad for me -- a lot of pain -- 4 times at a dentist nearby (since yesterday pain is gone).
So yesteday i did a very small ride - even weather turned to wet and cold (as on Le Mans MotoGP).
so let's see.
the idea behind was - try to find legal small roads. So doing this - i was around with lot's of mountain bikes and hicking people.
So let's see.
First between Habach and Murnau.
closer look - clear water.
1 km later - a nice little river crossing at...
guesthouse Höhlmühle at Lothdorfer Bach (little river)
view direction Murnau, Zugspitze and Lake Riegsee
Riegsee and it's Campground
closer look direction Zugspitze
next few km - Lake Staffelsee.
at Uffing found this small road - never been on this road before.
followed for quite a while, passed a lot of mountainbikes - so i went quite slow
the way took me back to Uffing - no chance to escape. Short before Uffing a nice river
then on direction Weilheim -- at Polling found the next gem.
HK engineering -- selling old restaureated Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari and so on. Pricing between 25 - and 750 000€ -- check their Homepage.
one of the showrooms.
SL 300 -- beautyful. (they had some of these)
Alte Ziegelei nearby - seems to be a good restaurant -- (still all closed - but we can see some little light at the end of the covid-tunnel)
next try at Marnbach - all deadends.
last small road at Nußberg - close to lake Starnberg. A set of small lakes to grow fish.
young pair - building a nest
sitting on the bike - take a photo to the rear - result is a straight horizon.
Nußberg - and more lakes
and a last look back (same place - other side of the road)
5 km later - lake Starnberg - south end.
and 10 more km -- Penzberg downtown. City. Center.
so - this was a nice small tour - no Autobahn, not the best weather - - but a lot of fun.
to be continued....
one more small - from yesterday.
Normaly me and Tina will be in holiday at the moment - on our way to spain - to the pyrenees. But ... this year - for the second time..... :-(
On the other hand -- time to do a lot of other things ... and make some bike-tours inbetween.
So let's see.
and now ... let's see the pics.
first stop - after Bad Tölz -- lake Sylvenstein -- like so often.
So Sunday -- you always find bikes here.
all mountains are explaint here.
stickers from bikers
Went on - and won't go to Austria. So passed Achenpass and reached Rottach-Egern. Went to Wallberg. There is a toll-road to go up.
5€ later i was there.
first stopp on the way up
nice view to the valley
second stop - close to the top.
Info page at the parking at the top. Road was build 1935. Between 1959 and 1988 it also was a race-track. In wintertime the road is used for toboggan run (Sledge)
view from top to lake Tegernsee and Rottach-Egern
same way down - differend views.
back down at the ground. The cable station to Wallberg. Parking is also used by a lot of mountain-bikers.
at the end of Rottach-Egern - some wood huts.
next toll-road to Vallep -- this time free of charge.
this is a bus stop -- a lot of signs are warning of bus-traffic. A service for hikers.
This is Spitzingsee-area - a top (hot-)spot for tourism.
nice small hut on the way.
following the little mountain river all the time
most spectacular view at this road
end of the road (dead end) at Valepp.
the reason to come - a guesthous and restaurant -- but closed for longer
Sign says: Bay.(risches) Forst-Haus Valepp
this says: House was build in 1841 - it's closed. Rebuild is in planning phase (we are looking for money). Re-open is unknown. We are sorry. I was there before at 2 of my mountainbike tours to refresh and get enough power to reach Spitzingsee. Enjoyed it always. Hope it will reopen soon.
way back - same road - differend views. Extrem clear water.
other side of the bridge
other spectacular view
same place - other direction
2 km later -- still very clear water.
next bridge - with cool views
small waterfalls. Nice
and other direction
parking at the waterfalls -- and just to say -- real cool with nearly no tourists. (normaly it is crowded on sundays)
wood hut on the way back.
close to Rottach-Egern - nearly back -- nice little lake
no frogs to see ;-)
and a last look to the mountains behind Wallberg.
Then straight home to have dinner with Tina.
to be continued...
Hi all, was home quiet late yesterday - so report follw this (german) morning.
before we start - captured a nice visitor in our garden (in a bike report like Monty Phyton said: "and now for something completly differend").
but now - back to ... yesterdays "touristic" tour. With some "Romantische Straße" and Germans most visitied places.
Map of the tour
Next 600 km ride.
First went out of Penzberg to Weilheim and passed lake Ammersee. Nearby lake Pilsensee and lake Wörthsee.
a small look to lake Wörthsee.
Inning am Ammersee. I think i posted this pic alreasy earlier. -- Emporer Heinrich II was here at 15th Now. 1021 with 6000 Soldiers and stayed for one night at Inning. (1000 years ago)
in 3021 you will read at the house that "Franken" was here and took a photo for adv.rider. ;-)
Next stop -- Augsburg.
to find something special in the old town
this part -- UNESO world heritage -- Die Fuggerei. (more Info here) - was closed for public viewing like the most these days.
one of the entrances.
on the way out of Augsburg - old industrial area
like these old buildings
Next was Harburg - see older reports. This time the tunnel under the castel was blocked, so all had to go through the small roads in the town. Followed parts of teh "Romantische Straße". (more Info here better info at the geraman wiki)
Then passed Nördlingen (see older report) and arrived at ....
Dinkelsbühl. -- in Franconia -- Franken again - a differend part. (more info here - more Info at the german wiki)
Sign near the road told not to go inside by car - so first i walked.
at the entrance to the old town --
Some say that Dinkelsbühl is the most nice old town in total Germany.
entrance tower to the old town.
first part - turned here -- went back to the bike
tower - the way back
nice little river - frontier to the old town
then i passed the old town by bike - to reach the next road i needed.
center - totaly crowded. Covid is on the way down -- so people won't stay at home anymore.
the road i went on.
end of old town - the other side
So left Dinkelbühl and went to the Autobahn to get the next highlight -- round 50 km later -- Rothenburg ob der Tauber (more Info here)
One of the entrances to the old town in Rothenburg
first part inside - i try to find out how far i can go by bike.
old city wall
tourist guide with tourists and covid rules.
again crowded center. (much more crowded without Covid)
good work - "Fachwerkhaus" (timber framing - more info here)
on my (slow) way out
city walls - next part
tower and the way i came
fantastic tree - inside city walls
KTM is waiting
way down near the tower - inside city wall
and a last look to the city walls from outside
So left Rothenburg - to go south again.
Dominant colors - green and yellow
Rape fields bloom
Steinheim am Albuch -- another Meteorite crater - close to Nördlingen. More info here better info in german here
Next stop Gerstetten
some old trains - in a museum -- still active between Amstetten and Gerstetten on sundays
old small one
Next stop was Ulm - not for photos - visited a good friend. and had some coffee. Then on the Autobahn again
Autobahn - parking Landsberg/ Lech -- the future is here -- 4 charging stations. -- e-refilling terminals ;-)
other side -- expensive gas - and the refreshing area. (expensive food and toiletts). ;-)
close to Weilheim -- sunset begins
and alps in last light
and a last one - 25km to go
in 3 weeks i can cross the borders (to Austria, Italy and Swiss) without trouble ... (Vaccination and less restrictions)
to be continued....