Bavaria and surroundings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by franken, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Vielen dank, Andreas!
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  2. MZ5

    MZ5 Been here awhile

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    Such amazingly clear water in the lakes!
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  3. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Big easter tour yesterday. 700km - a journey into my past. :-) (even a lot of "Autobahn").
    Let's see it. :-)

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    so the "heart of the tour was Nürnberg - to Oberpfalz with Weiden, Schwandorf and Ingolstadt-aera. Also was closed to Czech border.

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    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.

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    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.
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    Zeppelinfeld Nürnberg. Hitlers "Reichsparteitagsgelände" (Wiki: Nazi party rally grounds)

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    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 :-)).

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    some more open airs with Peter Tosh, Wolfgang Ambros and so on had followed.
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    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.

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    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)

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    some curves later -- Neuhaus an der Pegnitz.
    btw. a beautyful tour by train from Nürnberg, via Neuhaus to Bayreuth. (Wiki Pendolino)

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    Next Stop - Auerbach in der Oberpfalz.

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    german version of "Wall Street" NY, NY

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    for the next km you see always this signs.
    Grafenwöhr training area - one of the largest in Europe.

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    so thats why you have no roads in this area. (Wiki: Here)

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    Eschenbach in der Oberpflaz - lake Russweiher. A place i visited last when i was a child. (a long tour from Bayreuth) ;-)

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    zoomed look

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    private huts?

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    look back to Eschenbach and "Rauher Kulm"

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    Rauher Kulm - an "ex" Vulcano. (Wiki here)

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    reached Grafenwöhr then - and an other Franconian tratition. "Osterbrunnen". Here a very small one. (Wiki here)

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    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.

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    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.

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    Next - Neustadt an der Waldnaab. City and next easter fontain.

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    city other direction - nearly no people on the road - Covid restrictions here on a high level.

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    on the way to Flossenbürg - old jewish cemetery at the village Floss

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    round 400 graves - since 1692 (tells the little sign on the wall) - no wiki here

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    next town - Flossenbürg. - close to Czech border.

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    easter fontain at Flossenbürg

    and then you reach the dark point in Flossenbürg history

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    KZ (Concentration camp) Flossenbürg

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    Entrance Flossenbürg concentration camp -- SS building

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    place of the baraks and watchtower (guard tower) in the background on the left

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    map of the area

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    historical fotos - "Arbeit macht frei" at the entrance gate.

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    other view of the area - way to the "Valley of death".

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    Granite - The prisoners had to work in the granite quarry. To get granite for Berlin and Nürnberg Zeppelinfeld. 13 - 15 000 prisoners died here

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    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.

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    found some deers at Hammermühle

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    small roads - great views

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    for many km

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    away from Czech border - to Schwandorf area

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    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)

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    a cart race track - (insteadt of a reprocessing plant) -- also BMW has a factory here now.

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    on the other side of the town - an industrial museum. (brown choal until 1982)

    and some km outside .. this one

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    biggest wodden ball in the world - at Steinberger See. (Some Info here)

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    the lake nearby

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    the goose nearby. :-)

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    on the way to the next target - pasing the river Naab. (on its way to Regensburg and the Danube)

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    reached Hohenfels - another "Army" town. :-)

    Hohenfels training area - was there in 1986, for a small training

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    at the main gate.

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    no entrance for civilians ;-)

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    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....

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    BMW World

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    and Olympic stadium

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    and a KTM at BMW headquarters. (and BMW Museum)

    to be continued....
    have fun

    Andreas
  4. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    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?
  5. tomcat9

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    Hi Andreas,
    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,

    Tom
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  6. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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  7. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Weekend - snow is gone - warm sunday - round 16°C+ -- let's go for a ride. (tomorrow cold will come back for another some days).

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    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:

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    Antdorf, close to Weilheim - view to the alps.

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    german baby delivery service (not by Amazon). Another Andreas reached the world. (its a regional customs)

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    some Autobahn-km later -- Harburg (Wiki here - the german page has much more information)

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    Landscape between Harburg and Nördlingen. (Donau-Ries Wiki)

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    reached Nördlingen (Wiki here) a bit like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is not soooo far away from here (round 50 km)

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    inside the old city walls - the old town

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    Center - traffic reduced, Not much people - still restrictions...

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    beautyful old houses (and "Fachwerk")

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    nice old tree even

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    way out of the old town. - Passing city walls and tower

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    At Ohmenheim found this - a Blacksmith.

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    Neresheim Abbey - next highlight.

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    meet a biker from Ingolstadt here - had a very nice talk for a while. (in the monastery garden)

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    evem we saw nice old cars

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    inside the church - nice paintings (more info here - Wiki) - a masterpice of European baroque

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    closer look 1

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    closer look 2

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    way out of the church - monastary hotel and restaurant.

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    nice lake on the way to Heidenheim

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    typical landscape at "Schwäbische Alp"

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    one more nice church - at Nattheim.

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    some km later - reached Heidenheim.

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    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.

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    storks (at a break during differnt baby-delivering-jobs -- remember the beginning of the report ;-) )

    Then again some Autobahn-km and then..

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    lake Ammersee. (with a fantastic clear sky and a super good view)

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    at Herrsching (lake Ammersee)

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    same pic -different view

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    betweem Andechs and lake Starnberg. Zugspitze mountain.

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    more great views (all the fresh snow from last week)

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    close to home - Seeshaupt at lake Starnberg

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    a last one -- 20 km to home.

    hope you enjoyed the report.

    to be continued....
    have fun

    Andreas
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