On a bright and summerlike day in April
I took you to the first of the newly marked "trails of the hills" ("Hiwweltour" in local dialect) in Rhenish Hesse
which is the scenic hinterland of my town Mainz.
This Sunday was dedicated to walk another of those hill-trails further to the southwest. From Mainz you have to drive about 45 minutes to get there.
Map of the trail (a bit more than 7 miles) around Eichelberg (acorn hill).
Rhenish Hesse is also called the "land of vines and beets", but with its hills it's also the land of wind. When you scroll down the following photos you'll notice that wind turbines now are nearly everywhere, contributing to Germany's "energy transition
", and as well you can spot at least one big photovoltaic panel. Well, the latter didn't have to work too much today as it was mostly cloudy, but the wind generators had to deal with quite a lot of winds. Fortuntately it stayed dry. So it was a very pleasant day for walking. But undeniably there's already a whiff of autumn in the air ...
So called "Raven's Pulpit" with Furfeld
in the background; already the celts had settled at this place.
Pine trees on the top of the hill, bent from westerly winds.
Sunflowers and wind turbines near Furfeld.
Likely no lack of wine this year :-)
Church of former Sarlesheim which was extinguished in Thirty Years' War
with ruins of its former castle, founded in 1200 - which make this town by far the youngest settlement of all those villages in the region. Furfeld (as I've already mentioned) or Frei-Laubersheim
, where the trail starts, is way older with roots into the age of the Romans.
Energy transition in this little village, using the sun, or the wind:
Adjacent gravel quarry.
Many old sandstone quarries in this region are today a paradise for flora and fauna.
Picturesque old sandstone quarry near Neu-Bamberg. This region is also called Rhenish Hessian Switzerland ;-)
Lots of photos, folks, sorry lol. Nevertheless I hope you've enjoyed the gentle beauty of this multifaceted landscape. Have a nice week everyone.
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