How I found peace in the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park.By Elisa | On 4. Juli 2018 take an adVANture · On 4 July 2018
[Advertising] Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, Saarland. When I think back to this one weekend and think about it, what is stuck deep in my memories ... then it is probably the many different calls of nature. Far away from the noise of civilization, without the notorious background noise that otherwise accompanies us day in, day out. Only a few steps to the right or left and I was already in a world of different shades of green, interrupted by colorful splashes of color and surrounded by wild birdsong and bees buzzing.
The Saarland is not big, actually rather a tiny compared to the other states. But anyone who thinks that perhaps the peace, loneliness and breadth of being missed out on that, has made a great mistake. Because you can find a lot here. And where exactly, I'll tell you with the following words.
I took a kayak across the Saar, hiked along a long-distance hiking trail, slept high up in the trees, saw a new day awakening over mist, and heard wolves howling. I spent all my time outside and just had a tight roof over my head when I picked up bread rolls at the bakery for breakfast. My focus has always been on the little adventures on the doorstep, which increase the serotonin levels and hop for joy.
The destination was the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, which is shared by Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. Here I spent two wonderful days in search of what is always the object of my desire: nature. And I found them in the form of forests, meadows, rivers, streams and rocks - in short, in everything that the little outdoor heart desires.
⇒ On the website of the nature park you will find some information about the Saar-Hunsrück area, event tips and inspirations for your trip.
"I'll give you the big kayak, it's a bit harder to paddle, but it's more stable," Carola says to me as she loosens the ropes on the trailer, on which are various large and small models. "You just have to watch the weather and if it thunders immediately leave the water. Take care of the ferries on and at the lock you have to implement. "
I'm not in the kayak for the first time. Even in the Antarctic and near Bamberg, I could test my boatability, although at that time in pairs. But this time I'm completely alone and I feel a bit queasy for a short time (you know that, you think more about what could happen, instead of just looking what's coming). As fast as the feeling of dizziness in the epigastrium has come, it disappears again as soon as I am in the water and almost limp.
After a few meters, I hear no more cars and a little further no people. I have just one of the highlights in the Saarland completely for me alone and can not resist a big grin. The Saar has hardly any current and so I paddle along the shore in peace. Dragonflies perform their wedding dance next to me and out of the water meanders a not so small snake. I'm typing on a kind of snake, maybe even one of the very rare dice snakes?
A school class on the deck of the passing ferry waved to me exuberantly, while I align the kayak for the resulting swell perpendicular to it. The weather is cloudy, I'm almost arrived at the lock and would not end my tour actually. A short time later, however, I get the boat out of the water, put it on the small two-wheeled boat that was attached to my kayak and wait for it to be picked up soon.
⇒ If you also like to go kayaking (optional canoe or SUP) on the Saar, then I recommend the canoe rental at the Saar canoe SaarFari .
The Saar-Hunsrück-Steig is a 410km long long-distance hiking trail, divided into 27 stages and awarded the "German Hiking Seal". Close to nature and varied 70% of the trails on forest soil, grass paths or along streams and run usually not directly through places. Of this and of the natural silence, I was able to convince myself on the 5th stage of Losheim to Weiskirchen, even if a storm forced me to premature termination.
In winter it's snowboarding, in summer hiking, what my heart desires. Usually I'm always drawn to the Alps, they are almost on my doorstep. That's why I'm all the more pleased when opportunities arise for me, where I can get to know new trails and our low mountain ranges.
Already on the first meters of the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig, I am fascinated by the well thought-out route. Instead of walking straight on the dirt road, the mark sends me for a few hundred meters through a green thicket, with small light-flooded glades. The whole scenery could come directly from a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, in my mind I see the Little Red Riding Hood disappear behind a tree and Hänsel and Gretel scatter breadcrumbs in front of me.
Every now and then, resting and sensory benches are located at particularly beautiful vantage points. In the change between forest and meadows I enjoy the cool shade or the sun on my skin. In the vicinity of Scheiden, the highest village in the Saarland, I make a short break at a Kneipp facility. Elegant, I walk a few steps through the cool water, until the cold begins to hurt and finally I jump awkwardly out of the pool. Spectators would have enjoyed the sight of her true joy.
I am looking for nobility, bear and devil. The three should meet me on the way and take a snapshot with them. Finally, the aristocracy shows itself in all its glory, I run ignorantly past the bear and circle the devil from top to bottom. These are rock formations along the way and named after the Felsenweg, one of the 111 dream loops (the dream loops Saar-Hunsrück are circular hiking trails along the trail).
I'm passing Waldhölzbach when it starts to thunder. At first still reserved and far away, but after a few minutes getting louder and louder. For 15 minutes I watch the sky and then decide to stop the hike. In bad weather, the human has nothing to look for in the forest. After a short time it's pouring with rain and I'm happy to be in my camper right now.
⇒ Tip: For the research and navigation on site I recommend the Saarland touring app , with information on various hiking trails, bike tours and routes for motorcyclists.
I meet Martin in the parking lot of the Cloef Atrium, not far from the treetop path. We wait for other participants before we drive our cars to the lower forest parking lot and walk the remaining 300 meters on foot. Diagonally above the Saarschleife we want to pitch our camp - high up in the trees, in tents over the Saar. Martin is the person behind Cloefhänger , he has spent several nights out in the tent hanging on trees or rocks and can tell from some adventures in world history.
The weather is still unstable, everything from light dripping to short-term showers. So instead of assembling the tents, we first get to know each other by campfires and grilled spits, listen to each other our stories and enjoy views and dusk.
Even as a little boy, I liked to camp in the garden. Later I traveled for a few months with rental cars and tent through Australia and even now during my road trips is always one in the campervan. But I have never slept in the tree tent. A first time that will definitely not be the last.
As we set up our tents together late at night, fireflies dance around us. Somewhere, there's a screech and for a moment, there's a gap in the cloud cover. The fire is warming and in the meantime, the scent of grilled bananas is rising in my nostrils. It is already well past midnight, when I more or less elegantly climb the hanging ladder and make myself comfortable in the sleeping bag. Actually, I do not want to sleep and instead enjoy the view through the small ventilation gap. The slight rocking makes me fall asleep at some point.
It dawns slightly when I meet with Stefan just before 5.00 clock. Stefan is an employee at Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife and opens the door for me at this time, so that I can enjoy the sunrise on the lookout tower 42 meters above the ground. The fatigue is still written in my face, but the anticipation outweighs.
Sunrises in nature, high above the trees, fascinate me since time immemorial. Not only once did I walk in the dark to see a new day waking up around me. Last only on the Oberbachernspitze in the Dolomites .
In the valley, the fog still hangs low over the Saar. I'm standing above the cloud cover, which moves slowly up and down and sometimes releases the view of the landscape. Above the clouds the feeling of freedom is boundless. The slowly rising sun warms the face and dips the white of the mist into an orange light. So slowly awakes a new day with all its possibilities - a spectacle that has been performed for millions of years with always the same cast and still has not lost a moment of magic.
As I sit there, I listen to the birds, watch little butterflies, and do nothing for the next three hours. Instead, I'll fill up on a healthy dose of nature until my stomach growls and I set out for the next highlight of my journey through the Saarland. A quick stop at Cloef , the old stone observation deck, will take you to another glimpse of the region's landmark.
⇒ During special events you can visit the treetop path to sunrise and sunset . In addition, different themed tours are offered.
Michael's eyes sparkle as he tells me about "his" wolves. How he raised his first pack at the age of fifteen, how a mother of wolf trusted him so much and entrusted him with her kittens, and how salutation rituals take place among wolves. I learn a lot about these fantastic animals, which are rightly considered predators, but are wrongly described as evil beasts.
The Wolf Park Werner Freund has been dedicated to behavioral science and wildlife observation for decades and is miles away from a zoo or even a petting zoo. It's all about the animals, not about the human and his pleasure. The wolf packs live here as naturally as possible on a large fenced area that is only 40% visible and should reflect as possible the original habitat.
By chance I hear a long interview with a wolf expert on the radio during my drive from the Allgäu to the Saarland. So I'm not completely unprepared and Michael can specifically with my questions holes. Wolves are highly social animals, I learn, with certain rituals and a well-defined ranking in the pack. Michael and Tatjana, the two employees in the park, as human beings are only tolerated guests who have earned their position in the pack through years of behavioral analysis.
As I walk through the park, I hear a wolf howling. The sound has something animal about it, something from times long gone. Four different wolf species show themselves in their full splendor. The Canadian wolf is huge in comparison to the others, the Mongolian and the European wolf, in turn, are very similar. And the polar wolves form white splashes of color against a green backdrop. It's nice to see the animals up close, but still with enough distance.
⇒ The Wolf Park is open year-round from 09.00 - 17.00 and costs no entrance fee. Every 1st Sunday of the month a free tour takes place at 16.00. Further information can be found on the website of the park .
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Note: The trip was created in the framework of the blogger Challenge #ExploreSaarlandNature 2018, together with the Saarland Tourism Office . Via the link you can vote for your favorite blog post and win a trip to the respective natural landscape in Saarland.
While Bolle and Marco from Komm 'we were just exploring the National Park Hunsrück-Hochwald , Katharina and Henryk from Out of Office were traveling through the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve , my destination was the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park . We were all given tasks, allowed to lose ourselves in nature and focus on our environment. Thanks a lot for this! I also thank you (Carola, Martin, Stefan and Michael) for your time and the beautiful moments.
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