#1 Fichtelberg

Start in Munich, restart after work in Garching

Say goodbye to our local beaver and aiming for the ancient city of LA tonight.

Garching bei München - Highlights

  • Garching Research Centre: Garching is known for its large research centre, which houses a variety of scientific facilities, including the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and the European Southern Observatory. These facilities often offer sightseeing opportunities and informative exhibitions.
  • Garchinger Heide: The Garchinger Heide is a nature reserve near Garching that is perfect for walks and hikes. Here you can enjoy nature, roam through meadows and forests and discover the local flora and fauna.
  • Lake Garching: Lake Garching is a popular bathing lake in the area. On a warm day you can swim, sunbathe and try out water sports like stand-up paddling here. There is also a sandy beach and green spaces to relax.
  • Garching markets: Markets are held regularly in Garching, offering local products, handicrafts and culinary specialities. These markets are a great opportunity to get to know the local culture and products.

Landshut - LA

The luggage seems to be a lot, but I had a Deuter backpack and a pair of serious hiking boots with me in this bags for Zugspitze, cooking equipment, gas and pot added volume. The usual tent, sleeping bag and mattress need space as well.

Landshut - Highlights

  • Trausnitz Castle: Trausnitz Castle towers majestically over the city and is one of the most important castle complexes in Bavaria.
  • St. Martin's Church: St. Martin's Church is the landmark of Landshut and one of the most impressive late Gothic churches in Germany. Its 130-metre-high tower offers a breathtaking view of the city.
  • Landshut Wedding: The Landshut Wedding is a historical festival that takes place in Landshut every four years. It involves a re-enactment of the wedding feast of Duke George the Rich and the Polish king's daughter Hedwig. The festival attracts many visitors from all over the world.

Arrived at about 6.30pm in LA and after a short visit of the old city carried on to the camp site. Have been there a few times in the past. New people run the site now. All fine. My neighbors where young men (between 22 and 26 I guess) who travelled from their hometown Schweinfurt to Chiemsee and are on their way back now. They use 40 year old Mopeds, motorcyles that are limited to 25 km/h.

LA - Regensburg - Wackersdorf and beyond

Regensburg - Highlights

  • The Old Town of Regensburg: The entire Old Town of Regensburg is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will find well-preserved medieval architecture, narrow streets and charming squares.
  • Regensburg Cathedral: Regensburg Cathedral, also known as St. Peter's Cathedral, is an imposing Gothic building and the city's landmark. It is particularly known for its grandiose portal and impressive interior.
  • Stone Bridge: The Stone Bridge is a medieval bridge over the Danube and another landmark of Regensburg. It was built in the 12th century and is one of the oldest stone bridges in Germany.

Wackersdorf - Highlights

  • Wackersdorf Nuclear Reprocessing Plant (WAA): The WAA was a planned nuclear reprocessing plant that caused great controversy in the 1980s. Although the plant was never put into operation, it remains a historically significant site.
  • A movie about that time called Wackersdorf (2018) about Hans Schuierer, District Administrator of Schwandorf, who is fighting against the Wackersdorf Nuclear Reprocessing Plant.
  • Oberpfälzer Seenland: The region around Wackersdorf is known for the Oberpfälzer Seenland, a network of man-made lakes. Here you can enjoy water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and swimming or simply explore the beautiful nature and beaches along the lakes.

Early rise and at 6am on the bike towards Regensburg. But first an Apfelkuechle in honor of Achim and the 4 Semmeln were welcome during the day as well. The camping close to Wackersdorf seemed a bit to fancy and the next one was not open for at least a year. A little detour to Schnaittenbach were they combine a swimming pool with natural water and a camping for 11Euros... All inclusive.


Weiden - Highlights

  • The market square: Weiden's central market square is surrounded by historic buildings and forms the heart of the city. Here you will find the impressive Old Town Hall, which was built in the Gothic style and now houses the town museum.
  • The Max Reger Park: This park is named after the famous composer Max Reger, who was born in Weiden. The park offers a beautiful green space, walking paths and a pond. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.
  • In the area of the Upper Gate, there were particularly elaborate and representative defensive fortifications in historical times. The gate complex consisted of the gate tower, the front gate with two mighty round towers and an almost 16 m long stone bridge that once led across the moat. The core of the gate tower probably dates from the 13th century. It was demolished in 1911 and replaced by the Upper Gate, which still exists today.
  • The International Ceramics Museum: Weiden is known for its long tradition of ceramics production. The International Ceramics Museum presents an extensive collection of ceramics from different eras and regions. It is a great way to learn more about the history and artistic significance of ceramics.

Short day, because I wanted to see how the couple was doing with their campsite project. Stayed with them twice in 2008 and 2011 and quite a few things were added, but they are still genuin nice people and I enjoy being there. They put a lot of work in it. Today not only a pool but a sauna and many things more, e.g. local food... Zoigl

Mountain #1 Fichtelberg

Oberwiesenthal - Highlights

  • Fichtelberg: At 1,215 metres, the Fichtelberg is the highest mountain in Saxony and a popular ski resort in winter. In summer you can hike here and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  • Fichtelberg suspension railway: This historic suspension railway takes visitors from the Unterwiesenthal district to the summit of the Fichtelberg. During the ride you can admire the landscape and enjoy the mountain air.
  • Fichtelbergbahn: The Fichtelbergbahn is a traditional narrow-gauge railway that runs from Cranzahl to Oberwiesenthal. The railway line offers picturesque views of the surrounding landscape and is a popular attraction for tourists.
  • Hotel "Fichtelberghaus": The hotel "Fichtelberghaus" is an architectural jewel and was built in the New Building style. It is located on the Fichtelberg and offers a fantastic view of the surrounding area.
  • Border Crossing Museum: Oberwiesenthal is not far from the Czech border, and the Border Crossing Museum offers an insight into the history of the inner-German border and the time when Germany was divided.
  • Zwitterfeld" Visitor Mine: The "Zwitterfeld" visitor mine allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of mining. You can take an underground tour here and learn more about the mining history of the region.

Mountain #1 - Fichtelberg, Saxony

Saxony, also known as Sachsen in German, is a state in Germany called the Free State of Saxony, or Freistaat Sachsen in German. It is located in the heart of the country and shares borders with Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, as well as Poland and the Czech Republic. The capital of Saxony is Dresden, and its largest city is Leipzig. Among Germany's sixteen states, Saxony ranks as the tenth largest, covering an area of 18,413 square kilometers, and the sixth most populous, with a population exceeding 4 million people.

At 1,215 metres, the Fichtelberg is the highest mountain in Saxony.

First stop in Waldsassen at a bakery at 6.45am, did not want to change money for my shortcut and at the monastery for a healthy bicycle. Enjoyed small roads and quite a few hills and was at my first destination at about 2pm: Fichtelberg, Saxony, 1215m. Visited Pernink/Bärringen where Rudolf Kippenhahn was born.