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Favorite thing: There is a rather interesting tale a few locals tell about the Schwarze Moor. Once, there was a large village here. The people of the village lived a life of lawlessness and sin. One day, the earth opened up, and a large black sea appeared, into which the village sank. Over time, the peat layer grew over the sea, leaving just a few open spaces with water. The village is still under the moor, but the village did not die. And when the villagers all run to the church to pray for forgiveness, the black water in the moor becomes rough, and large bubbles break the surface. Sometimes, when it's quiet, a few people on the surface have heard the crowing of a rooster or the sounding of the churchtower's bell coming from the depths of the moor.
Updated Aug 30, 2006
Favorite thing: Because of it's location on the High Rhön plateau, the Heidelstein is a rather inconspicuous mountain. It's elevation of 926m actually makes it one of the higher mountains in the Rhön. The Heidelstein is a great place for an easy walk to get a great view of the entire Rhön. On the east end of the mountain, is a memorial to the founding father of the Rhön Klub, and the clubs members that have passed away. On the third September of every month, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the top of Heidelstein to remember them, earning the mountain the nickname "mountain of the dead." Reaching the peak of the mountain is easy either from the Rote Moor or the Parking lot "Schornhecke" on the intersection of the Hochrhönstrasse and the road from Wüstensachsen.
Written Aug 25, 2006
Favorite thing: I know it's hard to resist, but go somewhere in Germany that all of your friends and relatives have never seen before. It really makes me a little sad, that everytime I get visitors over from the States, they all have ants in their pants to see Ludwig II's Castle Neu Schwanstein. Most of the North Americans go to Munich, Fuessen, Heidelberg, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Although all of these places are well worth seeing, NOT EVEN ONE of them is even listed in the UNESCO's list for World Cultural Heritage Landmarks. Imagine when you go home, and tell your friends all about the stuff they have already seen. Why don't you go back home with incredible stories of things your friends have never seen - and show them great pictures all the places THEY MISSED!
Fondest memory: I like the quiet places in Germany. Germany can be a very noisy place, and the places of natural beauty are rare, breath-taking and very precious. Among my favorite memories are walking to the Dornbush Lighthouse of the Island of Rügen with a friend, the year before she died, sitting by the Ulster brook in summer, near my house, sailing my boat on the Main River, watching beavers build a damn in Thuringia.
Written Feb 25, 2003