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Fritz Berger:



To the Dutch version of our holiday in Bavaria



Whereas in the Netherlands there is a forecast of a heat golf (heatwave) we travel on Saturday 2 Augusts to our holiday destination of this year. It will be comfort campsite Fritz Berger in Hohenwarth in Bayern (Bavaria). Hohenwarth lies in the middle of the Bavarian forrest with his highest point the Grosse Arber (1456m) on which in the winter an official descent of the Alpin Ski World cup of the FIS takes place.



Plan of the campsite

Our spot at the campsite

Whereas half Europe and therefore also Germany comes in the traffic-jam we drive without any problem to the campsite. It is still Mittagsruhe (afternoon pause) therefore we have enough time submit the campsite to a first impression. What are notable for us are a lot of empty spots and the presence of fixed campsites of which the occupants seemingly only use the site during the winter. On the swim lake at the campsite the children play on of the rafts which float in the water or pedal with their small boat over the lake. The sanitary that is in two large buildings seems to be clean and big enough for everyone.


After we have checked in we set up our folding car under viewing eyes of the already present neighbours. Even taking a shower and afterwards we deliciously lay down under the shed. The Evening we explore the restaurant and let us taste the food and drinks very well. The lively Bayerische (Bavarian) music from the tent beside the restaurant makes the sociability complete. Sunday becomes a delicious rest day at the tent where the temperature rises to very summery values. The lake brings us some times a delicious coolness where after we lay down again on our towel or sit in the lazy chair.


Now in the Netherlands it can be warm but here it's also too crazy. Three days behind each other we have 40 degrees and more. The new German record stands now on 40.8 degrees Celsius we therefore cool down very regularly in the lake.


Theodor G. Sellner in its glass workshop

On Thursday we decide nevertheless to our first trip to explore the surroundings. We leave from Hohenwarth and go through Arrach and lam to Lohberg. In Lohberg since 1538 they melted and blown glas. The current glass hut, the 17th in Lohberg is in an old church from 1698. Here works glass sculptor Theodor G. Sellner still daily in his glass art workshop for its unique production. In the sale shop you find exclusively products of own produce, you will not find import here. We take along a small glass-blown carafe.

Next to the glass workshop you will find one of the larger beer breweries of Bavaria.

The Osser Brewery


The Osser brewery which you can visit after appointment on Tuesday or Wednesday. Near to the glass hut the "schwarzauer Haus" (Bavarian farmhouse) stand in complete black where you can visit the glass and art gallery.

In Lohberg self you can visit also the animal zoo Bayerische Tierpark Loberg with 400 animals. It concerns approximately 100 types who live here in Bavarian wood.


We drive further direction Brenner and if we bend of to the right we stand eye in eye with the Grosse Arber. You look from here direct on the Six-seater Gondola and the green plains what in the winter the ski slopes used to be. We stop to enjoy the beautiful view, take a photograph and the video camera takes everything spotlessly. We decide for now to drive further and come back soon for an excursion with the gondola. Something further stops we at the Grosse Arbersee. This mountain lake become very visited by tourists. Except for a restaurant and a shop you can do all kind of recreations at the lake. Also several walks start or end here.

The Große Arbersee


After a while we drive to Bodenmais. Here stand Joska-Crystal the shop - and factory halls. Joska-Crystal is the largest in the world of crystal trophies and producer of the F.I.S. Worldcup at skiing. In the middle of the town of Bodenmais you find a small shop. Even outside Bodenmais lies the largest complex of Joska-Crystal. Here you can amuse yourselves with the family the whole day. Beside a restaurant and (of course) a biergarten (beer garden) there are especially the many shops with everything with glass, crystal and admire ceramic. Dozens enormous chandeliers, hundreds different glasses of small schnapsglaasjes (liquor glasses) to enormous beer-glasses, plates (Villeroy & Boch), call it, you can it find it there. At some places at Joska-Crystal you see employees with glass bladders, engrave, and painting glass. After so many impressions we decide to visit the other attractions of Bodenmais for another time and drive to Kötzting.

The trapeze of glass at the entrance

of the large shop at Joska.





Under a small part of the many chandeliers that you can see here.


In Kötzting  is the bärwurzerei, the schnapsmuseum and

schnapsbrennerei of Liebl and Drexler. We visit today Drexler. In the

small museum the tools from former times are see concerning how to made Schnaps (liquor) out of bärwurz. More than 200 historical museum pieces stand here established which bring the whole process in picture. The bärwurzel (Ligusticum Mutellina) is 30cm plant high which occurs on the mount meadows in Bavarian woods on an altitude above the 1000 meters. The original Drexler bärwurz, with an alcohol percentage up to 60% is been made with own house recipe from only natural products from the Bavarian forrest. In the shop you find more than 70 homemade type liquids (schnaps) and 15 types fruit wines. In the testing room we try 3 examples and decide for a hazelnut schnaps with 40% and two more bottles, which we take along to the campsite. On the campsite we bbq again on the zibrogril and enjoys still the warm evenings.

Deliciously sunk back in the lazy chair, a nice drink, candles all along for the intimacy and all that in short trousers and shirt. When you do this nowadays,


Our second day out goes firstly to the Höllensteinsee. We stop at the Dam lake (stuwmeer) and enjoying the view. On the Höllensteinsee small boats sail and families are lively busy on the water bicycles. The Höllensteinsee have arisen in the years 1923-1926 by the construction of the Höllenstein-Kraftwerkes (strength call centre).  We drive through Viechtach to St. Englmar.

Saint Englmar itself  has one of the oldest glass huts  of the Bavarian woods. Already in 1260 priest Poppo von Niederalteich introduced glasfenster " ows pine huts of the of the woods" in the convent church. In the Pfarrkirche of Saint Englmar you find a hinterglas kreuzweg from the 18th century. Saint Englmar has further numerous summer and winter activities. In the summer you can join the longest summer toboganning of Bayern , mountenbiken more than 300 km marked ways, walk or simply enjoy the many splendid views. In the winter it is a ski paradise, 13 hitch hike, 8 langlauf loipen, 3 toboggans or make a romantic excursion with the horse luge. There are 3 mounts in Saint Englmar which reach 1000m, the Hirchenstein (1095 m), de Pröller (1048 m) and the Predigtstuhl (1024 m) which let throw view to the Alps at clearly days.



strength call centre Höllensteinsee

view point in Saint Englmar



We drive further and go to Neukirchen and Bogen where we make a short town walk and enjoy a nice Italian ice cream. At Bogen the Donau flows. If we drive along the Donau we see how low the waterlevel on the Donau is. Schipping is here not possible.  


Just a little furthermore we stop at the Wallfarhtskirche  on the Bogenberg. A

splendid church where dozens of people in expectation are of a marriage. The groom runs nervously at the entrance of the church whereas the bride something further is busy with the wedding photographers.

Lively she sways to us. We go rapidly in the church and enjoying all splendour and pomp. We walk around the church and see from this altitude a good view concerning the surroundings and especially "the Schöne Blaue Donau".

Just before the wedding starts we leave and let the future bride couple with their guests alone.



Given the heat we decide not to visit Straubing and return to the Campsite. At Arnbruck drive we under airplains who give here a fly show and drive then to Arrach. A splendid oscillates way especially for motors, which you lead along the ski area of "the Eck".

On the camp-site we look for a cool place in and go rapidly swim at the camp-site lake and rest afterwards from of a very inspiring day.  
If we stand up the next day the television at the neighbours is already on. From the kitchen window the whole family (dad, mom and the two sons 14-17jr) looks daily a lot of hours to the baffle. The Telly is just turned off before they got to sleep. We nevertheless have a complete different idea how to spend your holiday.

The most places have been now occupied, although that some fixed places, especially the winter camp places are still unoccupied.  After a delicious shower, which prepares excellent, and a German breakfast we make us ready for a visit to the Grosse Arber.



Photograph made to the foot and the top of the grosse Arber


The Große Arber with 1456 meters is the highest mountain in Bavarian and Bohemian Forest and the only mountain which ends up above the tree border.


The 44 six-seater Gondola brings you during the summer in nearly 3 minutes up. Each gondola can accommodate 6 persons (maximum 1440 per hour) that have to make a unevenness of 342 meters. The total covered distance is thereby 964 meters, therefore an average increase percentage of 40%. In the winter  there are three more chair lifts, one new 6 persons lift which bring up the skiers to the top.

Then there is also the annual F.I.S worldcup descent with all world top skiers.

After you have stepped out above from the gondola you must walk the last very steep piece to the top, what will cost therefore some sweat drops. However you get fantastic views over the surroundings. The real die-hards climbs still even on the highest rock points for the most beautiful breathtaking views.



After you have strengthen the internal person in the restaurants you can choose two ways to go down again. You can choose for easy way with the gondola, or for one of the many walking routes which are indicated here. We choose for the lazy descent with the gondola. Edith's brother Albert who has celebrated with friends here just before us there holiday, have chosen for the short walk of one hour. Unfortunately for them they chose underway the wrong junction. Total exhausted and very thirsty they reached after more then 4 hours their own car. The gondola in just 3 minutes seemed thus for us the only and correct alternative.


After our visit to the Grosse Arber we continue the route to Arnbruck.  Here you find the Weinfurtner Glasdorf, beside Joska-Crystal one of the largest glass workshops in Bavaria (Bayern) The family Weinfurtner have been here already since the 19th century busy with glass. The ancestors from Saint Katharina from the Bohemia forest have already started the boasted chalice with the six ASTRE already in 1500.


The Weinfurtner glasdorf is a village in itself, in the middle of Arnbruck. Here too a lot of shops with everything in the field of glass. We even see in the middle of the summer at 38 degrees a  real Christ's marked. In the glass hut three people in united co-operation stand to blow the glass. In a demonstration of 20 minutes they explain how all the glasswork is made. Somewhere else the glass is painted, whereas in a another building the glass is engraved and sharpened.

We return to the camp-site and after a delicious cooling off in the lake we fall gloriously down, grilling our flesh on the zibrogril and as the evening enters the candles and the torch take care of a romantic  atmosphere.

Weinfurtner lights

Weinfurtner atelier


Our next trip will go to Czechia and to the place Domazlice. According to many others a nice place to visit, so we want to see that by usself. The neighbours on the campsite, tell us that we should bests pass the border at Eslkam. A small border which we pass without many problems. 


Domazlice  is a place with 11500 inhabitants and fall because of historical architecture entirely under monument care. Initially it was a border station, which arose by the old trading way of Regensburg to Bohemia. In German the place also is called Taus. In the years1262-1265 the Bohemia king Premsyl Otakar II in this market municipality founded a royal establishment city. The elongated Market Square on with much portico stands has also still a tower and two urban gateways. The northern gateway was brought down in 1838, western in 1841. To the most important curiosities belong also the Dekanaatschurch Maria birth, the Augustiner convent and the Maria ascension church. Of the former citadel Chodsko there is only one tower remained (now small museum).



The city Domazlice with view on one of the two towers. On the second a photograph of a chod.


Domazlice is the homeland of the Chodden. This people were also the bohemia shots called, bravely and proud. Their music instrument has very much gone of the Scottish bagpipe. In the city Domazlice yearly in august the Chodse annually celebrate with old folk music and folk dance. During these festivals the delicious traditionally prepared wafers are sold. The folklore museum has an interesting folk collection.


On the market with a lot of stands, which are manned by Asians, we buy a short trouser for only 8 Euro. In of the small shops we sell a bottle Becherovka, the Czech national drink. On the way back we want pass the border at Furth im Wald, but the Czech parking  guy tells us no to do so today because of the market in Domazlice who attracted many Germans. At the border there will be a waiting time for 3-4 hours. We take back therefore the same route and come at Eslkam back in Germany. Guards at the border, now we haven't seen them.

We keep on driving to the Hohen Bogen, a summer and winter sport centre. From the camp-site we look at one site of the Hohen Bogen, but it becomes time for a more closely visit. The Hohen Bogen (1079m) is accessible from Neukirchen b.Hl.Blut. In the summer you can with one of the longest 2-persoons chair lifts in the Bavarian Forest go up. The 1358 meters with a unevenness of 393 meters are taken off in 15 minutes. You have a splendid panorama view to the Arber, Kaitersberg, Voithenberg or the Osser on top of the Hohen Bogen. At good visibility even the outlines of Bavarian Alps can be seen. If you step you halfway out the lift, you stand at the beginning of the summer tobogganing.


The valley station the Hohen Bogen

Here the whole family from granny up to the children can rustle along the 750 meters large tobogganing by means of 16 turnings down. Whereas we enjoy a piece cough we see a Dutch family of which the youngest, approximately 5 years, urges daddy enthusiastically rapidly up to go for a next descent with the tobogganing. In the winter  the skier can molars from several pistes with a total length of 5km. The langlaufers can chooses from several loipen, whereas others can play on the small lake occupy themselves with ice-hockey and ice-skating. Summery and winters you can eat and drink in some of the Gaststätten (restaurants) of the Hohen Bogen.

 On the playground children and adults amuse themselves with the there present equipments. On one of it you can sit in a small boat which is pushed up afterwards. On 10 meters altitude you are launched and seconds later you splash with an enormous detonation into the water. Also there is a large skate corridor where you can descend with a slalom off the mountain.


We decide to visit Kötzting once more closely. Except for the shopping which we here always do we in this casino city we haven't seen much of Kötzting. Kötzting is a "Kneippkurort" what becomes clear at 87000m² sizes cure harbour park with among other things a clinic for traditional Chinese medicine techniques and a large offer to all kinds of fitness equipment. Kötzting is a modern trade and service centre for this part of Bayern. You can test your luck in the Bayerische Spielbank, the Bavarian casino. The tourist can visit one of the beautiful churches, a walk along the bank of the Weisser river, just enjoy the beautiful houses in the inner town or let spoil itself in the enchanting English tea house. To festivities there is also no lack in Kötzting.

The Pfingstfestwoche  with the Pfingstritthave celebrated that since 1412 celebrated, the culture festival, the Waldfestspiele on the Ludwigsberg, the Bürgerfest, the Rosstag and the Christmas marked show how large this small city can be.


The Pfingstritt in Kötzting

The Kirchenburg

The procession

We make the walk along the Weißer Regen and the centre of the city and visit the Kirchenburg,, an old defence rampart with a castle with as centre the Pfarrkirche. The outside walls, the old sepulchres, the inside ring, the square tower, everything is still present. The castle from the 12e centuries had come in 1361 in administrative hands and has been since 1805 a church. This very nice church is certainly worth to visit.


schnapsbrennerei Liebl

On the way back to our car we rapidly go to Schnapsbrennerei Liebl. Here you can see through a window the kettle of the largest schnapsbrennerei of Bayern. In the neighbour shop you find all kinds of fire water products to buy. We decide just to look at it, we still have a small stock on the camp-site. The Zibrogril is again set up and we let ourselves the fried potatoes with lettuce are tasted well. Evenings we sit deliciously for our folding caravan (tent trailer) with around us the candle lights for the convivial atmosphere.

During the night we have enjoyed the first rain for weeks. The thunderstorm, which blows over, keeps Edith some hours from her sleep. Gerald become just awake at the hardest claps but sleep afterwards lively further. The temperature by day continues to just above the thirty degrees, the nights become fortunately, however, something more pleasant


Our last week already started and we decide once again to visit Czechia. At the border in Furth im Wald stands s traffic-jam  which ensures us that it take us 45 minutes before we pass the border. That's what you thinks at least, some hundreds of meters away you find another border line, so we close up again.

Halfway the two borderlines there are tax-free shop. Since we have no sense to stay in the traffic-jam on the way back again we  decide here to do our Czech purchases. A litre Bacardi for 6.70 Euro and a bottle Becherovka for only 3.30 Euro. We take away  therefore some bottles.

The stocked spirits


The Drachenstichfest in the arena in the middle of in the city Furth im Wald

On the way back we visit the frontier city Furth im Wald themselves. If we walk into this nice little town we see several small children and some parents who were dressed as it were the middle ages. 

The shop street is closed halfway. Here you stand suddenly for an enormous arena, which is put here each year for the large dragon festivity. Of the 2e up to the 3e Sunday in august you can be a witness of the grandiose national feast of the East Bavarian history.   A historical procession with 1400 costume persons, 200 horses, musicgroups and festival vehicles pass the streets of Furth im Wald on their way to the arena. At the arena historical shows are given daily with as peak the fighting with the dragon, "the dragon thrust". 

500 Years ago the dragon thrust belonged to a religious procession. Later, since 1897 the dragon festivity has been organised by the occupants of Furth im Wald themselves. The peak is if the knight throws its lance in the jaws of the monster.

If we return to the car we see many people who are stand or sit next to the road. There proves to be another festivity today in Furth im Wald, the large children’s procession. We take a nice Italian ice-cream and wait also along the side of the road.

De Children's procession starts with musical accompaniment. Children splendid dressed as medieval knights at horse or as other occupants at foot pass by. Moving to see that children of 3 or 4 years run as proud as a peacock with a sword in the hand here beyond.


Children's procession

If the procession has passed us we step in the car and drive further direction Cham. Cham is 1000 years old trade city which by

the centuries several times have devastated and have been built up again. The historical pedestrian centre of the town has a splendid market and church quare with a very beautiful sculpture fountain. We pick here one of the nice terrace for a cold drink and spoil ourselves afterwards on a kebab roll before we drive the way back to the camp-site.



Na een dag rust is het weer tijd voor een volgende verkenning in het Bayerische Wald. We rijden over de voor ons inmiddels bekende slingerweg via Arrach en  Arnbruck naar onze eerste stop in Bodenmais. Terwijl de meeste bussen zich naar de fabriekshallen van Joska

Crystal After a day rest it is time for a next exploration in Bavarian forest. We drive on the meanwhile well-known oscillate road  between Arrach and Arnbruck to our first stop in Bodenmais. Whereas most of the buses go to the factory halls of Joska Crystal themselves we park our car in the centre of Bodenmais. As first visits we a shop where candles, candles and especially candles are sold. Birth candles, anniversary candles, toy candles or all kinds of animals as a candle, choice therefore enough.


Furthermore are there in Bodenmais sufficient curiosities present so you can amuse yourself for hours and hours. The Historic Silberbergwerk with the Silberbergbahn with toboggan slide and a large adventures playground, the glass huts, the woodcarving, the churches, the candle factory of Kerzenland Mangold (candle land) Mangold or you let yourself drive deliciously with the little citytrain, in a horse coach or wintry in a horse luge.


We drive further through the Arber area and stop at the border city Bayerisch Eisenstein (724m). Also an open-air treatment resort likes almost each village in Bavaria and also of course a glass hut. In this border city with view concerning the Grosse Arber (1456m) we make also a town walk along the Weiße Regen which is here too exceptional low. Especially summery a  walk  and mountenbike paradise, winters Bayerisch Eisenstein is been especially populated with ski-lovers which exploit the new gondola.


Now we stand near to the border we decide for the third time this holiday to visit Czechia. After not much further than a couple hundred meters we pass without any problems the border. Right after the border you find all kind of roofed and not roofed shops, most with Asians. Some waiting, but the most insistently try here too sell all kind of stuffs to the tourists. We let us seduce to the purchase of some shoes, one couple for Edith and one couple for Gerald.


On the camp-site we hear on the radio warnings for heavy weather that would blow over Bavarian for the coming hours. People are called to report it to others who do not hear it or to people who doesn't understand  German language. On the camp-site it turn out better than expected. It starts blow and rain for a while, but this lasts not long. We decide therefore to visit the restaurant at the entrance of the camp-site "Rauber Heigl" once more and enjoy a delicious eating.


Our last day excursion. We drive to Rimbach  to visit the woodcarving museum, but the road to Rimbach is closed, therefore we  drive to Miltach. There we want visit the castle, but we pass the castle before we were beware of it.  A good beginning of the day therefore. We decide to give the castle on the way back  a second give chance and drive over the B81 to the direction of  Viechtach. Halfway we refuse to drive to Rattenberg. In Rattenberg you find a Uhrenmuseum, Heimatmuseum and a ruïne. By means of a splendid route with a lot of nice views and by several ski areas we drive finally left to Saint Englmar. Shortly after the turning we see again on the left the summer tobagganing slide which becomes very visited. The slide counts ten hair peeling turning and sees spectacularly. At the Predigtstuhl  (1024 m) make we a stop. Here a real village has been built with hotels, restaurants and shops in the middle of in the ski area of Saint Englmar. After we have walked around we drive a bit further where we make shirt stop from high  grass crop to once again enjoy these splendid surroundings.


The summer tobogganing slide with a lot of turnings


The Große Pfahl at Vietach


Hierna rijden we verder naar Viechtach op weg naar de Große Pfahl.  De Bayerische Pfahl Hereafter we drive further to Viechtach  on gone to the Grosse Pfahl. The Bayerische Pfahl is one of the most striking geological objects in Bavarian. If an exposed spinal column, alights it from the surface of the earth. Total 150km long of Nabburg in the Oberfalz in the Northwest to Passau in the south west on Bavarian territory to stop in Austria briefly afterwards Linz.


For more than 300 millions years it reached in the current in the middle of Europe a meeting of prim(a)eval continents of North America, European Asia and Africa. What followed were that there from Spain to East Europe new mountains arose what we call now the mid-size mountains.


In Germany arose as such the black forest (Schwarzwald), the Harz, the Erzgebergte and also the Bayerische Wald (Bavarian Forest). By the times gone here it's superior stones drain by the large landslides and depressed in each other again. As important crack line, which the border between the first and hindmost part of the Bavarian forest still refer to, the "Pfahlstörung" geologically moored.


At the beginning of the 19 centuries mount crystal was used for street construction. This led to many cracks and a lot of picturesque stone parties became demolished. Momentary still in use are factories which still occupy themselves with the extraction of mount crystal uses this especially to produce silicon for computer chips. What the natural erosion in million years  couldn't do, a human being has within limited time, however, succeeded.




Uitzicht over Viechtach

We walk the short route for the Große Pfahl, read on the shields and see how former the above has executed himself and enjoying this nature phenomenon. As from the Grosse Pfahl you have a good view concerning the surroundings and especially  concerning Viechtach. Viechtach is of course again a an open-air treatment resort and lie in the valley to the Schwarzen Regenand between the two mount peaks of the Bavarian Forest. It knows a lot of tourist accommodations among some camp-site. One can amuse oneself in the beautiful air swimming pool, play tennis, hors riding, make walks, fish on the Höllensteinsee or drift about with a small boat. Attractions for the spoiled tourist are further a crystal museum, the glass hut or the Die Ägayrischen Gewölbe, a bit Egypt in Bavarian.



If we go further and drive in Miltach along the castle Gerald sees of a sudden the storks the roof of the castle. We decide not for the second time to drive on and put the car on the side and walk back to the castle Miltach. First something concerning the stork nest of castle Miltach. Already many years a stork's couple comes in March to the castle to look after posterity. The previous 3 years led this to 10 young ones. This year the woman stork was greeted exuberantly by its man on Sunday 28 March. On 28 May the Miltacher stork foreman Manfred Renner said that this year perhaps 4 young ones can be welcome there. On 17 June Manfred Renner explain that it would be 2 young one nevertheless that are fed affectionately. He confirmed the number on  30 June and says that the young ones grows super-fast. If on 16 July a strange stork couple wants to visit the castle also there are some times a day a fight between the stork couples. By applauding violently with the wings and some appearance attacks of papa stork the strange couple disappear. Between 27 July and 5 Augusts flap the young ones impatiently and jump already two meters high in the nest. The young animals are than already larger then mummy stork. As then on 9 august the two young ones makes there first careful rounds the feast in the village is complete. The coming two to three weeks the young ones must gain sufficient experience to be able to accomplish the long travel to Africa well. 


Pa stork comes fly towards with its booty

The nest on the roof of castle Miltach

Papa stork after its collision


But then... on 20 Augusts there is large panic. Papa stork has been collided. The woman who controlled the car worries herself right sweetly for him and involves Manfred Renner right away. The stork lies firstly inert in the pasture. After some time the stork independently stand up. Manfred Renner observe that the animal has no blood. However, he 6 finds mice and a lot of other animals with which the stork was underway to its young ones. A day later papa moves himself again something and starts to search for something to eat. Mamma stork and its two young ones have meanwhile affiliated themselves to an 12 couple stork group and have left direction Africa. A day later papa attempts to make some take offs, but most of the time he sits on a sand-bank in the river. The determine not to disturb the stork and give him the occasion for a entirely heal.  Also the next days there is no change, the stork won't let someone within a distance of 20 meters at him. On 30 Augusts he lets nevertheless catch itself and he is brought to a bird shelter. The veterinary surgeon has high hope all that everything comes  well. Just some days later, on 2 September papa stork, now Beppo called, flies again. If on the same day a stork colony settles on to the rain bank is this a excellence chance. With this colony Beppo fly away to undertake the 10000 km to Africa.

Let's hope that he is sufficiently repairs for these long and heavy travel. Next year can you on the special Miltacher storks site read how it has expired with the stork family and if they have returned to castle Miltach.


above Beppo is caught,

under Beppo in the river

Al enkele dagen later, op 2 september vliegt pappa ooievaar die nu Beppo genoemd wordt, weer. Als op dezelfde dag nog een ooievaarskolonie in aan de Regenoever neerstrijkt is dit een uitgelezen kans. Samen met deze kolonie vliegt Beppo even later weg om de 10000 km naar Afrika af te leggen.

Laten we hopen dat hij voldoende herstelt is om deze lange en zware reis met goed gevolg af te leggen. Volgend jaar kunt u op de speciale Miltacher ooievaars site lezen hoe het met de familie is afgelopen en of ze teruggekeerd zijn naar slot Miltach.

Castle Miltach in 1720


Castle Miltach now


Castle Miltach supposedly was built by Justinian von Peilnstein end 16th/beginning 17th century. The later owner von Schönprunn cultivated the castle around 1750 further. This family had the castle for 200 years in its possession. In the history of the castle here much grand festivals with music and dancing have taken place. Celebrities such as Simeon Piscevic, adjudant under Maria Theresia von Österreich and General under Katharina II of Russia, spent the winter 1744/45 at host barons Johann Josef Wenzeslaus Freiherr von Schönprunn. Another occupant of 1872-1875 was the boasted writer Maximilian Schmidt, genannt Waldschmidt.


In 1979, the family Schleyerbach became the owner of the meanwhile heavily declined castle. At the modernisation, which followed in the years then, the as much as possible original situation of the castle was reconstructed. In 1982, the castle was in)habitable again and could be visited until now.


The complete upper part of the castle are now accessible. Here you retrieve in the different original arranged chambers the history of the beautiful castle. The stove furnace, painted windows, a splendid arranged table, the kitchen, a hunting chamber, the wedding chamber or a reading room, everything is original arranged.


Downstairs you can buy in the shop historical books, illustrated magazines or hand-made Articles. After a visit to pot bakery you  catch what to drink in the music cellar. Regularly in the castle shows as a traditional concert or a jazz evening is organised. And as from by the end of March up to beginning September you can enjoy the stork's family on top of the castle Miltach roof.

After our visit to the castle and after we have swayed for the last time to the family stork we step in the car and go to Kötzting for the last shopping. Also even rapidly to the schnapsbrennerei of Drexler to lay in some bottles of this delicious fire water.


The next day to start we slowly with wrapping up. Evenings we go out to the restaurant, therefore almost everything can be wrapped up already. The tent-fly and the front tent are broken off and what remains is no longer than only the carriage of the folding caravan (tent trailer). Thus our spot looks now enormously.


After eating we sit again for the folding caravan (tent trailer) and drink the last schnaps in Bavaria. Tomorrow morning by 7 hours stand up, the last matter wraps up, the folding caravan (tent trailer) fold in and couple it to our Deawoo Nubira station car. Just rapidly take a shower and we drive direction the entrance gate. At the reception there must still be paid natural. After the 380 Euro Changed over in other hands we say goodbye to comfort campsite Frits Berger.

After a successful travel we arrive more than 9 hours later in our trusted Hengelo. Again a quiet travel without traffic-jam.


Tja it is also nice at home, the more so if we can pick up our Beagle Dieuwke again. Dieuwke is not yet at home or she lies pleased as Punch on the couch under a coverlet. Why, read this and you know.


Where we spend our next year holiday. We do not yet know. If you have a nice tip for us then not hesitate to mail us.


Next year can find you here in any case a new destination with our experiences and tourist tips.





Till then


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