Hohenau is a little village in Bavaria near the border with the Czech Republic. Itâ€™s hilly and the villages are situated on the hills. The valleys are valuable for the crops because theyâ€™re warmer and protected from the wind, thatâ€™s why the houses are concentrated on the hills and the rest of the land is green. It makes beautiful scenery. When we drove into the area it felt like I was visiting the Hobbit villages in Lord of the Rings.
When we arrived, the villagers were busy erecting a maypole. Itâ€™s a big happening with lotâ€™s of beer of course. Villages compete to get taller maypoles than their neighbors, and during the night the youths of a village guard the maypole to keep ruffians from neighboring villages from knocking it over (while at the same time attempting forays into neighboring villages to knock over the maypoles of others).
The next day we visited the National park Bayerischer Wald.
At the beginning it was really green, but as we go up hill, all we saw was dead trees. This is all caused by a tiny animal, of 5 mm length, the Bark beetle (BorkenkĂ¤fer). It was quiet, you only heard the wind, but as we go up, we passed a group of men dressed in typical Bavarian clothes cheerfully greeting us. Finaly we reached the restaurant on the mountain. When we came in the restaurant was full with Bavarians, some playing music in lederhosen and everybody offcourse holding a large glas of beer... They really know how to have fun!!
Even the firefighters are helping a hand
We could see the border with Czechia. Itâ€™s so close, but we forgot to bring our passport, so we couldnâ€™t cross the border L. So I need to come back another time to visit Prague...