Ilmenau in Thuringen and Kickelhahn mountain with Goethehaus

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One of many Goethehaus (really, they are everywhere)

Yet another visit to my dad in Erfurt and more exploration of Thuringen and it's famous forest.

Today we decided to climb a mountain. The Kickelhahn is the "house mountain" of Ilmenau. This area is historically important because the famous German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe)  passed through here in his life. He wrote his poem a Wayfarer's Night Song in a hunting cabin here. 

Über allen Gipfeln
Ist Ruh'
In allen Wipfeln
Spürest Du
Kaum einen Hauch;
Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde
Warte nur, balde
Ruhest Du auch. 

For rough translation see one of my pictures or visit http://german.

about.com/library/blwander.htm

It didn't take long at all to hike from the parking lot to the top of the mountain. 861m isn't really that high and the trails were not steap. My 61-year-old dad made it just fine. ;) On top of the hill you find the Kickelhahn tower. It was built in 1855. They used material from the mountain to errect it. The cost was 1,000 Taler. lol 

You can climb the 107 steps to the top and get a nice view over the Thuringen Forest and down into the valley toward Ilmenau

We decided to get a bite to eat at the restaurant. They have a small menu, but their beer is cold and the sausages are local and delicious. If you want something to warm you up you can order coffee or something a little more potent, like grog or Gluehwein. 

It was a cold, windy, and rainy day. I don't know what it is, but every time I come here, I get this weather. It's the middle of summer, jeez. 

Our little trip took up a few hours so we headed back to my dad's garden home near Erfurt. 

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One of many Goethehaus (really, th…
One of many Goethehaus (really, t…
The Kickelhahn tower
The Kickelhahn tower
Sign post at the parking lot
Sign post at the parking lot
Available hiking trails
Available hiking trails
Jagdhaus/Hunting cabin was closed
Jagdhaus/Hunting cabin was closed
Another sign post
Another sign post
We do have snakes in Germany
We do have snakes in Germany
View across the Thuringer Forest
View across the Thuringer Forest
Stichlingsplatz
Stichlingsplatz
What is the Stichlingsplatz?
What is the Stichlingsplatz?
More views of the Thuringen Forest
More views of the Thuringen Forest
What is the Kickelhahnturm?
What is the Kickelhahnturm?
Entrance to the tower on top of th…
Entrance to the tower on top of t…
View from top of the tower down to…
View from top of the tower down t…
Top of the tower
Top of the tower
For webcam
For webcam
Brand new ICE rail bridge in the d…
Brand new ICE rail bridge in the …
Cell tower and more Thuringen Fore…
Cell tower and more Thuringen For…
Ilmenau
Ilmenau
Clouds are rolling in.
Clouds are rolling in.
Me :D
Me :D
Maria was the one who wanted the t…
Maria was the one who wanted the …
Another sign post
Another sign post
Wayfarers Night Song II by J.W.Go…
Wayfarer's Night Song II by J.W.G…
This is where Goethe wrote the fam…
This is where Goethe wrote the fa…
One of many translations
One of many translations
and Russian
and Russian
Ilmenau
photo by: missandrea81