Ilmenau in Thuringen and Kickelhahn mountain with Goethehaus
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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
In allen Wipfeln
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.
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.