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Excursions Season 1 Here you can find out everything about my excursions. In the first season I am on the road in Saxony and have visited one or the other sights or destinations for you. Episode 1: The Wildlife park Osterzgebirge. Out of a hike the idea for a separate playlist was born, which only deals with excursions. The Wildlife Park Osterzgebirge is located at the foot of the Geisingberg between Geising and Lauenstein in the Müglitztal. It was opened on 01 June 1997 after a two-year construction period. In the beginning, only native animals were at home here. In 2015, the concept was changed and also animals that are not native to Germany or Europe were purchased. Today the park offers a very large area and a lot of space for the animals. A visit is worthwhile in summer and winter in any case. Click on it to watch Episode 2: The Stolpen Castle Around 1218 the bishop Bruno II of Porstendorf took back the fief Stolpen from the feudal lord Moyko de Stulpen. In the following time an independent manor was purposefully established, which belonged to the Hochstift Meißen. In 1222 the first documented mention of Stolpen Castle followed, which became the administrative centre of the newly formed Stolpen office around 1320. The castle was largely built with the locally available basalt. During the Hussite Wars, the castle was besieged by the Hussites for the first time in 1429. The siege lasted eight weeks and was ultimately unsuccessful. Also at the beginning of the 15th century, a settlement was formed on the northern side of the castle, which quickly developed into a town, not least because the bishops of Meissen moved one of their main residences to Stolpen. The bishops Caspar von Schönberg and Dietrich III von Schönberg expanded the castle. Between 1476 and 1487 the Schösserturm was built. In 1509 (inscription), Bishop Johann VI of Saalhausen had the tower of Johannis built with a stair tower and a cell vault on the ground floor. At that time also the Seiger tower was built in its lower parts. Together with Wurzen Castle, the castle was one of the bishop's main residences. Under his successor the granary with its three-aisled vaulted hall for the princely stables was built in 1518. The Wettin Elector August of Saxony recognised the strategically important location of Stolpen and in 1559 forced the bishop to exchange the castle, the town and the office for a less important office. This marked the end of 250 years of episcopal rule at Stolpen. Click on it to watch Episode 3: The Märzenbecher meadows in the Polenztal Situated in the upper part of the Polenztal, the meadows of the Märzenbecher extend over an area of about 8 hectares. They are one of the largest game occurrences of their kind in Saxony or even Germany. Between March and April is the flowering time and then the valley is a magnet for excursions. Along the Polenz and the artificially created irrigation ditches you can walk along the Polenztalweg from the Knochenmühle via the Bockmühle to the Scheibenmühle. The path is about 1 kilometre long. Click on it to watch Episode 4: The Frohnauer Hammer In the valley of the Sehma lies the hammer mill of Frohnau. Frohnau, which was first mentioned in a document in 1397, a grain mill was built in the 15th century. This mill was converted into an iron hammer mill in 1621. This hammer was in operation until 1904 and experienced its heyday in the second half of the 17th century. Since 1909 it has been a technical museum and was the first one in Saxony at that time. Today you can see the original hammer mill technology here. But also a mechanical home mountain, special exhibitions and the Erzgebirge lace-making in the manor house are shown, which was newly built in 1692 in half-timbered style after a fire. Click on it to watch Episode five: The mysterious moor The Zinnwald- Georgenfelder Hochmoor is situated at the highest point in the Osterzgebirge mountains directly at the German-Czech border. It is one of the oldest nature reserves in Saxony. It is open between Easter and October. Click on it to watch Episode 6: The Kirnitzschtalbahn Since 1898 the Kirnitzschtalbahn has been running from Bad Schandau to the Lichtenhain waterfall. With its 8km track length it is the smallest tram in Saxony. With its historical carriages it is a magnet for visitors here in Bad Schandau and in the neighbouring national park. Summer and winter brings you your passengers to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Click on it to watch Episode 7: Harz Tour 2019 - The Falkenstein Castle In part 3 of my Harz tour I stop again at the beautiful castle Falkenstein. It was built between 1120 and 1180 and belongs today to the cultural foundation of Saxony-Anhalt. Since its construction the building has been changed many times, but has kept the character of a medieval castle. Due to its favourable location it was never conquered. Falkenstein Castle owes its existence to the legend of a murder case. In a dispute, Egeno II of Konradsburg had slain Count Adalbert II of Ballenstedt around 1080, whereupon the ancestral seat of the murderer was to be converted into a monastery. The son of Egeno, Burchard von Konradsburg, then had the new Falkenstein Castle built. Today the castle with its museum and falconry is one of the best preserved castles in the Harz Mountains and is one of the most popular destinations for excursions. The castle has been the backdrop for many film adaptations by DEFA and television. Among other things, haunts under the Ferris wheel were filmed here and some fairy tale films. Click on it to watch Episode 8: The Spaar Mountains I am on my way in the smallest mountain range of Saxony. The so-called Spaargebirge is located in the Elbe valley between Coswig and the cathedral and porcelain city Meissen. Small means that it is only about 3 km long and at most 250 m wide. Since ancient times, wine growing was practiced here, so that knights, wine and farms settled here. The Boselspitze is located at the end of a steep break-off edge. Here you have a beautiful view of the Elbe valley towards Dresden and in good weather also into the Saxon Switzerland. At Karlshöhe is the Juchhö vantage point. A wonderful view of Meissen reveals itself from here. The Boselspitze Inn is open from Friday to Sunday and the lookout tower invites you to climb it. Click on it to watch Episode 9: The Elbe steamer, part 1: On the way with “PD Pirna” to Saxon Switzerland My trip today takes me to the largest and oldest paddle steamer fleet in the world, the Saxon steamship. Nine historic paddle steamers await passengers from far and wide. I'm on my way to Saxon Switzerland with the "PD Pirna". Come with me and accompany me on my trip up the Elbe to Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland. Click on it to watch Episode 10: I was on the road for you again for an excursion. Today I'll take you to the rock labyrinth near Langhennersdorf. Children big and small can let off steam here. But you will also find the right way. This and more here in this film. Click on it to watch
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