Mit dem Fahrrad vom Brocken nach Bielefeld | WDR Reisen

Mit dem Fahrrad vom Brocken nach Bielefeld | WDR Reisen

Welcome to the
“Beautiful” summer bike ride.
2 cyclists, 6 days, lots of fun.
We begin our journey in the Harz Mountains
at the Rappboden Dam
with a lot of adrenaline.
Then it’s off through the middle.
Through the middle of Germany.
That’s the plan:
We drive from the Brocken via Goslar
Direction Weserbergland
to Einbeck and then to Höxter
through the Teutoburg Forest.
About Detmold and Herford
all the way to Bielefeld.
That’s about 300 km, easy.
But we don’t just cycle
by a great nature,
we also take a summer trip with you
history and many stories.
* Music *
We’re not alone in this.
Come with us to our
Beautiful summer bike tour.
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on behalf of the WDR
There are those moments,
I’m crazy,
if I do the same?
Or am I crazy,
if I don’t?
We are being prepared for the
Europe’s largest double-rope slide.
These are the brackets,
we’re gonna slide on.
Three floors high,
the rest is explained above.
Am I right?
– Through the loops at the bottom.
With me is Jule Schumacher, the
is very experienced in cycling tours.
But this is
makes it also for the first time.
At least now you can get
a little scared, too?
– Yes, it is.
* Music *
– Yes, it is. Here you go.
Have a good time.
Yeah, exactly, or something.
Auweia, now we can
I can’t go back.
– Yes, it is.
(man) Here we go.
Three, two, one. Come on.
(both screech and laugh)
Holy shit.
Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
– I don’t believe this.
* Music *
(both laugh)
Marco, how are you?
– How awesome is that?
How was the flight?
– Good, good, good.
It was so much fun.
You can put your glasses up.
Hi, who are you?
– I’m Tobi.
Hi, my name’s Marco.
I’ve just had a happy one.
I’ve had in my life for a minute.
How are you, man?
– Huh?
Now get on your bike.
We drive through the village of Schierke
up on the Brocken.
Then down again
from the highest mountain in the Harz Mountains
through the former GDR-
Death strip direction Goslar.
* Music *
I think I lost Marco.
Phew, it’s pretty fast,
Mrs. Schumacher.
Jule Schumacher is infatuated
into cycling.
And writes about it on the Internet.
She does everything by bike.
Doesn’t even have a driver’s license.
Of course she’s in good shape.
* Music *
Light years later, I come.
We are
the first few kilometers.
I have to say,
it’s a lot of fun.
Jule’s a great partner.
But she’s also pretty damn fast.
You’ve got the pampe.
Yeah, but it’s
a little muddy.
Are we still on our way?
– I think so, yes.
Your backpack, your backpack.
You gotta stop, your backpack.
We’re losing beautiful.
– No, I’m not.
No, we can’t do that.
Get back up quick.
Do you know that this is
is the distinguishing mark here
all over the world?
You need lashing straps.
The people on us
come running up to me and say,
They’re beautiful.
Goes well with your shirt, though.
That’s why I’ve been
for this show.
* Music *
Oh, great.
In the end.
I started studying,
to go to school by bike,
because fellow students did this.
And I thought it made perfect sense.
And grew more and more.
On your website
she calls herself a cycling girl.
There she describes her tours and
gives general tips for cycling.
To her bicycles she has
such a close relationship,
she even gives them names.
This is Dragonfly.
– Because?
That’s what a
beautiful dark purple.
And I’m in the first few days,
where I was riding my bike,
I’ve seen a lot of dragonflies.
That shimmers too
in every light differently.
That’s why I thought,
Dragonfly’s nice.
We have to go to…?
– …left.
Then turn right again.
We’re at the Katzenberg.
– Katzenberg.
There are moments on a bike ride,
you have to be
I’ll let you fall back,
to show the little details.
Where are we right now?
In misery.
I don’t feel that way yet.
* Music *
* Steam engine whistles *
I’ve made up my mind,
to take the Brocken Railway.
Jule wants
I’ll ride my bike upstairs.
Have a nice trip.
– You, too.
I’ll see you upstairs, don’t make a fuss.
Stupid things.
– We’ll see.
Bye. Bye.
* Announcement * “Schierke Station
on track 1 is ready
the train from the Brocken…”
Jule, have a good trip.
– Bye. Bye.
Bye. Bye.
I’ll see you upstairs.
– I hope so.
Let’s see who’s faster.
– Forget it, man.
* Music *
The trip
through the Harz National Park
also has its frightening sides.
The spruces here,
who die in their thousands.
After violent storms and droughts
Summers the trees are weakened
and produce
not enough resin anymore,
to protect himself from intrusion
of the bark beetle.
The beetles reproduce
much faster than before.
Parts of the resin
look really scary.
But there is hope.
Where once monocultures
made of spruce,
a mixed forest is now growing again.
Very slowly, indeed,
but unstoppable.
* Music *
I can still do it.
I can tell.
* Steam engine whistles *
The Brocken Railway.
Can you be more romantic?
Now also wafting
nor the wafts of mist.
It’s cozy inside on the train.
You get to talk to each other.
My husband’s having a shooting match.
– Ah no, he’s here…
Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s it.
We said we’d make a deal.
nice 2 days in the Harz Mountains.
Did you give him
I wrote him a note,
where everything has to go back home,
when you get back?
Yeah, it’ll be fine.
Well, have a nice trip.
– Yes. Thank you.
I’ll see you soon.
– Okay. (laughs)
* Music *
It’s always been my…
(woman in English) Uh… Two kilometers.
I think there’s still a mile to go.
You’ve always been my target before I was,
the yellow spot.
(woman) I’ll wait here.
on my husband.
Where is he? Is he walking?
No, he’s not.
on a mountain bike.
He’s not that fast.
– I love that. That’s cool.
Well, I’ll see you upstairs then.
See you.
– Have a nice… – You too.
Too important to drive past.
* Music *
The journey from Schierke on
The Brocken is really a blessing.
for those who aren’t so fit.
Takes about a half an hour,
and use annually
over 100,000 tourists visit this
I’ve got a chance to get up here.
From the Brocken you can
in good weather we can see very far.
Up to the Weserbergland
and the Rothaar Mountains.
With more than 1,100 m the Brocken is
the highest mountain in northern Germany.
The buildings up here
are a piece of history.
Because the Brocken used to be
no destination for tourists,
It’s a military restricted area.
He was a mountain on the border.
between East and West,
from which spies were being sourced.
and monitored.
The gentlemen here were the Stasi.
and the Russian military.
They used the Brocken
as a giant antenna to the west.
Today is
the Brocken Museum in the building complex,
that reminds me of that past.
The photographer Hansjörg Hörseljau
knows the story
of this place very accurately.
He’s a contemporary witness.
His photographs
are hanging here in the museum.
Hansjörg, we are
on your mountain, right?
Yeah, you could say that.
The first photo,
what I even did,
that was a lump picture.
For me the mountain had
a great attraction.
In the Harz mountains, this
The border that existed then,
the world to end for me.
But I took the school bus.
I’ve been driving past the Brocken every day,
I saw the Brocken.
He has a great fascination.
on me.
I’ve been meaning
in GDR times.
But, we know, we couldn’t.
The expansion of the Brocken
to an espionage mountain
in the 1970s and ’80s.
and we’re going to get a real good ride.
New plants were always created.
Of course, the secret services knew
in the West about what happened here.
* Music *
Even back then Hansjörg Hörseljau
from the west side
I photographed the Brocken.
I’ve practically
this whole change process,
like the Stasi domes there.
have arisen at some point,
all this I photographed.
Can you imagine
to remember this day,
the first time
have entered the Brocken?
Sure I do. That was December 3, 1989.
That was a coincidence.
I even found out about it.
There were
a star march on 03.12.
What’s the matter with you?
The opening of the border was in November.
It was in November,
but the lump was still closed.
Oh. Oh. Throughout Germany, one is
I’ve been going back and forth,
on the Brocken nothing went yet.
Yes, on the Brocken.
Nothing’s happened yet.
Then there was this 03.12.
– Yes, it is.
What’s going on?
– There’s a star march.
There are people
from different
I’ve come from the four corners of the earth.
And then they stood in front of the gate.
and demonstrated.
And we put a lot of pressure on him.
In the course of this demonstration.
the gate was then
open at 12:47.
They were all so happy,
so satisfied.
It was a lucky day.
* Music *
This has become my life project,
the Brocken.
I can’t take the mountain now.
much faster.
Once, because
the border no longer exists,
you can now take the mountain out of all
to the points of the compass.
And with the e-bike.
just a stone’s throw away now.
Yeah, but it’s a long way to go.
So you have to put your foot down
to come up here.
That’s fine.
– The steam locomotive
had to make an effort.
But Jule is actually involved
on my bike up here.
Yes, very admirable.
– Me too.
Beautiful photos, beautiful story.
Thank you so much for letting us
talked about it.
We can do it
read in this book,
which Hansjörg has compiled.
May we take the
into your backpack?
– I’d love to.
Great, then you can do it.
at the end of the show.
Meanwhile, it’s
It’s gotten foggy up here.
* Music *
That I made it.
That I’m going to have to do this
I’ve created on my own.
Without engine, without everything.
Just alone.
That feels damn good.
Jule, proud and happy
after 1 h ascent by bike
on Brockenstrasse.
Now Hansj�rg makes
another photo of us as evidence,
and then it goes on.
* Music *
Also a wonderful result
of German reunification.
Where in former times the German-German
border that separated people,
is a cycle path today.
“The Death Strip
became the “lifeline.
writes the Harz Tourism
organization beautifully poetic.
There’s some truth to it.
Because here you’ll find
a paradise for animals.
* Music *
The nature reserve
along the border,
that used to divide Europe,
has the name “The Green Band”.
Jule, by the way.
I’ve been here before.
That’s what you meant by moguls.
– Yes, it is.
The mogul slope is the former
Column path of the GDR border troops.
You have to be careful,
so as not to fall into a hole.
We did it.
We’re in Goslar.
It’s nice here.
– Great.
In Goslar you will find a perfect
restored half-timbered treasure
next to each other.
That the city used to
was rich and powerful,
you can tell right away.
Was also in the early Middle Ages
an imperial city.
* Music *
Day one.
– Yes, it is.
Can you hold me for five more days?
Let’s have a look.
* Music *
The next morning
let’s take a look at the imperial palace.
A thousand years ago.
here the German emperors
a residence was established.
They did,
because right next door one of the
the greatest source of money in the empire.
The Rammelsberg.
Goslar was given the gold,
Silver, lead, copper and zinc
from this mine
famous and powerful.
The pit was
only shut down in 1988.
And in 1992 together
with the imperial palace
as UNESCO World Heritage Site
* Music *
Jule, second day.
How are you feeling?
– Yeah? Yeah.
I mean, a summer tour
you expect different.
But how’s that?
Do you like being the boss?
So, you like to call,
where you’re going?
I have a feeling.
Yesterday, you were
I took it right into my hand.
Which I think is good.
Let’s put it this way,
I like to know where I’m going.
When I have an appointment
with other people,
I’ll look first,
where I need to go.
I hate to stand there.
and think, yeah, and now?
That’s where this happens,
that then someone would also
who also has to go there.
and doesn’t have a plan.
Boss, we’ve got to get
to Clausthal-Zellerfeld.
All right, then. It’s not time, is it?
To Clausthal-Zellerfeld
it’s not far, but it’s mountainous.
We’ll be at the lakes
the Upper Harz Water Management
drive by.
A consequence of ore mining
in the Middle Ages.
The Dorotheer Rösche Mining Plant
let’s take a closer look,
before we get Clausthal-Zellerfeld
will reach.
* Music *
We don’t have good weather,
but the forest here
immediately captivates us.
* Music *
There they are, the pond cascades
of the Upper Harz Water Management.
Looks like natural lakes.
but in reality, water reservoirs,
to generate power.
They’re still standing today,
the water houses.
The system worked like this:
In the mines, energy
for the drive
of mechanical pumps,
around the rising groundwater
in the mines.
They used field rods for that,
which are driven by the waterwheels
were driven.
The water for that flowed
from reservoirs into the plants.
And they went
incredibly efficient.
The water from the uppermost lake
flowed into the mine, and after that.
about specially created
underground streams back
into one further down
There it could be
be used again.
The underground streams
still around.
You can visit them.
That’s what we want to do now.
Christian, something like that
I’ve never seen before.
A portable shoe rack.
In principle, yes, exactly.
We’re supposed to go to a couple of
Choose rubber boots?
– That’s right, I did.
It’ll be wet downstairs,
we must accordingly
I’ve got rubber boots.
Up to size 42 here.
– 45 other side.
Remember that,
they tend to be bigger.
(Jule) Is there any
any more color choices? No.
So fancy yellow or something.
So, this looks now
very sexy.
Then there’s another jacket from us.
against the dirt. – Thank you. I’ll take care of it.
Now add a helmet.
He’s got a
Universal size for adjustment.
I think this is
a sexy combination,
shorts and rubber boots.
We’re going to need a minimal
have a cross-section of 1.40 m x 60 m.
1.40 times 60?
– That’s it.
This says 1.93 times 1.20.
– We’ll get you through this, too.
Shall we say you?
– I’d love to. Christian.
– Jule.
But seriously, that’s 1.40 times 60?
– That’s it.
Yeah, mining’s a dwarf thing.
Right, so we go there
partially through.
But don’t worry,
it’s not permanent.
A large part of the route
we’ll be able to walk upright.
A few meters
we’re gonna have to bend over.
We’ll figure it out.
– Okay. (laughs)
Let’s go to the Rösche,
another word for channel.
So we always go to the water
to the upper pond.
It’ll be all right.
Now we’re going in.
In the beginning, the
a little lower.
Yeah, and here we go.
with the head retraction.
Yours is lighter.
– Is that from the chandelier?
– Could be brighter.
This ain’t no tunnel,
where ore was mined.
It’s a water tunnel,
who in the Middle Ages laboriously
was carved into the mountain.
* Music *
Here you can see very well,
how they worked.
Not exactly. But indirectly.
Because the mallets and irons work.
was arduous.
And relatively slowly.
You have an average of 2, 3 cm a day
per man
on the complete cross-section
in propulsion.
In a 12-hour shift.
Hm, wisely?
– Wisely, yeah.
* Music *
What the hell is that?
– It’s a Harz frog.
That’s the candle,
the mountain lamp ultimately.
The miners’ lamp, this way.
Every miner had a lamp like that.
That was the miner’s light.
We can try this one out.
I’ll light this up.
Then we can have a look,
like the working light
of the miner back then.
– That’s it.
It’s dark already.
I’m sorry,
little frog.
I’m afraid this is
not historical.
Looks that way,
like it’s slowly coming out of your tunnel.
a small stalactite cave
Yes, it is.
Up here you can see the
very well.
That the water always contains minerals.
takes him out of the rock.
And when the water evaporates.
minerals remain behind
and form over a long period of time
a small dripstone height.
That is, if we have 3, 4 people in 1 million.
I’ll be back for you in a couple of years,
then we have to
on my knees through here.
Probably (laughs).
Oha. That deep we are?
– That’s it.
There you go.
– Okay, where did we end up?
That’s the exit from the parking garage.
– That’s the way it is.
They’re at least 100 years old.
So, everything’s tidy again.
– I’m glad you did.
I hope you had an exciting time.
Tour underground.
– Absolutely.
Great, I enjoyed it too.
As a little souvenir of the Harz Mountains,
do you remember him?
Ah, that’s the frog.
– That’s it.
If you look at it from above,
it looks like a frog.
I would suggest
Thank you so much for the gift,
but I’ll pass the word right on.
We’ll put this in the backpack.
our viewers can win.
Christian, thank you very much.
Good luck.
– Good luck, that’s it.
Good luck.
– Good luck.
– Bye. Bye.
Yeah, nice.
– Great.
Can we get something to eat now?
– And ride a bike?
Yeah, all right.
* Music *
So, now we’re in the mood.
on coffee and cake.
Our goal:
the Polsterberg Hubhaus.
* Music *
I think
we’ve earned.
We are not at all
I’ve rode so many bikes today,
but we’re more than that.
in restraint.
And it was cold down there.
We’re going to need power there.
I wish for something tomorrow.
– Mmm.
Nice weather.
– Mm-hmm.
That was cold today.
– Yeah, that would have been great.
* Music *
Day 3, we start
in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.
More specifically, at the blue church.
of Clausthal-Zellerfeld.
The Protestant Market Church
to the Holy Spirit
is the largest
Wooden church of Germany.
Since 2013 it has been radiating again
in their original color.
Also from the inside
the church is impressive.
Baroque splendour.
Everything made of oak-
and spruce wood.
Also the wall coverings
and statues.
* Organ music *
In front of the church
there’s a small market.
He’s just in time.
I love such fresh vegetables.
– Hello, there.
So, Clausthal-Zellerfeld,
We’re leaving town now.
and head west.
My homeland.
I want to show you.
– Yes, it is.
But Clausthal-Zellerfeld is not allowed
I’m not going to leave you,
without bagging a few churches.
There’s supposed to be the best here.
– Great. Then let’s have a look.
They tell each other in
They’d have the best cherries.
Yeah, there’s something to that.
You smile when you say,
They’d have the best churches.
Theft from the mouth is yes
not yet punishable, right?
– No, I’m not.
Shall I tell you something?
Are they good?
– You’re right. You’re right.
Where do the seeds go?
– Here you go.
How well prepared he is.
– Thank you. I’ll take care of it.
We’ll take a bag like this with us.
– Yes, please.
Is that right?
– That’s awesome.
Like this, or should I wrap them?
– um… I think it goes like this.
Bye. Bye.
– Ciao.
– Mm-hmm.
Where to put the seeds?
Kernels? Away.
But not the raspberries.
– Mmm.
Adieu Harz.
Hello Weserbergland.
We drive via Einbeck
to Bad Karlshafen
and then along the Weser River
according to Höxter in NRW.
This is our longest stage.
Almost 90 km.
Ui, I need to roll up.
* Music *
Lowest gear,
thickest legs.
Are you still there?
Coming through.
I think,
that’s the last climb.
Yeah, you said that before.
I lost them brutally.
She’ll never touch it again.
Without cheating.
But I’ve got her under control.
I just got
a pulse rate of 180.
It’s a mountain stage here.
Yeah, go ahead and ride your e-bike.
Oh, I’m afraid I have to tell you.
take away the illusion.
Well, learning is learning.
Don’t worry, I’ll be fine,
I can’t breathe either.
* Music *
Do you take pictures for pity?
Through misery and sorrow
we’re already through.
You’re doing great.
Boy, boy, boy.
I want to take off more clothes.
That was a mountain stage.
That was really
the worst, I think.
It’s much warmer down here, isn’t it?
Look, there’s the resin back there.
And there’s the bock beer up ahead.
Okay, you’re good at biking.
How good are you at the
Cherry stone spitting?
Okay, hold on.
Don’t spit on my bike.
You’ll get over it.
We have to do it at the same time.
– Good, good, good.
I knew it, I knew it.
You did good.
I’m gonna get another one for this.
And we’re moving on.
That was so nice just now.
Really beautiful with
the whole bridge, too.
– That’s nice.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
– That’s nice.
See ya.
If you ever want a nice route,
a beautiful corner
in Germany,
where we can enjoy with beautiful
I think we should go,
please feel free to write to us
to the Beautiful Editor’s Office.
Maybe then we’ll be
soon enough, where you like to be.
We arrive in Einbeck.
The self-proclaimed capital
the bock beer and the vintage cars.
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I’ve been to a lot of places,
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* Engine noises *
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you can look at yourself here.
Especially with the motorcycles, the
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Among others the very first production motorcycle
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* Music *
But with everything
historical interest,
the journey is the most beautiful
into your own memory.
* Music *
We have to push.
It’s only free at night.
We have to push during the day.
Here, a few centuries ago.
at every 2nd corner
someone brewed beer.
Really? Okay.
Einbeck can be safely said
as the cradle of the
German beer culture.
There was a man here 500 years ago.
already 700 breweries.
One can recognize them until today
at the great gates.
The carriages had to be
with the brew pan.
Notice, you can also
with beer and stay rich.
As you can see,
Einbeck has the largest
still preserved half-timbered street
Right next to the market.
Even the huge roofs, gables.
and towers bear witness to wealth
from earlier centuries.
For 400 years
you tell yourself the story here.
from the treacherous
Einbecker master brewer,
who’s been secretly telling the secret beer recipe
to the Bavarians.
Hello, there.
(both) Hello.
I’ve got you
Five Einbecker beers brought along.
The story
I’ll tell you in a minute.
First of all, I’ll serve you.
– Yes, sir. Who are you, anyway?
Here it comes.
I am on 27.10.1581
as son of the master baker
Friedrich Wilhelm Pichler
was born in Einbeck.
Then, in 1612, I was arrested by the Duke
Wilhelm V. of Munich.
I’d like to see you at the Hofbräuhaus.
brew this beer there.
Because you’re so good at it?
I didn’t want
from my beautiful beer and
I’d like to leave this one.
But I’ve been poached.
by an Adelheid of Hohenstein.
A woman was involved.
– That aroused my curiosity.
That’s where I got the offer.
but assumed.
I was on my way in 1612.
from Einbeck to Munich.
Now you may
I’d like to try my specialties.
We can start here at the front
with brewers,
with Maibock, with Dunkelbock.
What’s there to start with?
Take a pilsner,
that’s a milder beer.
This one?
– The pilsner.
He’s a brewery gentleman now.
– Thank you. I’ll take care of it.
We can’t drink too much.
Now it’s time to go.
keep the first sip in your mouth,
chew lightly so you can
the wort of the beer tastes good.
Then the drink comes first.
You already have?
– Try, test.
A beautiful pilsner.
Now you have so
the freshness in the mouth.
And the drink
is actually more bitter.
He’s asking us again,
to drink more.
That’s the appeal.
I could drink 10 glasses of beer,
but not 10 waters.
But it’s not bitter.
– Just change it.
Yeah, that’s all right.
Retronasal, you smell,
you taste through your nose.
We have 5,000 taste buds
in your mouth.
But 400,000 in the nose.
and in the throat.
We taste more with the nose
than with the throat.
Just try it,
It’s a pleasure.
Peter, Elias.
– That’s it.
Peter explained it very well.
Peter gave us this beer stein.
I’ll leave you a message.
It’s not for me,
but maybe for you.
I’ll put it in my backpack,
and you can end up with that
with a little luck.
Well, fortunately, we have
just sipping Einbeck beer.
Otherwise, that wouldn’t be anything.
with our onward journey.
But so relaxed into the afternoon.
It’s heading for Weserbergland.
50 km up, 50 km down.
* Music *
We have to get in here, right?
– Yes, it is.
* Music *
We’re approaching the Weser Skywalk.
I don’t know yet,
why it’s called that.
Now the name is revealed
Weser Skywalk.
You can see the Weser.
– Crazy.
* Music *
Bad Karlshafen saw it this way
right next to 2018.
A construction site.
The little baroque town
has been working on the construction of a new sluice
the for decades closed
Access to the Weser reopened.
The place wants to be a mooring port
for small yachts.
Whether that pays off economically,
is not yet clear.
But it looks phenomenal.
* Music *
Cycling can be so beautiful
be by the river.
We’re going on the
Lower Saxony side of the Weser.
On the other side of the river.
lies NRW.
Buy me a cherry?
– Mmm.
I’d give you revenge.
– Revenge?
Maybe you’re
I’m better off sitting.
Body tension.
– 3.
You weren’t bad at all.
– That wasn’t bad.
Do you know why I’m here?
– That was the concentration.
Because now
are at almost the same height.
Normally, I have a
Firing height 30 cm further up.
Cheat test all the time.
On the Weser Cycle Path
to Höxter.
No cars, no stress.
Are you happy?
– Yes, it is.
Horny hill.
Horny hill.
– Watch your step.
* Music *
Höxter has only 30,000 inhabitants,
but it’s a lot bigger.
The city is the centre
of the whole region.
Also into Lower Saxony.
Architecturally there are
in H�xter.
East Westphalians
meets Weser-Renaissance.
Surprisingly, this is where
nobody on the kettledrum,
to show alone,
how beautiful the city is.
The biggest attraction is only
a little bike ride away.
The entrance in the west still comes from
from ancient Carolingian times.
Then it’ll be baroque,
what a contrast.
* Music *
The next morning we start here.
It’s our fourth day on the bike.
Today is beautiful, Jule.
– Yeah, warm.
We’re going in the direction
Teutoburg Forest.
That’s like 50 km. For you…
(whispers) … 1/4 ass cheek.
But forest.
– It’s fresh and cool there.
You like this one (take a deep breath).
– I’m an olfactory man.
But I’ve never been
in the Teutoburg Forest.
Then we’ll go and see
and we’ll do it together.
* Music *
From Höxter
we go west.
About Marienmünster
to Horn-Bad Meinberg
and finally to Detmold.
There’s some ups and downs here.
But that was supposed to be
I don’t want to be such a busy day.
* Music *
I feel like you’re bi…
– Today’s my day.
Yeah, I got a feeling,
you’re a lot fitter today.
Now you’ve run in, haven’t you?
– Yes, it is.
It actually is,
after the third day it will be
Most of the time really better.
Then the
the body gets used to it.
The whole position on the bike.
Grooved in a little bit.
Then you can just drive.
– Today’s the day.
* Music *
On the route
between Höxter and Detmold
we’re part of something big.
We’re going to the 1st European
Speedway, the R1.
It’s a guide, believe it or not.
4,500 km across Europe.
From Helsinki to London
through 11 countries.
The part through Westphalia
counts among the most beautiful sections
all the way.
* Music *
After 1 h we reach
Marienmünster Abbey.
Monks are here already
not since 1803.
After decades of decay.
are now taking care of
the most diverse initiatives
around the estate.
There are concerts, exhibitions.
and since 2014 the former
Monastery garden newly laid out.
* Music *
The investment is based on the following principles
Benedictine monks.
This is where fruit, vegetables and the
of different medicinal plants.
We’re in a natural pharmacy.
of earlier centuries.
* Music *
Jule, look up to the right.
– The tower, right?
Looks good.
Are we still going?
– Yes, it is.
Entrup says
a piece of technical history.
On this 24 m high tower there is a
Transmission mast for a communication system,
that was revolutionary 180 years ago.
We’re talking about the
“optical telegraphy.”
And meet someone,
who will explain them to us.
There were 62 such towers in the 19th century,
to military intelligence
from the capital Berlin to
to signal Koblenz.
The transmission mast
had moving hands,
whose different positions
were assigned to the alphabet.
That’s like your keyboard?
– That’s it.
Exactly what I’m doing here,
also happens upstairs.
What kind of message do we send
to Oeynhausen now?
But we can all go wings for a while.
and they’ll be happy.
Then they know we’re fine.
All wings up means we’ve got
I’m fine.
– We’re fine.
Then all wings are called
We’re not fine.
The weather’s bad,
we can’t radio.
The Entrupers have
rebuilt her tower.
Now he’s
the landmark of the place.
Since it is also in the neighboring
Oeynhausen there is a station,
the two
even communicate with each other.
This is unique in Germany.
In Oeynhausen there is even
another old telescope,
with which the soldiers on watch
at that time the next tower
we had to keep an eye on,
if anything was moving.
I.e. a new
message has been transmitted.
A tower was always
with two soldiers.
One of them picked up the signal,
the other one wrote it down
and passed it on.
And most of the time no one knew
of the participants on the tower,
what message
just sent there.
There were only
encrypted codes.
All along the way
there were only five decryption books.
Optical telegraphy
there were only 15 years.
It was replaced in 1849.
from the electrical
and her morse code.
It went faster
and wasn’t that expensive.
But unfortunately, we have no
I left them lookout towers.
What are the distances
between the stations?
The furthest station was 15 km.
Then you have a station
between them.
That was 61 first.
Then they’ve increased it to 62.
The mean distance
lies between 5 and 7 km.
It was a variation, so to speak.
– Yes, it is.
Okay. It depended,
what the view was like.
And you need good eyes.
– You needed good eyes.
How long has
needed that kind of information,
to from Berlin
to come to Koblenz?
That depended on the weather.
If it was foggy,
it took longer.
If it was good weather,
like today, it was fast.
It depended,
how much you’ve sent.
One assumes that a
Depesche could take 2 to 4 hours.
But this telegraphy had
a huge advantage for Germany.
There were different times
between Koblenz and Berlin.
The sun went down in Berlin
than in Koblenz.
There were time jumps in it.
of 20 min.
With this telegraphy.
you could do it that way,
that you can in a fast run
1 min to Berlin
and back again, practically in 2
min, who was able to set the time.
So you could go all over Germany
for the first time,
It’s 10 o’clock now.
all over Germany.
What to do on a bike tour
can learn anything.
Now the
with the traffic signs,
which means give right of way.
That’s it. I.e.
in this context, it applies.
I.e. you shall descend
and push it over.
Probably because this is
is a dangerous situation.
With the curve,
It’s hard to see.
We’ll just do it.
– Of course I do.
You’re right, it says R1.
to collect a few meters of altitude.
Now it’s time for a
A trip to the city of museums.
Never home.
Not New York, Nieheim.
6,500 inhabitants, but 5 museums.
1. the cheese museum.
It had to be done,
because Nieheim is a cheese town.
And every 2 years here finds
the German cheese market took place.
There’s up to 50,000 visitors.
Then the
to the museum.
2. the Westphalian
Beer and liquor museum.
That had to be done, because something
you have to drink it with the cheese.
Besides, there’s actually
another brewery in Nieheim.
The cold stores are well kept
into the museum.
How important to the Westphalians
are their favorite foods,
one sees not least in their
Version of the Last Supper
with beer mugs and ham.
So the third had to be a museum.
for the Westphalian ham.
And four for Westphalian bread.
That had to be because without bread.
everything else is nothing.
We’re ready now.
You can put the bread in the oven.
For master baker Heiner Brandt
is baking bread in a place like this.
Wood oven again and again
a beautiful experience.
That’s the original,
what you…
A lot of people barbecue,
that’s in again.
They buy barbecues.
for thousands of euros.
That’s similar.
One handles with the original
Things, fire. That’s great. That’s great.
This is what bread looks like.
comes out of the wood-burning oven
and not from the baking machine.
That brings us to the 5th.
and, excuse me,
the craziest museum in Nieheim.
The Sack Museum.
Yeah, you heard right,
this is about sacks.
Sacks that save lives.
Sacks of dramatic stories.
Bags from all over the world.
Some sacks can sing.
Some are just old.
Others can
you can make dodgy noises.
And one is from Vladimir Klitschko
I’ve been beaten up.
If you’re going to get your ass kicked anywhere.
I’d have to get it at the Sack Museum.
There are already exciting and curious
Museums with us in Germany.
The Sack Museum in Nieheim.
The WDR beautiful backpack
Must be here, right?
Yes, at the end of the show.
one where we put stuff in.
But we let one of our many
We’ll have backpacks here and we’ll be immortalized.
In Nieheim.
Want me to push you?
Thanks, no need.
The times when Jule was setting the pace
are over.
I can keep up pretty well by now.
I trained well.
in the last few days.
But there is something,
that drives us.
We are approaching a highlight
in the Teutoburg Forest.
The Externsteine.
* Music *
We continue to the next monument.
We’re heading straight for it.
Oh, look, there he is.
Arminius, the Cheruscan prince.
The Germanic one from the
of the Roman occupiers.
In the Varus Battle.
that has regained freedom.
And all that was
over the centuries
but long forgotten.
The Italians didn’t want
of the defeat.
And the Germans didn’t have any
Writings on the battle.
But at the end of the 19th century.
together with the foundation
of the German Empire
was remembered
to the victorious Arminius.
And built him
a larger-than-life monument.
But for whatever reason.
Arminius all of a sudden,
but Hermann the Cherusci.
The monument has since been
the Hermann Monument
in the Teutoburg Forest.
In the Weimar Republic and afterwards
the monument attracted more and more followers
of the right-wing extremists.
Those days are over, we hear.
Today you meet here
motley tourist groups
with no discernible
political intentions.
How often do people come
and I here like Jule and I,
who’ve never been up here before?
Quite often.
In the year
a good half a million visitors.
It’s easy to tell,
that there’s a lot of people around,
the first time.
But often you have
Grandpa and grandson with him.
And says, at school.
I’ve been there before.
So, 50, 60 years ago.
I’ve had a look at this before.
That’s the standard procedure,
if you want to put it that way.
But you also have people,
that keep coming back.
Then the crucial question is,
why do you have to
Because a) it’s totally beautiful.
A great place here is easy.
It is above all a significant
German monument.
This is the
1. German national monument,
what we’re doing today
on German soil.
Inaugurated in 1875, i.e. the 1.
of all you’ve ever known.
Porta Westfalica for sure,
Kyffh�user memorial.
So many different monuments.
That’s the first and most important thing.
with an important story
in the background.
I know Arminius.
from Latin class.
So I find it exciting,
to be here.
In Latin class.
had one’s head on one’s forearm
and thought, let it go quickly
I’ll pass.
– Advanced course.
* Music *
Joschka, where did you see
of Arminius are we now?
We are these
I walked up a whole spiral staircase.
Here, where my finger shadow
is now, right under your feet.
Right under your feet,
That’s where we are, so to speak.
Here you are with this staircase
the entry into this tube system.
And thus into the figure of the
actual Hermann or Arminius.
We can’t go up there.
– We can’t go up there, no.
What’s the matter with you?
You see,
it’s pretty crowded up there.
Without fuse
it’s gonna be pretty tricky.
The next level,
the next staircase or ladder,
you’ll have to climb it sometime,
so you can get further in.
That’s just there to make sure
everything’s fine.
After a storm, for example.
That there’s going to be a blast
and is watched,
everything’s still solid,
everything’s still safe.
If it rains in anywhere.
Then we are now how many meters
below the nostril?
Where we stand now until the
Sword point is so good 27 m.
The sword alone is 7 m long.
Then you have to
a little bit back.
I.e. about 15 m to the head inside.
– That’s crazy, right?
There’s this Urban Legend
or a beautiful legend.
She’s not that beautiful.
That one day a child
fell out of the nostril.
What visitors tell us
to this day and ask,
my grandpa or grandma told me.
If you look behind you,
you have a banner.
What 2009 has to offer
in the city of Detmold.
That’s when we had the Varus year.
Right between you
is the inside of the nose.
That’s the nose?
There you can see,
how big the nostrils are.
Is with the perspective
not so easy.
But they call it man-size.
That’s not emancipatory.
so fine, but that’s just the way it is.
Is that the size of a nostril?
And there’s supposed to be a kid
– That’s right, I did.
Okay, we’ll put that in the
Category fabulous stories.
That’s it. What is in the same area
comes in, is,
that it is up in the head of Hermann
gave me a cafe once.
But only with pot of coffee.
But also this,
you can imagine,
we can put that aside.
These are nice little stories.
So coffee,
when you get to the top.
I can understand that very well.
In the head only jugs.
(Joschka) And with
of a cup up here.
I can’t let you
I can’t offer you any coffee,
but I’d like to see you guys
I can offer you something else.
And that’s for your backpack.
– Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.
Here we are
a little something prepared.
That is in this case
really a little something.
That’s our Zwermann.
Because he’s a midget man.
– Very nice.
As far as word jokes go,
we’re very far here.
I’d like to give it to you.
– We’ll take it.
Put him in the backpack.
You know, the rucksack can be
You win at the end of the show.
Thank you very much, sir.
– I’d love to.
Come again.
* Music *
Hermann the Teutonic Knight,
done since 2012, by the way
a new, important task
for the German population.
He’s wearing sensors on his armor.
for a lightning current measuring system
and thus serves the research
the statistical evaluation
of lightning events
and their strength.
Hermann the Explorer could be one
will also call him in the future.
* Music *
Detmold Castle,
that we’ll visit the next morning,
is an example of
the famous Weser Renaissance.
The interiors show
sumptuous furnishings
from several centuries.
Very well worth seeing.
* Music *
Then it’s still worth it,
a bit of a farm idyll
in Germany’s largest
Open-air museum to enjoy.
This is located in Detmold
very close by.
Over 100 half-timbered houses
from the last 500 years
have been rebuilt here.
There will be the past
Westphalia alive.
But we don’t just want to watch.
Let’s do this.
We are on our way
to a scythe workshop.
* Music *
* Music *
A little weird.
we feel already,
as we use our scythes on
I’m going to walk around with my back in my pocket.
But the meadow
is quite a way away.
It’s just a big museum.
Before mowing and in between, you must
you know, like when you’re
as a cross-section,
the tip on it.
We have now so and now
we’re gonna have to put the tip on.
That’s what we do with the whetstone.
You want me to hold on?
– No, that’s all right.
Can you get so
and clamp it to the side.
Then from the right,
so to the top.
That’s what my grandfather said.
with the knives at home.
I see.
– He could do it very quickly.
Yes, sharpening,
you can do that pretty fast.
That’s yours.
– Yes, it is.
(Susanne) Now we’re going here.
What’s important
that you stand with your legs apart.
Right foot forward.
What’s really important
that the scythe blade
lies flat on the ground.
It’s not being lifted up.
really left it downstairs.
The movement can be
as words:
Slowly back and ratsch.
And ratsch.
That’s the movement.
We’ll start with the scythe now,
and Jule gets
a little head start.
Then Marco can follow.
– It’s no big deal.
It’s also some molehill.
There you go. I’ll stand like this.
– That’s it.
The leaf flat on the ground.
That’s it. Yes, sir.
Even more with the upper body
to the left.
Don’t reach so far to the right.
Do you want me to continue this way?
You could be
and we’re gonna move on.
I’m scared.
around my calves, right?
There’s hills like that.
Yes, here are
a few mole pyres.
That’s it.
Go away, please.
I’m afraid for your feet.
Marco, I’m done.
– Very good. Me too.
I’ll see you later, Marco.
I’ll see you the day after tomorrow.
in Bielefeld.
Bye. Bye.
– Bye. Bye.
* Music *
There. That was just the
First half of our work.
After scything
is before dengling.
Dengling, that’s what hitting on
the lower side of the scythe blade.
That’s how it gets armed again.
What is so exciting for you?
in this handwork
in the truest sense of the word?
For one thing, that the
is such an old technique,
which today are hardly
one ruled.
In the old days.
with a scythe.
Since the ’60s, when we were
with motor, with electric,
we have many cultural techniques
and lost skills.
That’s a real loss to me,
when you can’t do anything anymore.
The alternative to Sense
is often the motorsense,
this brush cutter.
It’s loud as a hatter.
a terrible noise.
You have to look like a
of a modern knight.
With helmet and visor.
Who taught you all this?
I’ve done the scythe mowing.
I learned from my grandpa.
The one that did that in the beginning
I didn’t want to teach.
You’re a girl,
you don’t need that.
Then I persisted.
That’s what he showed me.
It was born in 1898.
So practically also a knowledge
from the century before last.
So, shall we swap?
– Mmm.
What’s the best way to keep it?
The best thing to do is to support the
with the knee,
that this is a flat surface.
The hammer, I’m gonna check it out.
I can see that better on that side.
Just meet him.
– This looks good.
The hammer can still be used in the back.
a little higher with the handle.
At the moment, the blow is more
on the anvil than on the leaf.
It may calmly still… That’s right.
The tinny one,
that’s the right sound.
Still a little high.
Want some?
– Yes, it is.
* Music *
Our fifth stage.
From Detmold we follow now
the Werre cycle path
past Lage and Bad Salzuflen.
Then a short bit more
to Herford, about 30 km.
* Music *
I find all the old farms,
we’ve seen here,
really beautiful, right?
True. Beautiful farms
there are many in Westphalia.
But in Ravensberger Land.
between Herford and Bielefeld
we’ve got some
very special.
The angel courts.
They were probably supposed to be
Guardian angel the peasant family
from accidents.
According to the motto: God save us.
our entrance and exit.
The result is this type of
Decoration mainly in the 19th century.
And only on farms
in the Ravensberger Land.
* Music *
The angels are mostly
carved out of the wood.
Some you see today,
are still in their original condition.
Others perfectly restored.
And there are a lot of them.
the honorary angel seekers
already more than 110 farmsteads
with these ornaments.
And there’s even an angel route,
a signposted bicycle tour.
It passes 23 yards,
where the angels are especially
can see well from the street.
And so, with your visit.
doesn’t bother today’s owners.
For all the angelic courts
are privately owned.
It smells like the home stretch for today.
Are we there yet?
Day five.
Bad Salzuflen.
We did it.
Bad Salzuflen has become a
for the last 20 years.
Or is still at it.
Because as in almost all
other spas
there were massive problems here, too.
Fewer cures, fewer guests.
But now new target groups,
new spa park, new life.
The old graduation towers are
as impressive as ever.
Originally they were used,
to get out of the brine
to produce the salt.
Today they provide sea air
in the middle of town.
Due to the
the only graduation house of experience
you can even walk through it.
And get yourself fogged in healthy.
* Music *
Want me to make you a cheese sandwich?
– Mmm.
What else do you eat?
when you’re on the road?
And peanuts.
You always have peanuts with you.
I’ve usually always
I’ll take some student food, yeah.
Sometimes I also have
like oat bars or something.
How many bicycles
did you?
– Five bicycles?
All at home in the apartment?
– Almost.
I can use three of them,
they’re mobile.
There’s one more thing I want to build.
All I’ve got is the frame.
and all the parts.
It’s an old road bike.
And the one I drive
I don’t think it’s right anymore.
Just like dragonflies have.
the other wheels names, too.
Freaky already, huh?
– No, why?
That’s how you do it.
We travel so much together.
He’s completely impersonal.
Now you’re like mothers.
of their children Bil…
– No.
We always have to
to get to know each other first.
Then they get names.
This is the big one, huh?
That’s the little one. This is Leomi.
It’s a folding bike.
– That’s right, that’s my folding bike.
That’s the wheel,
what I drive in town.
Because that’s what I can take in.
It’s folded in the apartment.
How old is he?
– 2.
Then there’s Jameson.
That’s Jameson.
Jameson was my touring bike,
before I had dragonfly.
Two more to go.
– Then there’s the crutch.
Why crutch?
Because that’s a deep beginner.
with multifunction handlebar.
Then there’s the one more thing you…
– That doesn’t have a name yet.
Then we’re in Bad Salzuflen.
What do you do in Bad Salzuflen?
If you’ve ridden a bike
and eat himself full?
– Cures.
All right, dessert.
Cake always works, too.
I had actually said cures
and not cake. But no matter.
* Music *
This is going to be
deep relaxation.
I can say it works.
* Music *
All we have to do now is
I’ll make it as far as Herford.
We’ll be fine.
Day 6, final spurt.
We’re on our way to Herford.
Before we get to the final stage.
to Bielefeld,
Let’s go see Marta.
The Museum of Art,
Architecture and design.
It looks like a UFO,
Landed in the middle of Herford in 2006.
It was built by
Star architect Frank Gehry.
And to give the city of Herford
a modern landmark.
* Music *
Also in the building it goes on wildly.
Video and photo art,
the Marta
is a supermodern museum.
And very successful with it.
I find that exciting.
Someday here so on so…
Which can also hurt. You know what I mean?
– Yes, it is.
I think it’s crazy. Great.
– Looks great.
I think so,
this is an absolute must.
A breakfast or a lunch
maybe a little drink, too.
on the terrace, because we are sitting
on the terrace of the Marta.
This is the Museum of Contemporary Art.
art and design in Herford.
The Herforder found the
not so much in the beginning,
than that modern block of shit.
in the middle of their city.
But in the meantime
they’re proud of it.
Is also
an impressive building.
Before we take our final stage
drive from Herford to Bielefeld
we’ll put something in the backpack.
It’s your book.
I’m with her by bike.
on the road with a writer.
You wrote the book about
the everyday madness of cycling.
How did you come up with that?
In the end.
I’ve been coming up with.
The publishing house
asked me directly,
because on my blog.
about it.
What it’s like in Berlin.
Many exciting stories
are in there.
We’ll put the book in the backpack,
that you can
at the end of the show.
We’ve got our last
breakfast together.
– Mmm.
Before we go to Bielefeld.
* Music *
There’s some of our fellow cyclists.
We’re closing up now.
of the NRWRadtour.
Means 1,400 bicycle crackpots.
Like us.
I brought some energy bars.
You got a carrot?
– Mmm.
Does that help to the end?
– I’m sure it is. Yes.
Why are you going with me?
For fun.
To torture the body.
And this freedom,
to cross the road in a red light.
This freedom, with red
to cross the traffic lights.
(announcer) So have a safe trip,
please drive carefully.
Don’t push.
Everyone arrives. Guaranteed.
* Music *
The goal for everyone is Bielefeld.
* Music *
In the capital of East Westphalia
it pulls us up
to the Sparrenburg.
The ideal place,
to unpack the backpack.
And to remind us that,
what we’ve been through.
From the Brocken we have the photo book.
From the Hermann monument to the Zwermann.
The beer mug from Einbeck.
The frog has taken us
in the tunnel.
And Jules’ book is in his backpack, too.
And surprise: It’s not over yet.
salt from Bad Salzuflen.
So she’s back there,
the beautiful city with the B.
We cycled for six days.
from the Brocken to Bielefeld.
I had a lot of fun with you,
to get to know you.
What have you done in these six days?
for you?
I got confirmation,
how beautiful it is in Germany.
How nice it is to be here
can be on the road on a bicycle.
And what you can discover.
So many corners,
I’ve never seen before.
If we 2 send a postcard to you
to send me home,
there’d be a lot of sun.
with a small drop of rain
all the way to the end.
Best regards from Bielefeld
and see you soon.
Copyright WDR 2019

18 Replies to “Mit dem Fahrrad vom Brocken nach Bielefeld | WDR Reisen”

  1. Wie hat euch das Video gefallen? Wäre so eine Radtour auch etwas für euch? Wenn ihr euch für einzelne Sehenswürdigkeiten und Etappen auf der Tour interessiert, schaut doch mal in unseren Livechat zum Video rein. Dieser befindet sich rechts oben neben dem Video. Die Adressen und Webseiten haben wir dort für euch verlinkt. Der Chat erscheint (live) nach und nach parallel zum gezeigten Video. Wenn ihr den gesamten Chat aufrufen wollt, müsst ihr also bis zum Ende des Videos spulen.
    Wir wünschen euch noch einen schönen Sonntag!

  2. Toll. Ich mag alle eure Reporter. Die blaue Holzkirche könnte nicht cooler sein. Immer gute Themen und die Natur überrascht mich immer wieder.

  3. Ihr solltet mal den Alpe Adria Radweg fahren. 😃❤️ Und ein so schöner Bericht. Ich liebe einfach eure Reiseberichte. Da bekommt man immer so schön Fernweh.

  4. Hallo, geniale Tour und sympathische Radler, da macht das Zuschauen Spaß und man wäre sehr gern dabei, bzw. auch wieder auf Tour …. 🙂

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