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Trips in Switzerland,  Trips to Germany

Hiking to Jakobsfelsen in Switzerland

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The story that was almost not becoming a story….! Our plan was to drive to Merishausen, find a parking spot and then we just had a relatively short hike to Jakobsfelse – Jakobs Rock. The first part went as planned, we found a good place to park just outside Merishausen. Then began our trip upwards to the forest of Verenafohren on the border to Germany. When we arrived at the top and continued into the forest there was a big banner informing us that the road was closed. Simply because of tree felling! Only 700 meters from our target. We were surprised and considering what to do. Should we continue anyway (probably not a good idea), or come back another day (it was still a 140 km drive in each direction)? While we were considering the situation an old chap was approaching. We asked him if he knew how long time the road would stay closed. He said it was unclear – but he would gladly show us a detour to the Jakobs Rock! 😊 We happily accepted and followed him through the forest on narrow forest roads/paths in Germany.  Soon we could see one of the windmills in the Verenafohren Windpark. On the way, he explained and told interesting stories about his life, his dogs, and hunting in the area. Then he pointed out and explained the further directions through the forest and left us to find the rest of the way. We walked and walked and were happy to have Google Maps available on the phone. Finally, we came to the last small path to the Jakobs Rock, and there it was, an interesting monolith-like rock. A steep ladder leads to the top where a beautiful view over the Grääte Valley was the reward for our brave efforts. After enjoying the view and the success and relaxing a bit, the big question was: should we go back the same (long) way or fight our way through the dense scrub and bushes outside the forest roads? We decided on the latter 😊. In the end, what was supposed to be a 4 km short hike turned out to be around 9 km, but mission accomplished.

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orest roads/paths in Germany.  Soon we could see one of the windmills in the Verenafohren Windpark. On the way, he explained and told interesting stories about his life, his dogs, and hunting in the area. Then he pointed out and explained the further directions through the forest and left us to find the rest of the way. We walked and walked and were happy to have Google Maps available on the phone. Finally, we came to the last small path to the Jakobs Rock, and there it was, an interesting monolith-like rock. A steep ladder leads to the top where a beautiful view over the Grääte Valley was the reward for our brave efforts. After enjoying the view and the success and relaxing a bit, the big question was: should we go back the same (long) way or fight our way through the dense scrub and bushes outside the forest roads? We decided on the latter 😊. In the end, what was supposed to be a 4 km short hike turned out to be around 9 km, but mission accomplished.

By the way, if you like the lovely hat and scarf Lene is wearing in one of the pictures, you can get a 20 % discount on the many beautiful and functional products from NIKIN by using our code, see more on Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/fromthetopofswitzerland/posts/1289221331451366

By shopping from NIKIN there will be a tree planted for each product purchased!

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