I start from the parking lot at the Outdoor Center Lahntal, cross the viaduct of the former Ulmtalbahn (today Ulmtalradweg) and reach a very beautiful forest area. Around me it is quiet and I can relax and recharge my batteries here. The tour leads uphill at times, but the effort is worth it: At the highest point I have a clear view of the desert Schönhausen. This village was a victim of the plague in its time. My way leads me past fields and meadows and I first circle the sculpture park Siegfried Fietz. I also pass the solar park and a beautiful meadow with fruit trees. Then I stand in front of the main entrance of the park, which combines numerous sculptures under beautiful old trees. The further way brings me over the route of the former Ulmtalbahn back to the Outdoor Center Lahntal with playground and many animals.
A wonderful and varied combination: On this tour I discover the beauty of nature and the sculpture park Siegfried Fietz.
From direction Herborn on B 277 to Ehringshausen-Katzenfurt, then on L 3282 and L 3324 to destination
From direction Wetzlar/Limburg on B49 to Leun-Biskirchen, then on L 3324 to destination
By bike from the Westerwald via R7 and Ulmtalradweg, from the Lahntal via Lahntalradweg and Ulmtalradweg
VLDW line 120/125 from Wetzlar or Weilburg, stop: Allendorf, Outdoor Zentrum (timetable 2020)
On the lower parking lot at the Outdoor Center Lahntal, Märchenpark 1, 35753 Greifenstein
I start my tour at the parking lot of the Outdoor Center Lahntal, directly at the national road L3324. Theoretically, I could have spent the night here in one of the Indian tepees - with built-in wooden beds and my own fireplace - or even in a hobbit house. Coming from the parking lot I turn immediately left, go through a small underpass and follow the bend of the path first to the right, then h to the left into a forest area. At the following two forks I keep to the right and walk leisurely uphill. The path leads around a bend to the right and I look from above into a light enchanted forest. After about 500 meters I reach a crossroads, turn left and walk uphill for about 200 meters. Then I keep right twice and for 700 meters trees, shrubs, fallen mossy logs, mushrooms, ferns and flowers line my path.
With another right turn I leave the forest area and look down on the valley. Half of the way is almost done, so I decide to take a rest on a bench and study the board explaining the historical significance of the village of Schönhausen, whose last inhabitants fled the plague in 1450. My path continues downhill, along meadows and willows, and after about 800 meters I catch sight of the first figures of the Siegfried Fietz Sculpture Park on the right. At the upper entrance I could continue the tour through the park. But I decide to walk around the park and walk about 100 meters further to a rest area with two benches at a crossroads. After a short stop, I turn right and walk along the solar park, which produces solar energy on a 22,000 square meter plot.
After about 100 meters I reach the Ulmtalradweg on the right - the former route of the Ulmtalbahn, which was developed into a bike / walkway connection - and stand in front of the main entrance of the sculpture park Siegfried Fietz. The Allendorf-based composer, performer and producer initiated the park. I admire sculptures made of local material such as wood, basalt and metal and call up the artists' explanations via cell phone and QR code. After an extensive round, I hike the remaining 1.2 kilometers along the Ulm Valley Cycle Path. At a rest area, a board informs me about the ore mining in the area. Shortly before the parking lot I have the opportunity to stop at the outdoor center with restaurant, beer garden, playground and many animals.