The Treisberg Tower

Treisberg ist a small part of the town of Schmitten and is located in the Taunus area to the north of the Feldberg. With less than 200 inhabitants at the time of writing, it is very much off the beaten track and only consists of a few roads.

However the area is a popular destination of walking and that may have something to do with what is just outside the centre of the village. On a hill known as the “Pferdskopf” or horse’s head, there is a viewing tower that is open to the public.

The track leading up to the tower

The track leading up to the tower

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Ice cream, and less restrictions

Today was the first day that I have sat down at a restaurant or ice cream parlour for three months. Actually, it was outside at the Epinay Eiscafé in Oberursel.

Erdbeerbecher at the Epinay Eiscafé in Oberursel

Also today, some restrictions have been reduced so that events can now take place with up to 250 people and shops can allow more people in than previously. However large events look set to be cancelled until October.

And on Monday, the primary schools return to normal class sizes, although social distancing still has to be observed outside the classroom and some subjects such as sport will still not be taught.

I should have been on Rügen today

Normally this is the week in June when I travel to see the Störtebeker Festspiele on Rügen and write about other places on the island to visit.

Not this year. The corona pandemic means that the theater is closed. So there will be no press preview to visit, no day on the green at the Bodden in Ralswiek, and no Erdbeerbecher in “Zum Störti”.

But until a few years ago the theatre produced DVDs of the performance, and these often pop up on ebay. I recently found the 2010 edition there, and since that is the year before my first visit to the island, it is one that I have never seen. So I will at least have a new play to see. It won’t be the same, though.

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