Moin together! Today the weather lured me once again out of the house to undertake a small hike. Since I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go, I was inspired by Google Maps. Looking at the map I noticed a very green corner north of Hamburg, near which the railway station Ohlstedt is located – so the decision for the Wohldorfer Wald and the Duvenstedter Brook had been made.
At Ohlstedt, childhood memories immediately come back to daylight because a good friend of my mother’s had relatives here and we spent many years there at the Easter fire and sometimes at family celebrations. For those who don’t know Ohlstedt the memory describes itself in a few words as “Beautiful house with a lot of garden in an idyllic landscape with juice & cake”.
So I took the train to Ohlstedt and only about 100 steps away from the station (I didn’t recognize anything by the way) you are already standing in the green, but not yet in the Wohldorfer forest!
Directly after the first junction, the cobblestone pavement goes directly into a sandy path over which the cobblestone pavement covers, as if one day the street cleaning had decided to simply stop and turn back at this point.
The mysterious Porthun Trail
A few hundred metres further along the path, you come across a boulder with the inscription “Porthunweg”. I hadn’t heard about this way before and my research – I wanted to explain to you what it is about – unfortunately didn’t produce any results at all. Neither Google nor other search engines gave any hits and although Google Maps actually knows every dirt road, there was also nothing to find here. It seems that Porthunweg is not just a street name either. Very mysterious, especially since the inscription of the stone still looks very new.
If you know what it is with the “Porthunweg” on itself has left me but please leave me an info in the comments!
The path leads mainly through quite open but dense forest in the roof. The sun steals itself again and again through the treetops and produces great light plays and reflections. I think the way is also on very hot days in summer and also for light sensitive people to run well.
Into the NSG Wohldorfer forest
A few meters behind the stream you enter the Wohldorfer Wald (Wikipedia), the nature reserve, which has been doubled in size compared to before, is now 278 hectares in size and offers, among other things, a soil nature trail and a historical-ecological experience trail.
With the Duvenstedter Brook nature reserve now directly adjacent as a result of the expansion, this huge area provides habitat for very rare and endangered animal species. Among other things, various forest birds and wood-living in beetles find a home here and even beetles which were considered extinct in our region for 100 years, can be found here. Besides, the Wohldorfer Wald is one of the oldest forests in the region.
A great project in the middle of the Wohldorf forest
Shortly before the copper mill and the copper yard you come from the forest to a small street with a beautifully situated and architecturally really charming villa. Actually I don’t like villas, because they stand for everything I don’t like, unjustly distributed money, status symbolism and therefore envy and envy between people who should all be equally well and who should love each other as people. In this case, however, the villa is a great project, namely hands for children!
What hands for children is and does describes the homepage of the website as follows:
In Hamburg, there has been a short-term home for children and young people with disabilities since 2013. There are 12 rooms and a team of nurses, therapists and pedagogues available for them. The families of our young guests are also welcome to stay at the Neues Kupferhof. You will stay in 14 other family rooms. Of course, guests from all over Germany are welcome at the Neuen Kupferhof!
Relax, sleep, learn to let go, discover the surroundings of the Neuen Kupferhof or Hamburg – the whole family should return to everyday life strengthened. The hands for children team takes care of the guest children with disabilities around the clock. Our team promotes our young guests in their independence, personality and mobility.
The costs for the accommodation of our guest children are borne by social welfare institutions and nursing care funds, with integration assistance being the main source. We are happy to help parents with their applications. For their own stay, families pay 30 euros per night as parents, 50 euros as a couple and 10 euros for each sibling aged 2-18. For this there is then a parents room incl. bed linen and towels, four meals per day as well as coffee, tea and water at any time.
How I find a really great thing that I will now support monthly!
The copper mill
Directly behind the Kupferhof you will find the Mühlteich and the Kupfermühle. Between 1622 and 1687 water power was used to draw brass wire. But the name of the mill comes from its second purpose, because until 1841, 140 years ago, a copper hammer was driven by the mill which hammered from heated copper plates – when passing the building you can almost hear the sound of the hammer hitting 🙂
In 1841 the whole area was converted into a cotton weaving mill which was very successful in the beginning, but finally had to close its doors in 1899.
Off to the Duvenstedt Brook
Behind the copper mill starts a short part of the path which does not lead through forest. One passes a pasture and can see oneself full of cows or admire the fauna that blooms along the way. After the pasture follows the BrookHus of the NABU before it goes again into the forest and thus into the Duvenstedter Brook.
At the first junction of the hiking trail directly behind the entrance of the Duvenstedter Brooks I almost walked past, so here I say “open your eyes”!
The path continues as a small beaten path, first only as a narrow path, then as a kind of dike in the forest – I think only we North Germans can do that – and then it gets overgrown for a short time and then quite muddy – especially since it rained a lot in the last days – before you continue on the border wall.
The rest of the way leads past lush fresh fields, one of which in my case was just freshly dug up. Afterwards it goes again into the forest and one leaves the nature reserve at short notice because the cemetery Wohldorf-Ohlstedt, at which one passes quite fast, lies exactly at the edge but outside of it.
Dead trees aren’t dead at all
From here a beautiful and bright section of the hiking trail comes again, which leads past a lot of dead wood. I had to take a close look at one of the fallen trees, thank God it was right on the side of the road, so I didn’t have to leave it, because that is one of my principles. The roots and the surroundings were covered with moss and one could see how much life was romping around in them.