Beautiful Sauerland. We are on our way
to the source of the Ruhr. There begins our bike tour
through the Ruhr valley. We’re going 120 km. Come with me. And this is our route
on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. Launch, as I said,
at the Ruhr spring in the Sauerland. From there it goes via Olsberg
to Meschede, Oeventrop and on to Arnsberg,
Swords to Hagen. We’ll be on the road for four days. I’m curious,
what’s waiting for us. E.g. a mountain bike adventure
near Winterberg. And we want to go to
the stones of Bruchhausen. This is one of the most beautiful places
throughout NRW. Vacation at the Ruhr,
with everything that goes with it, and a lot of nice people,
who live and work here. * Music * Subtitles: WDR mediagroup Ltd.
on behalf of the WDR I thought I could stay here
fill my water bottle. 90 minutes more, then the bottle is
probably full. Glad you could join us. The two of us will take the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path
cycle along. Here we begin, at the source
near Winterberg, in the Sauerland, it’s unbelievable,
from the few drops… …will be a torrential river,
dysentery. And we want to explore it. We drive from the source
downstream, so it’s actually
always downhill. But we also want to
look around, and there’s a mountain to climb. Right and left.
Right here in the Sauerland. I’m glad Anne’s with us, I’m gonna follow her,
Anne knows the way. Yeah, I was 10, 11 years ago.
on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. He was about 1.5 years old. I enjoyed it. It’s a great idea.
but also with gradients. That’s why we’re pretty good
prepared. – Then you drive up. Then we’re good to go.
– Here we go. * Bicycle bells * Cycling could be done in the Ruhr
always have, of course. But the “Ruhr Valley Cycle Path” was first
officially opened in April 2006. You drive through great landscapes. It’s no wonder he’s been
to the most popular cycle paths in NRW. And you can’t
I don’t even get lost. Cause it’s super signposted. Our first stage goes to Meschede. I insisted,
that for now. to the legendary
four Bruchhauser stones. * Music * “To the stones.”
– Yeah, that’s the driveway. Oh. Oh. Oh.
– Right, this is where you’re staying. We’re not supposed to do that. But we’re allowed to push.
– We get to push. Just don’t drive. Already at the foot of the natural monument surrounds a
a very special atmosphere. This is where the place of worship of a Germanic goddess
the first of these. Later there was a castle here.
with fortification system. The four rocks are called Bornstein,
Goldstein, Ravenstein, and we’re climbing now.
on the 45-meter-high boulder. But not alone. We have an appointment,
who knows his way around here very well. Let’s have a look. Hello.
– You must be Mr. Klemann. Did you get up all right? – Yes, it is.
Have you been waiting for us long? It’s no big deal,
good thing takes time. The main thing is that you’re
arrived safely. We were just discussing it,
how come the Bruchhausen stones here? When the good Lord made the world
he’ll be back in six days. I’ve been strolling around.
I checked to see if everything was all right. And up here on the Istenberg
he had rocks in his shoe. And then he’s got himself
shaking out the stones. How beautiful, i.e. these are the stones
from the shoe of God. Where are we going?
– We’re going up here. You’d better go first.
– Please, yes. * Music * The summit cross, by the way
our companion Franz Klemann and the whole thing was set up by hand. Nice and slow, walk carefully,
then nothing can happen. On the via ferrata
he knows every move. Because he put it on himself. * Music * Here we have something
very special. Here we have one of the
over 300 mosses and lichens at the Bruchhauser Steinen. It’s the map plexus. When you use the magnifying glass
look at it, it looks like it, as if you’re flying over
Rape fields fly in spring. A really great one,
impressive lichen. Because the stone invites itself
during the day from the sun, and at night he gives
the moisture away. That’s what these low
Plants, they say. This is the habitat
for these plants. Something special.
– Oh, great. – Okay. (laughs) Let’s go.
– Let’s keep moving. * Music * It’s a wonderful, lightweight.
Ascent that anyone can make. * Music * At every point here you have
A hell of a look. – Everywhere. You can look wherever you want.
– Yes, it is. * Music * Last ascent.
We want to go to the cross. – Yes, it is. Whoa.
– Hammer. It was really worth it, wasn’t it?
– This is awesome. * Music * What a view.
– Great. What luck with the weather,
how far we can see. It’s always fun. Again and again you discover something new,
and again and again it is a new experience for me too,
to stand up here. * Music * And if you’re going to be
looking west for 20 miles, one discovers a pleasure
of a completely different kind. * Music * Around the Bike-Park near Winterberg
to reach, we still have
a few miles ahead of us. I’m curious to see how it will be. Stefan talked me into it. * Music * I think we’ve come to the right place.
– Yes, it is. Whether we are going to…
– No, you can do that directly… Why not? Why not? I’d also like
and sit with your porter. – Yes, it is. Cycling and mountain biking,
these are two worlds. Off to the right outfit. * Music * Eieieieiei.
– I can’t even walk. No. All you’re supposed to do is drive. Judging by the equipment,
This is gonna get really wild. But you have
the right equipment, i.e. blue runway, I’d say. Since you’re not the pros,
let’s start lightly. That would be Flow Country,
it goes down there. Get in the saddle.
– Get in the saddle. Nico, thank you very much.
– Let’s do this. Have a good time. This way?
– All straight ahead. Ciao.
– Bye. – Bye. Bye. We’re supposed to take it slow.
Nico told us. I’m happy to take that advice. It’s a mogul run here,
Help! Help! Yay. Oh, pretty close. Stefan’s having fun,
I’m not really. Oh no, guys, ey. No. Forget it. I’m not, no. I’m on strike.
– Where the hell are you? I still need my bones. I don’t dare. I’ll do anything, but not that, no. I want out of the forest safe and sound. What’s the matter with you? – I’ve been thinking
I suddenly didn’t trust him anymore. I’m sorry, but you’re not the only one
flown up there. Those bumps all of a sudden.
– There was a big bump. Yes, yes, I’m here…
– I’m out of it. I’m going to the station
and clean my bike. Don’t wait up for me,
I’m gonna be down here forever. You want the black
Can you drive too? – No, I’m not. I’m going down that bit.
See you in a bit. – Okay, see you soon. Once you get it out of the way,
it’s a lot of fun. But you’ve got
to train properly, if you want to keep up. * Music * Honestly, I’ve got
and there’s still plenty of air upstairs. Today, I’d rather go first.
on the safe side. * Music * Once arrived at the bottom, by the way
not to ride up again with much effort. No, it’s more comfortable:
with the elevator. It’s in the price. Why am I so broken, anyway?
It was always downhill. Anne. Hi.
– Here I am. How was it? It is nevertheless… Thank you. I’ll take care of it. It’s harder than it looks.
– Thank you. I’ll take care of it. Let’s not kid ourselves.
– Yeah, no kidding. I was thinking,
this is for wild boys. I was out eventually.
– Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! I’m gonna go change.
– Get changed. We’re still going, aren’t we?
– Just e-bikes, please. From the bike park we ride
to beautiful Assinghausen and then on to Olsberg. The Ruhr is here by the way
still a trickle. * Music * Here comes a sign.
Ah yes, straight ahead. – Yes, it is. * Music * Roses await us in Assinghausen, and then roses and also roses. Because Assinghausen calls himself
the rose village in the Sauerland. Hello. I didn’t expect that,
in the middle of the valley. Which looks pretty new, though.
– It’s new. It’s definitely new. Ten years ago.
not here yet. That’s a little hint.
of what awaits us in the village. What’s that?
– Yeah, it’s nice. That shines for us so to speak
right away. Because Assinghausen, the Rose Village,
is not only Rosendorf, It’s a Rose Village.
– It’s one. In every garden we find roses. The rose is the flower
of this village. That’s great.
– Okay. (laughs) Let’s keep going, shall we? * Music * The Rose Club in the village
consists exclusively of women. Not only do they care
around the flowers in your own garden, but also
around the open spaces in the village. * Music * Woman meets for coffee with homemade cake
and plans actions. Marloes Birchwoods
is the boss of the Rose Club. with always new ideas for the hobby. (Mrs. Birkhölzer) They’re beautiful,
It’s a plant of love. She radiates it, too. It has a nice smell, and it is
a great balance to everyday life. We’re almost all employed.
do it for free, for fun. But it’s a wonderful hobby.
…and I’ve become a part of it. It’s great to be able to go home after work.
to go into the garden and sitting in the garden with friends
and chat about it. I’m open to new ideas,
I like to learn something new. I didn’t have much idea
of roses. But through the years that I’ve spent
and I do that, you learn a lot. and meets people,
nationwide. There’s a nationwide club. You meet with other people.
Villages, that’s nice. You talk about the roses. That’s the subject of the conversation.
and it makes contacts. Even international. And from the Assinghausen
rose friends we get
our first backpack present: a piece of rose soap. It’s advisable, by the way,
Rainwear and a warm jacket to have in your luggage,
when you drive through the Sauerland. Because here it can happen that
be quite cool and wet. Olsberg lies in the upper Ruhr valley and is a state-approved
Spa. It’s a pretty town.
and for the Hochsauerland the economic
and cultural centre. * Music * Is that her, perhaps?
– Yes, I’m sure it is. That could be it, right? Appointment on the bridge here. Hello.
– Hello. Sandra Wolfson? That’s right, I did. – Stefan.
– Hi. Hi. Hi. – Hello, there. Hello, Anne.
– Let’s say “you,” I’d say. I’m glad this worked out. I’m glad we’re here.
the Ruhrradweg together. How did it actually come about?
we were wondering earlier. It could have been a bit different from the Sauerland and
the Ruhr area to anyone, that you can ride a bike here. We drive in the valley
along the water. The water’s flowing in one direction. Logically, you can’t
I can drive, too. How often do you travel there?
– I’ve been on the road before. Do you have an e-bike? I was thinking
there’s an age limit for. That’s why I’m asking.
– No, I’m on the road. I’m a sportsman. I’m not going to return the question. We’re not addressing that.
– But that’s a subject, isn’t it? You think, Sauerland,
it goes up and down. Is then the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path
always on the banks of the Ruhr? You’re not always direct
on the water, which has the advantage, that you see a little something and
it’s not just water and idyll. You can also see something
from the towns. Topic e-bike in any case. That has nothing to do with it,
that people are lazy. and don’t want to kick. The range has increased
immensely increased. The Ruhr Valley Cycle Path has 240 km, and with an E-Bike
I can go much further. Shall we cycle?
– Yeah, let’s go. You go ahead, you know the way.
– That’s it. The Ruhr Valley Cycle Path
is now well marketed for tourism. Nearly 8 million cyclists have him
since the opening. Even package deals for
Short breaks, Sandra tells us, you can book now. And he’s
a 4-star quality route, but there are places,
who don’t deserve this predicate. Now we have to go along the B7,
whether we like it or not. There’s a lot going on here. Wow, that was a little heavy,
the last few miles. It’s actually a play,
that runs along the road. We also need to talk to
the local conditions. You can’t,
if the road’s there sooner, the cycle path even closer
to the dysentery. The dysentery is here,
this is the road. You have to live with it.
– It was the same ten years ago. Just when you’re with
a larger group is on its way, it’s like everyone’s concentrating. Although that’s safe,
nothing can happen. We took care of that.
– Is that how it’s gonna stay? There’s a lot of
the debate about moving it. That’s with costs, of course.
and nature conservation, Environmental protection, it’s all there
A part. But just as the play is about to begin.
we might get lucky, that there would be a little more
is more attractive. – Okay. (laughs) See you on Hennesee? That’s it. Were you actually
Kneipp in Olsberg? – No. Didn’t you?
– No. We know pubs,
but I don’t think Kneipp’s. What pub can you buy us?
recommend it? – For the feet. I’m gonna call Mrs. Hagemeister,
if she might have time. I’ll send you to Kneipp.
– Then we’ll do it. Call them. We’ll move up. See you at Hennesee.
– All right, all right. See ya. Bye. Bye. – You drive up,
you always know the way. Careful with the… Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Bye. Bye.
– Ciao. * Music * The day started cold and wet. But when the sun comes out,
it suddenly gets warm. * Music * Have you ever kneipped before?
– Yes, it is. – You do? You’ll laugh, we’ll do it.
regularly with our children. Is that her back there?
– Yeah, it looks that way. Hello.
– Hello, there. Hello. Coming. Mrs. Hagemeister, are you?
– Yes, it is. Did the Sandra reach you?
– Hello, yes. That’s awesome. That’s Anne.
– Hello. – Hello. Stefan Pinnow. I’m happy.
– Yeah, me, too. I’m impressed. I’m impressed,
they’re nettles. Let’s do Kneipp.
with nettles? No, I was just
I collected some herbs. Shall we go to the water? I think you need this, in this heat
and the beautiful weather. I’m just
a little stunned. I was thinking Kneipp,
we’re in a pool like this. Now we are here
directly at the Ruhr. I’ve never done this before. At least not in a brook like that. Where are we going in,
what would you recommend? The dysentery’s here right now.
A little bit of water. We’re here to tell you
I can do that in the stork duct, to set a new stimulus.
– Oh. Oh. Oh. What’s that?
– It’s nice and warm. But it is,
if you go all the way in… It’s lovely here,
oh, beautiful. I’ve got the charm under my belt, too.
the feet, frankly. – Yes, it is. Stones. It’s just the thing,
if you spend the whole day I was riding my bike.
– With the warmth, yes. I.e. what does Kneipp do? Kneipp therapy causes e.g,
the treading water, that the pelvic organs are particularly well
blood circulation, reflective. The kidney, the bladder, everything,
what’s in the pelvic area, is much better supplied with blood. All the blood circulates better.
through our bodies. And automatically we get fitter,
when the blood flows. Shall we do another round?
– We’re gonna make another round. Will you come with me again?
– Yes, I’d love to. It’s all right, isn’t it?
– Yes, it is. Now it’s the arms?
– Now it’s the arms’ turn. If we make an arm cast, we catch right outside
on the little finger. So that the heart
not scared. – Ah. So far away from your heart.
we’ll go over it slowly, back down to the thumb,
turn around, then back this way. Nice along the meridians,
a little bit, down again. Just shake it off a little bit. Now the
Freshness again, right? May I?
– Mmm. But neat, nice this way. Where do I start? Here you go.
– But lovingly. Of course I do.
– And really nice and exact. This way, a little.
along the outside, not in the middle. Nice and nice on the outside,
down here now. – Okay. (laughs) Is that okay?
– It’s okay. What’s it like? Tell me something.
– That’s nice. You did?
– Yeah, that’s a great feeling. And now by itself
let it dry. – Yes, it is. This is very important.
– I will. Then it’s evaporative cooling.
in your arm. – Yes, it is. The body wants the arm itself
dry the skin. It’s a detox. If you dry yourself off, you can
the detoxification won’t take place. That’s why it’s important for Kneipp
Applications: Do not dry. Towel, I think…
– Towel, no. I brought my towel.
– No, I’m not. Around Olsberg there are
a Kneipp hiking trail. For a guided group hike you can
at the tourist office. * Music * The water here
comes from mountain springs. But you also trudge through pools
and streams and also through the dysentery. * Music * It’s always beautiful, it’s always beautiful.
a very special experience. That feels so good. I look forward to every hike,
that Gudrun is doing to us. It’s invigorating and refreshing. And this experience in nature,
you have to try it. That’s just wonderful. Olsberg calls himself
the oldest Kneipp health resort in NRW and advertises with its stimulating climate, which is ideal for the cure
after Father Kneipp. Water treading stands naturally
as always in the center. It gets the circulation going,
stimulates blood circulation and thus prevents infections. Afterwards it goes with bare feet
through the young grass or over the forest floor. This also promotes blood circulation. (Mrs. Hagemeister) Barefoot walking
It’s a challenge, especially on this
beautifully mown grass. We detoxify a lot of things.
over the sole of the foot. If we’re always in our shoes,
we take the poison, what we say about the sole of the foot
and I’m going to be retired, too. That’s why you should
as often as possible barefoot. This does the feet a lot of good
incredibly good. It’s stinging pretty good.
Not with you, Anne? – Yeah, yeah, yeah. The muscles are
in a completely different way. You should use that and as often as you can.
as barefoot as possible. For Father Kneipp.
very important. I.e. you’re doing the
as often as possible? Yeah, I do that as often as I can.
– Where are you going barefoot? Through the city?
– No, not through the city. But there are some people on the Kneipp
Hiking trail again and again pieces, where you can walk barefoot,
in the woods. You have to use that. This is very important, that you can get on the road
shoes and stockings off. And in the backpack comes for you
a Kneipp fitness pillow, of course from Olsberg. So relaxed goes our 1st stage
on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. * Music * Our second day at the Ruhr. The stage begins in Meschede
and leads us to Oeventrop. * Music * Hermann Hegener lives in Meschede. He runs
a well-functioning bicycle repair shop. Although he could
I’d have retired by now, but cycling’s the way it is.
his passion. People love this neighborhood,
the Sauerland. You can
I can’t even imagine, i have almost daily 3 to 4
Cyclists from the Ruhrradweg here. With all sorts of problems. The Ruhr is near Meschede
already a veritable river. In the renaturalized floodplains is Hermann Hegener
often on the road by bicycle. The Ruhr Valley Cycle Path is like this here,
as he always dreamed it would be. Close to the river and well developed. And he’s a little like that again,
as he knew him from his youth: a natural river. * Music * Because I’m an avid cyclist, so I decided
for the Ruhr cycle path. That it’s on such a scale
and so much tourism, who come from all over the world,
I didn’t count on it. The best thing is,
when nature is there, and you can admire nature. Especially in good weather.
and not in the rain. That’s the nicest thing about cycling,
if you drive through the Ruhrauen and enjoy nature. I’ll drive all the way again. As soon as I have time,
I’ll ride the Ruhr Cycle Route. But this year.
I’m afraid I can’t. Maybe I’ll be able to get a job in the next week.
or the year after next the Ruhrradweg,
over holidays. Holiday is his workshop
which is closed. Hermann Hegener wants them
until he’s 100. * Music * And for the backpack.
an air pump with it. * Music * We’re going for another spin.
in Meschede and look for the Walburga Church, the
in the heart of the city. * Music * Sauerland and cycling.
– Hiking country. Cycle Land Sauerland, look.
– Yeah, that’s it. Wait a minute,
I need to get in here. Where? Where?
– Will you wait a minute? Yeah, I can do that.
– I need to get into business here. What’s the matter with you? What did she see? What’s the matter with you? – Look at this,
That’s for the backpack. Do you know it?
– Tricks. You know what that is?
– Yes, Bütterken. That’s what we say in Sauerland
to the sandwich. Gift for the backpack?
– Yes, it is. The next present for you.
– All we have to do is put in the tricks. You’re gonna have to
I’ll grease it myself. * Bicycle bells * And there she is: The Walburga Church belongs to
to the former women’s abbey Meschede from the 9th century. But the church is much younger. It dates back to the 17th century,
is the heart of the city and her most precious treasure. * Music * This is for Meshed, for the
Small town, relatively large church. Yes. And a nice one. The pen of Meschede is the second oldest convent of women
in Westphalia. It had in its early years
a tremendous power and great wealth. About 20 ladies lived here back then,
also managed the business themselves and played an important role
in culture and education in the city. * Music * The crypt once belonged to
to the first church, which here around 900 A.D.
was built. At that time.
the relics of the holy Walburga for the first time. The bones, however,
that lie here in this shrine, one got oneself subsequently
from Eichstätt in Bavaria. They too should
real Walburga relics. Cause the first ones left.
in the Thirty Years’ War. Under the altar
in the 1960s a cult grave
from the 12th century. The clay pots here were
for good acoustics. They’re forwarding the sounds. The ancient Romans already knew that. * Music * In the 14th century.
the female domination was over. A group of canons,
worldly priests, moved into the former pen. Today the church serves
than a normal parish church. We’ll keep cycling, because we are once again
with Sandra Wolfson, on the Hennesee,
He’s around the corner. * Music * Lake Hennesee is a dam and is located in the nature park
Sauerland-Rothaargebirge, above Meschede. Here there are 2. large bathing areas,
a campsite and rowing and sailing clubs. And you can’t go from Easter
until the end of October cross and cross with the MS Hennesee
across the dam. And that’s exactly
Sandra had suggested to us. * Music * * Ship’s horn * Hello, Sandra.
– Hello, there. Did you set this up?
– Of course, just for you. If they see you, then…
(imitates ship’s horn) – See you. How nice of you to make this work.
Shall we take the wheels with us? Absolutely. There’s the captain on it.
prepared for cyclists to come? He knows it pretty well. (man) What’s that?
for a mob up there? Oh, “Beautiful.” Bye. Bye. Have a good trip.
– Thank you. I’ll take care of it. 400 passengers can be
the MS Hennesee. In less than an hour.
the ship once around the lake. Who’s coming here?
Who rides the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path? We can actually
to be very specific. The visitors we have counted
two years ago, you can split a third. 1/3 comes from the Ruhr area, as well as
me, 1/3 from the rest of NRW, i.e. outside the Ruhr area, and
the rest from the rest of Germany. You could, for example, in the morning as a family.
get on a train with the bikes, drive somewhere, get off and
the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route… Winterberg e.g. And back home again
cycle back. – Absolutely. This doesn’t even have to be a
a long weekend. You don’t always have to spend the entire day
Drive away. – No, not at all. You can choose daily stages
and pick out the best ones to just get out. What’s going on around it?
done in the last few years? I can imagine that when
you made a magnet like that, that in some places
what has come into being, that wasn’t there before. Of course it fits
the infrastructure around it. People have seen,
the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path is popular, he’s getting more and more popular. It starts with gastronomy,
all the hotels. That’s natural
has become much higher. * Music * Sandra, man.
– That was nice. Thank you so much for your time.
– I’d love to. Great ride, good weather. Dry weather, that’s enough.
– We will. I’ll see you soon.
– See you soon, bye. – Bye. Bye. * Music * We’re on our way again.
now from Meschede to Oeventrop. That’s about 18 km. * Music * Wait a minute, I have to go… I wanted to take a look once,
where exactly we are. That’s Meschede, that way, right?
– Mmm. Then we would have to… So now we’d have to
near Oeventrop, Wildshausen, we should be here somewhere. If this is Wildshausen…
– Yes, it is. …then I know that.
– From back then? Yeah, let’s go there,
I’ve been there before. What’s the matter with you?
– Let me show you something. That’s cool.
That’s where we’re going. I’ll just drive
always after you. * Music * Something’s changed, of course,
since the last time I was here. I can go to the Birkenallee
but still remember well, even if the trees were
were much smaller. * Music * Here?
– There’s a light on here. You sure about this?
– Yes, it is. It looks lively. I’ll just knock.
– Go ahead. Somebody’s here. Hello.
(man) Have a good day. See, what did I say? Greetings.
– Stefan, hello. Come on in.
– I’d love to. You still exist.
– Of course I do. But everything’s different.
– Bigger. – Bigger. – More beautiful. Also at my 1st Ruhr Valley Tour
we were with the whole troop. to visit the workshop. There’s something interesting to see here: A saddlery
like out of a picture book, has become famous among experts. Here are directly the treasures,
Awesome. – Yes, it is. And that wasn’t here before?
– No, I’m not. We are in the process of
of the last enlargement, where the workshop grew bigger
moved into the outbuilding. Cause I’ve only just seen
at the front of the window. I thought women,
the other link. But all’s well. Come with me through
to the garage. – I’d love to. Great. Very soft. Wow, this place smells good.
– Yeah, it smells like leather in here. Totally.
– The classic leather smell. Saddle. – Saddle, yeah,
this is our core business. There we are in the custom-made. There’s gonna be some really exciting stuff
made. Such beautiful things where… That jewellery
on the horse’s head, in collaboration
with a goldsmith. We’re among the top five.
Operated in Germany, as far as custom-made products are concerned. Everyone can individually
wish what? – Of course I do. Do other things
like saddles, bridles and stuff? We do a lot of things,
I’ll tell you what leather has to do with it. Very much also in the pocket area,
in the business articles section. I can tell you something from…
– Bags. – Bags. Did you also…
Two doocks, one thought. I’d love to. …a made-to-measure saddle. Then I’ll show you something.
of bicycle bags. Bicycle bags sound good. Here we have a made-to-measure saddle,
made by Anne. It’s a baroque saddle, for horse and rider
was made to measure. How long does it take
for a saddle like that? There are good and happy
40 working hours in. So a full week’s work.
from one person. Here comes the family coat of arms
as our seal of quality, so people know what they’re talking about.
for a special play. How much for a saddle like that? There’s no upper limit.
– Good answer. On average, n customer must
invest around 4,000 euros for a production.
– Attention to detail. Where are
the bike bags? There’s some prepared back there. There they are.
– Oh, yeah. – Wow. Wow. That’s right, those are the bike bags.
– I used to have one of those when I was a kid. Saddlebags, which are attached to the back of the saddle
to be used. One’s a bag.
for the men’s bike. A frame bag for the repair kit
and spare hose. Beautiful, isn’t it? – Wouldn’t that be
what for our backpack? That’s a great idea.
– Yes, it is. How do you make them?
– I can show you. * Music * Here we go again. * Music * A dream. Thank you. Thank you.
– I’d love to. I didn’t think you’d be
many work steps are required. You look like a little bag.
and think, Here a little, there a little. Is just every detail
I put it in myself. Very valuable gift
for the backpack. I’d love to.
– Thank you very much, sir. And really learned something, right?
– Absolutely. I’m totally impressed.
– Put it in. All right, let’s have it. – The bag
comes in the backpack. We rarely do. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. – I am happy
me when you get back. Not 10 years from now.
– Please, no. One more good way.
– Thank you. I’ll take care of it. Bye. Bye.
– Bye. Bye. * Music * Back to the saddles
and on to Oeventrop. * Music * Sailing here.
– I do. Directly at the Ruhr, down there
is dysentery, right? – Yes, it is. And right next to a glider airfield. Guest flights. Are we guests?
– We’re guests. Shall we take a flight? Do you think it’s that easy?
– We can ask some questions. There seems to be at least something going on.
there, let’s ask. Do you dare? I’ve never done it before. You? I’ve done it before.
and I’d never do it again… …over and over again, of course. Are you? Come on, let’s do
Schnick, Schnack, Schnuck. (both) Schnick, Schnack, Schnuck. You.
– Scissors cuts paper. You’ve won.
It’s a big adventure. Do it. Okay, I’m looking at the pilot,
and then I decide. That’s a good idea.
– Okay. (laughs) Here comes one. Hello. Hello.
– Hello, have a nice day. How do you do?
– Anne Willmes, hello. Hello, Pasqual Neumann. We just saw your sign,
Guest flights, and ask us, would you give us a lift?
– Yes, I can. Weather’s nice today. It’s like 400, 500 yards,
we can go for a spin. How long does a flight like this take? That depends on the weather,
we are thermally dependent. We start with the winch,
you can get 400, 500 yards up, and have
a minimum flight time of 5 min. If we were to find Thermik,
you can extend it any way you want. Okay, I’ll just need five minutes. You’re a pilot too?
– That’s it. Okay, I’ll go with you.
– Good, or I’d do it. Cool, then have fun with both of you. I’m doing it for the first time,
I need to know something, pay attention? No, we can do it,
I’ll explain everything on the plane. We will. Bring her to me in one piece.
and then I’m gonna go back down again. – No problem. No problem. Since 1956 there has been
the airport directly at the Ruhr. A little later
the sailing school was born. Without parachute
I can’t get on that plane. A little excited
I am. * Music * Then we’re good to go. Wow, here we go in the air. That’s awesome. This is a real roller coaster,
that’s cool. You do that a lot?
(Pasqual laughs) We’ve already got 200 metres. (sighs) That’s really cool. I don’t dare yet,
out the window… it’s beautiful. * Music * Okay, the thermals.
I have to get used to it. That goes right to the stomach.
– Yes, it is. * Music * I think I know,
why you like it so much. Hammer. Hammer. Does that make you addicted?
– It makes you addicted. It’s not a hobby either,
that’s a way of life. * Music * (sighs) That was great.
– I’m glad you did. The feelings you can even
you have there. What’s that?
– I’m still alive. How was it?
– This is sensational. I can’t describe it,
you know how it is. That’s the bomb. These are not butterflies in the
Belly, it’s a herd of dinosaurs, that’s gonna rob you. The absolute hit, top. Would you do that again?
– Yeah, I guess so. The best thing is, you can, too,
I’ve made myself useful. While Anne was flying curves up there.
I bought something for you. And that’s a voucher
for a trial glider flight here at the Oeventrop airfield. It’s yours,
is next in the backpack. Awesome. Are you still riding a bike
or are you just flying? I’ll fly ahead. I’ll come back to you.
– I’m glad, thank you very much. * Music * The next morning we start our stage
from Oeventrop to Fröndenberg. * Music * Arnsberg is
a city steeped in history. She belonged to the Hanseatic League. and had a large economic
and political significance. You can see the wealth
to the old town centre today. * Music * These are the ruins
of Arnsberg Castle, the germ cell of the city at that time. From here you have
the most beautiful view of the Ruhr. * Music * We’re going to make a detour in
the Mühlbachtal nature reserve. It once belonged to a monastery, the wood, water.
and fishing industry. I’m very excited,
what awaits us here. Poetry trail,
sounds like a trim-you-path. Sounds like
after much poetry and poetry. Look, there’s the first sign. Do you think this is where it starts?
– Yes, it is. A rose is a rose is a rose, eine
Rose is a rose is a rose. Didn’t anybody ever tell me
in my poetry album. I’m afraid I don’t either.
I always said: Live happy, live happy
like the pug in the oat straw. On the path of poetry is written
every few feet, a tablet of poetry. Right now, the theme is the rose. But the poems
are replaced annually. The wild rose.
– Oh, lots of lines. I remember standing with me… The invitation to lyrical
There have been walks since 2005. One group
of poetry lovers from Arnsberg cares
about this beautiful institution. Yes, but I’ve never been so strict. One discusses
and pick out the poems. Here we are right now
in front of a work by Louise Aston. “…To her over rocks and crevices
a bold hunter climbs. He’s already close by,
his eye floats in tears. He wants to record them and pick them,
his foot stumbles abruptly. The Abyss’s Dark Depth
“receive him with a cold kiss.” Hello. Wait for us,
Did we get struck by lightning? No, you weren’t that fast,
on foot would be even better. By bike
you’re often so fast, that you’re
passing these beautiful places. You probably overlook a lot of things.
– Especially with the e-bike. We’re rushing by, intoxicated. In the Mühlbachtal there are diverse small-scale
different impressions, that it’s nice to be able to slowly
and walk up to it. What the hell are you doing here?
Are you the rose commissioner? No, I’m the forester. My name is Wolfram Blanke.
I’m in charge of the poetry trail, among other things. Who chooses the motto?
– There’s a team of 11 heads, who regularly
and 2, who then make themselves strong,
to work this topic out. What’s your favorite saying?
– We’d better leave that out. It’s just beautiful, these different
local impressions. We’re so rich in nature. We have 162 different species
of flowering plants in the Mühlbachtal. Then the grasses and mosses come.
to the tree and shrub species. What strikes me
since we got here, I haven’t heard a plane yet.
and no cars. It depends on the wind direction.
and foliage condition. In winter you can hear the highway
I know, but it’s great now. Diversity
you can even hear it here. * Bird twitter * That is why the Mühlbachtal is a place
of relaxation, deceleration. Exactly the opposite of what you’d think.
we experience in the troubled city. Thank you very much, sir. Well, let’s get on with it,
but slower this time. Drive slowly,
enjoy this. We can also push. We’ll take the
as inspiration and pushing. So we don’t miss anything,
thank you very much. Ciao. With me, they have
I just wrote it in, in all 4 corners
I hear there’s love in it. There’s a sign again. The next poem. Let’s have a look. Hölderlin, of course he’s allowed
not missing. – No. Shall we take a little break? Let’s take a break.
and let the forest take effect. Right, I’ll put my bike here. That’s nice. I can understand that, that many poets
just put them in the woods, and then came the lyrics
as if by itself. That’s why there’s so much brooks.
the speech and rivers, valleys. Or you can also
I just don’t want to say anything. * Bird twitter * This silence comes next.
in the backpack for you. We’ll pack these for you.
– Look at this. * Music * Besides the peace lies in the rucksack
the Rose Edition of the Poetry Trail in Arnsberg. * Music * Somewhat off the Ruhrtal cycle path
is Oelinghausen. The Monastery
was founded in the 12th century. The former monastery church
is a place of pilgrimage today. * Church bells * In the monastery complex today 3 sisters live in the Order
the holy Mary Magdalene Postel. The 3 women
take care of the house and the yard, but all have additional
a worldly profession. The gothic church
of the monastery dates back to the 14th century. She was later
in baroque style. * Music * In the Romanesque basement
of the monastery one of the most precious
Works of art of his time. The “Kölsche Madonna” is a gift
of the then Archbishop of Cologne to the monastery of Oelinghausen. The people here call her
“Queen of the Sauerland”. The lime wood sculpture
dates back to the 13th century. It’s too bad
I don’t have my bathing suit with me. You could have gone in here. You can, can’t you? Look, all right. We’re back at dysentery. Can you slide rocks?
– Cool idea. You’re talking to
the inventor of the Steineflitschen. Attention. Great, huh? There you go.
– Yes, it is. Not bad, huh? It’s a little heavy. Did you see him? (Anne laughs) Yeah, nice.
– Shall we move on? Let’s go again. This way, right?
– Yes, it is. We leave the Sauerland
and are approaching the Ruhr area. * Music * In Fröndenberg
is our next target. Directly on the Ruhr you will find
the chainsmith museum. * Music * The whole world was born in the 19th century with
from this area. It has been used in both home work and
I worked in small factories. Until the 20th century. The last master chainsmith
shows his art in this museum. The museum was opened in 1999
and is run by a club. He’s got old production machines, which mechanically
and the results of the research. They’re still working,
and you can watch, how the individual chain links
are created and joined together. But not only chains, also hearts
are forged together here. The Museum
is a popular place to get married. (woman) Have consciously the chainsmith museum
for her wedding ceremony. …please answer yes.
– Yes, it is. Yes. * Music * As soon as the newlyweds couple
the rings, forges it himself
2 chain links together. It’s not that easy,
but the master blacksmith will help. * Music * On the fourth day we start
into a beautiful morning. * Music * From Fröndenberg it goes up to
to our last stage all the way to Hagen. I thought it was flat in the Ruhr valley, it goes
sometimes pretty uphill. We’re gonna have to do this again.
pedaling hard, to get ready for our next date.
to be on time. * Music * The Lenninghausen estate
is a listed building. For more than 200 years it has been
is owned by the Bimberg family. * Music * Ina Bimberg is the landlady
and passionate gardener. By profession
she’s a landscape architect. We’ll pick her up and have a drink with her.
to do a little tour of the Ruhr. Bicycle’s already there. Shall I ring the bell?
– Yes, it is. Should I?
– Take the big one. Oh, did you hear that? Hello, Mrs. Bimberg. Good day to you.
– Hello, there. I’m happy, shall we go?
– Gladly, wonderful. I’m glad you have time for us. Bicycle’s already there. Do you have a helmet, Mrs. Bimberg?
– Yes, of course I do. You’re the security guard. I’m the security guard. Where the Sauerland
to the Ruhr area, always been there
a lot of agriculture. Until the 19th century.
the Ruhr with cargo ships, cereals and salt
to transport. In the 19th century.
the railroad this task. * Music * Ina Bimberg is frequently
on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path, so she knows the river.
like her vest pocket. The Ruhr is really wide here,
the way you expect them to be. Yeah, that’s how I actually know her.
– That’s how we know her. Do we often have floods here?
– There are not often floods. The dysentery is dammed up here,
That’s why it’s so full and wide. It’s a beautiful river, but
it’s not a renatured river. At least here
not at this point. But the Ruhr
has a different function here, which is an important building block
for drinking water in Dortmund. On the north bank.
we drinking water extraction site. There’s the bank filtrate
extracted from deep wells as drinking water. That’s why it’s piled up here. and not as a meandering
river is designed to be close to nature, but has this something
straightened out stricter course. A lot of people come here,
on the weekend or something? An unbelievable number. The Ruhr is an important
Part of the recreation and free time of the Dortmunder. Cyclists, water sports enthusiasts
more and more, here we bathe. Young people celebrate here,
A-levels or whatever. When you’re that close
lives by the water like you do, then you have
a special relationship to the Ruhr? To the landscape, of course. This valley space with the river
is just beautiful. In the course of the seasons
is changing. Water always has
a great attractiveness. That’s very great, absolutely. A piece of home for you?
– Yes, of course I do. * Music * We accompany Ina Bimberg
back to her yard. She wants to show us her old distillery.
which is now a museum. * Music * 1858 founded Hermann Bimberg
this grain distillery. It was the custom back then,
to be a farmer and a burner. That’s how they had
alongside agriculture another income. Schnapps is sold at Gut Lenninghausen
I haven’t burned it since, but there’s fruit-
and herbal liqueurs, made by Ina Bimberg. That’s a very large selection. Yes, here we find
something for the backpack. In Rucksackrot would be great, something like that,
or strawberry. In rucksack red
we have different things, but I’d recommend walnut,
because that’s special. The trees
wear doll this year. Is it a liqueur? A very special one,
nutty-soft liqueur. I don’t remember. I don’t remember. I don’t remember, that we’ve ever done anything like this before.
in the backpack. Premiere, perfect. I’ll wrap this up.
– Great. Then he can ride his bike with us. He’s coming in here. Our next gift
for the backpack, walnut liqueur. Do not drop rucksack
or possibly fall yourself. Thank you. Thank you.
– Thank you. Thank you. We’ve got something to drink now. I’m honestly missing
the basis. Can you recommend something?
where you can eat well? Here in the distillery cellar
is a wonderful restaurant. Heinrich Grothe cooks there.
– Up here? He’s already sharpening the knives,
this is a special place. Thank you very much. Bye. Have a nice day.
– Hello, there. Mr Grothe, Mrs Bimberg
sends us to you. But we don’t agree,
if it’s a little early. There’s something so delicious to eat.
– I’m preparing something. Cooking. – Yes, please.
– I’d be happy. Hello first.
– Hello, Heinrich. Stefan. I prepared saddle of venison today. There’s a lot of shit in it.
Potatoes, fresh chanterelles, a little thyme. It’s what we make
I’m going to have lunch. Totally regional, Westphalian. I know Stielmus, too. I think it’s great to have
I’ve been getting it out for a while. Most people don’t know it anymore. It is typical Rhineland
and Westphalia. More Westphalian, actually,
all Westphalians know Stielmus. Shall we get started?
– I’d love to. Wash your hands quickly
and get to work. Stefan cuts the stalk mush,
he makes it good and fast. For the filigree leaves
of thyme, I’m in charge. Henry Grothe
blanches the stalk mush, sweats the onions on for the
chanterelles and cook the saddle of venison. * Music * Yeah, I’d say so,
Bon appétit. – Thank you. Thank you. Nice to meet you.
– Well, us first. Very, very beautiful. For jacket potatoes
I can die, mh. Great. Is that all right?
– Fantastic. Mm-hmm. How it melts on your tongue. You can tell your love, passion.
for the food, it’s totally obvious. Yeah, it’s supposed to be. Thank you very much, sir,
it wasn’t the last time I was here. Neither do I,
dear Heinrich Grothe, great. We’ll be back.
– Great, I’d be happy. I had a lot of fun. * Music * From up here you can see
that looks relatively clear again. You can look to the bottom. It’s supposed to be very clean, the dysentery. I’d be interested,
if she’s really that clean, what she looks like. What the water testers can do
from the Ruhrverband. Uwe Frost and
Colleague Christine Shalak professionally check the Ruhr water,
on a regular basis. You searched for pollutants
like heavy metals, organic contaminants, how too much slurry
or other impurities. At first you think the water is
cloudy because the ground reflects. We’ve got it outside now.
see that it’s almost crystal clear. Raw water is extracted from the Ruhr for drinking water production with
a relatively small amount of refurbishment. That’s an excellent quality,
to make the drinking water, which brings the total number of people here to 4.6 million.
in the Ruhr area. Well, have fun.
in clean Ruhr water. * Music * Get from Jonas Bovensmann
our paddle instruction. * Music * Mrs. Willmes, please.
– Mrs. Willmes is in the boat. (cheers) Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Mrs. Willmes, I’m coming. (cheers) * Music * I’ll get you, I’ll get you. * Music * Stefan let me win,
the good guy. Are you still there?
– Yeah, I’m looking at this. It’s lovely here. Lovely, isn’t it?
That’s really meditative. That’s meditative, if you don’t
and I’ll have everything declared a race right away. You’re right. I could do this for hours. * Music * Jonas was so nice,
to bring our bikes. This is
included in the canoe rental price. Is this the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route? * Music * From Schwerte we go to Hagen. On our way
lies the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Tower on the Kaisberg. He looks enchanted. * Music * Once upon a time he was
a popular excursion destination and lookout point at the Ruhr. Today is the monument
in Sleeping Beauty sleep. Only its top rises
nor beyond the treetops. Monument conservator Ina Hanemann watches
regularly after the problem child. It was always an observation tower. All the towers that were built in this style
have been built, of which there are numerous
in the landscape in Germany, they were always lookout towers, which at high points
have been built, to see from afar
to be seen. Usually found below
often celebrations take place. There was a dance hall here,
where there was a lot of partying, where citizenship met. It’s important from an art historical point of view, because in a beautiful architectural style.
has been built, in this neo-Romanesque form. Then it’s valuable to know, that the material,
what has been used, the sandstone and brick,
here are from the region. The sandstone has been
directly broken on site. The bricks are probably
in the vestibule, the district, in which he stands, himself
was made and fired. The citizenry has thus
this tower here. So it’s for the history of the city.
an important testimony. To make the tower safe again, so that he could
can be opened for visitors, it must first be restored. Unfortunately, there is no money for that yet. * Music * The monument conservators hope
on the commitment of citizens, so that the old and
beautiful tower will soon shine again. We are in the final spurt
on our tour. This time we’ve only got
halfway along the Ruhr Valley cycle path. The other half
has a completely different character. Varied I found our
The stations, the nature was great. I enjoyed it.
– So am I. To finish off, we drive
to the Werdringen moated castle. The manor
dates back to the 13th century. and today
a cosy castle café. There you go. Beautiful place, isn’t it?
– Yes, it is. That’s where we’re gonna sit, right?
– Yes, it is. (sighs) Are you ready too?
– Totally. We did it. We can be proud of ourselves,
was really good. 120 km.
– Not bad. I found the most beautiful
the stones of Bruchhausen. I’ve been to the West so many times.
on the road and x times in the Sauerland, but that was the very first time I was there. I felt the same way. Of course it’s my home,
the Sauerland, but still, I haven’t been everywhere yet. I don’t know everything yet.
then it’s a voyage of discovery. You’re glad it’s so beautiful.
and there’s so much to discover. And you’ve got the weather
in the Sauerland. Yeah, you gotta hold on to that:
We need everything on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route. From the sun cream
up to the fleece, rain cape… Short pants, long pants. Ear protection because of wind,
it was all there. Have we whetted your appetite
on a bike? And possibly
also on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route? Then we’d be happy,
if you follow us. Here’s the backpack,
It’s gotten full. Before you close that,
I got something else. That can’t be missing,
and it’s a bell. How nice it is for you, too.
as a gift in the backpack. The one you can win. Write us an E-Mail
or a postcard that says, what you’ve done
on the show, along the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route.
put it in here. If you’re lucky,
it’ll be yours soon. If it doesn’t work this time…
– …then next time. Do you know what I thought about you?
Beautiful. See you next time,
Thanks for watching. Bye. Bye. Copyright WDR 2018