Today we are presenting an excursion tip that certainly not everyone knows. The ruin Glizzenvelt – or let us say what is left of it – is hidden in Scheiblingkirchen. This adventure hike is perfect for families with kids aged 6 years or more.
We start our one-hour-hike, a perfect half day trip, in Scheiblingkirchen. We traverse the town and turn left at the bridge direction nursing home. Opposite of the first house at the left there are turnouts and a signpost “Franz Schlögel Steig” marked in blue. Here, the path leads us relatively steeply uphill; only ten minutes later, we already arrive at the ruin.
Around the year 1900, “enormous walls” were still in place. Today, all that remains of this old fortress, which was not particularly large, is an old tower. The mountain used to be called Romatskopf; this name was first mentioned in 1189. After that year, the von Gleißenfeld noble family disappeared from the documents. They died out or emigrated and then no longer called themselves “von Glizzenfelt”.
The name means “Glizzo’s field”, or “field that is glistening in the sun”. The social position of the Gleißenfelds must have been important because they are often cited as witnesses in documents (source: timeline of Scheiblingkirchen; note: the spelling of both ruin and noble family has changed over the years; therefore, Glizzenvelt later became Glizzenfelt).
After carefully circumnavigating the ruins, we follow a straight path towards huge piles of wood; there, we turn right into a forest path and always keep an eye on the blue markings. Attention: after a ten-minute walk, a steep path – also marked in blue — branches off to the left in the direction of Annenruh. We follow it, in serpentines, until we arrive at the viewing rock. A covered bench and even a summit book are waiting here. From here, you have a good view of the town and the surrounding area.
After a break for drinking or eating, we continue along a small meadow path behind the resting area that then widens. We follow it until just before a barrier. Now it is time to be careful, because it is easy to miss the upcoming junction. Exactly opposite of the signpost Annenruh, there is a small rock cairn with a yellow bow. Here, the narrow path leads to the right through the shady forest back to Scheiblingkirchen.
This small but nice hike does not take more than one hour. Due to the risk of slipping, the steep ascent is not recommended on wet ground; anyway, it is a nice excursion for “adventurous” families. On the way back to the car, you can discover a partially walled cave.
Dolores Marie Schärf unterrichtet Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch sowie Italienisch und ist als Dolmetscherin bzw. Übersetzerin tätig.
Tip from the Mountain Security Service
Dear leisure time sportsmen and sportswomen, dear children, dear parents,
We are in the middle of the most beautiful season and the weather is motivating us to spend much time outdoors. The swimming pools and bathing facilities in our region are real visitor magnets and therefore well frequented. However, our mountains and hills are also worth a family trip together. Especially with children, the word hike occasionally triggers a reflexive “no”. As adults, how can we pitch this beautiful type of exercise to our young family members? My tip, as a father: offer variety! Prepare as you would for a day of work. Research interesting places and related stories; tell the kids which experiences you associate with our region. It is better to plan shorter tours and offer extended breaks for playing and having fun.
I hope you enjoy your leisure activities in Bucklige Welt and I am looking forward to nice encounters. Get home safely and stay healthy.
Photos (7): Egerer
Graphic: Scherz-Kogelbauer GmbH