An own goal as a direct hit (

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The Stuttgarter Kickers are in many ways typical of a club with a great past and great past. “Tradition” does not have to be asserted in Degerloch, it blows from every draughty hole across the back straight. If you accidentally bump into a pensioner at the sausage stand (a stand for 2000 spectators with two overwhelmed sociologists at the tap), you will be rewarded with stories from the past. Fans have never been there en masse, but they cannot be put off by any catastrophe. As a fan, you develop true greatness in agony, after all, everyone can do the Bundesliga. Even the Kickers could do that.

The 1990/1991 season will not be forgotten, when the Blues secured promotion to the first division in the third relegation game in Gelsenkirchen. A roughly estimated 237 Ruhrpott tourists from Swabia were happy about this, while around 10,000 St. Pauli fans were in a pretty bad mood. The kickers then played in the much too large stadium of the overpowering local rival with the red chest ring. The last five home games came sometimes 4800, sometimes 7200 spectators.

The limited charisma of the kickers in Bundesliga and second division times can be mocked just as much as the related clubs Fortuna Köln and Wattenscheid 09.But you have to give them one thing: The fans who are serious about the supposed wallflowers of football are theirs Teams more devoted than most Bundesliga fans. Wattenscheid, for example, went bankrupt again last year – and today, after a credible restart, has more season ticket customers (300) than ever before in the top division.

And an average of 2680 spectators will come to the home games of the Kickers when the team goes on strike and flies to Mallorca. In any case, there is no other explanation for the fact that in the past season until the Corona lockdown, an average of 2680 fans saw the games against Ilshofen and Freiberg in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. Before you look: The league is the fifth highest division, there are not many leagues that lie between it and the hard courts on which men with more or less belly pass the Sunday morning.

At the weekend the Kickers made national headlines again. And then they were positive too. It happened in the 4-2 win against FC Nöttingen that a player from the guests played the ball out, presumably so that a player from Stuttgart could be treated. This was followed by a goal for Stuttgart, whereupon the Kickers coach, a man named Ramon Gehrmann, instructed his players to now produce an own goal for reasons of balance. What promptly happened!

If you now take what happened in the football province of Württemberg for granted, because the idea of ​​fairness is supposedly part of sport, you are right. Actually. However, it wasn’t that long ago – two and a half years to be precise – when Eintracht Frankfurt was happy without any shame about a goal that came about because a Frankfurt player did not get the ball after a treatment break for a Freiburg colleague threw back, but used it as an assist on his own behalf. Coach Adi Hütter then claimed that he had not seen the scene very closely. When his player David Abraham rammed SC trainer Streich into the ground a year and a half later, Hütter was also three meters away and had not seen the scene very closely. The man seems to have serious perception problems.

In the summer, you have to come up with something like that too, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Dietmar Hopp were honored by “SportBild” for the “Gesture of the Year” because they stood next to each other as fans of Bayern loudly against Hoffenheim Patron Hopp and his understanding of democracy had polemicized.

For the next award I would like to recommend Ramon Gehrmann to the »Sport-Bild« editorial team, even if the good man is undoubtedly less influential than Hopp and Rummenigge. Give yourself a push, dear colleagues. The bar couldn’t hang lower. She’s already touching the ground.


Money back – now or never (

The Brandenburg student council (Brandstuve) is running out of patience. For years, former students have tried all legal channels to get the reimbursement of the re-registration fees levied between 2001 and 2008 at the universities in the country. Without success. The state government persistently refuses to repay them even a cent. Now it is time that the ex-students take action against it, says Brandstuve. Together with the Education and Science Union (GEW), the union of student representatives from Brandenburg universities is now preparing mass lawsuits against the state.

“Nothing at all is happening in the Ministry of Science. With the mass lawsuits, we want to significantly increase the pressure again, “says Brandstuve spokesman Jonathan Wiegers to” nd “. Because it is also clear, according to Wiegers, that the clock is ticking. According to Brandstuve, the limitation period for repayment claims is imminent on December 31. That is exactly what the house of Science Minister Manja Schüle (SPD) is banking on. “There one tends to just sit out the problem.” But that would correspond to “the practice of recent years,” said Wiegers, also referring to Schüle’s predecessor Martina Münch (SPD). “Everything was blocked.”

Consequential ruffle from Karlsruhe

Particular annoyance is caused by the fact that, from the point of view of Brandstuve and the GEW, the case seems to have long since been decided by the highest court – in favor of the fee payers concerned. After all, the Federal Constitutional Court had already declared the 51 euro obolus per semester to be illegal in January 2017. At the time, the judges in Karlsruhe came to the conclusion that the fee was only charged to cover the processing costs according to the legal situation in force until 2008. However, they would have actually only amounted to around 20 euros, the 51 euros that are pocketed every six months are in a »gross disproportion«.

The position of the state government and the universities has remained unchanged to this day: It may be that the re-registration fees were “unconstitutional,” said Minister Schüle in the state parliament at the end of August. A reimbursement is only possible if an action has been taken in due time. And on-time means here: by 2013 at the latest. Anyone who has missed this by then was unlucky. The claims are simply barred.

Student representatives and trade unions deny this vehemently – and, based on the Karlsruhe judgment, refer to December 31 of this year as the statute of limitations. Fred Albrecht from the GEW pulls out heavy artillery. According to him, the cabinet’s delaying tactics shattered “confidence in the rule of law.” “The fact that the state government illegally withholds 20 to 30 million euros and provokes the statute of limitations shows that the SPD-led science ministry does not take the legitimate claims of those affected seriously,” said Albrecht, the Brandenburg GEW board member responsible for higher education, research and further education responsible is.

Realistic chances of success

At least 200 plaintiffs would have to take part in the concerted legal mass action, says student representative Wiegers. With an online survey initiated by Brandstuve and GEW and running until Tuesday, it is currently being determined how many affected persons are willing to take legal action. The dispute could be settled via a litigation cost financer, who would withhold part of the amount won if the lawsuit is successful. Meanwhile, support for the mass lawsuit campaign comes from the university-political spokeswoman for the left-wing parliamentary group. When it comes to repayment, it is “a matter of principle,” Isabelle Vandre said on Friday. The lawsuits are “the last chance to be able to claim the repayment right.”

Jonathan Wiegers believes that this is exactly what will happen: “In any case, we are very optimistic.”


Corona development in Germany: court overturns Berlin curfew

The Berlin administrative court has granted an urgent application for curfew. NRW adheres to its strict contact regulations. Overview of corona reports.

Abandoned pub district in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district Photo: dpa

BERLIN dpa / afp / taz | The Berlin administrative court has overturned the curfew in the capital that was decided by the Senate because of the corona pandemic. A court spokesman told the German press agency on Friday. Several restaurateurs had submitted urgent requests against the regulation.

According to lawyer Niko Härting, a total of around a dozen Berlin bars and clubs had turned against the curfew. They criticized the curfew as disproportionate.

From their point of view, there is no convincing reason for the restaurants to close at 11 p.m. With a curfew for the catering industry, young people can then meet in other places for which no hygiene concepts apply, so the argument goes.

Against the background of the significantly increased number of infections, the Senate decided on Tuesday that restaurants, bars, pubs and most shops must be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the future. The new regulation came into force last weekend.

Hamburg introduces curfew

The Senate in Hamburg, on the other hand, tightened the applicable Corona requirements. The operation of restaurants is prohibited from Saturday to the public from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, as the Senate announced on Friday. During this period there is also a ban on selling alcohol.

Private celebrations outside of your own home are only permitted with up to 25 people. A maximum of 15 celebrants are allowed in your own apartment. In addition, it is recommended to reduce physical contact to an absolutely necessary minimum and to observe suitable hygiene measures, it said.

In addition, after the autumn break, the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover in the vocational schools and in the upper levels of general education schools will also be extended to lessons.

NRW: Only a maximum of ten people in public space

North Rhine-Westphalia wants to adhere to its strict contact restrictions. In contrast to the more moderate recommendations of the most recent federal-state conference, only a maximum of ten people should still be allowed to meet in public space in NRW – regardless of the infection situation. The NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) reported on Friday in a video link with mayors and district administrators.

The federal-state agreement last Wednesday provides for a limit to ten people only if the number of new infections in a municipality per 100,000 inhabitants increases to 50 or more within seven days. In NRW, when this warning level is reached, only five people have been allowed to meet in public spaces since last Monday.

A mandatory curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. is to be introduced for restaurants in all municipalities with high numbers of new corona infections. The state cabinet also decided on Friday. The curfew applies in municipalities with 50 or more new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, as Laschet announced.

Mask requirement in Baden-Württemberg also in class

In Baden-Württemberg, the mask requirement will also be extended to teaching at secondary schools from Monday. “The expansion of the mask requirement from grade 5 to teaching applies from a nationwide 7-day incidence of over 35,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture on Friday.

“Today we will inform the schools that this will have to be observed from next Monday.” So far, the mask requirement applies from grade five and at secondary schools in Baden-Württemberg only in so-called meeting areas such as school corridors, auditoriums and toilets.

Bavaria and Hesse abolish the ban on accommodation

In Bavaria, the controversial ban on accommodation for travelers from Corona hotspots expired on Friday. The state government waived an extension of the rule, “we leave it at that,” said State Chancellor Florian Herrmann (CSU) on Friday in Munich.

The ban on accommodation ends at the end of the day. As a justification, Herrmann said that it was counting on the states to implement the resolutions of the federal-state agreement from this week.

Herrmann emphasized that the ban on accommodation would remain in the “toolbox” for the fight against the pandemic. Should it become necessary, it can thus be used again. However, this is currently less relevant because the holidays are already over in many regions particularly affected by the pandemic.

Hessen is also planning to abolish the ban on accommodation. The State Chancellery announced this in a statement on Friday. The planned abolition is on the agenda for a meeting of the Corona cabinet next Monday.

Schleswig-Holstein adheres to the ban

The Schleswig-Holstein Higher Administrative Court has rejected an urgent application against the ban on accommodation in the state. A family from the Recklinghausen district (North Rhine-Westphalia), who wanted to take a vacation on Sylt from Friday, had applied, as the court announced on Thursday evening.

If the implementation of the accommodation ban were now suspended, people from domestic risk areas could come to Schleswig-Holstein for tourism purposes without being controlled, the judges said in the reasoning. In Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony, administrative judges declared the ban to be illegal on Thursday.

The judges emphasized that in view of the nationwide rapid increase in infections, the state government was not obliged to wait until the situation in Schleswig-Holstein developed in a similar way as in the domestic risk areas.

When viewed as a whole, the interest of the general population in protection against the spread of the coronavirus outweighs the interests of the applying family in a tourist trip. Because it is up to them to “realize” the vacation on Sylt “promptly” through a negative corona test. The testing is financially reasonable, so the judges of the 3rd Senate.

For the first time over 7,000 new infections in Germany

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany reported 7,334 new corona infections within one day on Friday morning. The day before, with 6,638 new cases, the highest value since the start of the pandemic in Germany was registered. Last week, the RKI reported 4,516 new infections on Friday.

However, the current values ​​are only partially comparable with those from spring, because significantly more tests are now carried out – and thus more infections are discovered. What is certain, however, is that the number of infections will again increase exponentially.

There is also a clear increase in Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care. According to the RKI situation report, 655 people infected with corona were treated in intensive care on Thursday, 329 of whom were ventilated. A week earlier, the value was 487 (239 ventilated), the week before it was 362 (193 ventilated). Around 8,700 intensive care beds are currently still available in Germany.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is now 9,734. That was 24 more than the day before. The RKI estimates that there are around 287,600 recovered.

Police union against the transport of Castor

In view of the rising corona numbers, the union has asked the police to cancel the planned transport of Castor from the reprocessing plant in Sellafield, UK, to the Biblis interim storage facility in southern Hesse.

“If the police are now expected to enforce the corona requirements and health protection more strongly, then from our point of view it is not compatible that a nuclear transport should be accompanied by the police across Germany at the beginning of November,” said GdP- Vice Jörg Radek of the German Press Agency. “There is no compelling reason for that.” Police forces who would then be deployed to secure the Castor transport could not be parked at the same time to protect against infection, said the GdP deputy.

The transport of the six containers with highly radioactive waste from Sellafield, UK, was initially planned for spring. Due to the corona pandemic, it was postponed indefinitely in March. The Federal Ministry of the Interior did not consider the necessary police operation to be responsible. Opponents of nuclear power expect the transport to arrive at the port in Nordenham in Lower Saxony around the beginning of November.

Thousands of police officers from all over Germany were on duty during past Castor transports. Radek expects this to be the case again for the next transport. He demanded a rejection and stressed that health protection must have priority – after all, police officers are also threatened with infection.

Travel warnings for France and the Netherlands

On Thursday evening, the federal government declared many other regions abroad to be risk areas, including the entire French mainland and the entire Netherlands. Malta, northern Portugal, parts of Poland and Sweden and the Italian regions of Campania and Liguria are also affected, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in Berlin on Thursday. The classification therefore comes into effect on Saturday night.

For the first time since spring, the French border region Grand Est with Alsace, Lorraine and the administrative district of Champagne-Ardenne is considered a risk area. In the Netherlands, the province of Zeeland was added, making the entire country a risk area. Other regions of Croatia, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland were also put on the list. In Sweden, the province around the capital Stockholm is now a risk area.

With Poland, Germany’s last neighboring country is now partly on the RKI’s list. The regions around the cities of Krakow and Gdansk are affected. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced new restrictions on the country on Thursday. He called on citizens to “stay at home” and work in the home office. In Poland, 8,099 new infections had been registered within the past 24 hours – more than ever before.


Police find numerous weapons after raids (

400 police officers searched 17 apartments and a wooded area on Thursday during a major operation in southern Germany. The operation was directed against a group of people who are armed and in Wehrmacht uniforms are said to have recreated war scenarios in the forest, as the Stuttgart public prosecutor announced on Friday together with the Ulm police headquarters. Investigators confiscated numerous weapons, ammunition and uniforms during the operation on Thursday.

The investigators had initially received an indication that people in Wehrmacht uniforms were meeting in the Biberach district. The investigation then led to the suspicion of several men and women between the ages of 27 and 77. They are said to have no license to carry weapons and to have used weapons that fall under the War Weapons Control Act for their actions. They are also suspected of wearing clothing with anti-constitutional symbols. The officers also found grenades during the raid. Two detonators were reportedly blown in a controlled manner. So many weapons were confiscated in three districts in Baden-Württemberg that they had to be transported away by truck. Experts now have to clarify whether they are real weapons or dummies.

The searched apartments are located in various locations in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. A shot was fired during the large-scale operation. When searching an apartment in the Tübingen district, police officers opened a door with the use of firearms, a police spokeswoman said on Friday. All suspects were released for the time being, the investigation is ongoing.

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The current corona numbers in Germany and the world

People around the world are still infected with the coronavirus; there are now more than 38 million. The number of cases is also increasing in Germany.

The corona pandemic is getting worse. Until Tuesday (October 15, 6:20 a.m.) were worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University 38,066,000 million Infections registered. 1,085,396 people have died.

There are 337,314 confirmed infections in Germany, as the figures from Johns Hopkins University show. 9,672 people died. 280,533 people are now considered to have recovered.

The following map shows the absolute number of cases in Germany. Go to a district to get more information.

Since this is a dynamic situation, the figures may differ from those in other places.

The next map shows which counties are currently struggling with an outbreak. To do this, the number of new infections in the past seven days is compared to the number of inhabitants. This so-called 7 day incidence better reflects the current infection process and helps with risk assessment.

In this case, the data come from the Robert Koch Institute.

The federal and state governments have agreed an “upper limit” of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week. If this value is exceeded, countermeasures must be initiated. This also includes a “regional lockdown”. More information can be found here.

About the method: gets the worldwide and German case numbers from the Johns Hopkins University.

Because the university does not publish any figures on counties and federal states, these come from the Risklayer company. This in turn compiles the data using the so-called crowdsourcing process. This means that volunteers request the information from the regional authorities and enter it in a joint document, where it is checked and verified several times by others. The respective websites of the districts and other official bodies serve as the main source.
The local authorities often report new cases faster than the state or federal institutions and update their information at irregular intervals. In the total number at the state and federal level, there may be deviations in the data presented here from the figures of the Robert Koch Institute or the Johns Hopkins University come.

In order to be able to reflect new developments at the district level in real time, we update our infographic every hour. That means, as soon as Risklayer adds its data, you will see this with us too. (Tip: To see the independent cities, you may need to zoom in on the map.)
Nevertheless, this data cannot reflect the actual occurrence of the outbreak. This is due, among other things, to factors such as the incubation time, the number of tests carried out and the respective diagnostic and reporting procedures in the regions. Experts assume a high number of unreported cases among those infected and those who have already recovered.


International survey: These are Germany’s most popular sights

Germany International survey

These are Germany’s most popular sights

Even if traveling is currently difficult or sometimes not possible at all, longings and preferences remain. A current ranking reveals which destinations international visitors in Germany value most.

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“Just enjoy the beauty of Germany”

Federal Health Minister Spahn has called for people to spend their autumn and Christmas holidays in Germany. At a press conference in Berlin, he said that “at least certain types of travel and vacation involve risks.”

WITHFor the third time in a row, the Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, has been chosen as the most popular attraction for international travelers to Germany. That is the result of a survey for the top 100 destinations in Germany on the portal of the German National Tourist Board. More than 13,000 people from over 50 countries took part in the vote, which ran from mid-November 2019 to the end of July 2020.

In second place, the survey participants chose Europa-Park in Rust, Baden, and third place went to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. The top ten sights of the ranking also include historic Dresden, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Romantic Road, Berchtesgaden with the Königssee, the Unesco World Heritage Site Cologne Cathedral, the Black Forest and the island of Rügen.

Of course, worldwide travel restrictions and required distance rules because of the corona pandemic have an impact on the number of visitors to all attractions. The miniature wonderland in Hamburg, which has had over 19 million visitors since opening in 2001, is not spared. Despite the extended opening times, only around 1500 guests can come a day. During the 2019 summer holidays, there were up to 6,000 visitors a day.

In the miniature wonderland in Hamburg, summiteers hoist a German flag

Source: pa / dpa / Anne Ackermann

But they are optimistic and are already busy working on expanding the facility. It already includes more than 15,700 meters of tracks, 1,040 trains, 269,000 figures, 4,340 houses and bridges and, since June 2020, the “largest small fair” in the world. So far, 947,500 working hours have been required, according to the operators, who thank you with a video for their first placement:

1st place: The miniature wonderland (Hamburg)

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2nd place: Europa-Park in Rust (Baden-Württemberg)

Europa-Park in Rust is Germany's largest amusement park.  The latest attraction is the Rulantica adventure pool, which opened in 2019

Europa-Park in Rust is Germany’s largest amusement park. The latest attraction is the Rulantica adventure pool, which opened in 2019

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3rd place: Neuschwanstein Castle (Bavaria)

Neuschwanstein Castle was built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria from 1869.  It corresponds to the idealized idea of ​​a knight's castle from the Middle Ages

Neuschwanstein Castle was built from 1869 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It corresponds to the idealized idea of ​​a knight’s castle from the Middle Ages

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Rank 4: historic Dresden (Saxony)

Evening mood on the Elbe: the skyline of Dresden's old town is reflected in the river

Evening mood on the Elbe: the skyline of Dresden’s old town is reflected in the river

Source: Getty Images / Frans Sellies

5th place: Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

The medieval architecture that has been preserved in Rothenburg ob der Tauber inspires tourists from all over the world

The medieval architecture that has been preserved in Rothenburg ob der Tauber inspires tourists from all over the world

Quelle: Getty Images/Photo by Apisak Kanjanapusit

Rank 6: The Romantic Road (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg)

Dinkelsbühl is also on the Romantic Road.  The city is known for its many towers and is also one of the best preserved medieval locations in Germany

Dinkelsbühl is also on the Romantic Road. The city is known for its many towers and is also one of the best preserved medieval locations in Germany

Quelle: Getty Images/Medioimages/Photodisc

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7th place: Berchtesgaden with the Königssee (Bavaria)

Bavaria: Ramsau also belongs to the Berchtesgaden National Park.  It is not surprising that the place attracted many painters as early as the 19th century

Ramsau is also part of the Berchtesgaden National Park. It is not surprising that the place attracted many painters as early as the 19th century

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Rank 8: Cologne Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)

In 1996, Cologne Cathedral was classified by Unesco as one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Europe and declared a World Heritage Site

Cologne Cathedral was classified by Unesco in 1996 as one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Europe and declared a World Heritage Site

Source: Getty Images / Westend61

Rank 9: The Black Forest (Baden-Württemberg)

The Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, with a total drop of 163 meters, are among the most famous waterfalls in Germany.  Paths for hikers lead past them

The Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, with a total drop of 163 meters, are among the most famous waterfalls in Germany. A hiking trail leads past them

Those: Getty Images / © Marco Bottigelli

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Rank 10: The island of Rügen (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)

The Jasmund National Park on Rügen is known for its huge beech population and white chalk cliffs.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011

The Jasmund National Park on Rügen is known for its huge beech population and white chalk cliffs. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011

Source: Getty Images / Jochen Schlenker

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Baden-Württemberg: hiking with wine – from Stüble to Krügle

AOn the slopes to the right and left of the Sulm river, neatly combed rows of vines stretch out, with woods enthroned on top. In between, as if decoratively distributed, a handful of villages. The region in the north of Baden-Württemberg, which stretches from Weinsberg to the Löwenstein Mountains, is definitely not one of those places that many visitors can spontaneously locate on a map. But every winemaker knows Weinsberg.

There is no avoiding wine in the Weinsberger Valley. The region is indirectly represented in every better-stocked wine shelf, almost incognito. Because who knows that grape varieties such as Acolon, Cabernet Cubin, Dornfelder and Kerner were all bred here? When the people of the Palatinate state “their” Dornfelder, the Weinsberger smiles knowingly – and refills it.

The oldest viticulture school in Germany is here, the “State Training and Research Institute for Viticulture and Fruit Growing Weinsberg”, founded in 1868 by Immanuel Dornfeld. Since then, viticulture technicians have been working on new grape varieties, winemakers test the quality of the wines produced, and even wine adventure guides are trained here.

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The red and white wines produced by the viticulture school are marketed under the name Staatsweingut Weinsberg. Around 250,000 bottles are filled annually. The first vineyards of the state winery are Wildeck Castle in Abstatt, Himmelreich in Gundelsheim and Schemelsberg in Weinsberg.

The Weibertreu castle ruins towers over Weinsberg

Of course, even more important for travelers: Wine tastings and hiking tours can be wonderfully combined here. The Weinsberger Valley in the Heilbronner Land is idyllic, all year round. In summer it attracts with grandiose views over the mountainous landscape, in autumn the vineyards transform into an orgy of colors of yellow and red, which automatically suspects manipulation of every photo.

Autumn in Baden-Württemberg: The leaves of the vines shine yellow-red - as here on the Kayberg vineyard in Erlenbach

Autumnal play of colors: The leaves of the vines shine yellow and red – as here on the Kayberg vineyard in Erlenbach

Source: Weinsberger Tal eV; Image database Heilbronner LanD

The first stop in the valley is the Weibertreu castle ruins, which can be seen from afar and towers over Weinsberg. You can tell from a distance that she is old. The building from the early 11th century is only preserved as a ruin. What you don’t see, however, is that she is not only impressive, but also a reminder of the shrewdness of the Weinsberg women.

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After a long siege, the Staufer King Conrad III. in the year 1140 the women of the castle free retreat, including as much of their valuable belongings as they could carry – and what did these “loyal women” do? Without further ado, they dragged their men out on their backs. You can check the funny story in the Weibertreu Museum, which gathers all kinds of sources of the true story.

Hiking, cycling and a picnic with wine by the lake

From up there you can already guess that the most important attraction of the Weinsberger Valley is the combination of nature and wine. Hiking and cycling trails criss-cross the region, which tries to distract recreational athletes at every corner.

Baden-Württemberg: The Weinsberger Valley is not only attractive for hikers but also for cyclists

The Weinsberger Valley is not only attractive for hikers but also for cyclists

Source: Weinsberger Tal eV

For example with the “Besen”, that is, the direct bar at the winery – there are around 35 to choose from in the region, from “Weinstüble” to “Kupferkrügle”. Or the countless wine bar. The huts are waiting for visitors in the most unbelievable places. Up on the lonely Wildenberg, for example, where hikers can catch their breath again with a local wine.

The bar on the Breitenauer See is even a bit more spectacular: the red parasols of the “Wengerthäusle”, where the winegrowers from the Weinsberger Tal offer their wines, beckon from afar. It almost seems as if the umbrellas wanted to remind the walkers that the lake has more to offer than just beaches and water sports.

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A small wine picnic, for example. Even if there are of course tables and chairs, the visitors sit here and there on the floor, long-stemmed wine glasses in hand, wine bottle in the cooler, plus the chirping of crickets and the view over the Breitenau lake, which changes its color with the time of day.

How do you immediately recognize a Dornfelder?

If you don’t just want to get to know wine by the glass, opt for a wine tour, for example with Claudia Steinbrenner. The 49-year-old wine experience guide comes from a family of winemakers and, together with her mother and sister, cultivates two hectares of vineyards.

Together with her it goes up the Wildenberg von Grantschen, with many stops and stories. About phylloxera, for example, which almost brought European viticulture to a standstill from the middle of the 19th century. Only the import of pest-resistant vine stocks brought the salvation.

Without further ado, Claudia Steinbrenner wipes the earth away on a vine directly above the ground and shows how vines of American origin are refined with a European noble spice to this day and thus defy phylloxera. Then your identification book for vines comes into play, the most important lesson for Weinsberg visitors: How do you immediately recognize a Dornfelder? On the reddish shoots. A real Weinberger.

Baden-Württemberg: There is no avoiding wine in the Weinsberger Valley

There is no avoiding wine in the Weinsberger Valley

Source: Weinsberger Tal eV

Tips and information

Getting there: By car via the Weinsberger Kreuz of the A6 and A81 near Heilbronn. With the ICE to Mannheim, for example, then with the regional train to Heilbronn, the remaining nine kilometers to Weinsberg can be covered by S-Bahn, by bike or on foot.

Accommodation: Koppenhöfer winery in Löwenstein-Rittelhof, double rooms from 70 euros ( Hotel Rappenhof in Weinsberg, double room with breakfast from 122 euros (

Weinwissen: Guided hikes and wine seminars with trained lecturers can be booked at:

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Party with consequences in the Reutlingen district: the birthday party becomes a Corona hotspot – Baden-Württemberg

From Carola Fuchs

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A party at the end of the summer holidays with 33 guests in Dettingen / Erms draws circles. 19 corona infections have now been recorded in this context – not only in the Reutlingen district.

A small party in Dettingen has developed into a corona hotspot.  From there, the virus has spread further, affecting schools, clubs and companies in Bad Urach, Metzingen, Reutlingen and Esslingen.  Photo: SDMG / SDMG / Kohls

A small party in Dettingen has developed into a corona hotspot. From there, the virus has spread further, affecting schools, clubs and companies in Bad Urach, Metzingen, Reutlingen and Esslingen.

Photo: SDMG / SDMG / Kohls

Reutlingen – It wasn’t a big party. 33 young people celebrated a birthday and the end of the holidays on September 12th in Dettingen / Erms (Reutlingen district). At the end of the first week of school it was clear: at least one of the celebrants was infected with the corona virus. The Reutlingen district health office had registered a total of 14 positive tests in connection with the party by the weekend.

The result: 450 other people who had dealt with the infected for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than one and a half meters were quarantined with those affected and asked to be tested. By Monday afternoon, the number of infected people had risen to 19 people, and District Administrator Thomas Reumann (independent) expects that there will be even more when the results of the smears arrive in the coming days.

Bad Urach was particularly hard hit

This could also expand the group of schools, kindergartens, clubs and companies affected. So far, classes in eight schools in Bad Urach, Reutlingen, Metzingen and the commercial school in Esslingen have been sent into quarantine. In Dettingen, a kindergarten with 64 children and 21 employees was initially closed until September 28th. There a child and a teacher tested positive.

However, the city of Bad Urach is particularly badly affected with the Graf-Eberhard-Gymnasium and three other schools, which were visited by a total of six infected people in the previous week. Almost 300 of the 450 contact persons identified by the weekend visit Urach schools, 191 of them the grammar school with its 702 students. The headmistress Susanne Müller had to send the entire course levels 1 and 2, i.e. grades 11 and 12, and twelve teachers to quarantine at home and thus to distance learning. This means that the rector lacks a fifth of her teaching load. With the exception of a few minor subjects, the other classes are taught regularly, says Müller. On Monday, eight other teachers had to stay at home as a precaution because one of the quarantined students had complained about corona symptoms. In the afternoon, the all-clear came: the student’s test is negative, the eight teachers are allowed to teach on Tuesday.

District Administrator: Insults on the Internet, “that doesn’t work at all”

The birthday party was allowed, private parties with up to a hundred participants are also allowed without a hygiene concept. District Administrator Thomas Reumann criticizes that two affected schoolgirls are now being accused of blame in Internet forums. The fact that a small celebration can have such a big impact is “a clear reminder to all of us to take responsibility for one another” and to adhere to distance rules and hygiene regulations.


Three waking seconds are enough (

Goal in minute 118. Shortly before the end of extra time, Union Berlin’s Nico Schlotterbeck (center) scored the goal of the evening against Karlsruher SC.

Foto: imago images/Sportfoto Rude

When the game was over half an hour, Karlsruhe’s captain Jerôme Gondorf was still in animated conversation with the man of the day. 32 minutes earlier, in the 118th minute of the DFB Cup first round match, Union Berlin defender Nico Schlotterbeck had shot the Bundesliga club into the next round with his goal. Shortly before Christmas Eve, if things go very badly even on December 23rd, the Iron now have another competitive game on their agenda in the second round of the cup.

What the 32-year-old Gondorf and the twelve-year-old »Schlotti« talked about before they finally exchanged their jerseys must remain speculative. However, it is suspected that it was either the time spent together at SC Freiburg from 2018 to 2020. Or just about the younger man’s feat just before the final whistle, when he used a not-so-great free kick by Niko Gießelmann as a template for his winning goal scored by a sideways puller. It was three or four awake seconds that will be enough for the Union fans to remember the goal of the day longer than the tedious appearance of their team before.

It was surprising how defensively a physically and mentally strong Berlin team approached the game against a Karlsruhe team that last season had only been able to hold the second division with a lot of luck and little sense. In the event of opposing possession of the ball (very often), the first division team stoically surrendered to a five-man line of defense, in which a sixth player was happy to step in. The game forward, however, remained piecemeal, which Karlsruhe coach Christian Eichner also clearly addressed: “After 25 minutes, I actually only saw one team that wanted the ball and that made the game on the opposing goal.”

In order to save the honor of the Berliners, however, it must be noted that their offensive is currently badly plucked. The strikers Max Kruse, Anthony Ujah and Keita Endo all had to pass, instead Marcus Ingvartsen and Marius Bülter played. Cedric Teuchert tried his hand at the frontline in the center and only rarely attracted positive attention. After an hour, Sheraldon Becker came for the former Schalke player, which turned out to be a sensible measure.

That leaves the much more prominent personality Sebastian Andersson. The regular force in the storm has aroused desires at 1. FC Köln. The negotiations are apparently so concrete that Union coach Urs Fischer Andersson preferred to leave the house at home. “There is a transfer request for the weekend,” he explained after the game. “That was the reason he was not on the list.” The fact that Fischer laughed a little sarcastically at the word “transfer request” could be interpreted to mean that he was reluctant to let him go.

The fact that Andersson did not travel with him to Baden, however, indicates that it is too late to stop a traveler. Especially since the Swede on the Rhine is apparently planned as a replacement for Jhon Cordoba, who is supposed to move to Hertha BSC for allegedly 15 million euros. Given the prospect that a large part of this sum could end up on the Spree again, just in another district of Berlin, there should be few arguments for the Unioners to shut themselves off completely from advertising by Cologne.

So it remains exciting around the Alte Försterei, where you can at least comfort yourself with the knowledge that the massed defensive in Karlsruhe was not prone to disruption in view of the approaching start of the league. Because even if the KSC was optically superior at least in the second round, the evening was quite relaxed for the Berlin keeper Andreas Luthe thanks to the work of his people in front.

His counterpart, Marius Gersbeck, who was born in Berlin, should have liked the chants of the 450 spectators far better than the results of the first round of the cup. “Hertha and the KSC – friendship” was intoned there. But both clubs are out now. Before Karlsruhe’s defeat by Union, Gersbeck’s favorite club, Hertha BSC, was eliminated by third division Braunschweig on Friday.


Health – Stuttgart – Second Corona wave: Cabinet adopts concept – Health

Health – Stuttgart:Second corona wave: Cabinet adopts concept

Winfried Kretschmann (Alliance 90 / The Greens), Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg. Photo: Tom Weller / dpa / archive image (Photo: dpa)

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Stuttgart (dpa) – The green-black state government wants to present its concept for dealing with a second wave of corona infections on Tuesday. At the first government press conference after the summer holidays with Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), Minister of Education Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) and Minister of Social Affairs Manne Lucha (Greens), among other things, a strategy should be found in the event that the infections increase significantly again.

According to a report in the “Südwest Presse”, the cabinet wants to adopt a concept with several stages. In contrast to the spring, the state government wants to forego state-wide closings of schools, daycare centers, restaurants or retail establishments in the event of a second wave. Instead, the mask requirement in schools is to be expanded to include teaching. So far, the mask requirement applies from grade five and in secondary schools only in so-called meeting areas such as school corridors, auditoriums and toilets.