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Weekend trip to the Harz Mountains– Meeting with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner - May 2014

A welcome for Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (foreground - centre) and the NHB team in Quedlinburg townhall by mayor Eberhard Brecht
A welcome for Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (foreground - centre) and the NHB team in Quedlinburg townhall by mayor Eberhard Brecht

The legendary Brocken, Wernigerode und die UNESCO-World Heritage Quedlinburg were the destination for the members of NHB from 16th to 18th May 2014.

Reason for this trip to Saxony-Anhalt was Kaltenbrunner’s lecture in the castle of Ballenstedt, a little town a few kilometres away from Quedlinburg. The very successful Austrian mountaineer and her husband Ralf Dumjovits have been supporters of NHB for many years. Travelling from Mönchengladbach to Dresden on their lecture tour, the adventurers made a short stop-over in Harz.

We used this invitation to an informal come-together not thinking about planning a project, organizing the next event or having an official meeting. Even two members of our partner organization from Lichtenegg in Lower Austria, Erwin and Erika Stix, made all the way 900 km north to be part of this weekend team-building event.

Albrecht Schmidt, the organizer of the lecuture in Ballenstedt castle, had arranged an interesting schedule - comprising both cultural and social aspects - for his visitors from Bavaria and Austria. Amongst others, part of this programme was a ride with the old steam engine up to the 1141 metre high summit of Brocken. The group withstood the typical Brocken weather which was just as expected, namely foggy, cold and very windy, and listened to an extremely competent guide. This tour will stay in mind for a long time.

Moreover, another item of the agenda was the visit of the historic Quedlinburg with its town hall in the centre of the middle-aged town and the reception by the mayor PH Eberhard Brecht. Even though, being against high-pressure deadlines, Gerlinde and her agent Kathrin Furthner managed to take part in this official welcome.