On the Trail of Giant Tippulus

Hi! Today, I ascended the “Tippelsberg”, a hill in my hometown Bochum, Germany. On its summit, you can overlook almost the whole Ruhr area, even though the mountain is only 150 meters above sea level and approximately 50 meters above the surrounding area. The weather was awesome, but also quite windy. The air was fresh and lively. I often go there to learn, read or relax. I enjoy the Tippelsberg’s naturalness; to me, it’s a sanctuary and also a natural reserve which is (sadly) surrounded by the grey ocean of the Ruhr area’s industry and housing complexes. There is some cool flora and also occasionally some awesome birds of prey. Enjoy the impressions.

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Those stairs look inviting, don’t they? Let’s climb them to the top.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

This way seems about right.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

Let’s take a look to the right. Looks already very nice. With each breath you feel a little better.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

And a look to the left. Let’s zoom a little in.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

There are some really hardworking bees. Now I feel like eating some wild honey.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

This is a platform to relax. The view is already great. Let’s go to the top of the Tippelsberg; we might meet the giant Tippulus.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

Wait… could that be his footprint? The wayside offers some beautiful flowers, let’s take a look at two of them first.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

Despite the windiness I finally got to take a nice snapshot of this one and…

tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

…this one. The coloring is great. They were also quite tall, easily 1.8-1.9 meters.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

We’re almost at the top! Just a few more steps across the field…tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

This is it. These benches over there are literally the cross on the summit of the Tippelsberg.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

I really like the outlook. This is the North/East view. On the horizon, you can even see the spur of the “Teutoburger Wald” which is almost 100km away from that point. To me, this is totally unbelievable, as this place is not that high. tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

Another footprint of Tippulus. I cannot spot him anywhere though. Maybe he’s nocturnal!? tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

The West view. As I took this picture, I really got thoughtful. Again, the hill’s height is only 50 meters. You can oversee Bochum, Herne, Wanne-Eickel, Gelsenkirchen, Oberhausen, Essen and counting. On the horizon, you can almost see the border between Germany and the Netherlands. To me, this is kind of weird. It makes me realize how screwed our perception of the ratios of our world really is. From the cradle, we get told how big the world, a country or a single town is; and how small we are in this context. If we want to travel from A to B, we instantly think of hour-long journeys by plane, train, ship, bus or car and the impossibility of reaching anything by foot or bike; that’s total bullsh*t. See, you can overlook a huge part of the biggest state of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, from a spot which is merely 50 meters high. Way to rethink the scale. tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

I really like this picture; the interplay between the wind and the grass is fantastic.  tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1

Another shot I really like due to its naturalness. Let’s head back.tippelsberg bochum riemke ruhrgebiet herne bochum berge grumme tippulus 1This is the path I took to go home. I’d rather have stayed to be honest!

I hope you enjoyed the sights.

Take care.

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