Schatzhüterin GeoTour

 

GeoTour: Schatzhüterin
Location: Hannover, Germany
Favorite Points: 2383

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GC4WXX9 – this requires a lot of thought, so you might think.

Why Hannover is a great place to visit:
Hannover is a beautiful and verdant city located in the middle of Germany. With a population of over half a million, Hannover has it all: great shopping, museums, theaters, lush parks, and more.

Best time of year to visit:
Hannover is a wonderful place to visit all year-round. The summer is ideal because of the nice weather. Visitors traveling from abroad during this season will notice how green and beautiful the city is. The winter in Hannover is also great, as the city has Christmas markets that open in November. If you’re coming for the sole purpose of geocaching, the warmer months are recommended – April through September.

Must-see attractions:
The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, a European Baroque garden, is one of the city’s most famous attractions.

Berggarten is also an important European botanical garden. Some points of interest in the garden are the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Canary House and the Orchid House. The Orchid House hosts one of the world’s largest collections of orchids, free-flying birds, and butterflies.

Additionally, the Hanover Zoo is one of the most spectacular zoos in Europe.

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GC4WXWY – Music opens doors. Can you sing that tune?

Hidden gems only locals know about:
Germany is known for its geocaches hidden in lost places, and Hannover has some hidden gems that fall into this category. Old war bunkers are scattered around the city and some are even open to tourism. If you are interested in this sort of sightseeing, check with the Hannover tourism organization to see if there are available guided tours.

Prizes:
Geocachers who find all 19 geocaches will receive a clue to break the code for this TB. If you succeed (which you will), you’ll be lead to a location where you will receive a Geotoken as a prize.

What geocachers are saying about Schatzhüterin GeoTour:
“The crowning finale of a genius series! I am very excited about the Schatzhüterin series. It was a lot of fun, getting to know Hannover and the surrounding area through all the different caches. I found a lot of creative caches that I had not seen that way before. The motivation to do the entire Geotour was high in order to earn the Geocoin. ;-). We will place the Coin soon somewhere in the world and can’t wait to follow its travels. Thank you so much for the great tour and the loving design of each station!” –CeeJayyN’Enni

Additional Information:
Visitors should set aside a whole weekend to complete the GeoTour. For additional information on the GeoTour, please visit https://www.schatzhueterin.de/.

Discover all the unique areas of Hannover and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

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GC4WY14 – AC/DC: a miniature music festival

West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour

 

GeoTour Name: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour
Location: West Bend, Wisconsin
Number of Favorite Points: 362

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Old 1889 County Courthouse and Museum (GC53BB1)

Why West Bend is a great place to visit:
West Bend is nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s northern Kettle Moraine, but is also close to Milwaukee. The area embodies the best of small town living and big city offerings. From museums and shops to miles of scenic trails and other outdoor recreation, West Bend has something for everyone.

Best time of year to visit:
West Bend is a year-round destination with festivals and fun for every season. In winter, have fun skiing, snowboarding, or tubing on two nearby ski hills. Music on Main is a live celebration every Thursday during summer. Geocachers from all over the globe head to this area for the annual $1000 West Bend Cache Ba$h Mega Event in August.

Must-see attractions:
The Old Courthouse and Jail (GC53BB1) is a standout attraction. Built in 1889, this historic building now houses an outstanding museum with exhibits that tell the story of Washington County from the Ice Age to the Industrial Age including some hands-on interactive exhibits.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (GC53BBB) houses the largest collection of Wisconsin art, including Milwaukee-born artist Carl von Marr (1858-1936).

Hidden gems only locals know about:
Many locals don’t even know about Shalom Wildlife Zoo, a 100-acre wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to deer, elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, a farm petting zoo, and many other animals. And don’t forget to say hello to brothers Lewis and Clark, a pair of young brown bears that like to show off in front of visitors.

Prizes:
Those who complete the GeoTour Passport receive a special West Bend Four Seasons Geocoin.

Site of Lithia Brewery/Time Capsule (GC53C91) – photo by Ashley Ambur Sanders

What geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:
“Made a last-minute decision to drive up for this geocoin challenge with mymowgli today. What a beautiful day of fun caching & great eating! We didn’t have quite enough time to hit all the caches, so we made up for it by taking in some extra meals for our needed points…and the food/hospitality did not disappoint! Thanks much for putting on this geotour/geocoin challenge for us to enjoy!” -ugomaddie

“Completing the West Bend GeoTour this morning before heading back home. I really enjoyed going to all of the historic sites in West Bend. Some I knew but some were new this time around. Top notch tour!” -MoonyMarauder

You can feed the animals at Shalom Wildlife (GC53GBA) – photo by Hack1of2

“A lot of time, thought, and effort was obviously put into the creation of this series, and we wanted to honor that by spending a little bit of time at each location, taking in the surroundings, and learning what we could of the area’s significance….This is turning out to be a great, great series. We are so impressed with West Bend! We’ll be back!” -Hack1of2

Additional Information:
From West Bend, it’s only a 30-minute drive to the oldest geocache in Wisconsin (GC3B1).

The first stop on the tour is the home of the West Bend Chamber of Commerce. Come inside, and the friendly staff will help make your trip a success! For more information about the GeoTour and things to do in West Bend, go to www.visitwestbend.com.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

 

Taking Flight GeoTour – Manatee County, Florida

Geotour: Taking Flight     
Location: Manatee County, Florida
Total Favorite Points: 290

Geocachers help take care of the spots on the trail by caching in and trashing out! GC3RBQV

Why Manatee County is a great place to visit:

Manatee County’s beaches, including Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach, are award-winning sites and are considered some of the best beaches in the world. After a long day of geocaching, relax on the shores of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico – there are even caches nearby!

Best time of year to visit:

Year-round! From the beaches to the interior pine forests, Manatee County is beautiful throughout the entire year. Fall tends to be a favorite time for many northerners visiting. The Florida summer is hot, but many of the caches in this series are easy to access and do not require a great deal of time outside in the heat.

Must-see attractions:

Check out the Southwest Florida Museum and meet Snooty the Manatee, or stop by De Soto National Memorial to see the possible site of the Spanish explorers landing.

Hidden gems only locals know about:

Duette Preserve is the County’s largest preserve at over 20,000 acres of land. Explore this beautiful area, and you may even catch a glimpse of the rare Western Scrub-Jay, white-tailed deer, or a burrowing owl. This geocache will take you into the heart of Duette where the Scrub-Jays can be found.

Prizes:

Individuals who complete the tour will receive a Taking Flight GeoTour trackable tag. This prize is available to those who find 12 of the 15 caches. Make sure to download the PDF passport for the GeoTour before you go.

 

What Geocachers are saying about Taking Flight GeoTour:

Geocaches are located in birding hot spots and each one includes a fun educational activity. GC3RBMY

“And the mission has been completed! So many thanks to Manatee County NRD for this series and reward for completing the mission. We had a great two days doing this, and found many spots that we will be coming back for in the future. Keep up the good work with the preserves and we hope to find more open in the future.” – Moseycat

“TFTH. very cool of Manatee County to put this GeoTour together. Had great time adventuring about all the different preserves. I’ll be back to camp or hike some of these”. – SunWarrior

“Thank you for taking the time to do this GeoTour the right way. I’ll be recommending it to all my caching friends who visit the area.” – bitbrain

Additional Information:

This GeoTour was the first in the state of Florida and has served as a model for the State Park Service’s tour as well as tours all over the world. In addition to finding geocaches, each site has a fun activity associated with the cache. Activities include discovering your wingspan, watching for nesting shorebirds, or observing sea level changes. The geocaches on this tour are all different types, so you have the opportunity to find Multi-Caches, Letterboxes, and Mystery as well as Traditionals.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

 

Klamath Basin GeoTour

GeoTour: The Klamath Basin GeoTour
Location: Klamath County, Oregon
Favorite Points: 20

Why Klamath Basin is a great place to visit:
Discover Klamath County and its vast outdoor recreation opportunities. From mountain and road cycling to fishing and hunting, Klamath County has it all within an hours drive of Klamath Falls.

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The Klamath River winds below a cache. (GC5VFQ0)

Best time of year to visit:
Summertime, when the temperatures are warm enough to take a dip in the region’s pristine lakes.

Must-see attractions:

Check out Lava Beds National Monument or GC5VG1N, home to more than a dozen caves and historic remnants of the region’s Native American and settlement populations.

Hidden gems only locals know about:
Bring your mountain bike to Spence Mountain (GC5VAY8) where newly constructed trails offer a fun and challenging ride.

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Klamath Basin Geocoin

Prizes:
Geocoins, a resort stay, and premium geocaching memberships. For more information on prizes, visit http://kbgeotour.com.

What geocachers are saying about Klamath Basin GeoTour:
“TFTH, and good spot-We really enjoyed feeding the fish at the Hatchery and the man was so friendly and told us we could go and watch and feed the wild fish out back. We did and had a great time!” -Gitinlost1

“Me and my son stopped by after some caving fun. The person before me hide it really well maybe a little to well was pretty much standing on it and did not even see it.” -kingofhearts6464

Additional Information:
Visit http://kbgeotour.com to download a GeoTour passport and entry form for the raffle.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

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The Mt. McLoughlin trailhead begins with a bridge over a wilderness stream. (GC5VAXP)

Columbus RiverWalk GeoTour

GeoTour: Columbus (GA) RiverWalk
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Number of Favorite Points: 125

A great view of the Chattahoochee River; the river was the primary reason Columbus was founded here in west central Georgia. This is the furthers most navigable part of the river; going from Columbus to the Gulf of Mexico. GC3EY98

Why RiverWalk is a great place to visit:
Columbus is the second largest city in the state and was the last planned city in the 13 Original Colonies. Since its founding in 1828, the city has grown as a family-friendly destination with over 46 attractions, all within an hour’s drive of the heart of the city. Columbus is home to two national museums, one of the largest art & history museums in the southeast, the largest urban whitewater course in the world, a vibrant arts & entertainment district and more.

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Not unusual to see wildlife of all kind along this trail – from birds, turtles, alligators, and even this little guy. GC3BAYW

Best time of year to visit:
That’s the best part. Columbus is a year-round destination whether you’re visting for geocaching or for the sites.

Must-see attraction:
With 46 attractions, the bucket list can be overwhelming. But because the RiverWalk GeoTour is located along the 15-mile Chattahoochee RiverWalk, there are many great activities to choose from. Some of the activities include whitewater rafting, a zip line, Space Science Center, National Civil War Naval Museum and the arts & entertainment district.

Hidden gems only locals know about:
When it comes to food, you have to experience a scrambled dog and Cherry Coke from Dinglewood Pharmacy. It’s not uncommon to see bankers, families, and blue-collar workers sitting around the counter enjoying this typical Columbus and southern tradition. A scrambled dog is basically a hot dog served in an open bun, smothered with chili, onions, pickles and oyster crackers. You can get it done almost any way – double wiener, extra pickles, mustard, ketchup, etc.

Prizes:
The RiverWalk GeoTour provides a number of prizes including three coins and unique playing card.  If you find 10 geocaches, you’ll receive a bronze coin. If you find 20 geocaches, you’ll receive a silver coin. If you complete the entire challenge, you’ll receive a gold coin. All three coins are earned as the geocacher advances in the GeoTour. Plus, there are six playing cards that you can win for finding a specific group of geocaches.

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Columbus RiverWalk Geocoins

What geocachers are saying about RiverWalk GeoTour:
“Found while on a week long spring break camping hiking and geocaching trip with Mom and Dad (Jerdawg and LilyGA) and my brother Agent J. We got to go to 5 different state parks and also do the Columbus geotrail and get our gold coins! The whole week was a blast. Thanks for placing the cache out for us to find!” -SwimDawg

“One of the many amazing geocaches found with my family as we worked our way toward the gold coin level status on the Columbus RiverWalk Geotrail. This was a really well-done trail, and much harder (though not impossible) than any other geotrail I have done before up to this point. It didn’t help that it started to pour down raining on us the last day. Thanks for a great time and for placing all of these caches out here.” -Jerdawg

“Came down with PlagueRider from Atlanta for a geocaching weekend in Columbus and after grabbing on the way to Columbus some Georgia counties I was missing we attended the “WWFM Flash Mob over the Border” event and started to hunt down the geocaches on our list. It took a couple of minutes to spot this hide but we did so we wrote down the information for our RiverWalk GeoTour Grid Sheet and placed everything back as we found it after we signed the log.” -Solokrieger

Additional information:
The 6.5 mile Challenge can be completed in a long day. It’s best to rent a bike from the nearby bike shop, pack a lunch and have a blast exploring.

A word from the host:
“It’s about the hunt. The numbers. About going places and seeing new things. That’s why we spend our time geocaching – using multimillion dollar satellites to find tupperware hidden in some of the strangest places.

This summer marks my 60th birthday. It’s also the 10th year that Cibachrome and I have been geocaching, and it’s the 15th anniversary of geocaching. A lot of milestones to keep up with. So what to do? We decided to strike out and create our own “geocache challenge.” We left late May 2015 to geocache the lower 48 states.

After 21-days (or so) and 9100 miles later, the final goal was to arrive back in Columbus on my birthday mid-June — hopefully surviving the task of the caching and traveling those miles and hours with one another. At any rate, we reported our trip with words and photos that can be seen on my blog. In addition, we dropped a travel bug into each container to mark the find. That TB’s goal, return to Columbus.

So why did we do it? Adventure. Numbers. Maybe it’s was about looking for something else that’s just hard to describe. To pick a favorite cache from the trip is almost impossible. There was the Terrestrial Highway, the rails to trail walk on a crisp morning in Vermont, or the conversation over pizza and beer in Corning, NY, or coming out of the rain in Orangeville, Ill after a hike, soaking wet and a small dine and town decked out from Memorial Day. All those miles have a cache and a story and amazing people.”

Peter

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.