Allendorf (Eder) — Five Beautiful Reasons

Technically (don’t you just love a start like that), there are five villages that make up the town of Allendorf (Eder), each with their own distinct flair and identity.

Yeah, that’s a good way to put it. I’m not taking anything away from any one of Allendorf’s hamlets, they’re each worth seeing in their own right.

Don’t mix it up with “the other” Allendorf (Lumda), though, which lies 60 km south of this one.

With that cleared up, back to Allendorf on the Eder River.

Where was I? Oh yeah, its five hamlets…

Take Battenfeld, for instance, it was once home to a thriving Jewish community, and there’s an old Jewish cemetery here in town. Battenfeld is also where throngs of residents and visitors alike converge on the first weekend of October for the annual Kram- und Viehmarkt, which kinda translates to Stuff & Cattle Market.

Don’t laugh, it’s jolly good fun, ya know.

You have to wait five years if you want to join in on the Grenzgangfest — the one at the end of May 2013 was a huge hit with everyone.

But, at least Allendorf’s got two Christmas Markets, so if you can’t make it to the one in Battenfeld on the first weekend of Advent, you can try for the one in Allendorf proper a week later.

Rennertehausen is great for a good time, it hosts the annual Heimatfest and Easter Market. And the village of Haine was a 1980s entry into the Unser Dorf soll schöner werden (Our Village Is Beautiful) competition, which somehow became the Our Village Has A Future after the late 1990s.

Hmm, I wonder why they didn’t bestow that honor on the village of Osterfeld, it’s totally surrounded by forest — which makes it beautiful to me. Maybe they should have made me a judge. ;-)

No time to think about that, too many churches to see…

The Alte Kirche (Old Church) is one of the more popular ones to visit, but the Romanesque basilica of Battenfeld’s Evangelical Church gives the Old Church’s Gothic design a run for its money.

And just when you think you’ve see it all, you’ve got more to do. The 9.2 km long Linspher Radweg is really an exciting Cycle Path, taking you over many bridges, through tunnels, and along riverbanks. Note that the tunnels are closed during winter, while they provide a detour through town.

Oh well, one more reason to come back again — and maybe then someone will have made me a judge so I can officially declare all of Allendorf (Eder) a “Beautiful Village.”

Oh wait… I just did. ;-)

 

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