Follow the Deutsche Fachwerkstraße (German Framework Route) until it leads you to Bad Gandersheim in Lower Saxony. Oh, sure, she might have had a few rough edges here and there through the centuries; but, isn’t that part of the charm?
The first thing you’ll find out about the place is that Stiftes Gandersheim Church (that was first consecrated in 881 A.D.) isn’t a cathedral church; but, is where the Cathedral Festival takes place.
And, right at the start of the Cathedral Festival is the town’s Theater Festival (1st weekend in September). Oh, two festivals at the same time — how awesome is that? Yeah, I’m in for a good time and I’ll be looking for you.
Since Bad Gandersheim is on the German Framework Route, you know you’re getting the very best of the fairytale houses. Lots of ’em can be found within the historical Old Town. I can never get over how sturdy these houses are built — having stood for centuries.
And, nothing compliments the half timbered gems than a medieval abbey which is exactly what the Stift Gandersheim is. Oh yeah, Bad Gandersheim’s abbey has a gorgeous Emperor’s Hall and Chapel to see, too.
I would say that a castle would be the ultimate compliment, but the old Burg in Bad Gandersheim is now a district court and prison. So, no, I don’t think you’ll be wanting to come here. ;-)
Shopping and playing at the Bad Gandersheim Farmer’s Market, Christmas Market, or Spring Festival is always a good time for everyone, no matter your age.
The days of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and some festivals aren’t all of Bad Gandersheims. The town was the site of a subcamp of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp that was opened here produce aircraft parts from October 1944 to April 1945.
But, we won’t hold a small piece of 20th century history against this beautiful and charming town. No, it’s more like a small chapter of her story. After a whole bunch of centuries, you can just imagine the tale she’d tell.