Beerfelden — Gallows Or Odenwald?

It’s a good thing none of us lived in (or around) Beerfelden before 1804. Not that you wouldn’t have loved the scenery of this tiny Hessian town. It’s quite beautiful, in fact — so that ain’t it.

So, what happened after 1804 that would make all the difference?

The gallows.

For anyone who doesn’t know what the gallows are, they’re where you were sent to be hanged. Yikes, a brutal start to this Web page, huh?

But this ain’t 1804. The use of Beerfelden’s gallows are done, but they still remain out under a shady spot, used for more than 400 years.

OK, done with the creepy stuff… festivals, anyone?

No, that’s too big a jump from one to the other. Let’s hit up a castle ruin first. Burg Freienstein might look romantic (it was built before the end of the 13th century), but when it was sacked in 1622 I’m sure someone would’ve disagreed.

Now can we get to the festivals?

Still too much of a jump — gotta work that in. ;-)

All right, well, Beerfelden lies in the heart of the Odenwald and has a chapel that was built over “healing springs.” It’s the Leonhardskapelle, so you know which one. And the town’s got a Local History Museum, called the Oberzentmuseum, located at Brunnengasse 22.

Festivals now? No, let me tell you about all the hiking (multi-day hiking is available with a guide if you want), bike lanes, Nordic Walking trails, mountainbiking, and winter sports (skiing, tobogganing, winter hiking) all await you in the Odenwald.

OK, now we can do the festivals since everyone’s happy from all the exercise. So, what does Beerfelden have? For starters, it’s got a huge livestock market in July. And there’s a Kirmes (church festival) on the first weekend of October; with an Autumn Market held on October 3rd.

Oh yes, there’s another church festival in August, right around the same time as Beerfelden’s Summer Festival. You gotta check the Christian calendar for the Spring Festival, that falls at Ascension.

To give you a hint, that’s 40 days after Easter.

Wow, that’s quite a bit of stuff to see and do in and around Beerfelden. But, then again, I’m just glad not to be here for the gallows.

 

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