Beselich — Religious History Meets Fun Festivals

Right on the edge of the Westerwald and Lahn Valley, is the Hessian town of Beselich.

To put it simply, Beselich is a place where old meets new, and history meets some fun festivals.

One of its biggest attractions are the ruins of the Kloster Beselich. The monastery was founded in 1163 (that’s almost 900 years ago), built upon a church that was even older. Around the middle of July, the monastery holds its annual fair.

Beselich Monastery is probably the oldest in town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go see any of the town’s other churches. The Evangelical Pfarrkirche Schupbach is also from the 12th century — a blend of Romanesque and Baroque architecture.

I don’t think it’s possible to miss the Church of St. √Ągidius, its tower juts 47 meters into the Heavens — as it’s done from sometime in the 1200s. Much of its medieval beginnings are gone (replaced with Baroque art), but we won’t hold that against it. ;-)

The Evangelical Pfarrkirche Heckholzhausen is quite old, too. It’s been overseeing Sunday services for more than 700 years (wow, that’s a lot of sermons). You’ll even find an old synagogue in Beselich — having survived because the building was “sold”.

You’ll enjoy Beselich just about anytime of year, but if you come during on of the town’s festivals — all the better. The Wine Festival (in August) is always a good one, as is the Harvest Festival (also in August). That’s a popular month, because that’s when the church in Heckholzhausen (and the one in Obertiefenbach) hold their Kirmes events. Niedertiefenbach holds theirs in October.

Speaking of October, that’s the month for Beselich’s Oktoberfest. The month before is when Beselich holds its Pfarrfest, so you September visitors know what to look forward to. Shoppers might like the Advent Bazaar (in December) a bit better.

See, I told you Beselich is where old meets new — and it’s where you’re bound to have a grand time no matter the time of year.

 

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