Bodenwerder — In The Spirit Of Baron Münchhausen

As a teenager I remember seeing this odd movie, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, starring a very young Uma Thurman and the forever funny Eric Idle, and John Neville as the title character himself, in quite the fanciful tale of a baron’s wild adventures.

What some didn’t know at the time, there really was a Baron Münchhausen, born and interred here in the town of Bodenwerder.

The real “Lying Baron,” as he was called, was also known for his outlandish tales — and Bodenwerder celebrates his fame. His real name was Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen, and you’ll learn more about him at the local Munchhausen Museum — about his downright crazy stories that have spawned no less than seven movies — and books he published as far back as the 1780s.

Explains why Bodenwerder’s on the German Fairy Tale Road, I guess.

Bodenwerder must like stories, because every May they award the Münchhausener Preise, prices gladly given to those who have made a name for themselves in “the spirit of the Baron.”

Baron von Münchhausen isn’t the only storyteller, either. Between May and September, on the third Sunday of the month, your little one can be entertained at the Aschenputtelspiel, where they’ll have stories read to them by characters like Cinderella.

Münchhauser Land does offer more than just an award and museum. The Monastery Kemnade was here centuries before the Baron was ever born, in 960AD to be more exactm and its Romanesque Church was built in 1046. Don’t mix it up with the Orthodoxes Dreifaltigkeits Kloster (German Orthodox Monastery), that’s a 20th century addition, and one of a kind.

It seems Bodenwerder has old places and new places, literary awards, and tall tales to tell — but what it also has are great festivals throughout the year. The Cherry Blossom Festival in April is one of my favorites, where you’ll find cherry wine and pretty cherry orchards around the countryside.

You might like the Lichterfest (2nd Saturday in August) instead, or the Advent concerts at the Kloster Kemnade, and the Münchhausen Musicals (between May & September, twice a month). Or, perhaps, you’d prefer to go horseback riding, fishing, or cycling along one of the many nature trails?

Whatever you do, remember to write down all your travel tales — and even better if its in the spirit of the colorful Lying Baron. ;-)

 

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