Borgholzhausen — Gingerbread Men In The Teutoburg Forest

Just to the north of the Westphalian Lowlands in the Teutoburg Forest is the town of Borgholzhausen, all twelve villages of it.

There’s a little bit of everything here to keep even the most fussiest of families from, well, fussing — whether you prefer historic castles, outdoor recreation, or something else entirely. ;-)

One of the more interesting parts of Borgholzhausen is its guided tours that are available. Follow along the old Salt Smuggler’s Route or take a “Horror” tour around town. Then again, you’re always welcome to introduce yourself to the town on your own.

Whether alone or with a tour, you’ll want to see the 14th century Evangelical Parish Church with a stone alter from 1501. Right outside is the town’s War Memorial.

There are also a couple of water castles. The Wasserschloss Brincke is a 17th century mansion with a Romanesque style chapel; but the Wasserschloss Holtfield is the real medieval deal, built in 1350.

Another castle from the Middle Ages is Burg Ravensburg, which was built at the end of the 11th century; and whose tower still stands after almost a full millennia.

No fairytale city is complete without some timber-framed houses, although these weren’t built until the 18th and 19th centuries. The one at Kirchstraße 9 is the oldest in town, built in the 16th century.

As much as these old buildings tell a lot about the town’s history, the town’s obligatory Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum) does a fantastic job, too.

After seeing all this you might be itching to get out into the forested countryside. The TERRA.vita Nature Park is nearby with lots of kilometers of walking & cycling trails. You can see how gorgeous it really is from atop the 21 meter high Luisenturm (Luise Tower).

All this sightseeing can sure make you hungry. A popular place to stop for something to eat is the 1950’s style Pilzikiosk that serves all sorts of snacks. Want something more sweet? Gingerbread making is mighty popular here — and don’t feel guilty after eating a gingerbread man’s head. ;-)

More good eats are always around at Borgholzhausen’s Kartoffelmarkt (Potato Market) at the end of September, and its obligatory Christmas Market (2nd Advent weekend).

Food aside, its markets are always a great place to find yourself some souvenir or gift to bring back home to your loved ones. Just be careful if you’ve packed away some of those gingerbread men to bring back. ;-)

 

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