Bruchmühlbach-Miesau — Long Name With A Big Heart

What is it with Germany having all these small towns with names bigger than they are? All right, I know I’m being a big melodramatic, but consider Bruchmühlbach-Miesau in the Palatinate. It barely has 8,000 residents, but it’s name is like 10 feet long. ;-)

I’m joking, of course, about its name — but I wouldn’t consider poking fun at Bruchmühlbach-Miesau itself. This is a fun-loving town (it’s also a collective municipality) that takes its festivals (and other events) seriously.

Going against general writing practices, I’m gonna start off by mentioning one of Bruchmühlbach-Miesau’s biggest events, the Kirchweih in Martinshöhe. It’s a huge church fair on the Sunday before Michaelmas (the Sept. 29th feast day of St. Michael — the archangel that defeated Lucifer).

Some other festivals in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau would be four (yes, 4) church fêtes — most of them in August (the 1st weekend, 2nd weekend, and last weekend of the month). Just to be a bit different, there’s another church fête on the 4th weekend of October.

Besides religious festivals (appropriate since the town’s on the Way of St. James), horses are really big here. Every Pentecost there’s a huge horse show; and one day every August is Horse Racing Day.

In-between all the church and horse events, you’ll still have a good bit to see in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau. But, sorry, there’s no local history museum — but a Staubsauger Museum instead. Very interesting, a museum totally dedicated to the vacuum cleaner…

For old churches (yeah, we’re back to them for a minute) look no further than the late 15th century church in Langwieden. You’ll also see some pretty half-timbered and Baroque houses in this quaint village.

In Lambsborn you’ll see a few more of the those framework house, but if you’re willing to hike out into the Palatinate Forest Nature Park (which also borders France — but don’t worry about going there, there’s more than a hundred miles of hiking or Nordic Walking trails in & around Bruchmühlbach-Miesau) you’ll find some awesome natural rock formations made from red sandstone.

Your trip to Bruchmühlbach-Miesau can end two ways. 1) at the Ohmbachstausee — a charming lake that’s often a venue for festivals and concert, or 2) nah… option one is plenty enough. ;-)

 

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