Burgwald — A Hessian Forested Party Town

If you literally translate the town of Burgwald it would be “Castle Forest.” That’s not a bad name for the place, except that it doesn’t have a castle (anymore), but it most certainly does have a forest. A big one, mind you, since about half the town is forested.

And just because Burgwald doesn’t have a medieval castle any longer (too bad, it was fraught with intrigue and bigamy at one point), doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come on by. Because if you didn’t, you’d miss out on a good ol’ German town to spend plenty of time outdoors.

Hellooo, didn’t I say the place was plentifully forested?

Anyway, quite a number of “themed” hiking and cycling routes meander their way about town. The Lahn-Eder Cycle Path being one of them. Plus there’s both the Hessische Radfernweg R6 and R8, going through the villages of Bottendorf and Birkenbringhausen (two of its five districts). Think of it as a great way to see the 250-million year old cliffs while you’re out there.

The Hugenotten-Waldenserpfad might be my personal pick — maybe it’s the history buff in me. Which, by the way, is happiest when looking at old churches like the very pretty Evangelical Church in Wiesenfeld, and the Evangelical Church over in the village of Bottendorf (one of Burgwald’s landmarks).

Bottendorf, by the way, is quite an old town that dates back to Frankish times — that would be around the 700s, in case you didn’t know.

Speaking of things you might not know — did you know you don’t have to cram everything in during the warmer months either? One of the coolest (I mean warmest) things about Burgwald are its mild winters. Yup, despite its location hundreds of meters above sea level the town experiences winters that won’t freeze your… ahhhh, fingers and nose off.

Ha-ha, you thought I was gonna say something else. ;-)

Sorry, I’m in a jovial mood since Burgwald is a great place to have a grand old time. It might not be a place that’s chocked full of traditional attractions, but it is a place chocked full of festivals and cultural events. I’m probably going to miss one (hopefully not two), so for that I apologize in advance.

Let’s see what there is going on around here…

First, Burgwald is known for its Heimatfest in June (and its local sausages); the Pfingsfest, held every year at Pentecost; the two Summer Festivals (one in June, the other in September); and its Laternenfest every November.

Sweet — who needs a castle after all this?

 

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