Ideally placed in a valley as a medieval town, it has gently expanded over the centuries. However, the current atmosphere has a very modern twist and cultural treats are plentiful in these parts.
With train connections heading out from the town in five different directions, you could be mistaken for thinking of this destination as a very busy industrial area — but you would be wrong. Yes, it does have a large trade park to the south-east of town, but it also has 1100+ years of history still held within its remaining old town walls.
Take your time in Euskirchen to soak up the atmosphere and see what delights it has to offer. Wander past the old Rathaus with its extravagant white arches on the front, and its bulky but very decorative tower demanding your attention. Find yourself staring at the three massive defensive towers still watching over the population, and admire the many churches — the namesake of the town itself.
You won’t be short of culture here either. The local theater as well as the proud Gymnasium (old school) offer plenty of cultural events throughout the seasons. They are not alone; the City Forum and the Parkhotel also have an annual listing of activities and performances for your delight. Check dates in advance if there was something particular you were hoping to see.
If you want some open spaces to explore around Euskirchen, then take your pick. To the east is the pleasant Naturpark Kottenforst-Ville, a huge expanse running north-south across undulating hills. But if you want something different, then head west — to the National Park Eifel.
Not only is this great park the setting for one of motor racings greatest circuits — the Nürburg Ring — with the track running through the woods themselves: it has another secret. This hilly region is well known for its volcanic activity with hot vents erupting all over its surface!
These highlands also hold the snow in winter and the whole area is dotted with giant circular lakes sitting in the old dormant craters!
Certainly not what you expected to find in Germany, right? ;-)