Wouldn’t you like to live within the middle of a volcano? Well, the folks in the Hessian town of Gedern do.
Wait, I didn’t say it was an active volcano, did I? No, the volcano that the town’s right in the middle of has been inactive for eons and eons — so don’t worry about visiting a German Ring of Fire, or anything — it’s just the Vogelsberg Mountains. ;-)
What you can visit (I mean travel along) is the Vulkanradweg, a scenic bicycle route that highlights the mighty volcano. A scenic flight above the landscape is another popular way of scoping out the terrain.
Gedern — Top Areas Of Interest
If you’re traveling on either route, you really should stop here for a while. Come see Castle Gedern, which is now a cultural and history museum (as well as an administrative building) or the nearby Burg Moritzstein.
There’s another Local History Museum in the village of Wening (one of Gedern’s six hamlets).
But, it you’d rather enjoy one of the town’s many festivals, you can do that too.
They don’t just have an obligatory Christmas Market (on 1st Advent), but there’s also a Grand Prix on the last Sunday of May, a City Run on the 2nd weekend of August, a Gassemäärt at the same time, and an Elvis Festival at Gederner See in early September.
Oh, don’t you just love Elvis? He’s the King, baby!
Gerdener See isn’t just about Elvis (as much as I would like it to be), but every year at the end of July there’s the Seefest — a lake festival with lots of music (other than Elvis) and food. No wonder the lake’s real popular among swimmers and campers. ;-)
With a town this great, I wouldn’t mind braving an active volcano. I’m just glad I don’t have to.