Hesse is quite the continental federal state of Germany. It has wine, churches, mountains, prehistoric history (that sounds funny, doesn’t it), outdoor recreation, and just about everything else.
Can you think of just a town where you can find all that? I can, it’s the town of Großenlüder.
Found on the eastern slope of the Vogelsberg Mountains and close to the spa town of Bad Salzschlirf, Großenlüder has it all. Much of the countryside is connected by an extensive network of hiking and bicycling trails.
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Good thing there are city tour guides that specialize in taking visitors around. You’ll even find a few guides that can take you bird watching or even on a covered wagon ride.
Guided tours will also take you around to the religious side of Großenlüder. It might be a good idea when visiting the Parish Church of St. Georg, the second oldest church in the Fulda District. Its history spans back to the early 9th century with Carolingian, Gothic, and Baroque architecture.
There’s also a Nativity Exhibition in town. And the Sanctuary Kleinheiligkreuz is a real lovely place for quiet reflection (and history).
Großenlüder’s Local History Museum (called a Heimatmuseum) is an excellent place to learn more if you haven’t splurged a few extra Euro for a guide. It’s located within a former courthouse with exhibits on culture and much more — like the ancient tumuli (prehistoric grave sites).
To go back to the nature side of Großenlüder, hiking and cycling aren’t all that can be done. If you’re a fan of mountainbiking there are more than 50km of trails. Miniature golf? Yeah, Großenlüder’s got it. Like swimming? There are indoor & outdoor pools; and you can even swim in what everyone calls Kratersee (Crater Lake).
OK, so swimming outside might not be an option during the winter; but, that’s all right. You got skiing nearby or give tobogganing a chance.
After a full day of whatever kind of sightseeing you choose, wouldn’t it be nice to sit back & relax with a fine Hessian wine? Yeah, I think so — and I don’t think I need a guide for that. ;-)