Heuchelheim (Hesse) — A Revolving House And Outdoor Recreation

I know I often drone on (and on, and on) about much of Germany’s history, castles, and churches. But, not this time, folks, it’s the wave of the future in the Hessian town of Heuchelheim.

It’s known as the Drehhaus, or the Revolving House if you will, that actually produces more energy that it uses. Whoa, does my tree-hugging soul feel happy to hear that. ;-)

What makes the Drehhaus truly remarkable is that it spins. Wait, I did say it was a revolving house, right?

Anyway, the house turns to catch the best of the sun’s rays. Cool, right? The only bad part of the house is you got to make an appointment to see it, you can’t just “walk right in.”

What also makes my tree-hugging soul happy is the Lahnau Nature Reserve. You’ll find plenty of areas for bird watching, as well as trying to find their nesting areas (you can look, but try not to bother them — OK). It’s not just birds within the nature reserve, there are plenty of local flora and fauna to identify and discover.

If swimming’s what you want, come to the Heuchelheimer See, a lake where all sorts of water sports are going on. Splashing fun, I must say.

Rather run? Come to Heuchelheim for the annual Midnight Run in late July or early August, or the Lahnpark-Lauf, a half-marathon ran at the end of August.

I’ll watch from the sidelines, if you please. ;-)

Other outdoor recreational activities in Heuchelheim include organized bicycle tours, and a myriad of hiking trails through the countryside. Careful you don’t go too far, you might find yourself in neighboring Wetzlar or Biebertal.

I think I’d rather head to the BBQ huts for a day of eating. Then maybe go walk off the bratwurst at one of Heuchelheim’s parks or playgrounds.

What? I’m a kid at heart! :-)

 

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