Huy — Romanesque Route Stop With Germany’s Oldest Water Castle

I dreamed of coming to Huy (pronounced Hüh) in Saxony-Anhalt not knowing what to expect. Did this town have enough to keep me, or anyone of you, the savvy traveler engaged? Was it an old medieval town? Were there the Roman or Celts here long before that?

The answer surprised me. It was both a yes and a no. Huh? Huy is a relatively new town, only created back in 2002 from the merging of eleven different villages.

So, while this Huy might be new, hidden within its villages are a few centuries worth of history; and a few memorials thrown in for good measure. Oh, and a stop along the Romanesque Route (a German scenic route) doesn’t hurt, either.

One Romanesque place to see in Huy is Castle Westerburg. It’s the oldest water castle in Germany (that’s just a fancy way to say it has a moat). Whatever you want to call it, its stone and timber-framed construction give it more a fairytale aura rather than medieval monster movie feel.

The Röderhof doesn’t look anything like the Castle, but this early 19th century manor house sure is pretty, too.

For the religious side of Huy a visit to Parish Church of St. Trinity is in order. It was built in the late 17th century (yes, that’s the 1600’s) with stunning artwork interior.

If you’re following the Romanesque Route, then you’re here to see the Huysburg Dingelstedt, where the Benedictine Order created the place in 1080.

Huy’s memorials are also a part of the town’s landscape as its old buildings. In the village of Pabstorf is one memorial to two Polish forced labor workers, another dedicated to the women who were forced to work in the old munitions factory.

A few others are remembrances of a 17th century master woodcarver, an early 19th century composer, a 19th century veterinary medicine teacher, and a 20th century painter.

Big deal that I didn’t run into any Romans or Celts, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time anyway. Just like I know you will, too.

 

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