Maybe I’m biased (because I love all things German) but I think the three villages of Hesse’s town of Lahnau can boast some pretty amazing history and quite a few fun festivals.
For the historical part of Lahnau you don’t get much older than the Forum Waldgrimes, part of an old Roman city (Magna Germania), thought to be the “oldest foundations of a building” in the entire country. Impressive, no?
I’d say so, but my opinion doesn’t count. Again, I’m biased, remember? ;-)
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Romans aside, Lahnau also has an amazingly gorgeous Evangelical Church in the village of Atzbach, another one in the Waldgrimes, and yet another in Dorlar.
While you’re in Atzbach check out the old Backhaus, I mean Bake House. The other Altes Backhaus in Dorlar is now used for weddings, workshops, etc.
In Waldgrimes there’s a local history museum that’s just grand for explaining so many centuries of history in this Hessian town. You’ll find this Heritage Museum at Friedensstrasse 20.
Also in Waldgrimes are tiny grill hut areas where you can spend a day with the family grilling bratwurst, playing a game of football (a.k.a. soccer), baseball, or sit around telling silly (or bawdy) jokes.
Lahnau’s got more food and merriment during its festivals held throughout the year. Atzbach’s Kirmes (Church Festival) is every June and Waldgrimes’ is on the first weekend of August.
There are two Advent Bazaars every year; Waldgrimes’ is on the 1st weekend of Advent and Atzbach’s a week later. Hmm, shopping! Gotta love it!
I can’t leave without telling you about Lahnau’s Fire Festival in May; and the Ochsenfest, two Summer Festivals, and the Atzbach Fair all in June.
Not to mention the guided cycling tours that are held by the town throughout the Spring and Summer. It’s a nice way to meet the neighbors, get a little exercise, and learn more about the place.
I sure hope you like what you see. Save me a seat at the grill hut, will ya?