At first I started to feel bad for the Hessian town of Liederbach am Taunus. I mean, how do you compare when your neighbors are posh Bad Soden, Hofheim, Kelkheim, and the major city of Frankfurt am Main?
Then I realized, this isn’t some case of “keeping up with the Jones.” When you’re as pretty as Liederbach, you can very well hold your own; even if it’s more than 1400 years old.
See, youth doesn’t always equal beauty. Town’s are like fine wines, they get better with age. ;-) But, back to the pretty part of Liederbach…
One particular building in Liederbach that’s really pretty is the half-timbered Town Hall (called a Rathaus & built in 1691) in the village of Niederhofheim.
Another building to see is the Old School, which can not be described as pretty. No, it’s not an ugly building, either — quite the contrary. It’s just that this mansion looking cultural events center (that it is now) is much too handsome to be called “pretty.” Ya get what I mean? ;-)
OK, you want to go back to pretty? Do it in the area of Schmiehbachtal (looong word, I know), where you can pick a hiking trail leading you off toward pretty orchards and countryside.
It’s a shame that some 15th century duke sold off his fiefdom of Liederbach. Don’t you think this place is special? I do. Oh well, his loss our gain, as the saying goes. ;-)
Young folks might not find Liederbach as pretty as us older ones, but they will find it to be “pretty” fun. There’s a Youth Meeting Center in town, with tours, dances, and special activities all geared for them.
It’ll give you parents out there time to play a few games of tennis and volleyball; or, just a chance to enjoy the pretty scenery with some peace & quiet.
No, I don’t feel bad for Liederbach am Taunus at all. Do you?