Lindenfels — Retreats On The Nibelungensteig

My week couldn’t finish in a more wonderful spot than the climatic spa town of Lindenfels in the Odenwald and Weschnitz Valley.

Sounds like the perfect place to relax for a day, or so you’d think. That idea, however, is on the back burner, because with everything there was to see and do — relaxing with a couple of spa services was going to have to wait.

Giggly as I always get about a castle, it wasn’t the structure itself that got me all excited. Nope, it was the Burg und Trachtenfest (held the first weekend of August) that really got piqued my interest. The music, the food, the dancing, there are even events for the little kids — what’s not to love?

I love to eat, so I’m upset I’m not here for the Lindenfelser Nudeltage, a week long celebration of the noodle. Some of the local eateries really outdo themselves — so, come late June/early July next year — I’m so coming back.

Do yourself a favor, try to plan coming for the ├ľkomarkt (a market of environmentally friendly products), the Autumn Market (October), its Christmas Market, the Whiskey tasting events, and the Artist & Easter Market, while you’re at it.

Did I earn time for that massage yet?

It’s off to the German Dragon Museum, or Deutsches Drachenmuseum. What little kid (or the kid still in you) won’t love learning about dragon myths, the differences in the creature between Eastern & Western culture, and the dragon’s role in the Nibelungenlied.

The story of the Nibelungenlied isn’t limited to just Lindenfel’s Dragon Museum, the town also lies along the Nibelungsteig — a hiking route of the “story.” Now before you’ve gone off too far, there’s also a Geological Walking Trail to follow, too.

Around the town itself, you’ll find the pretty Church of Sts. Peter & Paul (built 1745), and look for the Bulwark — which was part of Lindenfels’ city walls from the 14th century. And if you find the two old city gates, you can get your historical side excited since you’re coming through the oldest part of town.

While not as old, but historical nonetheless, you’ll want to see the Tithe Barn, now the Local History Museum; and you’ll want to see the Chapel of the Holy Blood in the village of Glattbach; and in Schlierbach you’ll find some charming half-timbered houses, and a cemetery without gravestones — they’re called Stickels. These painted grave markers are truly unique to the region.

Ok, ok, I did the history thing and the festival thing… can I have that massage now? Sweet — I’m headed right over the Spa & Tourist Office (it’s near the Rathaus) to find out the best place for me to get one. Hello, I’ve earned it! ;-)

 

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