Mücke Is Lucky To Be In The Middle Of Hesse

Mücke (literally translating to Mosquito), if anything, has the lucky honor of being in one of the best regions in Central Germany, the Vogelsberg Mountains, and right in the center of Hesse.

It also has twelve municipalities. So, sightseeing around town is a wee bit spread out, so if you know what’s in each village — then you can pick and choose what you want to see, when you want to see it.

Atzenhain is one of the more populated villages of Mücke with just over 900 residents. Its contribution to the town’s sightseeing is its tiny church and the Village Community Center.

Bernsfeld is where you’ll want to be when you’re communing with nature. Most of the hamlet is in the Naturdenkmal, a nature protected area with walking paths and bicycling trails.

In keeping with the nature theme, Groß-Eichen is the village to visit when camping is on the agenda. In addition to the campsites, Groß-Eichen is the best place in town to go swimming and explore the Vogelsberg region.

Both Höckersdorf and Ilsdorf are a couple of the least populated shires, both with only about 250 residents each. Each does have their framework church to see, while Höckersdorf offers a fine community center for cultural events.

For medieval Mücke you want to come to Merlau, a neighborhood of about 1200. Here’s where you’ll find the requisite castle built on foundations that are over 800 years old.

It’s funny, Ober-Ohmen is the small of the two “Ohmens” with only about 790 residents, while Nieder-Ohmen has about three times as many.

Nieder-Ohmen is the leader in most of the town’s sightseeing with Mücke’s Town Hall, a great example of framework architecture from around 1555. This village also had a decent sized Jewish population from the 16th to 18th centuries with a synagogue located at Elpenröderstraße 34-35. Nieder-Ohmen is also where Mücke’s local history museum (called Heimatmuseum) and the Windhainer See (a lake) are located.

Last, but certainly not least, are the villages of Ruppertenrod, Sellnrod, and Wettsaasen all with historic churches, the oldest one in Wettsaasen from the 11th century.

That’s a good deal of sightseeing all in one place — not bad for a small town in the center of Hesse. Maybe that’s why their motto is Hessen’s Mitte.

 

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