Niedernberg — Limes Spot With Few Tourists

W-H-O-O H-O-O, plenty of space to move around here in the town of Niedernberg. Oh, it isn’t because the place is gigantic or anything (just over 15-and-a-half square kilometers), it’s simply because the place lacks tourists.

So, here I am, a German tourist in a little known place right next to Aschaffenburg.

Oh damn, now I just told a whole bunch of people where to find it — thus bringing on a flock of more tourists. That’s OK though, the town actually wants you all to come visit.

Niedernberg isn’t one of those Franconian towns comprised of dozens of little villages and hamlets. Nope, Niedernberg is actually only one village — divided into four quarters. The Center is where you’ll find a bunch of the historical stuff, including its Church of St. Cyriacus. The oldest part you see today came along during the mid-15th century, but actually there was a chapel here a good hundred years before that.

Pretty old, right? Yeah, well, that’s nothing compared to some of the old Roman artifacts found around here. One such item was so exceptional it’s in Aschaffenburg’s Stiftsmuseum. So while you’re out and about along Kirchgasse, think about how those Romans once tramped along the same route.

I’m thinkin’ they stuck around because they fell in love with the pretty countryside. Hey, it’s a good guess, considering there’s a swimming beach — that has to be it, right?

Even if you don’t want to swim you’re more than welcome to hike along the many well-marked hiking trails, or grab a bike to cycle your way around town to see such landmarks like the watertower.

And just because Niedernberg isn’t swarming with tourists, doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do. Every year the place is host to its own Starkbierfest (Strong Beer Festival, March); its own Dorffest (Village Festival), boasting the Longest Beer Mile in all of Lower Franconia; which coincides with the Kermis, by the way; and its very own Wine Festival.

Now I’ll just have to sort my own stuff out before all those new tourists come running all over me… ;-)

 

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