Rodenberg — Small Town, Big In Castles

Who’d have thought that, in some little town tucked away in the southwestern part of Lower Saxony, you’d find the best place to see everything that epitomizes the romantic (and historic) side of Germany? A place where the Celts and Saxons once lived…

What town is this, and what makes it so special? It’s Rodenberg, and phew… where do I start on telling you what makes it great?

Let’s start with the castles, considering there’s a whole slew of them to be found here. But first, let me start off by saying that Rodenberg is part of a Collective Municipality of the same name, that increases its population and area size by more than double.

Hmm, more castles that way, I guess. ;-)

The Schloss Rodenberg isn’t just a castle, by the way. Nope, it’s also an outdoor museum, where you can learn about the castle’s (and the town’s) history. Only part of the walls remain at the Heisterburg, but what do you expect — it was built in the 900s.

What other castles await? The Wasserschloss Münchhausen (built 1561); Hammerstein Castle (b. 1590); the Weser Renaissance styled Wasserschloss Hülsede (b. 1529); Lauenau Castle (b. 1519); Meysenburg Castle (from 1499); and Schloss Schwedesdorf that was built in 1377.

Wow, that’s a whole bunch of castles, ain’t it? And please, I haven’t even gotten to Rodenberg’s churches — like St. Luke’s in the village of Lauenau, St. Giles (built in the 15th century) in Hülsede, and the most unique 12th century stone church in Apelern. This last one might look severe, though it’s stunning in its simplicity.

Yikes, I almost forgot all about the Nature Park Walterbachtal. Head on over to the villages of Messenkamp and Pohle (with less than a thousand residents) to experience the best nature area in town. Hülsede lies along the Diester Sünteltal if you want the full Rodenberg outdoor experience.

What’s even better is you can experience the best of Rodenberg’s events while you’re here, too. The Tanz in den Mai (Dance into May) is a fun way to enjoy the warm weather, while the Christmas Market (on the 3rd weekend of Advent) ends the year with good cheer and shopping.

Sounds like just a good a place as any to end your time in Rodenberg, don’t you agree?

 

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