Ok, people of Schönenberg-Kübelberg, I have a question for you. How do you manage to get anything done around here?
Honestly, I’m not being sarcastic — I just wanna know how you do it, because it seems like every other day you’ve got a festival going on here.
Hey, at least you (my precious site visitor) know you’ll have a good time if you’re here.
Before we get all side-tracked on the festival front, how about a little history and geography? You’ll find Schönenberg-Kübelberg, which is a Collective Municipality of the same name, right near the border of the Saarland.
The town is also quite old, many archaeological artifacts from the Bronze Age have been all over the area; some great enough to be on display in large museums.
Oops, I almost forgot to mention the very lovely Baroque St. Valentine Church, built way back in 1702. If you want an even older church, then head over the village of Ohmbach (one of the six other hamlets of the municipality) — theirs is a 12th century Romanesque one.
All right, now on to all the fun. Where to start? Since this is technically about Schönenberg-Kübelberg, let’s start there. One of its biggest festivals is the Seefest, or Lake Festival, at the Ohmbachsee. In addition to all the food, you’ve got Dragon Boat Races where you can cheer on your favorites. And the recreational lake itself invites to swim, boat, and surf all year long.
The Ostermarkt (Easter Market) is one of the most popular events — and the fact that it’s been held for more than 269 years, I’d say they’ve got it down pat.
Want more? Come the first weekend of October, you can party for Oktoberfest; there’s a Folk Festival (also known as the Johannisfest) in June; a Kerwe in August; and a Christmas Market on the third weekend of December.
Doesn’t seem like a lot, right? Ha, I ain’t done yet, because I haven’t added in what’s going on over in the other towns. Altenkirchen is the place for its own Christmas Market on the first weekend of Advent; and a Village Festival in July, where the potato waffles are quite famous.
What else? The town of Brücken has its St. Lawrence Church Kirmes (and a Diamond Cutting Museum in town, too). And Frohnhofen has the Jakobskerwe every July (the last weekend), which isn’t to be confused with its Kirmes in October. The village of Gries also has its own Kerwe — this one being on the last weekend of August.
Ahh, at least you can get some peace & quiet in Ohmbach — it’s got hiking trails, and a lookout point to enjoy the scenery.
Now do you see why I ask how any work can get done around here? There seems to be more festivals than people. ;-)