It might always be fair that you’re sometimes judged by the company you keep; sometimes getting a bad rap. Then, you’ve got places like the Hessian spa town of Schotten; surrounded by some other gorgeous German towns (Fulda, Gießen, etc). What can I tell you? The good, the bad, it works both ways.
You’ll find Schotten on the western slope of the Vogelsberg Mountains, perfect for you winter loving folks that can’t wait to ski, snowboard, or whatever else you can do when the temperature drops and the snow is done falling. Well, it snows a lot here in Schotten so you might think the snow is never done falling. ;-)
Summer is just as awesome and you’ll find plenty of hikers; well, hiking. There’s also plenty of watersport activities going on at the Nidda Reservoir, a local swimming lake.
Of course, being a spa town no one can resist a day (OK, maybe more) alternating between massages, time in the sauna, and dips in a whirlpool.
Schotten is pretty famous for its racing, too. Grab your earplugs and have fun watching any one of the Schotten Ring Races that go on.
Sports and spa trips aren’t the only thing that goes on in Schotten. How could a town reportedly founded by medieval Irish-Scottish monks not have SOME sites to see from their time? Oh, Schotten itself translates to Scot City, how interesting is that?
Just don’t tell them that the Stone Age men were actually the ones who “founded” Schotten.
Just they weren’t the ones who built the few castles and/or manor houses. One is the Schloss Eppsteiner; its tiny tower is dwarfed by the sheer size of the 15th century castle.
But, the castle has nothing on the pride of Schotten, the 14th century Liebfrauenkirche does; where its alter dates back to 1385.
With a town as pretty awesome as Schotten, if we’re judged by the company we keep, I wouldn’t mind being acquainted; and neither will you.