Sinn — The Meaning Of Life At The Foot Of The Westerwald

Mention the word sin and you’ve somehow managed to open a whole can worms. Murder, mayhem, total debauchery… those kinds of things. Add a letter and you get something entirely different. In this case you add an extra “n” and you’ve got a wonderful Hessian town. And it would be a sin to miss out on Sinn.

In addition to the fact that the word Sinn translates to “meaning”… So it’s a good moment to contemplate about the meaning of life, hugh?

It won’t take you long to get through Sinn; it isn’t very big. However, if you know where to look, you’ll be just fine.

One place to see is a wonderful villa, called Villa Haas. It isn’t the villa itself (although its striking), but the gardens with its rare plants, the belfry, the grottos & ponds and Chinese Tea House. Yes, the outside is stunning.

Speaking of the outside, Sinn lies in an area known as the Hörre. This natural area of woods is laced with meandering rivers, ancient burial mounds of those who came before us, and mountain peaks to stare in awe.

Sinn also lies right at the foothills of the Westerwald, so get on those hiking shoes and walk… then walk some more.

Then again, if your idea of being close to nature is watching it on the television then I’ll suggest heading off to see one of the nearby castles.

One intact castle is Schloss Herborn (in Herborn), built in the 12th century with a moat. Today it is an Evangelical Seminary. The impressive Burgruine Greifenstein (in Greifenstein) is only partially in ruins; and is one of my favorites.

Burg Greifenstein houses a Bell collection, and does double-duty as a Village & Castle Museum. Forget heading inside, the castle’s double tower Keep kept me staring — they’re monsters of engineering.

Thanks for mentioning engineering — Sinn was quite the steel town. Over at the Old Cemetery there’s a mention of those who helped develop the industry. Yes, I’ll remember them the next time I step into a high-rise or get into one of those fine German cars.

Yes, I’d say that not coming to Sinn would be quite a sin. Don’t you agree? :-)

 

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