Vohenstrauß — A Treasure Hunt With Real Gems

With 48 villages that make up the town of Vohenstrauß in the Upper Palatinate region of Bavaria, I’ve got plenty of land mass to send you on a wild goose chase. Oh, did I say that? I meant treasure hunt. ;-)

What you’re looking for first is a “post-medieval” (that’s just a nice way of saying it came after the Middle Ages were over) Stone Cross that’s found 30 meters from the one of Vohenstrauß’s main roads.

Oh, c’mon, it can’t be too hard to find — otherwise no one would know about, would they?

Your next item to check off your “treasure” list is the Friedrichsburg Castle. It does multi-duty as the town’s landmark, administration building, tourist office, and a venue for concerts and exhibitions.

But pics of the outside will definitely suffice, if that’s all you get to see (stand back a bit, the castle’s 3-storeys high). Trust me, this castle is quite pretty in all its whiteness, and the towers really give it character.

Burg Waldau is another castle you’ll want to see. But, don’t get too excited. This early 13th century castle (built on a hilltop) is privately owned, and only open to visitors on a handful of days throughout the year. Too bad. :-(

The only thing older than Burg Waldau is the John the Baptist Church, built 1124. Yes, that makes it a real medieval church.

Sorry, the Lutheran Parish Church isn’t medieval, it had to be rebuilt in 1845 after it was destroyed almost a decade beforehand. Actually, that church was also a replacement — it was destroyed back in 1763, too.

Medieval church. Check. Non-medieval church. Check. OK, great — time to find something else…

Museums are also on your treasure list, so head to the Heritage Museum (filled with all sorts of archaeological artifacts, religious items, and other historical items).

But, I say no treasure hunt is ever complete without real treasure. So, visit the Edelsteinmuseum or Gem Museum (at Anselweg 10) that’s got all sorts of crystals, garnets, quartz, and other baubles.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed your treasure hunt around Vohenstrauß. You’ll be the first to know when I’ve found another town that’ll make a great place for a treasure hunt. ;-)

 

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