Weida — Famous For Its Cake And The Osterburg

Num, num, num. Oh, sorry, I was just eating my way through the Thuringian town of Weida. What? It’s not like Germany’s just known for castles and cuckoo clocks. There are all sorts of culinary treats awaiting to be eaten.

So, eat at will. You will if you’re here on the first weekend of September for the Weidscher Kuchenmarkt (Cake Market). Not only are there lots of stalls set up to sell all sorts of household goods, the main attraction is cake. In between bites the kids are singing, women are competing for cake queen, and guys are drinking as much beer as humanly possible.

I think I’ve found heaven. ;-)

Even if it’s not the cake festival, you can still eat cake in-between sightseeing. The biggest attraction (other than cake) is the Osterburg; a 12th century military installation that was also a castle and a prison. Its dungeon was damaged during World War II.

Also from the 12th century is the church of St. Peter, with the town’s Stadtmauer added later on. Those medieval guys sure were busy, weren’t they? That’s because they didn’t have internet. ;-)

A couple of other beautiful churches (filled with glorious artwork) also awaits you in Weida; and there’s a memorial dedicated to 48 forced labor victims on Friedhofstrasse.

You’d think that walking around Weida you would have burned enough cake calories away to take a rest. Nope, think again. The more cake you eat, the more you gotta exercise.

Good thing Weida’s got an outdoor swimming pool, miniature golf course, and a tennis court. Weida’s zoo doesn’t count as a real sport, but walking around it does count as something active as well as educational.

Weida’s campground is neither educational, nor does it count towards exercising — it’s just pure fun. Although I do have to admit, the scenery around the campground is exceptionally lovely.

I guess if you find yourself on a hiking trail near the campgrounds, that could be considered exercise.

It’s all right, with such a workout you can eat more cake. Num, num, num! :-)

 

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