Weißenthurm — Volcanoes And Medieval Ghosts In The Rhineland

Along the River Rhine between Koblenz and Andernach (and right on the river Rhine) is the town of Weißenthurm. Oh, and funnily enough, it’s famous for its Weißer Turm or White Tower.

Got it? Weißer Turm — Weißenthurm — Weißer Turm — Weißenthurm. :-)

Before I send you out into one of the most incredibly beautiful regions of Germany, I do need to tell you that Weißenthurm’s White Tower is an excellent example of 14th century architecture — standing some four storeys high.

But, long before the town’s medieval residents built this sturdy structure, Weißenthurm was on a 1st century A.D. Roman Road. So, it’s no stretch to know that many Roman archaeological finds have been discovered in the area. Just as well as quite a number of Bronze Age artifacts (including weapons from around 1800-1250 B.C.).

Ouch, kind of makes the Catholic Parish Church of Weißenthurm (built in the 1830s) seem not that old in comparison, does it? Ah, who cares — the church holds an annual festival every year in June, so who cares if it ain’t that old — it’s fun.

But, even older than the Romans and the Bronze Age are the volcanoes. Yup, Weißenthurm is conveniently located right along the Eifel, once a large volcanic region of Germany. Check out the Volcano Park to hike or cycle around these long extinct giants.

For a creepy thrill, you’re close to Eltz Castle. It’s said to be haunted by the spirits of medieval knights. Creepy ain’t the word for it — bone chilling might be a better adjective, don’t ya think?

Nearby Schloss Bürresheim (in nearby Mayen) might not be reported to have ghosts, but I find that hard to believe. It was built in the 12th century — so, that’s a lot of history and life lived within its walls.

Ghosts or not, I wouldn’t mind living in this schloss, with its towers and turrets.

It’ll be hard to tear yourself away to cycle around the network of bike paths, or any number of hiking trails. But, trust me — you’ll be handsomely rewarded. Oh, look — I’m already talking like nobility — see I do need to own a castle. ;-)

I guess I’ll just have to be satisfied with sitting around Weißenthurm’s many restaurants, pubs, and beer gardens. Care to join me?

 

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