Wissen — Spa Town With The Key To Knowledge

I don’t pretend to be a know-it-all. But, if you want to know about what the town of Wissen has to offe;, you come see me.

OK, I tried to do that with a straight face — but, it just didn’t work.

Honestly, I can’t begin to know everything there is about Wissen, which translates to “Knowledge,” like the folks over at the Tourist Office, right in the heart of town. These guys (sorry, I mean Ladies) are the best at helping curious travelers find everything from farmhouse accommodations to explaining all about the Fisherman Festival — to say the least.

So, in their honor I will do my absolute best in highlighting their hometown.

I always like to start with the castle (when there is one), so it’s off to see Schloss Schönstein. This castle from the Middle Ages (1255 to be exact) is thought to have a “complicated construction” design. Who thinks of this stuff?

You know what that means? It’s a nice way to say the castle’s a hodge-podge of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and everything in-between architecture. I call it both eclectic and beautiful.

Another beautiful building in Wissen is the Heister Chapel. It’s one of the oldest half-timbered churches in all of Germany. Then there’s the Holy Cross Catholic Church, whose foundation stone dates to the year 1000. Yeah, that makes it more than a thousand years old.

But, I’m not living by old building alone, and I don’t think you should either. You can hike around the 35km Botanical Park where you’ll pass along all sorts of lovely scented flowers.

Or, take a swim at the Siegtalbad with a sauna and solarium. Don’t get excited — the solarium is just a nice sounding word for tanning bed. But, I know deep down, you and the kids will have a blast swimming around.

Which is also what you’ll have when you party at the Fisherman Festival in August or the May Day (end of April/begin of May). Don’t forget to buy yourself some locally made goodies at the Martinimarkt in early November.

So, Tourist Office Ladies, how did I do in telling about your town? I know, don’t quit my day job, right? ;-)

 

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