Aglasterhausen — Evoking The Old World

On the northeast edge of the wonderful Kraichgau, just about 25km east of the magnificent city of Heidelberg, lies the picturesque town of Aglasterhausen — all four districts of it.

Independently, Aglasterhausen’s villages evoke a total “Old World” charm, mind you. Take the village of Aglasterhausen itself, home to half-timbered houses, and both a graceful Rathaus (Town Hall) and church in the middle of town. Maybe this is why?

You’ll find another 19th century Rathaus and church in the middle of Breitbronn, along with some old fountains and other buildings from a few centuries ago. Ooh, more half-timbers to look at.

Daudenzell’s church is one of the oldest around, whose tower dates all the way back to the 13th century. Besides, who couldn’t appreciate a Protestant church with beautiful wall and ceiling paintings, dating back to the Gothic time period. And speaking of art, the local Rathaus is also decorated with scenes of local history. However, the Parsonage is a much newer addition to the village, not constructed until 1735.

I most certainly am not complaining — nothing wrong with that, is there? ;-)

The village of Daudenzell might have some old buildings from quite a number of centuries ago, but keep in mind the place was once crawling with Romans along the Neckar-Odenwald Limes.

OK, one last “history lesson” before we get to the fun (as in the partying) stuff. Right on the Hauptstra├če you’ll find a memorial to a Bavarian Duke (Karl-Theodor, to be exact), a man who helped the town develop economically with his trade policies.

Perhaps the good Duke wanted everyone to appreciate the beauty of the region, just like you can these days at the Michelsee. Strolling along the lake isn’t enough (actually it is), so you’re bound to find yourself your own personal Heaven along an Odenwald hiking trail or bike path.

Just be sure you make it back to Aglasterhausen in time to enjoy the fun like the Maypole festivities (April 30/May 1st), or the Fischerfest (in June on the Marktplatz). But, I’m kind of partial to making it back for the Sunday evenings music concerts at the Catholic Church (right on the Marktplatz, so it’s easy to find) from May to September.

So, while Aglasterhausen might have a total Old World feel to it, it’s also a modern place with great cultural events, right in the beautiful Odenwald countryside.

 

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