Just between Kassel and Bad Hersfeld, lies the town of Alheim. Positioned ever so nicely in Northern Hesse, and within the Middle Fulda Valley, Alheim is wonderful to visit if you’re into history and architecture — and a fun place to be if you’re into different kinds of festivals.
As for Alheim’s historical side, you’re very close to the Kloster Cornberg. Once a Benedictine Monastery from the 13th century, the Kloster’s church is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture.
While you’re out exploring the surrounding countryside, be sure to visit both Schlss Rittershain and Schloss Rotenburg (built 1470). Who couldn’t love a proper German castle?
As for Alheim itself, you really should see the “Art in Landscape,” comprised of some eight outdoor pieces of art. Another great way to experience the natural side of Alheim is from its 21 meter high lookout tower — which is close to its World War I and World War II memorial.
Or, you could trek along one of the hiking routes. The Waldwunderweg leads you through a number of “stations” that’ll teach you about the surrounding forest.
Cycling is exceptionally popular around here, and where both the Hessian Radfernweg R1 and R5 meet up, not to mention the D-Route 9 (a.k.a. Weser-Romantische Straße) slices on through, too. Better yet, take a horse-drawn wagon ride.
What’s even better about Alheim — there’s more! At the end of August, the village of Heinebach (one of the town’s 10) hosts the Gänsemarkt. Stick around, there are plenty more to experience.
Let’s see, there’s the Whitsun Fair in June, plus the Dorffest in Hegershausen (it’s a 3-day event, so plan on staying for a while), and the Wine Festival and Kirmes in Niedergude in July. And I almost forgot to mention the Hoffest in Oberellenbach, and the Midsummer Fire.
It might not be big-city life here in Alheim, but I think it’s perfect just the way it is — a proper German town that everyone can love.