The Hessian climatic spa town of Biedenkopf is so lovely, you might find yourself wanting to live here.
In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road, taking her on the most amazing journey. Well, here in Biedenkopf the brick road isn’t yellow, but you’ll at least get embark on your own amazing journey.
What might stand out is the beautiful brickwork road right in the center of town, leading along to tiny winding lanes filled with many old timber framed buildings. As with any picturesque town, when combined where you can eat some of the most delicious food, makes it even all the better.
Brott takes place every autumn to celebrate its potato harvest. Potatoes are cooked outside in charcoal then eaten with lots of butter and salads. More of the popular salads served during the festival are radish or onion salads. This festival isn’t the only one in town, but it is held annually.
Unlike the Grenzgang Festival which is held only once every seven years (1998, 2005, etc). There are plenty of local specialties getting eaten during this 3 day festival, but you’re going to work for food since it’s a medieval tradition for everyone to walk around the entire surrounding forest.
All that great food will give you the sustenance you need to see all the other sights around town. Schloss Biedenkopf has a wonderful museum to visit, though this 12th century castle is gorgeous in its own right and sits high up on the mountainside. To make it even more worth your while, you’ll find a delicious restaurant and beer garden at the castle. And it’s the place to be for numerous concerts and theater performances.
There are also a few other tiny local history museums within Biedenkopf’s 18 neighborhoods. Plus, a wide array of sporting activities to keep you more than busy. What better way to see even more of the town than to trek along its many cycling (including mountain biking) or hiking trails. Make the Perfstausee you’re last stop so you can just relax on its bathing beach.
Biedenkopf is one of those places that you’ll do more than fall in love with. You’ll be asking yourself, when can I move into this climatic spa town? ;-)