Sure, Breckerfeld was an important town along some medieval trade routes, but centuries before the Middle Ages the Romans came to town.
How do I know? Well, it’s not because there are any Roman fortresses or anything. It’s because in 1989 a second century (AD) Roman statue of Mars was found.
I’m sorry to report that’s the only thing of the Romans that remains in Breckerfeld. However, buildings from the medieval period (and later) have withstood the test of time here.
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Breckerfeld has a historical medieval City Center, including remainders of its medieval defense wall called Stadtmauer. There’s also the James Lutheran Church, a Gothic style church that’s been the center of religious life since it was built in 1390.
Don’t confuse the Lutheran James Church with the St. James Catholic Church. Well, that probably won’t happen since the Catholic church wasn’t built until 1727 (in a Baroque style).
Now, wandering around old churches isn’t the only thing visitors and locals can do in Breckerfeld. This is a winter sports haven with skiing available within a 10km distance. And when the weather’s warmer, there’s always hiking and cycling through the forest to do.
That’s also when it’s a good idea to see the Mühlenhof Breckerfeld which is part farmhouse (with a cute wind mill) and part coffee shop. Nothing like a good cup ‘o Joe to drink while you watch the world go by, right? :-)
Breckerfeld might like its coffee, but it likes its festivals, too. The end of April (May 1st) brings out the May Pole where everyone dances in the streets and enjoys great food, great beer (or wine), and great company. Count me in for next year’s event!
There’s also the Stag Shooting Festival — and I’m not talking about people coming without dates to the festival. ;-)
Sorry, if you’re not the hunting type, then wait until the second Advent weekend and go shopping at the Christmas Market (held outside the church of St. James). Yeah, that would be the Catholic St. James church, just in case you’re wondering.
And I promise I won’t shoot you if you show up by yourself. ;-)