One of the good things about living in a small town is you get to know your neighbors. One of the good things about visiting a small town are these same neighbors will be more than gracious to a local visitor.
But, whether you live or visit Gladenbach, just east of the Westerwald, the countryside doesn’t hurt either.
You’ll have your chance to meet just about everyone in town (as well as eat some delicious Hessian delicacies) during the annual Kirschenmarkt or Cherry Market on the 1st weekend in July. Can’t make that one? Try for the Brunnenmarkt on the 3rd Sunday in October.
You’ll probably meet many more local residents at the quiet George Ludwig Union Park.
What you’ll find in Gladenbach’s 15 districts is a timeline through history up to the modern day. Many come to see Burg Blankenstein, or the ruins of it. For safety measures only parts of this 12th century castle and its octagon turret can be visited, but the Protestant chapel is still used today.
In keeping with the medieval and Renaissance theme, Gladenbach has a few old timber-framed buildings that look just picture perfect. Keep a look out for the Evangelical Church (formerly known as St. Martin), a beautiful example of Romanesque basilica.
For a modern look at Gladenbach look no further than Freizeitbad Nautilust, the town’s indoor/outdoor pool. Wait, it’s more than that. It’s an entire health complex with a fitness room, ice-well, Finnish sauna, and three restaurants. One of which serves a mean Sunday buffet breakfast.
Modern amenities can also be found in Gladenbach’s guesthouses, even if they look like they’ve been around for centuries. Most are centrally located and can be booked for reasonable rates.
All the better to save a few euros, this way you can rent a horse to ride through the beautiful Nature Park Lahn-Dill.
Sounds like reason enough to come to Gladenbach? :-)