Question: How do you more than double the population of your town in a single bound (oh, sounds a wee bit like Superman, doesn’t it)? The answer: you hold an Autumn Market in Goldbach (Franconia), that has about 9,900 residents and invite 10,000 visitors!
That must be some market; and good thing there are more than two handfuls of hotels, guesthouses, and B&B’s to welcome everyone.
Well, no wonder they come, who can resist Lower Franconian culinary delights like Weißkraut and Lebkuchen (gingerbread), which are favorites here and readily available whether it’s market time or not.
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What you might not know about Goldbach is that it’s home to Basler Fashion. What’s the big deal? It’s quite a famous women’s clothing manufacturer and you’ll find inexpensive finds at its Factory Outlet Store.
Food, beer, shopping. I think I’ve found Heaven. Or, maybe someone at my credit card company is doing a little jig every time I say “Charge It.” ;-)
It won’t cost you any money to stop and see Goldbach’s two churches. St. Maria is the much new church; but, its St. Nikolaus (found in the Old City Center) that’s quite a bit older. If you want a much older one, you’ll have to hop over to the Johannes Church in neighboring Hösbach.
Swimming won’t cost an arm and a leg, either. Goldbach’s outdoor pool is great for summer fun in the Franconian sunshine; but, if winter’s knocking down the door — do it at the indoor pool instead.
It’ll be good fun for you and the kids, which they’ll probably like Goldbach’s playground — but, dollars to donuts, they won’t like it as much as the pool.
As for me, I like the beer best of all! ;-)