Oh, you know you’ve got it good when you’re on one of Germany’s scenic routes right from the start. ;-)
As much as I’m grateful to Miss Benz and the King’s Veggie, my head was spinning when I found out how many festival Hambrücken hosts every year.
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Known as the Fifth Season, Hambrücken is a place that really livens up in November to kick off the festivities. Before that, though, they really get into the whole Oktoberfest thing, and they host both an Advent Bazaar and Christmas Market.
Spring and Summer are also great time to be here. The Summer Festival (held in June) is loads of eating, drinking, and dancing fun — but then again, so is the Grillfest in May, along with all the Maypole events.
Oh yea, I almost forgot about the Hambrücker Straßenfest (always on the last weekend of August).
Not too shabby for one of the district’s smallest towns (only 11 square kilometers), is it? No, I didn’t think so.
Upon first arriving in Hambrücken, you might’ve noticed the St. Remigius Church — which is said to be visible from all directions. Despite being typically German, to notice such things, sadly I didn’t. What I do know, is this church is the town’s landmark, as well as a nice example of early 20th century Gothic Revival architecture.
Pretty as the church is, I’d have to say the countryside is just as lovely. Follow the Nature Trail, Fruit Trail, or any one of the hiking trails through the nature reserve area — and you’ll see what I mean as you pass through forests, meadows, and wooded areas of the Upper Rhine Valley.
After (or before) passing through those wooded areas, near the Grillhütte lies the Lußhardt-Generationenpark, a small but great place to work out and improve your fitness (for all ages).
What started out as a simple medieval village, is now a shining star. No wonder Bertha Benz stopped here.