I read somewhere that Hopsten’s heydays were back in the 18th century. Who wrote this? How dare they? Have they never seen what modern day Hopsten is all about?
Sure, Hopsten was all a bustle with all sorts of trade and stuff back in the 1700s. But, its charm didn’t end when the calendar rolled over to the 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can tell you all about the Haus Nieland. This house (part of which dates to around 1734) is believed to have been here as far back as Carolingian times; making this a true medieval site — and now a museum.
The Hof Holling isn’t the oldest farm in town — but close to it. So, make sure you at least come to see it. Guided tours are available around Hopsten, in case you’re afraid to miss something.
I would be sure to see the St. Georg Church, a Baroque church whose original predecessor was built in 1343. And isn’t to be mixed-up with the Anna Chapel, a pilgrimage church from 1694.
Buildings aren’t the only things that are hundreds of years old. The Hopstener Eiben trees are found in the garden of a 16th century Inn, and were here before even that. Yes, that makes the trees over 600 years old.
They’re still not as old as the Brockmöllers Eiche, an oak tree with a 27-meter diameter trunk standing 25-meters high. What’s that mean? Oh, that the tree is between 700-800 years old.
The tall trees aren’t Hopsten’s only natural beauty. Come see the Nature Park Terra Vita or the Heilige Meer (a nature reserve area with a lake created by a sinkhole), try play 8-holes of golf (it’s a par-30 course), try moonlight fishing, or enjoy Nordic Walking.
Hopsten has Nordic Walking Days throughout the year, which gets everyone out to enjoy this form of hiking. Everyone comes out for the Schützenfest in July and the Christmas Market around mid-December.
Heydays in the 18th century, my foot! I think Hopsten is just getting started. Don’t you?