Amazing how Germany’s got everything you could possibly ask for. Beer, wine, rivers and lakes, right down to volcanoes. Inden is one of those lucky towns not all that far from the volcanic area of the Eifel.
Long ago volcanic activity asides, Inden does have a bit more to offer than that. However, the countryside is worth it along — which you’ll see what I’m talking about when you climb the 36-meter high observation tower on the 143.5 meter high Goltsteinkuppe. Wow, that’s a combined 179.5 meter high view.
This observation tower is Inden’s “new” landmark. However, I’m not at all sure what the old one was. ;-)
As a MyGermanCity.com visitor & fan you know that the Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum) is a good place to find things out, and here you’ll find it in the village of Lucherberg. It’s filled with prehistoric archaeology finds and the history of lignite mining in the area.
Mining was the reason that a good portion of Inden had to be resettled. The museum explains all that too.
Inden had a castle at one point too. It was in the village of Frenz, but was razed after this 14th century castle was destroyed in World War II. It wasn’t the first time that it happened, the one that’s gone now had replaced an even earlier one.
Frenz might not have a castle now, but it does have a Jewish cemetery.
What other treasures does Inden have? Well, the village of Pier has a medieval church, and medieval King Lothar II visited the village of Lamersdorf. Schophoven also retains its medieval flavor, and has a pretty 19th century Lady Chapel (called Barbarakapelle).
The other must-see churches in Inden is St. Nicholas in Frenz, as well as the one dedicated to St. Cornelius, and the one to St. Clement.
I told you there was more to Inden than just its nearby volcanoes. We can’t forget about its “new” landmark, can we?