Beer and history. History and beer. Sounds like a good combination and you’ll find them both (along with some other surprises) in Issum. But, before you run off to enjoy your Altbier, get your sightseeing done and outta the way first.
One of the most visited places in Issum is its old 18th century synagogue. It was spared any damage during the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938 because the place had been sold beforehand to a local woman who used it for storage.
Issum’s synagogue has undergone a renovation and is now protected as a cultural monument. The synagogue complex has a mikvah (a Jewish ritual bath) and school. It also houses an exhibit on Jewish life in the Westphalian region.
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Even Issum’s City Hall is a historical place to visit. Housed in what’s known as Haus Issum, the oldest part of the building has been here for more than 600 years. Actually, closer to 700. You’ll learn more of Issum’s history over at the town’s local history museum.
OK, I’ll be honest; there’s more to Issum than history and beer. It’s a town that takes great pride in itself. You can tell by all the beautiful sculpture found around here.
There’s also the Oermter Berg. At the summit, she stands 68 meters over the countryside. That’s perfect for some great pics of the Lower Rhine hillside.
Got all that outta the way? Good, now it’s time to drink! Issum is home to one of the oldest Altbier breweries in the region.
Altbier is a locally made dark beer in the Westphalian and Lower Saxon region that’s made with traditional brewing methods. When Altbier is mixed with cola, it’s called Krefelder.
Issum is home to the Diebels brewery that’s been brewing this stuff since 1878.
From the looks of it Issum’s got beer, history, AND culture. Does it get any better than this? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. ;-)