One of the biggest attractions in the town of Jestetten isn’t even in Germany at all. What is it? How does this kind of thing happen?
A little explanation I guess would be helpful, wouldn’t it?
Here’s the skinny on the situation. The biggest attraction in Jestetten is Kloster Rheinau. And while technically sitting within an island on the Rhine River, it belongs to Switzerland.
You know what? Who cares, Germany/Switzerland, whatever, doesn’t change this stunning Baroque monastery was once a bustling Benedictine medieval one from the 12th century.
That’s a great start, isn’t it? I’d say so, and it doesn’t end there. There are some 22 “stations” along the Jestetter Kulturweg — a Culture Trail that’ll bring you along to see things like an early 20th century schoolhouse; a Kriegerdenkmal (Warrior Memorial); and a large half-timbered house from the 1470s known as the Altes Pfarrhaus.
Still doing good, right? Yup.
Ok, from here it’s on to the St. Benedikt Church that’s hundreds of years old; the Obermühle (Upper Mill) from the 17th century; a small museum; and some guesthouses that’ve been around since the 17th and 18th centuries.
And, if you love castles, how about making a trek over to the Obere Schloss (Upper Castle). Although it’s more “modern” looking these days, the castle itself dates to the 12th/13th centuries.
Hey, at least this one’s intact. The same can’t be said for the Edenburg, a 15th century castle that’s seen better days. Actually, now that I say (write) that, there’s nothing left of it at all. At least you can find out more of its history along its Information Board — and how the castle was built over an old cemetery.
Ahhh, that’s creepy.
Obviously not creepy enough to kill the appetite, so thankfully there are plenty of places to grab a bite. You want it, chances are you’ll find it to eat around here — everything from Italian to Thai to Kebabs, Chinese, even traditional German cuisine. Some of them even bring you back to the Kulturweg.
When you’ve had your fill, why not visit one of the bars or pubs in town?
Why not, we can have a whole discussion on creepy. ;-)