What a predicament to be in, to tell you about the town and/or Collective Municipality of Kastellaun? True, there are far worse things to worry about, but either way you’ll find both Kastellauns in the Rhineland-Palatinate to be pretty gosh-darn marvelous.
As for the town of Kastellaun, it sits within Section Six of the German Avenues Route, a 2,900 km scenic route of shady, tree-lined streets.
This isn’t the only way to experience the natural side of Kastellaun, by the way. Geo-caching is a popular activity, where you look for “treasures.” The folks here in town only ask you respect the local wildlife — and for safety reason stay on the trails. Easy enough, right?
As for some other hiking trails, they’re quite manageable ranging from 7.5 to 13.8 kilometer through the Moselle Valley. They’ve been rated as one of “Germany’s Most Beautiful Hiking Trails,” and I’m inclined to agree.
You’ll find a few marked cycling routes, too. The Schinderhannes Bike Trail is only 38km, while the Hunsrück-Moselle Route is only eight kilometers shorter. No problem if you didn’t bring your own bicycle, rentals of regular and e-bikes are available for anyone who needs them.
If you’d rather see the more historical side of Kastellaun, then it’s off to the Altstadt (Old Town) for you then. The old part of town is charming with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets — or just have a drink in a beer garden taking in all the local ambiance.
No trip is ever finished without visiting the ruins of Burg Kastellaun. This 13th century castle might be in ruin these days, but still, a medieval castle is still a medieval castle. At its Lower Castle is a Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum) with exhibits of the town’s Celtic and Roman days.
The Romans would’ve appreciated a good party, so I’m thinking they would love the town’s Beller Market, an annual Folk Festival; and I’d put money on they’d like the Markt der Sinne (in August), too.
Call me a romantic, but I’m a sucker for a proper German Christmas Market, held annually on the second weekend of Advent. No worries if you can’t make any of these, there’s a Weekly Market every Wednesday selling all kinds of goodies.
Now that you’ve done just the town of Kastellaun, you can go see the rest of the Collective Municipality — and isn’t that another page to write about altogether. ;-)