I thought there was something vaguely familiar about the Hessian town of Limeshain — I’d been here before. In all fairness, it had been a couple of months, a “lifetime” since I’d traveled along the German Limes Road.
Oh, you know, that totally awesome (and totally long) scenic route that treks hundreds of kilometers along what used to be the end of the massive Roman Empire. Limeshain’s contribution to the German Limes Road is its reconstructed Limes Watchtower. And nearby is the Kleinkastell Auf dem Buchkopf, once an old stone fort.
Limeshain’s history dates to even before the Romans, as 4,000-year-old grave mounds have been found.
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As for the town’s medieval history, there’s the Barbarossa Fountain, named for the 12th century Holy Roman Emperor who stopped by here on his travels.
I’d have to say the Archaeological and Nature Trail has to be one of the best ways to learn (and appreciate) the exceptionally long history of the region — as would a visit to the Local History Museum.
On a much lighter note (and one that could be appreciated by the Romans) would be Limeshain’s Wine Festival every October. Just as I’m sure they’d have no problem getting into the party spirit at the numerous Oktoberfests, the Kartoffelfest (Potato Festival), Spring Festival (April), Lindenfest (May), and/or Summer Festival (July).
You’re not limited to just Limeshain’s Roman history or its festivals, there are a couple of other scenic routes (of sorts) winding their way though the Hessian countryside. The Vulkanradweg is a goodie if you’re into the whole volcano thing; and from May to October you can hop on the Vulkan Express when you need a break from all that bike riding. Foodies will no doubt love the Cider and Orchard Route, for sure.
Warm weather isn’t even a must for trekking through Limeshain — guided winter hikes and winter BBQs are totally fun, so long as you don’t mind the chill. Hey, the winters couldn’t have been too bad — the Romans were here for centuries. ;-)