What if I told you there was a hamlet in Upper Franconia that has a population of 2. Yup, just two.
I have to admit the idea of a place where only two people lived kind of intrigued me. You can go there too; you’ll find the village of Kunigundenruh in the town of Litzendorf.
There are a whole lot more villages that make up Litzendorf, giving it a total population of around 6,000 people. It might seem a bit more crowded than that considering so many people come here to see its Celtic tumuli from the Bronze Age. Some of these ancient burial mounds are quite big, averaging some 8-25 meters wide.
Lots of folks come to Litzendorf to also see its Jungfernhöhle, or Maids’ Cave. It’s also been called the Virgin Cave, but aptly named since many of the bones found within were female.
Then you’ve got the people who come here to scope out the sculptures along the Fränkische Straße der Skulpturen, or Franconian Road of Sculpture. There are around a dozen of these unique pieces of art found along the way.
Just don’t go confusing it with the 3.3km Kunst- und Besinnungsweg, or Art & Contemplation Route. I swear, I can’t keep up with all these scenic routes. ;-)
Hmm, I’m not even going to try — I’m going to go to the Baroque St. Wenceslas Church with all its gold and marble decorations, tall candles, and beautiful statues.
It’ll also be good to head out to the Ellertal, a natural area of rolling hills complete with waterfalls; followed by a trip around town to Litzendorf’s five breweries.
Better yet, grab a few beers to go, and take ’em to Kunigundenruh’s picnic area. Hey, with only two people living there — you might find a minute to yourself.
Last, but by no means least, is a stop to see the Sängerehrenmal Melkendorf — a creation of twelve limestone pillars; a memorial of sorts from the 1950s.
Litzendorf is a fascinating town, full of art and culture and history — with a unique hamlet of only two.
It’d be three if they let me move in… ;-)