Oh, Melsungen how do begin to start singing your praises? You’re such a lovely historic Hessian town and anyone’s who’s ever come here has got to be hailing your virtues.
This town isn’t on the Deutsche Fachwerkstraße (German Framework Route) for nothing and not just for its 16th century City Hall with a Bartenwetzer in the tower.
For those of us who have no clue what a Bartenwetzer is, in this case it’s like a cuckoo clock — minus the cuckoo and using a hachet instead. Ahhhh, better to see it yourself as it goes off twice a day at noon and 6 p.m.
Schloss Melsungen comes from the same time period as the town’s city hall, but its foundations were built over an earlier castle. The lovely English Gardens were a later addition though but, there’s something to be said for a romantic European castle no matter when some things were added.
Probably the best of Melsungen’s history is to just live it first hand over at the Gasthaus Zur Traube, a hotel that’s been here since 1756. The hotel must be doing something right to have guests keep coming for over 250 years!
Older than both the castle and the hotel is Melsungen’s Gothic Town Church. Built in 1415, it is the quintessential looking medieval European church. The fact that it’s a dark steel grey color doesn’t make it look foreboding, it somehow only adds to it its beauty.
Parish Church George’s claim to fame is that it’s Melsungen’s second oldest building in town. How is that possible since the half timbered structure wasn’t built until 1789? Well, the fact that the church is built over an older one gives it its honorary title.
When you’re done with all things historical, you’ve got all things culinary. Grab a table along the Market Square to people watch and try a couple of local specialties, like Aahle Wurscht (Awl Sausage) and Weckewerk. You’ll be so enamored watching the world go by, you won’t even bother to ask how that sausage is made — all with a great view of the Bartenwetzer. :-)