I would say that it’s possible that no two towns in Germany are alike. That’s OK though, not every place has to be just like the one next door. Which is why you’ll like Merzenich in southern North-Rhine Westphalia, even though it doesn’t have a gazillion things to see and do.
Don’t get me wrong, Merzenich is located in a beautiful countryside — so, taking a walk or bicycling along the Steinweg is just fantastic. In the summer, Merzenich puts on a number of outdoor concerts here; and if you climb to the top of the hill, you’ll see clear to the Eifel.
For those of you who prefer nature on the Discovery Channel, come see Merzenich’s Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum under us Germans). It’s housed in a half-timbered house from the 17th century; and has original furniture of that time.
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Another piece of history to see is the Catholic Parish Church. Or, what WAS Merzenich’s Catholic Church — this 14th century church is now in ruins. The Jewish Cemetery is also ruined, it was destroyed by an airplane crash during World War II; and never restored.
Merzenich’s landmark is its Wasserturm, or Water Tower. This tower has been here since the 17th century, was once used as a windmill and is now a site for local cultural events.
That’s a good thing, because Merzenich likes to party! Carnival is big around these parts and it’s a great time during the cold days of Winter/early Spring! Come October, there’s always the Oktoberfest for great food, great beer, and great music!
I almost forgot to mention Merzenich’s markets. Shop til you’re exhausted at the town’s Flea Markets, its Herbstmarkt, and its obligatory Christmas Market.
So although Merzenich doesn’t have too much else to do, I think it’s just right the way it is, nonetheless.