Mülheim-Kärlich is a run of the mill, average town in the Rhineland-Palatinate. No fuss, no muss, no frills. That’s just about it Mülheim-Kärlich. Oh, you think I’m saying this like it’s a bad thing. And you couldn’t be more wrong — I like it just the way it is.
How could you NOT like a place that grows fresh cherries?
Food aside, Mülheim-Kärlich’s streets are neat, tidy, and all lead around to the most interesting of places — including a Fruit Didactic Exhibition which is a fabulous way to learn about what they’re growing around these parts.
Being right at the foot of the Eifel (that would be the nature area — not the tower in Paris) there is plenty of natural history to hike or bike around.
When you’ve got your heart set on the historical stuff, Mülheim-Kärlich can oblige. The Old Chapel at the Town Hall dates back just shy of 700 years and the St. Mauritius Church is almost 800! But, it’s chapel wasn’t built until the 15th century. The church of St. Maria Himmelfahrt isn’t as old as you might think — she wasn’t built until the late (very late) 19th century.
Even just wandering about a bit you’ll feel like you’re part of Mülheim-Kärlich’s history. Well, that is if you’re strolling near many of the early 18th century framework houses (like the Burghof).
But, it’s the Roman Villa that’s just about the oldest spot in town, built here more than eighteen centuries ago. It was pretty modern for its day with underfloor heating. Hey wait, that’s pretty modern by today’s standards.
Want to learn more about the town’s history? Come the first Sunday of the month (between 3pm-5pm) to the City Museum for a guided tour.
To learn more of Mülheim-Kärlich’s culture come in early September for the annual Church Festival, or late September for the Harvest Celebration.
Let’s forget about Koblenz for a moment… Although it’s only a few kilometers away, I want to stay and eat some more of Mülheim-Kärlich’s cherries. :-)