What does social welfare and the town of Neuendettelsau in Middle Franconia have in common? Give me a few minutes and I can explain it all.
First, you’ll find the eighteen villages and hamlets of Neuendettelsau on the A6 Autobahn, just a quick half hour west of Nuremberg.
Now that you know where to find the place, you can come see the Diakonie Neuendettelsau. This isn’t a church. It isn’t a half-timbered house. Nor, is it even some kind of spa.
Nope, this was a 19th century Deaconess Institute that’s sole purpose was for social welfare and the betterment of humanity. It is the largest organization of its kind in the entire country.
The institute was founded by Wilhelm Lohe, and there’s a Social History Museum with history of Germany’s social reforms and emigration, as well as the work of Mr. Lohe.
Oh, I explained that — and it didn’t even take but a minute.
Sightseeing in Neuendettelsau isn’t limited to just the museum. I would make it a point to see the Lutheran St. Lawrence Church, Catholic St. Francis Church, and the Lutheran St. Nikolai — the oldest of them all, built in 1402.
Who cares the original church was rebuilt in 1899, I’m still sticking to that St. Nick’s is a medieval church, so let’s not split hairs, OK? ;-)
Another place you’ll want to come to in Neuendettelsau is the Erlebnisbad Novamare, with both an indoor and outdoor pool. Plus, it’s got a 54 meter waterslide (fun!) Kneipp pool (refreshing!), a salt water pool (the ocean in the middle of Franconia!), and a tanning area.
I would say to do the pool complex after you’ve done all the bicycling and hiking around this Franconia region you can handle. Sorry, no Alps nearby, but the countryside is beautiful nonetheless.
I don’t know about social welfare, but I do know that the beautiful town of Neuendettelsau can do wonders for MY and YOUR well-being.