The Eifel region always finds a way to surprise people and Nideggen is the place that does the same. Not so much that it has lots of museums about town or anything — no, it’s for many (MANY) markets and festivals that are held in the town’s nine small villages throughout the year.
What? Like you’re gonna tell me that a place that likes to throw a party isn’t a good thing?
You might notice Burg Nideggen before you’ve seen anything else. The castle sits high on the countryside in the Eifel Hills and overlooks some wonderful countryside. Burg Nideggen’s donjon has stood guard over the hillside since it was built in 1177. Today there’s a castle museum inside where you’ll love the full medieval armor regalia.
Also within the castle complex area is the 14th century Burgtor (Castle Gate), the gatekeeper’s house.
Nideggen is where you’ll come to party like a medieval rock star. OK, I know that’s not possible; but, the Middle Ages Market and Knights Camp (held in June) is really popular at the castle. Also in June is the local Town Celebration.
Other festivals and markets include the Autumn Market, Rocktoberfest, and Kirmes (a church festival) all held in October, three Christmas Markets (November/December), and there’s a Carnival in February.
When you want something a bit more cultural, it’s the Dürener Tor you want because that’s where the town art exhibits are held.
But, if you rather be out and about in the countryside, there’s plenty to keep you active. Go canoeing, fishing, swimming (at the Rursee), and biking or walking on the nature trails. When you’re camping out here, there are many sites that will give you awesome views of the castle.
Frankly, it’s the castle AND all the festivals in Nideggen that surprised me this time. Just as it’ll do the same to you!