At first glance it appears that the town of Nieder-Olm (just southwest of the city of Mainz) doesn’t have too much in the sightseeing department. But, if you’re after an A-1 party town then you’ve got it!
Plus, Nieder-Olm is located right in the heart of the Rhenish Hesse — a warm forested region that’s known for its delicious fruit, including grapes that go into making great German wine (check out the wine bar).
But, first things first.
Nieder-Olm’s two main sites are the Evangelical Parish Church (built 1865) and the St. Georg Catholic Church (built 1779). I know this doesn’t seem too old in terms of Germany’s long history, but St. Georg is built over its 12th century predecessor. There was a castle, but very little of the structure remains — although I think castle ruins are very romantic.
OK, now it’s time to get down to the business of fun. No, wait. Sorry, I better tell you about all the hiking trails, Nordic Walking paths, art exhibitions & galleries, church concerts, and BBQs on the Grillplatz.
Also, Nieder-Olm lies on the Rhein-Radweg, a scenic route (bicycle or hiking) that runs from ancient Worms to Mainz, then on to Bingen. It’s hard to resist all the tree covered lanes, fruit trees, and all the viticulture (yeah, wine!) along the way.
Don’t worry if you get hungry along the way. There are many local dishes within the Rheinhessen region, including things like wine jelly and Kreppel (a pancake like dish). So what if Nieder-Olm doesn’t have too many medieval, Roman, or whatever sites to see? At least you’ll be eating and drinking well! ;-)
Especially on the Wine Culture Days on the third weekend of June. Then there’s the church Kermes (1st weekend September), the Street Festival (1st weekend after Ascension), the Rathausstürmung or Town Hall Storming (not a typo) — which is a real festival held every year on Fat Thursday (right before Lent), the Summer Night Festival (July/August), and the Fire Brigade New Year’s Ball (which is actually held on the 1st Saturday in January).
A very wise person pointed out they didn’t know what was more delicious — the sexy firemen at the ball or all the wine. Then she decided, why choose when you can always have both! ;-)