When you’ve had dreams of awaking in a small guesthouse that’s been owned by the same family for generations, surrounded by green trees in a medieval city; then I’d tell you that it’s possible to live it in reality. The town is Nittendorf in one of the most wonderful places in the whole world, Bavaria.
There are 26 villages that make up Nittendorf today, so there’s plenty of land to bicycle around, take a relaxing stroll, or do something as exciting as taking a hot air balloon ride.
Or just find the perfect beer garden, preferably one that serves the local Eichhofen beer that’s brewed right here at the local Schlossbrauerei Eichhofen (yeah, that’s right… a brewery with Pils, Dark, or even a Festival Blend for you to try!).
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And don’t look at me like that — the minute I wrote Bavaria you should have realized I’d talk about beer. ;-)
Try not to imbibe too much before you’ve seen a bit of this 9th century town (which is actually how far back the village of Etterzhausen dates to). There’s a castle in Etterzhausen, too, and the ruins of Burg Loch nearby. But, the Castle Eichhofen is a privately owned 16th century Burg, so seeing this one is out of the question. Hey, Eichhofen has the beer, so don’t complain too much. ;-)
And just like any self-respecting medieval German village, it would be nothing without a church or two. The municipality of Schönhofen has a wonderful place of worship dating back to the Middle Ages, as well as the Romanesque St. Nikolaus which was built in 1150.
The Chapel of the Virgin Mary isn’t that old, but these small roadside chapels always seem to be a quiet and serene place to visit and take some time to reflect upon life.
When you want to be more one with nature, Nittendorf can accommodate. Take your pick. Horseback riding, canoeing, walking paths, bicycle trails, and cave exploration (there are dark, creepy caves over in Etterzhausen).
But, if you want to be more one with your charge card shopping can be done along the local shops around Gut Löweneck where you can buy souvenirs or just find another one of those beer gardens serving that delicious Eichhofen beer.