Pfreimd — Difficult To Pronounce, Easy To Love

There are a number of things I could say to compliment the town of Pfreimd — and probably nothing I could say to detract from it. That’s a big order to fill, is it not?

It’s all right if you don’t believe me, but I’ll just say this: Pfreimd belongs to the Upper Palatinate Forest Nature Park.

Oh, glory be, a town that’s just chocked full of bike trails (like the Naabtal Radwanderweg), and hiking trails like the Goldsteig trail. Sounds like life around here is pretty sweet. ;-)

Residents and visitors alike have it even sweeter. Did you know you could rent a boat? Rentals are available for anyone wishing to canoe some 22 km along the Naab River. The river separates the town, almost through the middle, so be sure you pay attention to both sides of the riverbanks.

As pretty as you’ll find its countryside, I think you’ll love the many festivals and cultural events held throughout the year. Always a good one is the Starkbierfest, or Strong Beer Festival, in March; as is the Wine Festival (August); and let’s not forget about the Artist Market (October); Kirchweih (also October); Kathreinmarkt (November); another Kirchweih (held in September in the village of Stein); and come early December, you’ve got the Marianische Festwoche, a well-frequented week-long event.

No one can ever say there isn’t anything to do in the Upper Palatinate.

Partying and outdoor recreation isn’t all that Pfreimd has to offer, it’s got a historical side, too. Like what? Oh, I don’t know, how about an old Franciscan Monastery — built way back in 1594, but sadly was destroyed in 1621. You can also go see the 18th century Church of St. Matthew in Stein (one of its 29 villages), or you can use a tad bit of imagination to picture what its medieval castle used to look like.

Oh, if you take that Naabtal Radwanderweg I mentioned above, you’ll pass right along the old Stadtturm, the City Tower whose bright yellow color belies its austere medieval beginnings of the 14th century.

As you can see, Pfreimd is a grand old small town — filled with everything that makes the Upper Palatinate one of the best places to visit in Germany — a town that truly deserves compliment after compliment.

 

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