Satteldorf — Castles, Festivals, Craftsmanship

Life is fun here in the town of Satteldorf. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t always the way, but these days they’ve got plenty of festivals to keep you busy all year long.

I guess it is true, Germans work hard — and we play hard.

Proper planning would be the best thing, this way you can see what Satteldorf’s got to do, and still have plenty of time to party hard.

Well, the Hammerschmiede (it’s a Forge) is only open from early April to the end of October, so you might not want to combine a visit here with say, the Christmas Bazaar or Lantern Festival and Wine Festival, since they only happen in November.

I’m pretty sure the winter’s not the best time to visit the beer garden of Schloss Gröningen (built 1611), it’s not like they’ll let you inside the old castle to warm up since someone lives here. If I owned it, I’d invite you all in. ;-)

So what if it’s a little cold and snowy outside? That’s the perfect weather to enjoy the town’s cross-country skiing trails. Don’t worry, they’re not too long — just 9 km and 6.5 km respectively. As for regular trails, you’ll find four marked hiking trails, and two marked bicycle trails.

One more sight to see, Schloss Burleswagen, said to be one of the oldest castles in the entire area since it dates back to the 11th century. We’re in the 21st century, Folks, if that’s any indication of how old this castle really is. Too bad this one’s privately owned, too.

Nope, I apologize, there’s one more thing to see: A wall in the middle of wide open field; and no, I’m not being funny. That’s all that’s left of the Kloster Anhausen, just one piece of wall from the 15th century monastery. Yes, it’s worth it, if you ask me.

All right, now it’s time to party in Satteldorf style. They like to celebrate with Starkbier (Strong Beer) events during Lent, while May’s the month for the town’s Maypole celebrations; Straßenfest (Street Festival); Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival); and the 2-day Unterdorffest (Lower Village Festival).

It doesn’t end there, by no means. June’s a great month, that’s when you’ve got the Dorfplatzfest; Fischerfest (another 2-day event); and the Gemeindefest. July and August are quite busy with the three Summer Festivals, and yet another Gemeindefest. Come September and October, the Thanksgiving Festival; Autumn Festival; and 2-day Mill Festival sure are great fun.

But, if all this activity is too much for you, then I’d say the Heinzenmühlensteg, a covered foot bridge, makes a great spot for quiet reflection. Hmm, Germans like peace & quiet just as much as we like to party — so it seems Satteldorf has the best of everything.

 

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