How many of you out there in the cyberworld are in love with the automobile?
I know I am — doesn’t matter what I’m driving either — sedans, coupes, sportscars, pickup trucks — whatever will do when I’ve got the urge to put the pedal to the metal. I’ve driven in Europe, in the United States, even South America for that matter. But, what’s this all got to do with the town of Simmern (Hunsrück)?
Everything and nothing.
Even I am inclined on some (I said some) occasions to leave the car keys behind and walk around — which is exactly what you can do here in the town’s pedestrian district on Obergasse. Sometimes it’s just nice to use your own foot power to stroll along medieval streets and lanes, window shopping and stopping for a bite to eat.
Think of how much you’ll miss if you’re just zooming around the Autobahn.
Simmern’s pedestrian zone isn’t all that you can accomplish on your visit. Look around, you’ll find reminders of its medieval days, like its original Stadtmauer (a defense wall), as well as get a chance to see Schloss Simmern.
The Simmern Castle was built in 1311, undergoing major renovations in 1708 (changing it from medieval to a more Baroque appearance). It’s now the town’s Local History Museum, its Historical Library, and City Library. On the top floor is an exhibition area dedicated to sculptor/painter Friedrich Karl Ströher.
On Römerberg 2, you’ll find the 15th century church of St. Stephen, the final resting place of long-gone dukes.
St. Joseph’s Church at Klostergasse 3 might not have come along until 1749, but its frescoes are downright heavenly.
Sometime at the end of July/early August, the Schinderhannesturm (this tower was once used as a prison) holds its annual Schinderhannes Festival. No, you won’t need a car for this either.
And that’s not the only festival in town. The Sports Festival is every July, as is the Summer Festival, a Dance Festival, the Farmers Market, and two Kirmes (church festivals) all held in the same month.
The Mill Festival is the odd-man out — that’s held on the 2nd Sunday of September. With 31 communities that make-up Simmern (Hunsrück), how could there not be something going on all the time?
I just don’t want to stay too long… I’ve got a hankering to drive again.
Off I go! But don’t worry, I’ll let you know where in Germany I wind up next. ;-)