Stadtallendorf has a shady past as an ammunition depot during the People’s War, but while not bothering to totally obliterate this chapter, the town has moved on to become famous for its natural beauty, exciting historicity, and last but not the least, the famous Ferrero Chocolotes.
At this point most would gladly forget the guns and focus on the candy which sure enough is one of the high points of visiting it in the first place. ;-)
Stadtallendorf has more offering on the sweeter side of life. The Church of St. Catherine is a stunning example of fine baroque artistry set among lush greenery in the Old Town area. As for the Old Town itself, it still lingers in a bygone era that entices you to slow down and explore. Half-timbered homes stand tall and proud amid cobbled stone walks lined with evergreen trees.
To go back a further in time in Stadtallendorf, explore the Schweinsberg Castle built in the 13th century. Partially destroyed in the Thirty Years’ War, it was rebuilt and now incorporates a witches tower or Hexenturm. You can check out the details for yourself, for this is indeed a compelling destination.
Now, if you’re still intrigued by the town’s role as ammunition depot during the War, you really should consider visiting the DIZ or the Documentation and Information venue that includes a museum, archives, and anything you’d need to get informed about the 1933-45 year period. You’ll be surprised to hear of the other side of a tale not often told.
Spending time indoors is not really what a vacation is about, now is it? Take off to the Schweinberger Moor, a protected area that’s clearly nature at its untouched best. Find a good spot among the reeds and bushes before the sun goes down to get some of the best sunset shots you might ever get to see.
Of course, it goes without saying — carry some snacks and wear sensible shoes. ;-)