One thing you’ll never say about the Thuringian town of Südeichsfeld that isn’t anything to do or see here, despite the rural feel to the place. Each of Südeichsfeld’s eight villages is unique, giving you the opportunity to experience something different each time.
Diedorf, more famous for its outstanding Kirmes celebration (the last weekend of September), but its Village Green has been the epicenter for village life for more than a thousand years. Plus, there’s even a Hosiery Museum located here.
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Faulungen is the place to be if you enjoy beautiful mountain scenery; and its St. Martin Church is a terrific example of Baroque architecture. As stunning as St. Martin’s might be, I think it’s the Kirchenruine Katharinenberg that’s my favorite. The old chapel might be in ruins, but you can still see this early Gothic grandeur — right down to its gracefully arched windows.
The village of Katharinenberg itself also has more modern history; so here at the Grenzturm you can see an East German watchtower; built since Südeichsfeld is located right next to the Hessian border, in what was then West Germany.
Heyerode is another of Südeichsfeld’s great villages, perfectly located as a starting point to tackle the Sengelsberg — a mountain that’ll give you great views of the countryside. The cycling trails through town will also do that, but be sure to bike on by the old railway bridge and the Catholic Church.
Hildebrandshausen isn’t to be outdone with its Village Church, the Church of the Holy Cross, built in the 1860s. Its rolling hills all seem to lead right to it.
Lengenfeld unterm Stein, the northernmost village of Südeichsfeld, is also known for its church — Mariä Geburt, or the Nativity of the Virgin, constructed in the 1880s. And everyone seems to love the Eisenbahnviadukt, a German engineering marvel at 237 meters long, and soaring 24 meters high.
Sounds good, right? What’s the absolute best of Südeichsfeld are all its cultural events. Try to plan a visit to coincide with its Country Festival in May, or its 3-day Heimatfest in June, or its other Kirmes (also in June), the Oktoberfest in September, or its two Christmas Markets in December.
Yup, it seems you’ll always have something great to experience every time in Südeichsfeld.