In the heart of the rolling hills east of Cologne lies the small provincial town of Waldbröl. It’s in a largely peaceful, agricultural, part of the North Rhine-Westphalia region, ideal for a relaxing visit.
You can witness the strong links to farming each week at the Livestock and Krammarkt, which has been running for more than 150 years. It may not sound too exciting, but it’s one of the largest in Germany, and you’ll soon be captivated by the loud and lively atmosphere.
But don’t imagine it’s all fields and nowhere to enjoy. It’s not…
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There are plentiful forests and numerous walks to entice you into the countryside. The Nutscheid is a forested region between the Broel and Sieg rivers, just outside the town. It’s a wonderfully picturesque place, with the dark forests opening to show you some magnificent panoramas. But the natural beauty has hidden some very unnatural secrets over the years.
During World War Two it was used as a well camoflauged base for the V1 Rockets, and later, during the Cold War, as a storage for Patriot Missiles. The military remnants have long since gone, but you can still make good use of the American observation tower.
Back in the town, there is another far more impressive tower. The Protestant Church still has the original spire, and the 12th Century font. The more modern square tower of the Evangelical Church shares Waldbröl’s skyline, and at certain times you can climb to the top for wonderful views.
If you’re looking for something a little more energetic, there is a agreeable local swimming pool, a gymnasium, tennis courts, and riding stables.
One of the strangest sights you’ll encounter is simply known as “The Wall.” It’s a substantial long wall, on the hill just above the edge of the town. Apparently it was the first part of a never built Adolf-Hitler-Schule, is now a regular meeting place, and is often marked with anti-war slogans.
For you, though, think of it as the best place to go for a stunning vista over Waldbröl, and the idyllic landscape beyond.