Waldfischbach-Burgalben — Never Lose The Luster

It’s been a few weeks since there’s been time to write about my exploits around Germany, and I probably couldn’t have chosen a better town than Waldfischbach-Burgalben in the Palatinate Forest to get back into the groove of things. My hiatus has nothing to do with the luster wearing off traveling — because this place is pretty special.

Its name is long, just like the list of things to do and see around the place. It most certainly has something for everyone, right down to its old architecture from centuries past (can you say, half-timbered houses), to plenty of recreational sports (lost count on the number of hiking trails), and quite an array of cultural events to keep even the most discerning (that’s a nice way of saying fickle) visitor happy.

As with many towns in Germany that have medieval beginnings, there’s a castle. However, the castle ruins here predate the Middle Ages by centuries — all the way back to the Celts, mind you.

If its medieval architecture you really want to see, then the Maria Rosenberg is the place to go. The former pilgrimage church is one of those Romanesque churches, constructed sometime in the 12th century. And there’s yet another one of those medieval wonders in the village of Burgalben — you can’t miss its huge stone tower.

Your trip to see Waldfishbach-Burgalben’s buildings don’t end here, ya know. Nope, why not visit the Heritage Museum — full of exhibits on rural life in the area, not to mention info on the Romans.

What else did I mention about what you’d find here? Oh yes, the outdoorsy stuff. Well, as if hiking up the Heidelburg castle ruins wasn’t enough, there’s also a Forest Trail — running just three circular kilometers up to the Gallows Hill (a great lookout spot to enjoy the scenery) and back again. There’s also the Nature Trail Heltersberg, an 18-hole golf course, guided horse back rides, carriage rides, and even an ostrich farm.

Cyclists, don’t feel left out, since a number of paths are laid-out just for you — and bike rental areas are available if you don’t have yours. Very thoughtful, yes?

We all know I’m more interested in the parties, but sadly I wasn’t here for the Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival), and I missed the Rosenberger Musiktage, nor did I make it for the Dorffest (Village Festival) and Nordic Walking-Lauf, which are all in May. While June’s the month for the Kerwe, a traditional two day event.

This is what I get for doing this in early February — lack of planning on my part. Nah, let’s just say I’m early. ;-)

 

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