In the land of Lederhosen in Middle Franconia is Wendelstein, a market town that just celebrated its 750th birthday.
Wendelstein was built over settlements that reach as far back as around 1300 B.C., and it’s located only a few kilometers from Nuremberg.
The regional parts of Wendelstein are really what makes up the town’s local character, most retaining their medieval flair. For example, the Großschwarzenlohe neighborhood is just your typical farm town, while Kleinschwarzenlohe was once a 16th century mill town and close to the Monastery Ebrach.
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Wendelstein proper has a brilliant 14th century military church, the Parish Church George, that’s definitely worth a visit. And the small stone church perched atop Wendelstein Mountain makes for a fabulous photo-op, especially in white winter with freshly fallen snow.
More “must sees” are the 14th century Schloss Kugelhammer, the 15th century Wolfgang Church, and many of the historic half timbered buildings in the Röthenbach district.
Bees must like the countryside since beekeeping has been a tradition in Röthenbach for a few hundred years, and you’re sure to love it too. In fact, the rustic Franconian countryside is both scenic and tranquil, and it seems the proper place for the German National Museum (in Nuremberg).
As far as events, come the first week of May as it’s the background for Wendelstein’s New Orleans Music Festival (or, Blues & Jazz Open).
For lovers of parks and nature, here’s an abundance of local paths that are great for hiking or cycling through the forest. The lakes found here in Wendelstein are pristine and most allow swimming, so take a jump in and enjoy. When winter comes the King Ludwig Channel freezes over for some great outdoor ice skating.
Even if all you’re doing is sitting in one of the many beer gardens, you’re treated to a phenomenal view. Try the anniversary brew from the local brewery and celebrate Wendelstein!