Oh, Wunsiedel. I don’t know what to say about you. Oh, I know. Sometimes you have to take the bad with the good. No, I take that back. You’re not just a good town, you’re a great town — with just a small blemish.
I know you’re thinking, what the hell am I talking about? Bear with me, I’ll get there. In fact, better yet, I’ll start there first.
The Upper Franconian town of Wunsiedel is the burial place of Rudolf Heß, the Nazi Commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Until it was outlawed, many Neo-Nazis (one year over 4,500 of them showed up) had a parade to his grave site every August 17th (which is the day he died in 1987).
On the flip side to that, in the same cemetery as Mr. Heß are the graves of thirty souls who didn’t survive a World War II death march.
Other than that, Wunsiedel is a most beautiful Franconian town. It offers something for personality type, age group, and physical fitness level. Again, you’re asking what the hell am I talking about?
Well, Wunsiedel has playgrounds for the kids, miniature golf (great for kids of all ages, me included), tennis, and even boating. Climbing up the gorgeous Fichtelgebirge Mountains and the largest Rock Climbing Wall in Bavaria might take a serious fitness level, though.
No physical fitness needed to visit the Fichtelgebirge Museum that has one of the largest collections of minerals and stones. The Stone Archive has over 5000 samples of natural stones from all over the world. Hey, who didn’t have a pet rock when it was all the rage back in the ’60’s & ’70’s? Don’t try to deny it. ;-)
Last, but certainly not least, is a visit to the church ruins of St. Katharina; which has the honor of being the oldest building in the entire town.
Of course, the Cultural Evening (2nd Saturday in May), the Pub Night (in November), and the Music Festival (2nd Sunday in September) sure make for some eating, drinking, singing, and dancing fun.
Hmmm, I guess I did know what to say about Wunsiedel after all. I like it and I hope you do, too.