Category: Germany

Chapel of St. Stephen in Oberlascheid/Kapelle Oberlascheid

Chapel of St. Stephen, Oberlascheid

Maybe you are wondering why I am showing you all these little, hidden, and forgotten temples. (But if you’re already here, you’re probably not). They all have something in common – interesting or mysterious background, often lacking any historical documents. And of course, on the vast majority of them, there is no information in English at all.

The Chapell of St. Stephen in Oberlascheid isn’t an exception. On the contrary, (more…)

Mürlenbach

Bertrada Castle, Mürlenbach

Although Bertrada Castle (named after Bertrada of Laon, German: Bertrada von Mürlenbach. See: Prüm) was mentioned for the first time in 1331, in Roman times, there was presumably a Roman castel and in the 8th century – a Carolingian castle, at the place. Bertrada Castle in Mürlenbach is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne (see (more…)

Traben-Trarbach

Bridge Gate, Traben-Trarbach

Traben-Tarbach is a fairy tale. In fact, the whole area along the Moselle River is extremely beautiful, almost unreal. And traveling alongside, you could have the feeling you are at least in South Tyrol, Italy. And you could even notice the cheerfulness and the solemnity in the air. But the double city of Traben-Trarbach is the most outstanding one with its awesome (more…)

Aachen City Hall/Aachener Rathaus

Fountain of Charlemagne, Aachen City Hall

The Aachen City Hall was built in the 14th century (in 1349) by the Aachen citizenry on the foundation walls of the former Aula Regia in the Königspfalz/the Aachen Palace where the coronation feast/Krönungsmahl as part of the coronation ceremony of the Holy Roman Emperor took place.

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Aachen Cathedral Treasury/ Aachener Domschatzkammer

Aachen Cathedral Treasury

Since Aachen was the center of the Holy Roman Empire and was built as a ‘Roma secunda’, the Aachen Cathedral Treasury is the biggest and most important church treasury north of the Alps. It contains Roman works, as well as works from the Carolingian, Ottonian, Staufen, and Gothic times.

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Imperial Abbey of Kornelimünster

Abbey Church of Kornelimünster

To visit the otherwise very beautiful town of Kornelimünster on a very cold and windy day isn’t a very pleasant thing, but maybe it cannot be different as Aachen (to the district of which Kornelimünster belongs) and its area are notorious for their bad weather and in Aachen, (more…)

Manderscheid

The Upper Castle, Manderscheid

The extraordinary panorama with two fortified medieval castles – Niederburg and Oberburg – as a result of the notorious medieval history of the area, is the main attraction of Manderscheid. And although this is not my favorite type of tourist attractions, I had to visit at least one of them – the so-called Niederburg/the Lower Castle. (more…)

Klausen Pilgrimage Church/Parish and Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation of Mary, Klausen

Klausen Pilgrimage Church

The history of the Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation in Klausen, or Eberhardsklausen, is similar to that of the Abbey of Mariawald. In 1440, a poor man named Eberhard just placed a Pièta in one hollow tree. He then built a Klause (a German word for ‘a hermitage’, where obviously also the name of the settlement derives from). (more…)