St. Lambertus Pfarrkirche/Church of St. Lambert, Manderfeld

Church of St. Lambert, Manderfeld

Manderfeld was first mentioned in AD 854 in connection with a deed of donation sealed by Emperor Lothar I himself in his palace/Pfalz in Manderfeld demolished by the Normans in AD 882. There were actually 5 Frankish palaces in the area – of Manderfeld, of Thommen, Neundorf, Büllingen, and Amel. (more…)

Château de Leignon/Castle of Leignon

Castle of Leignon

The major part of the 2600-2700 castles in Belgium that are still private and not open to the public is well-visible from the main streets. That doesn’t hold true for the Castle of Leignon.  But even though I couldn’t take proper photographs of it, I want to show it by all means. As it is a very special castle to me. (more…)

Parish Church of the Assumption, Neundorf/Pfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt

Parish Church of the Assumption, Neundorf

On the track of the former pagan places of worship

Another village church, another site with interesting history. Neundorf was first mentioned in AD 888 as Nova Villa – a Frankish Königshof (royal palace). The church was first mentioned in 1130 and its tower is still preserved from that time. (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…)

Maldingen and Aldringen

Church of St. John the Baptist, Maldingen

Not far from Thommen are the villages of Maldingen and Aldringen located – two other ancient settlements. The place names with the suffix -ingen had emerged between the 4th and the 8th century, therefore these were ones of the oldest arising settlements and were known as early as the (more…)

Thommen

Thommen Watermill

Thommen’s forgotten history…

Thommen is a settlement with a very long history, mentioned for the first time in a document from AD 814 as Tumbas, indicating the tumuli nearby. There is historical evidence that it has been existed as early as the 4th century, therefore this is one of the oldest settlements in (more…)

Wallerode and Meyerode

Castle of Wallerode

A castle and a church – these are the two main buildings that usually shape the appearance of one Belgian village (bear in mind that Belgium is one of the countries or the country with the highest density of castles per square kilometer.) Even when their history was getting long lost over the centuries. (more…)