Castle Trendelburg

October 27, 2014

008 - TrendelburgA visit to Rapunzel

Route: Wülmersen – Trendelburg – Wülmersen (14 km)

Once upon a time there was acouple. The husband wanted to meet the needs of his pregnant wife and stole vegetables for a salad from the garden of a witch. Unfortunately she caught him. In exchange for his life she demanded his future child. The witch took the new born girl and at the age of 12 she imprisoned her in a tower. But the adolescent young lady found a way to keep in contact with the world. She let down her long hair from the window to the ground and the prince climbed secretly up to see her etc….

Do you know the fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm “Rapunzel”? This story took place in the castle Trendelburg in Northern Hessia. The Brothers Grimm lived in this region for a while and inspired by castles and other ancient buildings created different fairy tales.

In the castle dating from the early fourteenth century there is a hotel, restaurant and cafe today. On request of the guests a waitress dressed as Rapunzel tells them the fate of her name holder. We are hearing the story and go back in our minds to these ancient times…

After a delicious snack of freshly brewed coffee and chocolate cake we take our backpacks and return on a different track through fields and forest back to Wülmersen…

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From Corvey to Bad Karlshafen

October 21, 2014

018 - WeserradwegRoute: 15 km on foot, 38 km by bike

At 10:30 I’m boarding the small cruise ship sailing the river Weser from Bad Karlshafen to Corvey. On the lower deck I park my bike and start talking to a couple:

Good morning! How are you? I see you are also travelling by bike?

Yes! We spend one week holiday in this way. After a short distance on board we will continue our bike trip and discover the area along the Weser river. Every night we sleep in a different place.

I’m jealous. I only have one day off that’s why I want to take the maximum advantage of that.

After a pleasant journey of nearly three hours I reach my destination: the castle Corvey classified as UNESCO World Heritage since July 2014 (No. 39 in Germany). It’s very crowded here. Together with other guests I wait in the queue to the museum, which includes the great library with 75,000 books. The Corvey castle built between 815 and 822 was originally a monastery.

After leaving the convent walls I start the trip back home by bike. My first stop is in the town of Höxter just a few kilometers south. Here I visit the local tourist information centre, take the map and attend one monument after another like a typical tourist. I like the buildings here, especially one with carved wood figures of Adam and Eva and the gallery of Jacob Pins. Jacob Pins – the famous artist and an expert of East Asia art – was born in Höxter and later emigrated to Israel, where he died in 2005.

After a few more kilometers I reach the town Beverungen situated on the Weser river. All the time I go along the river on the well known cycling route called “Weserradweg”. On the way I can see the Fürstenberg porcelain factory with a long history from 1747 to present day on the other river side.

After a short walk in Beverungen I’m heading towards the villages of Herstelle and Würgassen, which are the last stops on the way back to Bad Karlshafen…

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Hannoversch Münden

October 19, 2014

013 - Hannoversch MuendenWhile hiking the trail “Weserberglandweg” all we saw of Hannoversch Münden was the memorial stone with a rhyming poem at the confluence of the rivers Fulda and Werra, where the river Weser starts towards the North Sea.

“Where Werra and Fulda kiss each other/ they must let go of their names/, and there through this kiss / originates German up to the sea the Weser River.”

Alexander von Humboldt once said that Hann. Münden (the short name) is one of the seven most beautifully situated cities in the world. To explore the old town we didn’t have enough time on our hiking trip, though. Because of that I use the possibility to take a day off today and to explore the city myself.

Hann. Münden was founded in the 12th century. It had many privileges of trade in the past and had grown to the rich and developed centre over the years. The sign of the wealth are many historic half-timbered buildings (over 700!), the renaissance town hall and the castle “Welfenschloss”, which is a museum now. Strolling through the narrow streets I feel like I travelled back in time. Due to intensive preservation efforts Hann. Münden is a city of European importance in terms of half-timbered buildings. The town is also the place of death of the legendary wandering doctor Eisenbart who lived in the 16th / 17th century. Without medical studies he successfully treated patients and even operated. In the city there are numerous cultural events in honor of the doctor. The tomb of Eisenbart is situated in the church “Aegidienkirche”. However the medieval church is best known for another reason. In recent time the temple was officially transformed into a cafeteria…

Without a doubt Hannoversch Münden is an extremely interesting place in Lower Saxony.

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Bad Karlshafen

October 12, 2014

010 - Bad KarlshafenBad Karlshafen is a little baroque town with a long history. It was founded in 1699 by Landgrave Charles of Hessia for Huguenots escaped from France. When the king of France cancelled the Edict of Nantes in the seventeenth century, which guaranteed equal rights for Protestants and Catholics, many Huguenots refused to convert to Catholicism and moved to Karlshafen. Here the religious freedom and the preservation of the language were guaranteed. Today you can discover this chapter of the history in an interesting museum in the center.

Bad Karlshafen is located at the junction of the three federal states: Hessia, Lower Saxony and North Rhine Westphalia. It is a touristic spot in the region. The huge graduation tower, the thermal pools, the surrounding forests Reinhardswald and Solling are only few of the attractions. Along the two rivers Weser and Diemel crossing in Bad Karlshafen there are many kilometers of bike paths. Cyclists, kayakers and other visitors of cruise ships meet here and spend their holidays. Magnificent panorama can be seen from the renovated Huguenot tower…

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October 9, 2014

005 - Helmarshausen - KrukenburgBack to the medieval monuments…

Helmarshausen – now a part of the city Bad Karlshafen was an independent settlement founded over thousand years ago. Why is it so important? In the Benedictine Helmarshausen Abbey the famous Gospels of Henry the Lion was written in the twelfth century. The manuscript containing 266 pages was sold by auction in London for 32 billion DM in 1983. Germans bought one of the most expensive books in the world in context of the protection of the German national heritage treasures. Today the original is kept in the Library of Prince Augustus in Wolfenbüttel.

I admire the perfect copy in the Old Town Hall in Helmarshausen. An old gentleman who works a few hours a week as a volunteer here invites me to the tiny museum. After a short introduction I watch a movie about the history of the Gospels of Henry the Lion and then I have a look on the manuscript. It’s an amazing book which makes a huge impression on me. The volunteer explains to me the importance of individual figures. It is a very interesting museum but unfortunately I do not see any other visitors.

After visiting the Old Town Hall I discover another “piece of history” – the Castle Krukenburg from the thirteenth century. A particular element of it is a church built on a cruciform plan modeled on the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Krukenburg was built to defend the Benedictine monastery down the hill. From the top of the castle tower I admire a magnificent view of Helmarshausen and Bad Karlshafen. The culminations of the day are delicious fried potatoes and cake with cream in the Cafe Krukenburg…

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Natalia Brożko - Author of:

"In 16 Months around the World. Latin America", Publisher: Burda with National Geographic logo.

"In 16 Months around the World. Asia, Australia & Oceania and North America", Publisher: Burda with National Geographic logo.

"Asia in my eyes. Memories of my trip", Publisher: Warszawska Firma Wydawnicza.

I was born in Głuchołazy, small city in the South of Poland. After finishing high school I went to Berlin. I have graduated History and Society of South and South East Asia at the Humboldt University. As long as I remember I have been travelling a lot.


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