Lichtenfels isn't a name that draws people to Bavaria. It's a quiet little town whose only claim to fame is being the basket making capital of Germany. But since that industry died many years ago, the town has become a tidy market town only brought to life again with the introduction of the ICE station which brought super-fast train traffic to the town.
Mostly the town was a nuicance for me - a town I had to change at in order to go anywhere in Germany from Coburg, my home for two years. Coburg is at the end of the line - the last major town before East Germany begins, and it became isolated during the Cold War. So any train you get from there to the rest of Germany generally needs to go through Lichtenfels.
But it's a pretty place, hardly touched by war or progress. The church is distinctive and drew my attention, tempting me to one warm summer evening to miss my connection and take a wander around the town.