Am Perfort 9, Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, 36251, Germany
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Cycling to Bad Hersfeld
I took a Regional Express train from Frankfurt to Fulda, and started cycling from there along the regional bicycle route R1 in the Fulda River Valley.
It was a cool, overcast day, which was fine for cycling but not ideal for taking pictures.
Second photo: The Fulda River between Fulda and Bad Hersfeld.
Third photo: I arrived two years too late to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Mengshausen, but in plenty of time to see the opera in Bad Hersfeld.
From 1876, Konrad Duden was the headmaster of this school, until he retired in 1905 at the age of 77, and went back to Wiesbaden to live with his son.
The school was called Königliches Gymnasium (Royal High School), but renamed Duden-Schule in 1980. The building originates from 1229 and belonged to a Franciscan abbey, from 1570 it served as a monestary school. During the reformation and the Peasants' War, the abbey was destroyed. New buildings were constructed from 1687 that integrated some of the walls of the former abbey. Construction ended in 1891, but renovations were made between 2000 and 2003. Thus, it is quiet an interesting building, although of course more famous as Konrad Duden was the school's headmaster for almost 30 years!
The Luisenschule (Luise School) was designed by architect Leonhard Müller, who is the father of many buildings in Bad Hersfeld and also one of the first who made an effort for the preservation of the ruin of the Stiftskirche. Built in the classic style remembering the antique, the Luisenschule is the best example for 19th century architecture in Bad Hersfeld.
The building is not used as a school anymore, but for several offices.
Kurpark: Glass Garden
The Kurpark also features a glass garden. I found that very interesting because I had never seen one before. It is made of many glass pieces that are waste from industrial production. They were packed into big metal cages.
The glass garden was criticised to be rather ugly and dangerous for people, but with the cages I can't see that anybody could get hurt.
Unfortunately, many cigarettes and other rubbish were put into the cages which disturbs the sight a bit, but I still found ti very interesting.
Bad Hersfeld - Home of the Oldest Party in Germany
"Saint Lullus' Day Party"
Saint Lullus (710-786) didn't have it easy as Bonifatius' cousin. Lullus wasn't even a German to begin with - he was English. His cousin convinced him that God's Holy Work was to disperse heathen believe in Charlemange's Empire and bring the light of Christ to everyone (whether or not they liked the idea). And the Chatten people in the Rhön were hard customers, so Bonifatius pulled in reinforcements from the homeland. What started off as a little wooden shack, that Lullus opened for God's Holy Business, grew to be one of the more impressive Romanic architectural landmarks of the day - the Charity Monastery Church in Bad Hersfeld.
Although Lullus, a Celtic Monk, then later Abby for the Bendictine Monastery, and finally Archbishop of Mainz, was not a martyr like his cousin was, he was a stickler for enforcing Catholic rules, and when he died they buried him in the Charity Church (Stiftskirche). Later he was sainted for bringing the Light of Christ into the Darkness of Chatten Germany, and every year the Bad Hersfelders celebrate during the festival period by renewing the Light of Christ Fire during an annual party, called Lullus or "Lols" by the locals. It's reputed to be THE oldest Folksfestival in Germany.
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