Strong Catholic heritage
St. Boniface, the patron saint of Germany, is buried in Fulda so the Fulda area is one of the most devout Catholic regions in Germany. During the Days in the Diocese portion of World Youth Day 2005 (which was held in Germany that year), apparently the Diocese of Fulda hosted more pilgrims than any other diocese in Germany.
You'll find a rich Catholic heritage in Fulda, especially with the beautiful churches. Also, there is a statue of St. Boniface in a town square close to the cathedral.
Gliders and ski runs and a spy station, oh my!
Wasserkuppe is in the Rhoen Highlands just east of Fulda. At this location is an old spy station from the Cold War days. Since the old East German border is literally at the bottom of the hill, NATO spied on the Warsaw Pact from this point. Nowadays the area is home to a glider field, ski, toboggan and bobsled runs. If one wishes to try a glider flight, one can do so here. There are beautiful vistas of the area. If I recall correctly, there was a flight training school here for the Luftwaffe and there is a memorial to those who lost their lives in training accidents here. That is why the glider park is here.
To get to Wasserkuppe, take the B458 highway east from Fulda, to the L3330 road, south to Wasserkuppe (Poppenhausen).
Rings of Saturn
"Another place called 'home.'"
Fulda became my home from 1997-1998 and with that experience, a taste of life outside the Rhine-Main area. Deeply rooted in religion, Fulda was a bit more set in it's ways that some of my other travels. It also didn't help when the U.S. helicopter squadron that patroled the old East/West border left, it also left a bad taste for Americans in it's wake.
I spend many a weekend basking in the sun and enjoying a good lunch at one of the many cafes in Fulda. It still has a charm in the downtown that seems genuine and non-tourist polluted.
"Churches, churches and more churches"
I lived in Petersburg (right next to Fulda) and every Sunday I would be awakened by the pealing call of the church bells for the faithful to rouse themselves from their hung-over condition and go to church. There is a plethora of churches in Fulda, only offset by the multitude of bars in Altstat, known as the bermuda triangle. Many of my co-workers spend lost weekends in it's grip, only to stagger into work on Monday morning a little worse for the wear.