Tudorstyle housing..along the River, the Region has been a poor area, living of the Land and the Beast. Country people, hart working, always busy hands strolling through the Village, having a chat with the locals maybe a beer in the many fine Restaurants, german wine is not bad either....but I always go for the sweet stuff, cakes...all sorts of cakes. a strawberry flan ( pie ) with lots of cream...you got the try that one day!!
no hustle and no hassles, just relaxed driving through the countryside. but be aware, unlike the Autobahn, there is a speedlimit on countryside roads, 80km/h..
a picnic and a walk, that's what I like anyway
Beer museum - Beer me up
Coming from Aachen and entering the small city of Monschau you will see on your left “ The Felsenkeller Brewery Museum”
During a guided tour of the brewhouse – fermentation and rise cellars, you can learn how the popular Monschau “Felsquell” was manufactured according to the old tradition. A collection of old equipment gives an insight concerning how brewing has developed since 150 years.
Entrance fee : € 3
This town is also called the pearl of the Eiffel region.
With it’s historical old town and unique location in the valley of the river Laufen, surrounded by woods, Monschau has a lot to offer. A stroll through it’s winding lively alleys is charm you with it’s lovely mansions and romantic fairy-tale half-timbered houses. In the center most of these houses are little shops with food and art, restaurants and museums.
Honey seems to be a good local speciality.
Location of this town: just across the Belgian border
Must sees: the Red house (18th century), the Brewery museum, the Mustard Mill, Old Town, the castle…
Too bad I didn't take a picture of the famous hedges in the Monschau region. After I came home these beech hedges are typical for the region. They were planted many years ago to protect the inhabitants’ dwellings. Some hedges have entrances, windows and curved gates and they became a very special landmark of the region, definitely worth wiewing.
"Such a pretty place"
with tourists crawling all over it. Best entertainment is to find a place on a pavement terrace, order a drink and watch all the Japanese go wild with their cameras.
It has been a tourist highlight since the 18th century.
I noted that quite a few shops were not rented out and empty. I talked to a landlady about this. She indeed confirmed saying that a lot of young people moved out, not wanting to continue the business of their parents.
Shops are a good indication of the development of a place. I'll be curious to see what's happening in a few years from now and if Monschau can keep up its attraction to visitors.