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Can't bear to leave Fido at home?
If you stay at the castle/hotel and wish to take your pet, you can. There is an extra charge for the animal (around 7 Euros) and you must supply your own food, but your pet is welcome. I know, because I took my dog Tipper, and she seemed to enjoy herself!
Folklore Festival takes place August 4 - 7 2006
Schieder-Schwalenberg's Folklore Festival's costume group is known as the "Trachtengilde Schwalenberg / Lippe e.V." registered as an independent association.
As of 1930, the dance and costume group started performing outside Schwalenberg with appearances in Munich, and participation in the Stuyvesant Parade in New York, U.S.A.
On the occasion of 50th anniversary in 1962, an international costume festival was organized for the first time. This event has taken place ever since at two year intervals and keeps enjoying broad national and international participation before the background of a charming medieval townscape and the scenery of a beautiful countryside.
The next festival in the timber framed town of Schwalenberg
is scheduled to take place from August 4th to August 7th , 2006
Get out and explore the castle grounds!
There are several trails in the woods surrounding the castle. Our group spent a couple of hours exploring (and getting our excercise!) and really enjoyed ourselves. The trees are knotted and twisty, very neat to look at, and somewhere in the woods is an old cemetery. It's very peaceful, and I'm glad I took the time to get to know the surrounding area.
Lippe is like a world of its own untouched and..
"...so rich of nature yet with ppl less welcoming"
The small and historic town of Schieder-Schwalenberg lies in the amazing green of the Lippe district what's the eastern area of Germany's state of North Rhine Westphalia.
"Unlike many other areas of the Holy Roman Empire the Lippe district kept its independence in the Napoleonic times, and thus wasn't incorporated into Prussia afterwards. It was one of the smaller member states of the German empire.
The last prince of Lippe had to resign in 1918 after the end of WWI when Germany became republic, his country became a Freistaat in the German republic. 1947 Lippe lost its status as a state of Germany and by order of the British military government was incorporated into the new federal state North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Lippe district covers also the northern part of the Teutoburg Forest".
Schwalenberg is located in the rural Lippeland in the Northern part of the Westfalian part of NordRhein- Westfalen . Its really a small town. But could be a nice interlude if you've been travelling in busy European cities. The landscape is hilly, and theres a Castle hotel on the hill above the town. With nice paths through the fields,and woods to the castle, and well marked hiking trails through the part of the Teutoberger Wald in the area. The town itself is a delight to (at Least our) American eyes , like something from a Grimms fairy tale. Daytrips to Hameln,Lemgo,the Impressive Externsteine and the Eerie Teutoberger Wald make this a viable stop for the nature lover.
About 20 a minute drive from Schwalenberg is the Externsteine. Located near the City of Horn ,the Externsteine are rock formations that show signs of habitation for thousands of years. ...Now a stop for school children and tourists ,they are impressive in a way similar to Seneca Rocks in my home state of West Virginia...but as an added bonus the Teutoberger Wald (Forest)grow around the rocks ...and make for a very interesting walk,either on or off the trails...I'm quite certain that the cliff we discovered off the trails are the ones the legendary Pied Piper from nearby Hameln led the children to their doom ...very eerie...and the forest itself has a haunted feel to it ...If you like forests ,check it out...
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