Christmas market in Germany are already famous but here in Monschau they said it's even more special,why is that? This is what they say..."When the time has come, and, all around the romantic market square in the little medieval town of Monschau, the wooden huts decorated with fairy lights have been set up, and the timber frames of houses, the streets, alleys, and trees are festooned with lights and Christmas decoration, it is then the most romantic Christmas market anywhere in the country opens its gates."
Umm...sounds good..I used to join a german christmas market in Munich and it was very nice .I love the atmosphere,many stalls offer delicacies such as Bratwurst, mulled wine, German gingerbread.I guess they have similar things here too.In Monschau they offer something unique call "Monschau Dutchen" I never try it but they said it's the horn-shaped fruit and creme-filled wafer.Sounds good too ,I want to try one...look like I have to go back there again then.
The Christmas Market stretches from Richters Eck over the Market Square all the way to the "Patere Höfje" behind Aukirche und Aukloster.(pic 1-2) In addition, there are new market places in the Austrasse and Französisches Eck, offering a range of specialities(pic 3)
The christmas market is open expected on the four weekends before christmas. Every friday, saturday and sunday from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.
It's very hard to find parking close to town center in that period so they provide par&ride sysyem for group visitors .Coaches may not drive into the Old Town Monschau during the christmas market.
At the weekends from 10.00 to 20.00, large, free parking spaces have been provided for these in Imgenbroich in the car parks of the HIMO. More than 100 coach parking spaces are available here.(pic4) At these Park&Ride coach parking lots, up to 10 articulated buses leaving every 10 minutes to transport visitors to the Old Town and back again at 3,00 Euro for the return trip. Children up to and including 12 years of age ride free.Tickets in combination with a booked guided city tour cost 1,50 Euro per person. You can get the tickets in the building H10 in Imgenbroich near by the parking lots.
There you can sit down and stay there while you are waiting for your bus. Hot coffee and small snacks will be offered for sale.For private parking ,you can park at the 4 places I mentioned before in other transportation tip.So..if anyone are interested to go there here is another welcome sentence from them.... "Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Christmas world of the old cloth manufacturer town on the Rur, and experience an Advent season at its most wonderful"
There are few bronze sculptures around town,this one standing under a chesnut tree ,near hotel Horchem and near one of the most crossing and most photograph footbridge in town ,they call it "Evangelical footbridge".Most people cross the bridge to get a good view and take photo of the Red House from the river side.This statue being known as "Maassdens Pauelche" I don't know why and who made it but some said it's a statue of a man delivering groceries.If look at him from the side ,his face looks a little bit serious but look at him in the front ,I see him smile a bit : !
Picture 3-5 are the bronze sculptures on a fountain .There are sculpture of 3 men working as cloth maker,symbol of the city,with one as a weaver ,one dyer and one with ironing board(I guess).The fountain is in the area of market place.
The Red House ia a double building under one big ledge roof with 2 sculpted door crowned by escutcheons with the house's name ..the left "to the golden helmet" .....the right "to the pelican"
It's furnished in late Rococo,French Louis XVI, and Empire period style,showing upper middle class living in that period.It's impressive,I already felt impressed since when I walked into entrance hall .Before that..I didn't expect much from a "cloth maker's house",but after walking inside,it's really luxurious.
Pic 1,2 .,The world famous spiral stairway.It's the unsupported upgrowing spiral of dark oakwood up to the 3rd floors.On it's outside railing decorated with 21 small carving depicting the various stages of clothmaking.On the inner railing show fable of the 4 seasons of the day times and the 4 elements of earth ,water,air and fire.It's a pity that I didn't take much of the railing pictures.
Pic 3.Study room,open to the street.Furnished with table set from The Cologne Pallenberg studio,Rococo style,marble fireplace with cast iron plate,an urnlike stove in white tile niche.We can see something special in this room...the picture tapestry on the walls,probably painted by artist from Dusseldorf Academy imitating a Dutch picture gallery of Rembrandt's time that show portrait ,landscape,and animal pieces, they even painted the hooks for hanging the painting as well.They all look so real if we don't know we'll not even notice it.There's only 1 real portrait and frame hanging of left side wall ,it's so harmonious to the tapestry.
Pic 4. Kitchen room in one level down from entrance hall.It's full with shining brass and copper kitchen utensils,fire place with cast iron stove box.In the corner you'll see a spindle screw mangle.
Pic 5. A room on second floor.This is Aachen -Liege glass cupboard in Rococo style,shows ceramics with family emblems of Scheibler- von -Mallinckrodt.I feel that this cabinet is very big ,compare to my body ,it's height almost touch the ceiling.
The ownner of the house ,Johann Heinrich Scheibler (1705-1765) had high taste of living ,not like an ordinary people but like a noble.I can see from his house decoration looks like a noble house. His house transformed into a "Foundation Scheibler Museum Ref House Monschau" by the District Assembly of the Rheinland and Mr. Hans Carl Scheibler from Cologne in 1963.Only 4 from 8 levels of the house can be visitted.
1.Here he is ..Johann Heinrich Scheibler. ..little good looking right?
2.Dining room,opening to Rur river.It has dark toned oak wood furniture give the impression of Louis XVI style around 1780.On the floor is green oil painted flower tapestry.On the wall are portrails of Scheibler 's family member.Look at the table ware...they are gorgeous.
3.One of a master bed room ,It must be Scheibler 's room himself,it 's the Empire style around late Napoleonic period or early Prussian era after 1815 and come from the Schaaffhausen-Deichmann family estate at Cologne.The furniture are mahogany veneer with little gold bronze parts.On the left side is washing stand with chinoiserie washing set.The blue wall decorated with handpainted palm leaf border.
4.And this must be his wife's room .It's in Rococo style with the bed can compare to nowadays double bed that put together like in the hotel,it's size just like a king size bed.The wardrobe is Aachen wardrobe in Rococo style.A baby basinet and a bidet with flower china pot .Next to it is a kind of hot water bottle or metal pan bed warmer.This thing mostly used during 16th century,they put hot charcoal in it to heat metal pan,this one is brass pan and had perforated vents to let out more heat ,the decorated of it may be with motifs or family crest.The long stick is to helped move the hot pan across the bed to warm all corners.
I like this room ,it looks cosy ,the room is a bit brighter than any other room.
5.This one must be a child sled,it's a gorgeous one.
The Red House or Rotes Haus in German and the name as a museum is "Stiftung Scheibler museum"
Opening hours, From Good Friday - November 30 open Tuesday - Sunday .,closed on Monday.Admission: every hour on the hour 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Admission charge: adults: € 3.00, students/children: free, school classes with guide per person: € 2,00 ,free for children under 18 years
I still have so many picture to share. Here are some of the utensils in the house .
1.A brass box in the kitchen depict farmer's life.
2.Many pieces of brass and copper kitchen utensils ,very shiny.The stairway up to entrance hall.
3.Brass and copper water pump.It looks very good.It's now in the kitchen room but I'm not sure if it's original place to pumping up water from there or not.
4.Another copper thing,in the entrance hall next to stairway,looks like hand wash basin.If it is so..,..it's cool ! I like it.
5.Unique style of chinaware,it's not a broken piece but it's just like that ...interesting.
The Red House in Monschau, built by the cloth maker and merchant Johann Heinrich Scheibler around 1760.The house was not only used as a family home, but also being as office with storage rooms, cellar with cleansing and dying rooms and the rinsing channels. In the peak time,here in the Eifel and region around Limberg, around 4,000-6,000 workers,all working at home produced woollen material for Scheiber's company which exported to many countries as far away as Turkey and Russia. Nowadays the Red House is a museum . It is not only the remaining representative building belonging to a wealthy cloth maker, but also one of the most splendid buildings in town.
The building is very outstanding ,locating in the heart of town.Inside the museum we can see some cloth sample books comprising a total of 6,000 draft designs in many style ,show the variety and quality of Scheibler's products.(pic 2,3)
Pic 4 is entrance hall,with beautiful ceiling and crystal chandeliers , the world famous wooden staircase .Look well at the wall ...it's not real marble,it's marble painted wall.On the wall ,decorated with gold framed mirrors and the portrait of J.H.Scheibler and his wife Maria,born Offermann.
Pic 5. is banquet room ,used for family party and candle light concerts.The front window open to Rur river.The stucco ceiling with ornamental roses.Look at the large size and gorgeous gobelin tapestry on the floor.This room is on the third floor.
Monschau Castle is thought to have been erected in the early 13th century. In the mid-14th century it was expanded and fortified with its massive ring walls and battlements, complete with a system of guard walks. In 1543 Counts of Jülich was besieged by the Emperor Charles V, who conquered it with heavy guns and proceeded to pillage the town. Some repairs were carried out, but only to expand the lower castle battlements.
The French confiscated the castle as part of the national treasure, then sold it. However, the new private owners could not afford to maintain the complex,so around 1836/37 they had removed the roofs to avoid building tax. The castle then fell to ruin,until beginning of 19th century buildings were reinforced, repaired and renewed.As you can see from pic 2.some part of tower are mixing between old brick and new white concrete.
After World War I, a youth hostel was set up in the western wing. Every summer the castle's court provides the spectacular backdrop for the Monschau klassik program .All concerts, operas and musical performances take place on an outdoor stage .This year 2013 the festival will be held from 16-25 august.There will be different artist each day and ticket price varies probably depend on how famous and interesting that artist is,price start from 8.50 to 44.50 euro.You can check from www.monschau-klassik.de Can book the ticket online.
The day I plan to visit this castle ,it's rained all day so the mood to explore outdoor thing is faded,so I just park the car right next to the outside wall and take a glimpse of it only, as you can see from the pictures.
Monschau used to be part of France around year 1198 and known as Montjoie and became to be a town when the town's castle was built in 13 th century.The town was given to Prussia in 1815 but the name has not been changed to be Monschau yet until 1918.Although the town has past turbulent time,but it still preserved many historical buildings topped with high slate roofs ,now become as interesting museums ,shops ,hotels and residential home.All these building are well preserved and remain unchanged like this for about 300 years
If we look Monschau from above,it's really a town that hidden in the hilly forest, this is in the hill of North Eifel within the Hohes Venn – Eifel Nature Park in the narrow valley of the Rur river,it looks so peaceful,as you can see from 2nd picture.
Some of the old half timbered house looks like fairy tale house in childhood immagination,can see well from pic 3,it's right next to the famous " red house".These houses are farmhouses that intentionally designed the structures to stand at right angles to the main wind direction and the weather side. The roof was drawn down deeply along this side, with hedges planted in front. The width and height of the hedge matched it's building. The interior mostly was divided into several areas, viewed from the weather side, the barn came first, followed by the stables and the living quarters with its fireplace and chimney,so the entrance to the house and the stable and barn doors were always protected from the wind and the weather. I simply walked around and enjoy to see these buildings.
The best thing to do here is by walking and seeing everything around town .It's just a small but very charming town so we can walk everywhere ,just wear a good shoe ,not high heel,I saw one having a hard time walking with heeled shoe .The town 's street is narrow cobble street and mostly up and down .It's very charming town with its historical Old Town amidst the hedges and impressive scenery of the surrounding Venn region. Stroll through its winding alleys ,you'll see the romantic half-timbered houses especially along the river.
On arrival to the town, you have to visit the Tourist Info Office. The office itself offers guded tours, books rooms in the local inns, give general info & more.
Tourist Information opening hours:
every day: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Monschau Christmas Market is small but beautiful, and might be the most beautiful Christmas Market in western Germany.
Through out the weekend there are free and exciting programmes including live brass band concerts, a living manger at 3pm and 5pm and Santa Claus who will be visiting Monschau's Christmas market in the afternoons and evenings.
The Monschau Christmas Market extends from Richters Eck through Rurtrasse along the town's church and monastery to the middle of it all on the market square where there is a large and beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
The nearest other Christmas market you will find in Aachen and in Cologne
Pay attention : Most Christmas Markets start in the last week of November and run through to Christmas Eve or a day or two before. They are usually open every day from 10am to about 8 or 9 pm.
The Red House was erected in the 1752 by Johann Heinrich Scheibler, clothmaker and merchant, as his residence and business domicile. Furnished entirely in Rococo, Louis XVI and Empire period styles, it reflects the splendor of upper middle class living embodied in an ensemble of rare unity.
You will find a remarkable carved interior of which the central spiral staircase is a beautiful example – a juwel
The restauration was recently carried out by the city of Monschau
PS : Look at the house in front of the Red House - a kind of triangle - can people live here ?
The central marketplace is surrounded by medieval houses in red stone. The Romanesque church was built at the end of the 12th century. Here you will find many good restaurants “bierstuben” and souvenir shops.
It is the place to be during the Christmas shopping period
The Rur is a river running through the Eifel platform and through the town Monschau itself.
During the winter period it is a very pleased river for kayaking, when there is enough water – In summer it is often a refreshing place for the many campers staying beside the river in one of the many camping facilities. (Indeed it is popular to spent your holidays in this area)
The ordinary recreant comes to its appetites on Lower-Rur, this is as from Heimbach, located exactly beyond the “Rurtalsperre”
The source of the Rur is located in “De Hoge Venen”, (Belgo-German border) on approximately 650 altitude. It is called the Higher Rur and a must for freaks of wildwatertechnics
Entering the town and in opposite of the Brewery Museum you can visit two other touristic highlights : The craftsman market and “Die Glashütte”
The craftsman market is put on in the style of a village square.
Around an artificial brook run with Mill wheel are several market conditions, at which you can observe, how in traditional way goods are manufactured by hand.
Like shown in the pictures there is a shop were you can find all kind of
toys – so called “Modelbau”. A paradise for people between 7 and 77 years old. It brings back many memories.
The village square restaurant provides for the physical well-being.
The Roman glasswork is one of the most popular objects of interest in Monschau. In a guidance you experience, how before 2000 years products of glass were manufactured: Of the sand, over blowing the still liquid glass up to the fine cross section ornament of vases, glass ones, etc. melt.