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
Located just a few kilometres over the Belgian border, Monschau offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, quaint shops, romantic old streets, half timbered buildings, a wonderful selection of restaurants & cafes, a historic mustard mill, various museums and the old friary to mention just a few.
Most of the timbered houses were built 300 years ago
Here's a few more pics of another pleasant day spent exploring the cobblestone alleyways of medieval Monschau. There are shops to enter and cafes to quench your thirst and ease those persistant hunger pangs.
Take a stroll around the historic town centre and then up the cliffs where you can see the ruins of a 13th century castle.
One of the most famous landmarks is the Rotes Haus (Red House ) built in the 1700's by a wealthy cloth maker.
Monschau is a very touristy place so there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and gift shops. The only shop that spoils the old world charm is the Egyptian brassware shop... it just didn't fit in with my mental image of "medieval Germany".
There are mostly old houses in Monschau (it is stated to be about 300). The Tourist Office provides a little map and a sheet with a "walking tour". It mentions just the oldest ones. There are banners(flags) on them but no plaques with numbers (like in Vienna). You can only see what you know (Goethe). Give it a try. (We think we got them correct).The first house mentioned is the "Haus zum Turm"(1350), the oldest house, at the turn into Kirchstrasse (1). Up Kirchstrasse (#33) near the Church but on the right is a slate-covered beauty, the House Rolshausen (1589) with an evening restaurant downstairs(2), said to be the oldest one active anywhere (?), called the Grofenkeller. (We did not stay late enough to eat there). Further on the street is called Holzmarkt and is faced by the Old Town Hall (3). Finally you return down a lane to where the Rote Haus is. Next to it is the Registry Office ((an old patrician house of 1783 called the Haus Troistorff after its original draper-owner(4). Of course you will study the half-timering. Clusters of such houses hang over the bank of the Rur. (5).
The most important church is up Kirchstrasse on the left from Stadstrasse. It is just below the castle and its access lane. It is identified as the Parish Church. It was under heavy repair, so we could not enter. The second church is at the East end of the Markt. A solemn ceremony was ocurring and we could not enter it either.( I think it called the Meadow Church) The third church is across the walking bridge. The bridge is called the Evangelist Bridge, so I guess that is its name too (I could not find another). Its 2 steeples were being rebuilt and were on the ground before the church. Seen from this perspective one can appreciate how massive steeples are!
This old mansion (1760) was the dwelling of a prosperous draper. It is the prime tourist attraction of the town and is prominently sited. The interesting interior is by guided tour only. There is a fine Rococo stairway and furnishings of the 18 & 19 C. We did not take the tour because we did not plan our timings to coincide with the precise departures.( Nobody has any interior shots on VT)
The Castle is only a modest climb above the town. It is readily seen at every turn hovering above: round tower and some battlements. This is not an authentic tip. When we got to the cobblestoned access road off Kirchstrasse, we decided to conserve our energies for the rest of our walk onward tothe Markt. So we did not visit it. It is mentioned by other VTers (and guide books) but no one has posted a clse-up picture (do any of go in?). The tourist walking paper implies that you walk around. There is a youth hostel in it (mentioned in one VT Tip and in Lets Go). So if you are young and active and have time, GO.
Just at the end of the Markt at its South side (opposite the river) is a Fountain (like a water trough) with 3 figures of cloth worker activities. It is pleasant to sit at a table nearby and have a refreshment like ice cream or even strawberries in season. When we were ther in May a Santa Claus figure was still sitting in a window nearby.
relaxed strolling around, maybe Spring, definitly Autum (Fall) is a great time, all the colours, and it's more quiet then, touristy wise....walk up to the Castle and have a great view over the Town.
is the Activity....and Food, hearty and for gourment....Beer is first Class ..and enjoy your walks.it can be a bit overcroweded with tourist, but the walkways around Town and the Castle, a relaxed day should be yours
Das Rotes Haus was constructed in1752 by textile merchant Johann Heinrich Scheibler. He used it to live in as well to run his business. Fully furnitured with Rococo, Louis XVI and Empire items it gives a good impression of an upperclass way of living.
Guided tour through the brewery with explanations of the various processes, beer types and discription of beer production by the master brewer.
A look around the brew house, fermentation cellar, storage cellar, barrel filling station etc.
Visit to the Historic Felsenkeller (=Rock-cellar), which was carved from the slate mountain in 1830.
Monschau has a 2000 year old history of glass! This is something the citizens are very proud of and in the museum near the Burgau parking lot one can visit the museum. Here one also gives demonstrations in glass-blowing, producing plates, vazes, drinking glasses, bottles and more. After tat there is the polishing and – if necessary – the painting or decorating. The museum invites you the whole year through from 10:00 until 18:00 hours.
Moschau’s other famous article is it’s mustard. In the historical mustard-mill one can learn everything about this and enjoy the monumental watermill from 1886. The mustard is still made in a traditional craftmen’s way and in total Monschau had thirteen different tastes of mustard. In the mill one can try, as well as buy some samples. In town many restaurants serve the traditional mustard soup, which comes highly recommended