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    The red house

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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 red house
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    Marketplace

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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 central place
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    The river RUR

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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

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    Monschauer Glashütte & Handwerkermarkt

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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.

    Glash��tte/Handwerkersmarkt
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    Beer museum - Beer me up

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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

    Felsenkeller Brauerei Museum Entrance to the museum
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    Architecture in Monschau

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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

    Half timbered houses Entering Monschau The Pfarrkirche The most remarkable house near the Rur
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    Monschau

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    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.

    Cobblestone streets Shrine Rooms with a view Magic Monschau
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    Monschau

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    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".

    Rotes Haus (Red House) Rotes Haus The Rur River flowing through Monschau Cobbled street scene
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    See the Old Houses

    by hquittner Written Jun 24, 2006

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    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 Tower House (1350) House Rolshausen (1589; on rt. back) The Old Town Hall with steeple-clock House Troistorff (Registry Office) Some half-timbered houses on the Rur
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    There Are Three Churches to Examine

    by hquittner Written Jun 24, 2006

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    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!

    Parish Church West Front Parish Church S. View from Kirchstrasse Church East of Markt (Meadow Church?) Steeple(left),church,walking bridge(rt), red house The 2 steeples and the bridge
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    Tour the Red House(Rotes Haus)

    by hquittner Written Jun 24, 2006

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    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 Red House At the river's edge The Coat of Arms A Standard like a Gargoyle
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    Visit the Castle

    by hquittner Written Jun 23, 2006

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    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.

    The Castle The road up The Donkey (Round) Tower (Eselsturm)
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    A Fountain Commemorates the Cloth Trade

    by hquittner Written Jun 22, 2006

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    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.

    Cloth Fountain Rolling Washing Wringing Accounting
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    Town square

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    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.

    Square Well
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    the whole Town

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    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

    River walks
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