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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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    The Red House

    by JosM Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    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.

    Das Rotes Haus
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    Look up, there’s the Burg (castle) of Monschau

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 15, 2003

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    As said, there are still some questions about the castle (Burg). Who exactly built it and to what purpose (house of a nobleman or monastry). It is however clear that it’s erecting in the 12th century was the start of considerable growth of the village that was situated in the valley of the little river Rur. After a period in which the castle was neglected terribly it has been restored in old might. In summer there is a continuous theatre-festival here and … very special … a part of it is a youth hostel!

    On top of the rock you'll find the castle

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    Das Rote Haus / the Red House

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 15, 2003

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    The textile-manufacturer and trader Schneibler built the Red House in 1760 as his home as well as office. Inside it still shows how the textile-industry of Monschau brought the town wealth and a good name in this sector. The interior is furthermore very beautiful, with as highlight the rococo-staircase of wood with amazing fine carvings It’s open from Easter until the end of November from Tuesdays to Sundays. There are guided tours around the hour from 10:00 to 16:00 hours.

    Why they call it the red house? I wouldn't know (:

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    Strolling around

    by shavy Written Mar 15, 2014

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    With this short walk you'll pass all the sights of Monschau. But we also pay particular attention to the viewpoints that the town has to offer

    You will pass many romantic spots halfway through the trail you can enjoy a nice terrace with a babbling river as background

    The center is a traffic limitation only residents are permitted. For none resident car must park outside the center

    Monschau is built on the banks of the River Laufenbach and therefore there are quite a few stairs or ramps to do, you will love this little town of the Germany

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    Walking is only way to see the hidden gem

    by shavy Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    Who has ever walked the streets of the old city, understands why Monschau also called the pearl of the Eifel, the cityscape is hardly changed in 300 years. With its many half-timbered houses and typical facades the town with a rich past and a lively present

    In addition to a multitude of attractions, virtually every house in the old town a lot of small things that are waiting to be discovered, the reservoir Perlenbach is surrounded by a beautiful trail with bridge
    Houses high beech hedges that have been constructed with entrances, windows and door arches

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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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    The red house

    by shavy Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    The building in 1756 is one of the most significant buildings in the baroque style of the Rhineland
    This house was once the home and office of a major cloth maker family in Monschau.
    It consists of two compound houses (The house of the Swan and the house of the Pelican)

    A baroque style carved wooden floating staircase leading to all floors very valuable is painted parisian tapestry
    The house reflects the luxurious lifestyle and living culture of the bourgeoisie, particularly from the 18th and 19th centuries a special highlight is the cantilevered wooden staircase in rococo style with 21 relief carvings, which have local textile industry to subject.

    Opening hours:
    From: Tuesday / Thursday 10:00 to 16:00
    Guided tours every hour
    Cost: Adults: 2,50 euro Children: 1,50 euro Family ticket: 5.00 euros

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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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    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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    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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    Christmas shopping

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    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.

    A deer from Lapland Christmas atmosphere
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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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    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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    The brewery museum Felsenkeller

    by shavy Written Mar 15, 2014

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    Here you can take a tour of the old brewery itself. The information obtained can read the deepest secrets of the beer brewing process and the different types of beer
    A particular attraction is the view from the historical Felsenkelder, which is formed by means of an explosion in 1830

    Felsenkeller Brewery is a family business for four generations, is brewed at the brewery in Monschau beer. In the Beer Museum is the history of the brewery and shown the brewing that goes back more than 150 years

    Guided tours are available for both individuals and groups. For individuals, there is a guided tour description is available in 4 languages, including Dutch. On this basis, you can explore the museum for groups of 10 people, there is a free guided tour of about 45 minutes with a guide. Requires a reservations

    In the museum you can see on screens short films, the earlier work was done in the brewery. Furthermore, in the museum a collection of old tools and materials that were once used for brewing beer.

    Finally, you can take a look at the spectacular old beer cellar, the Felsenkeller. In 1830 this area was cut by explosives from the mountain and was used to keep the beer cooling throughout the year

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