Schleiden Things to Do
Kloster Steinfeld is an abbey slightly southeast of Gemund-Schleiden and well worth a visit. The church dates from the 900s and has a rather foreboding look from the outside but when you go inside, it is typical German baroque splendor. It's been added to and renovated for over a thousand years so you see a bit of everything inside.
When you drive into town, you immediately spot the huge entrance gate that looks for all the world like a Triumphal Arch. There is parking opposite the gate and we noticed limited parking inside but it is a working Abbey and there is a school (gymnasium) there so expect the parking inside the gate is for that or perhaps for handicapped tourists.
There is also a labyrinth to walk if you enjoy them. This one is supposed to be wheelchair accessible so might be an opportunity for those who can't navigate a normal labyrinth.
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We were looking for another church and were told about St. Philippus and Jakobus in Schleiden so drove to Schleiden to find it. We stopped at a street fair to ask directions and were sent through a charming Old Town area, up a very narrow road to a parking lot directly above the church.
The church was covered in scaffolding from ongoing restoration but the inside was absolutely lovely. The altars, the paintings on the ceiling, the windows were all beautiful and if you manage to be there for a service or a concert, the organ is excellent. Definitely worth a visit.
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We started our Sunday looking for Mass at St. Nikolaus in Gemund but there was no service. We walked downtown and asked several people where to go and a kindly Protestant minister told us about the Catholic church in Schleiden so we set off for the sister town. There was a church and it was historic and beautiful. St. Philippus and Jakobus also had an excellent organist, something we truly loved about Germany.
As we left St. Philippus and Jakobus, Ed spotted a sign pointing up several steps to a “gourmet” restaurant. We decided to see what it was and walked up to a posted menu for Restaurant im Schloss Schleiden. It looked good and was very reasonable for gourmet food so we walked on up as they were completing their lunch-time setup.
We were greeted by a very pleasant young waiter who spoke excellent English. We ordered a mineral water while we looked through the menu. We are tired of various sausages and pork so wanted something lighter.
By the time we finished our terrific meal in a lovely setting, we were glad our resort receptionist had gotten the Mass times confused. The restaurant in Schloss Schleiden was a real find, a very happy accident and the fact that the weather allowed us to eat outside looking up at the lovely castle was a bonus.
Favorite Dish: Here's my journal entry for the meal: "To our delight, they had several fish dishes and we both settled on trout. We ordered a white wine and when he brought it, he brought a basket with bread. We’re not sure what it was called but it was like a giant straight pretzel sliced. We loved it, especially warm and with butter!"
"The trout arrived in due time accompanied by a very eclectic salad and what looked like boiled potatoes but were a very well-seasoned taste sensation. The trout was fresh and cooked to perfection. The servings were reasonable so we had room for ice cream for dessert. Ed ordered his off the menu and it was a work of art. I simply ordered two scoops of coffee ice cream and it was excellent."
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We arrived at the appointed timeshare, unpacked for the week, scouted the facilities and asked for a restaurant recommendation. We drove downtown to the recommended restaurant and it was closed so we drove back up the hill to find Hotel Restaurant Haus Salzberg. We were ushered in and seated and given English menus without saying one word in any language . . . interesting. It wasn't exactly welcoming but we were seated and we did have menus.
Following the odd entrance, we found the service more than adequate. The wait staff was busy but alert and affable. It's a lovely walk downhill, but after you eat (and it's probably quite dark), the slog back uphill would be more than I'd want to do, We were glad we drove. It was early September and it also was quite cold when we left despite a truly lovely day.
Favorite Dish: We had been in Germany a week by this time and were not finding menu selections that were appealing to us so we'd had a long line of pork medallions which we both like well enough . . . although several times in one week is a bit much . . . This is in explanation of the journal entry below.
Here's my journal entry for the meal: "I got pork medallions yet again and it was a blessedly smaller portion than usual. It was good but typical. Ed got a pork schnitzel, equally good. He got small round potato croquettes and I had spatzle and we both had pumpkin soup to start and an excellent salad. Dessert came with the meal and I had a chocolate pudding while Ed had a berry jell of some sort."
My only objection to any of the meals we had in Germany was the portion sizes were very large. I always feel like I'm wasting food, but it is simply too much to eat and I've a pretty hearty appetite. At home, we take the leftovers home and have another meal of it, but on vacation, I have no desire to save and eat leftovers if the "doggy bag" has even been invented in Germany.
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Schleiden Off The Beaten Path
There are several gateways to the Eifel Park and Gemund is one of them. There are exhibits, parking, tourist information and activities as well as food available at the park entrance at the end of the main shopping street in Gemund. You can also buy picnic supplies in Gemund before you enter the park.
We attended a really fun band concert with a lot of German families (and their dogs) one night. There are a lot of activities at the park including hiking, ranger-guided tours, boat tours on the lake and lots of activities for children. There are also bridle paths and horse and carriage tours available. Check the National Park Gate where you want to enter to see what is available at that gate.
The park is located southwest of Cologne (Koln) and southeast of Aachen.
Gemund tel: +40 (0)2444 2011
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