Eschwege and its sourrounding area
My home is Eschwege and its surrounding area. I do not live directly in the Schwalm, but Eschwege is only 90 kilometers (55.54 miles) away from the center of the Schwalm.
So that you might understand from where I get so many of my creative ideas, I wish to take you on a picture tour of my beautiful surroundings.
My garden is an important factor in my overall well-being. It is not large, but nearly every square foot is dedicated to the cultivation of different fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Of course, my flowers predominate – they find their way into every nook and cranny.
The dooryard blooms from Spring to Autumn in pink.
Hollows and wooded hills, upland plains, and the Warra Valley with its lakes, characterize our countryside.
An extensive interconnected system of hiking trails offers a wide range of options for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.
There are many stones and cliffs on the hillsides and many lookout towers …
… and beautiful wide open panoramas.
Living along and with the “Iron Curtain” influenced our lives for decades.
Today the former “band of death” – the strip along the former border to the “DDR” (German Democratic Republic) – is a green band crossing Germany. In and along this tract nature is intact and one can find rare flora and fauna.
Castles and ruins wherever one goes these are mute witnesses of history.
There are sayings and stories associated with many natural monuments.
Charming villages and small towns with many half-timbered houses in good condition exude coziness and hospitality.
Particularly noteworthy is Wanfrieds initiative to maintain the beautiful old half-timbered houses.
Many holidays are celebrated today in accordance with ancient customs.
A wide variety of neat and relatively inexpensive restaurants invite one to relax and stay awhile.
The local cuisine leaves no appetite unfulfilled. Regional products – especially the “Alhe Wurscht” (sausage) and the “Eschweger Klosterbräu” (beer), but also “Roasted sausages”, “Weckewerk” (no translation), bread, cheese, honey, fruit juices and fruit brandy – sell like hot cakes!
An extensive system of excellent – mostly paved – bicycling paths left and right of the Werra and its tributaries is perfect for long trips.
The many lakes provide opportunities for swimming, surfing, sailing and fishing. On the largest lake one can enjoy an excursion on the “Werra-Nixe”.
Rowing, canoeing, kayaking and getting married can all be enjoyed on the Werra.
Parks and gardens in many places guarantee pure relaxation.
Climbing forests and barefoot paths are a lot of fun. Blooming fields and labyrinths in cornfields incorporate agriculture in one’s recovery.
Many unique places for water treatments (based on the work of Sebastian Kneipp) invite one to do something special for one’s health.
But silence and reflection can also be found … in the monastery or in near pristine nature.