This bustling little town is just 3
kilometers from Vine Cottage and has several good restaurants, and a
market every Thursday. During the summer there is a large outdoor
set in a beautiful green area, giving plenty of space to relax and
is only a half hour drive away and is a beautiful "old world" town with
many beautiful halftimbered buildings surrounding the old town square. Also on the square are many bars and
restaurants. Every Thursday evening during the summer months live
music, from rock to folk, is played from 7 p.m. onwards. The local
Hachenburg brewery, who sponsor this event, does a highly recommended
the brewery every Sunday and is very good value for 5 Euros.
A delightful medieval town
encircled by ancient walls. There are plenty of quaint old houses
narrow streets in the centre. There are 2 churches worth a visit;
Patroclus and a short walk away the Wiesenkirche.
Pumpernickel, the rye bread is made in this town. A trip to Soest can
easily be combined with a visit to the Mohne and Sorpe dams. (see the
bikers page for more details).
is one of the biggest cities in Germany and is easily accessed from
Vine Cottage by road or rail. It is probably simplest by rail, there
are two departures every hour from the local station of Au/Sieg. The
cost by U.K. standards for the rail trip is cheap, a "Minigroup" ticket
which is available from 9.30 onwards costs approximately 12 pounds
fifty, this also covers all bus and underground travel in Cologne.
There are many sites to see and visit with of course the cathedral,
botanical gardens, the zoo, the chair lift over the Rhine and the many
and varied museums, the bars and restaurants in the Altstadt down by
the river, the options are numerous.
Then there are "brewhouses" that specialise in the local beer
"Kölsch". This beer would meet every criteria of CAMRA, the beer
live, served straight from the barrel (no pressure), made from the
finest ingredients, served in small 0,2 l glasses so that the beer is
always fresh. It is very strong, although it does not taste it. These
"houses" are very German and very "Kölsch", most serve good value
quality food. Guided tours can be arranged.