Monschau from the HillWhile we were living in Germany, we took every opportunity to travel, exploring our area and the rest of Europe.  We spent so much time exploring new places that we didn’t have a lot of time to revisit areas that we really enjoyed.  When we did, one of our favourite places to go was Monschau, Germany.

Tank Traps
Tank Traps near Monschau

This small town, in the Eifel region of Germany, sits on the Rur River and is nestled in beautiful hills.  For the Nova Scotians in the audience, Bear River reminds me a lot of Monschau, even to the drive down the hill into town.  The main street is lined with quaint German shops and a healthy does of tourist ones too – that would be the only downside.  Walking through town, however, that one complaint could in no way detract from my enjoyment of the place.  Though, just outside of town, tank traps used to stop anyone crossing the German/Belgian border, can still be seen in the farmers fields, the town was not destroyed in the war, leaving the wonderful, small, streets and half-timbre houses intact.

In the winter, skiing is popular.  In the summer, my favourite thing to do, while my parents were wandering and shopping was to hike to the top of the hill that overlooked the town.  There were so many paths and areas of the town to explore and never enough time… I’m pretty sure that’s my life’s tagline.  Although we visited several times, I never really got a lot of photos, or very good ones.  But back then was the film days and that’s much more expensive to shoot!

One of the main attractions/industries in Monschau is the glass blowing factory.  In addition to the tours you can take through the factory to watch and learn how they make their hand blown glass, and the store where you can buy that glass, the complex also houses a restaurant/cafe or two, shops and other vendor kiosks.

If none of that interests you, you can always sit in one of the many pubs and cafes that line the town square while you wait for the rest of your party.

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend a day’s (or more) detour to Monschau; there truly is something for everyone.  Be sure to check out the website below for all the many other things you can find nearby.

Monschau, Germany
The Deets:

Cost:  Depends on where you go and how much you by :)

Hours:  Again, it depends on where you want to go.

Location:  Eifel region of Germany, near the Belgian border.

Website:  Monschau (there is an English version available)


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This post is one in a series examining interesting locations in Canada and around the world.

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