"Schlitz" Schlitz by Weissdorn
Schlitz Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 17 photos
Awhile back, a friend of mine from the U.S. came for a visit. "Where do you live, again?" she asked. "East Hesse in the back-hills." I answered. "Oh...umm, is that anywhere near Bavaria?" I sighed slowly.
Why is it that we Americans have an affection with Bavaria that almost borders on a fetish? "Don't worry, you won't miss it, even though Bavaria's nice, too."
A few days later when she came here, she asked if we could drive down to "Dinkelsdorf". "Where?" I asked. "Yeah, 'Dinkelsdorf' or whatever. My sister and her husband when there last year and they had all these cute little half-timbered houses. Let's go there!"
I thought for a moment, 'Dinkelsdorf', 'Dinkelsdorf', where the heck is 'Dinkelsdorf'. Susan didn't realise that a name like Dinkelsdorf is a name like "Smallville" or "Corn Town". Suddenly it dawned on me where she wanted to go - Dinkelsbühl. I made a face. Dinkelsbühl was about a four to six hour drive away, and I wasn't in the mood. "Susan, you mean Dinkelsbühl, don't you?" "Yeah, I think so, let's go there."
"Let me get this right. You want to see a medieval town with lots of cute half-timbered houses, a town square and maybe a castle?" "Yeah, that would be great." "Okay, well we won't have to go to Dinkelsbühl, we can just go to Schlitz." "Schlitz - you mean like 'Schlitz Malt Liquor?'" "Yeah, same name, different place." I grinned.
On the road to this town you take a picture like the one above - pure Hessian picturesque-ness. Schlitz is a real gem for medieval Hessian architecture. Susan was ecstatic. She never expected to find so many darling houses outside of Bavaria. She was so enthused that when she called her mom on the telephone a couple of days later, I overheard her say, "....yeah and we were in this cute little Bavarian town called Schlitz. The houses were sooo cute...." "SUSAN!" I interrupted, "Schlitz IS IN HESSE!" She was holding the phone so her mom couldn't hear. "I know! I know! I know! But Mom doesn't really even know where Bavaria is, and she's never heard of Hesse!"
So that you won't miss out on this little jewel that borders the Vogelsberg valley and the Rhön Highlands, I have included a little information about what you can see. You can find it be driving on the A66 from Frankfurt until you reach Fulda, and then transfer to the A7 heading for Kassel and Hannover, until you reach the exit Schlitz/Michelsrombach/Hünfeld. Then just follow the signs from there.
TRY a new road in Germany! If you want to see some of the most interesting half-timbered houses in Germany, try the TRAVELOGE The Half-Timbered House Road for a DIFFERENT ROAD to travel in Germany.
Or visit the individual pages:
Steinau an der Strasse
If you would like to find out where the Rhön is try this map, which you can zoom in and out of to view the area.
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Written Jul 4, 2003
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