I’ve been in Germany about a week now, and have accumulated enough pictures and impressions to start talking about it. The weather has been unseasonably clear and sunny, which makes a walking tour of Weiden both practical and pleasant. One of the first things I noticed about Weiden is how pedestrian-friendly it is. The town is crisscrossed with walking and bicycling trails wide enough to accomodate both kinds of traffic without mayhem, most crosswalks are signalled, drivers are respectful of pedestrians, and there are lots of interesting things to see. The trail system connects Weiden with many of the surrounding villages and beyond, allowing the dedicated runner or cyclist to travel for miles without the need to dodge automobile traffic on the main roads and highways.
Back home, Kansas City is often called the Fountain City, but Weiden could just as well adopt that title. There are fountains everywhere, large and small, old and new. Some of the most interesting ones are in the Altenberg, the “old town,” where most of the historical buildings and the remnants of the old city wall are located.
Parkland is ample and well-used by the citizens of Weiden. There are many gardens which are filled with spring flowers this time of year, lush with daffodils, tulips, and pansies, and plenty of park benches where you can stop and admire the beauty of nature.
Among the highlights of my exploration of Weiden are the old baroque churches. There are three in and around the Altenberg: St. Sebastian, the oldest, a Catholic church dating from the 1400’s; St. Michael, a Lutheran church that looks to have been appropriated from the Catholics at some point, though it retains many of the original furnishings; and St. Josef, the newest and largest, a Catholic cathedral with two towering spires. All have active congregations and are open to visitors most of the day, when services aren’t in session.
I’ve posted additional pictures in a Facebook album, and will add to the collection as opportunity allows, so check back occasionally for updates.
Next time: Food, and lots of it!