Nowadays Gerolstein is famous for its mineral springs and its bottled mineral water. It is the biggest mineral water exporter in Germany.

The name ‘Gerolstein’ appeared first in connection with the Löwenburg Castle in 1115. The castle was erected by a certain Gerhard von Blankenheim, and that’s why it was also called Gerhardstein. It is assumed that the name Gerolstein derived from Gerhardstein.

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„Vianden“ derives from the Gallic word „vien“, which means „rocky“. That little town with less than 2000 inhabitants is in the warmer months so flooded with tourists or with just taking a walk neighbors from the neighboring Germany and Belgium, that people can hardly pass each other on the narrow pavements and would wonder in which densely populated city they have arrived.

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Château de Jehay/Jehay Castle

Too many historical facts in the previous publication, so let’s have a break with one representative of my greatest weakness – the castles. I like the Belgian castles in particular because they exhale such a specific tang of refinement. Besides, photography is allowed inside (at least in the ones visited by me so far), unlike the castles in Germany (again, it’s about the visited ones so far, with only one exception). Yet Jehay Castle is closed for reconstruction. And this is very unfortunate, as the castle is described as exceptionally rich and beautiful. So, we have to wait until its reopening.

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