St. Anne’s Church, Düren/Annakirche, Düren

In the 8th century, there was a Königspfalz/royal palace in Düren in the place where today St. Anne’s Church stands. Düren is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne. 748 was the year when the first chapel was mentioned.

In 1501, the relics of St. Anne were stolen from the St. Stephen Church in Mainz and brought to Continue reading

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Manderscheid

The extraordinary panorama with two fortified medieval castles – Niederburg and Oberburg – as a result of the notorious medieval history of the area, is the main attraction of Manderscheid. And although this is not my favorite type of tourist attractions, I had to visit at least one of them – the so-called Niederburg/the Lower Castle. Continue reading