The town of Hillesheim was mentioned for the first time in a document from AD 943 as a donation to the Abbey of Prüm, and today it is famous for the remains of its town walls dating back to around AD 1300.
The history of St. Trudpert’s Abbey in the Black Forest begun with a hermitage founded in AD 640 (or in AD 600) by the Irish missionary Trudpert who was killed 3 years later and canonized in the 9th century.
It is assumed that the first monastery was built on the spot of his burial in AD 815. Continue reading
And since we’ve just spoken of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, in this publication I’m trying to give a sketchy answer to my own question – why in Germany, this ‘beer country’, isn’t brewed the special Trappist beer. Of about 170 Trappist monasteries in the world, Continue reading
There is something very mysterious about the small town of Ulflingen/Ëlwen/Troisvierges that remains unnoticed. It is its name in the first place. The German name Ulflingen, by which it was known from its very beginning (mentioned for the first time in 1353), as well as the Luxembourg Ëlwen, derives from the word for ‘elves’ and refers to the old folk tales about the founding of the town by elves.
And speaking of knights (and I’m going to mention them quite often because we are in Western Europe), there is one little village in Eastern (German-speaking) Belgium carrying the name of the local noble family that had ruled the area until 1321 AD and whose most prominent member was the Knight Dietrich of Reuland.
My journey didn’t begin with Trier, but I want to begin my blog with it because this is my favorite town in Germany. Not only because of its ancient history and its beauty, but also because of its atmosphere. If it is true that the inhabitants of every one of the 16 federal states in Germany differ from one another, then the residents of Rhineland-Palatinate may turn out to be very pleasant people…