I had the overwhelming urge last Sunday to go on a bike ride. The weather had been kind of chilly and rainy throughout the week, but on Sunday it got quite warm, and even sunny. My husband was all for it, but my two sons were complaining and dragging their feet, especially when they heard we were riding to a small town thirty minutes away. This reaction is normal, really I don’t even respond to it because I know the addiction to the play station and PS vita is quite big lol; nevertheless, since they had no choice in the matter, they got on their bikes, and we were off to see one of the oldest cities in Germany, Ladenburg.
The last time we went to Ladenburg was probably more than 6 years ago, and we went with the car not with the bike. Then we went with only one purpose, to eat at the restaurant “Die Kartoffel”. It’s a small place where they serve you your food raw, and you get to cook it on this hot stone they bring to your table. It’s a lot of fun, especially for people who love stake. This time we went to Ladenburg with the purpose to enjoy the historic houses, and for me to take lots of pictures.
The ride to the city was very peaceful because we were passing fields and farms. We had to ride through a couple other smaller towns to get to Ladenburg, and I was quite surprised to see that the neighboring town had a small ferry going back and forth between the cities. We of course took the big bridge to cross the water; however, others, bike riders and even cars, went on the ferry to cross the water.
Old cities fascinate me. There is so much history, and I keep on wondering how they must have lived two, three hundred years ago. Many homes look super old, and one can see the small doors and windows. People must have been a lot smaller back then. One didn’t even have to guess the age of some homes because they had the dates painted on the front of the houses, revealing their age, which sometimes went back to the 15th century. In fact Ladenburg was established many years BC, and was inhabited by Celtic people. Later on the Romans took over, making it a military stronghold.
Of course I was in awe with the town, and I kept stopping to take pictures, which was a bit annoying for my boys; however, they got ice cream, which made it all up.
If you are planning a trip to Germany, and you are interested in history, then this city should definitely be on your list of places to see.
If you can’t make it, you can always download the eBook from Amazon here.
Some pictures from Ladenburg
copyright Cristina Tarantino 2017