The mountain road!
There is a magic in the word
who captures everyone to whom it sounds.
With the cultural walks along the Bergstraße, I would like to bring you closer to the Bergstraße with its diverse natural and cultural landscape that has grown over the centuries, as well as the Unesco diversity of the region, using the example of the intangible cultural heritage in Germany - cemetery culture or midwifery.
With an eye for the special and a love of detail, scientifically based, detached from the standard program, you can explore the sights along the Hessian Bergstrasse with me and get to know the historic people of the Bergstrasse.
I research for you in archives, libraries, estates, ... and am always looking for the icing on the cake.
For those who don’t know the Bergstrasse:
The old Roman army and trade route meanders leisurely along the Odenwald slope in a scenic and quiet location. Medieval towns, tranquil communities and the two university towns - Heidelberg and Darmstadt - characterize the region. Castles are lined up on the hilltops, from which you have a magnificent view of the Rhine plain, among other things. Thanks to the mild climate, the almond and fruit trees along the Bergstrasse blossom early in the year. Germany’s smallest wine-growing region is also located on the Hessian Bergstraße, which boasts numerous grape varieties.
Here, in the Bergstraße-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park, people like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Rhine-Main and Rhine-Neckar area.
With my guided tours you will (re) discover the northern mountain road - Alsbach-Hähnlein, Darmstadt and Zwingenberg.
Your Nicole Rieskamp
An overview of my cultural walks
Jewish Cemetery: Sights at a glance
There is a special cultural monument in Alsbach: the largest Jewish Orthodox country cemetery in Hesse. The culture walks see themselves as a bridge between Jewish and Christian burial culture in order to achieve a better understanding and togetherness. In addition to the history of the cemetery, design features of the cemetery and tombs (symbols, inscriptions) are explained on all tours.
This 405 year old association cemetery was the burial place for 32 surrounding cities and communities. The history of the region and its coexistence can be traced just as well as individual life stories of the 2100 tombstones that still exist today.
Alsbach-Hähnlein: In the change of time
We explore the center of the former farming and craftsmen’s village that developed into a sanatorium and tourism location around 130 years ago. How did village life change? Who lived and worked here? Meet the painter Luise Kumpa, Jewish memorials and the works of the sculptors Gotthelf Schlotter and Otto Herbert Hajek. Which festivals do the people of Alsbach still like to celebrate? Where did you go to school, shop and much more?
Villas in the former sanatorium quarter