Oberotterbach is quite a delightful German town which we stumbled upon last Sunday. We were driving towards Wissembourg in France and it was drizzling continuously making it unpleasant to get out of the car to even attempt to go for a quick walk, hence we kept driving blindly until we saw the German border sign suddenly appearing, then disappearing. We are in Germany, hurray!
Well, being in The Fatherland is nothing to exalt about as we are there almost every weekend. But it’s different this time because we crossed the border not through the Rhine river as what we usually do, but through the edge of a French town in the north (as opposed to the east).
Red arrows on the top signify the border crossing to Germany via Wissembourg.
Green arrows on the bottom right refer to the border crossing via the Rhine river.
Wissembourg is renowned for its romantic old town but the road we took was far from that. We were driving along the periphery where factories and supermarkets make a pretty boring sight so we followed the map that was to take us through the German border. . .
. . . and in no time, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of vineyards, rolling hills and charming German villages. Voila, we have arrived in the Rhineland – Palatinate and the route we are taking is the famous (and the oldest) German wine route called Südliche Weinstraße.
So from a boring scenery a minute ago, we were instantly transported into a jawdropping panorama, hurray! Well, Germany always excites us, it must be the novelty of it and the fact that, well, let’s be honest, they seem to be experts in keeping their towns and villages as charming as they can be, that even if they’ve been heavily bombed in the war, they try to replicate them like what they did in Cologne.
It was very quiet when we arrived, being Sunday lunchtime, so we had the entire town to ourselves. Driving in search for a good parking space, I saw this pretty sight of the town with the Palatinate forest in the background. After googling it later that night, I discovered that it is in this forest where a large number of war remnants e.g. bunkers, pillboxes, trenches, etc can be found. We will have to go back, that’s a promise to myself!
The Protestant church in the middle. This town of nearly 1,200 inhabitants are largely Evangelical in faith, a quarter are Catholic.
The church up close, all made up of bricks
The “Rathaus” or Town Hall (left)
Half-timbered houses are a common sight in this region.
This one on the main street has Royal connections.
Half timbered food truck, cool!
We passed by a garden shop and look what they are selling! The Germans seem to have a deep fascination with weird objects to decorate their gardens.
These are two metal balls on a stick. Are they there as decoration or something to scare the cat? Because if it’s the latter, I would like to buy one myself as cats are a pain in my garden!
Someone’s garden folly. The owner of the house knew that passing paparazzi will be taking photos of his garden anyway.
The owner seems to be creating a garden museum here.
One thing I love about Germany is their metallic signs!
Above are the shop signs of wine houses.
If not metallic signs, there are also the wine displays with prices indicated.
We followed the sign to the cemetery. Even the dead gets a good vantage point of the vineyards.
Never have I seen a single gate with such number of dog-signs. A dog lover to the max!
Homeowner gone fishing.
Orchards of apples seen at the edge of the town.
Charlie had a great time sniffing along the vineyards.
Back to town, you can tell that this is genuinely a wine-producing community.
Next time, I shall be posting about the “abandoned” bunkers of Oberotterbach. Watch for them!