Stolberg is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It has a long history as an industrial town and belongs to the district Aachen and the lower district court of Eschweiler.
Stolberg is located approximately 5 km east of Aachen in a valley at the fringes of the Eifel which begins in the East with the Hürtgenwald and in the South in the municipality of Monschau. It borders Eschweiler in the north and the Aachen city district of Eilendorf in the west. Stolberg is first mentioned in documents from the 12th century. It became an important centre of brass production when Protestant brass producers resettled to Stolberg from Aachen around 1600 to escape religious persecution and economic restrictions. The nickname of Stolberg, Die Kupferstadt (the Copper City), thus derives not from copper but from brass, "yellow copper". The Kupferhöfe (copper yards) where brass was originally produced and the brass manufacturers built their mansions remain as reminders of the brass manufacturers that dominated Stolberg and its economy.
Stolberg lost its importance as a brass producer when pure zinc became available in the middle of the 19th century. Many brass producers moved into other industries, especially the glass and textile industries, or specialized in the mass production of haberdashery.
Monschau is a town in western Germany, near the Belgian border. It’s known for its medieval center, with half-timbered houses and narrow cobblestone streets. Looming over the town, turreted Monschau Castle hosts open-air concerts. The Red House, the 1752 home of a wealthy cloth manufacturer, includes lavish period furnishings and a carved, winding oak staircase. Trails traverse nearby Eifel National Park.Vibrant activities within ancient walls, a medieval townscape with idyllic half-timbered houses, narrow streets and cobblestones.
Monschau is the cultural centre of an entire region and one of the most popular holiday and excursion destinations in the Eifel.
More than 350 kilometres of signposted trails to the right and the left of the Eifelsteig will lead you through paths of adventure, e.g., along the imposing beech hedges, to the blooming narcissi meadows and up through the Hohe Venn (High Fens), a raised bog that is absolutely unique in its kind within Europe. Hike in the Eifel National Park on the Wildnis Trail or at the side of a ranger. Would you prefer to ride a bicycle or quite comfortably with an eBike? Meander pleasantly on the new Vennbahn Cycle Route or through the Rur Riverbanks Cycle Route and the Eifel-Höhen Route that both pass through the middle of the Monschau Old Town.
Discover Kleve, Germany.
Cologne was an import outpost in the Roman Empire. The city features a number of Roman ruins and the Romano-Germanic Museum is the best place to explore these in Central Cologne. Take some time to wander around and appreciate how it must have been those many centuries ago traversing the vastness of the Roman Empire.
One of the world's great cathedrals, the Cologne Cathedral is a marvel to view in person. The twin spires are the tallest on any cathedral in the world I think. It's an amazing piece of European and Germany history to see the in person. Make sure to walk all the way around for the full perspective.
Hundred thousand years ago the "Eifel" was made by large vulcans. Now the so called "Maare" (vulcano lakes) are unique and a beautiful place for a visit.
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Best time to visit will be around April when all the cherry trees get their look of pink blossoms and make the old German capitol so beautiful and unique.
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Village Hotel and good accomodation
Some amazing archeitecture! Amazing that it was preserved and survived the bombings. The 3 kings shrine is inside. Take your time inside, it can be mezmerizing. The place is huge! This place is well worth a visit. #wintergetaway