Take a step back in history and discover the fairy tale town of Monschau with its world famous half –timbered houses. Find everything you need to know for a perfect day trip to Monschau right here.
How to get to Monschau
Monschau is a small town situated just across the border from Belgium in Western Germany. It is located within the Eifel Nature park and is therefore the perfect day trip from Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany.
Monschau is best accessible by car. Around the village you have a few public parking lots. We parked our car in Parkplatz Burgau and paid 7 euros for a day ticket.
The public parking lots around the town are just on a few minutes walking distance of the historical centre of Monschau.
Explore the historical centre
When discovering the old town of Monschau with its cobbled streets and narrow alleys you will understand why this village is called the pearl of the Eifel.
The city hasn’t changed in about 300 years. So wandering through the historical centre is like taking a ride in a time machine back to the old days.
Typical for this village are the many half-timbered houses and typical facades. Wander around through the cobbled streets and discover new hidden gems around every corner.
Travel back in time by visiting the Red House
Would you like to take a look behind the scenes of how the upper middle class lived in the 18th century? Then you should definitely visit the red house. For 5 euros per person you can visit the whole house. It was built around 1760 by a textile manufacturer and merchant. The house consists of 4 floors connected by a beautiful wooden staircase.
On each floor you can see how the different rooms were arranged and decorated.
Not far from the red house hidden in a narrow street, you can find a trail up hill. It is marked with a sign of panorama route. It is a small climb that takes about 15 minutes to the highest point. There you have a beautiful panoramic view over the old city centre and the castle.
Castle AKA youth hostel
The castle dates from the 13th century. After the first world war, a youth hostel moved into the west wing. In this way the castle remains inviting. Unfortunately, the building can’t be visited for this reason. But also the visit to the courtyard and the fantastic view of the city are worth it. During the summer the courtyard of the castle becomes the scene for the “Monschau Festival”. Then the performances turn the castle into the ‘place to be’ for music fans.
The specialty of Monschau is Mustard. A bit out of town you can still visit the old mustard mill. Mustard is still produced here. In the store you can taste no less than 18 varieties of the famous ‘moutarde de montjoie’.
What to eat?
Unfortunately, I did not have time to try out all the restaurants. However, I recommend you to taste the specialty schnitzel with mustard sauce. This is simply fantastic.
Around the market square you can find many nice restaurants. A must is to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a delicious pastry on the terrace on the market square.
Shop till you drop
In the historical centre you can find many shops with souvenirs and local products. I must confess that I have a weakness for nice headgear. And when it comes to this, Monschau is a real shopping paradise for me. Here you can find some of the best shops with the most beautiful hats.
Monschau is one of the most charming and picturesque towns that I have already visited. It is the perfect place for a day trip and should not be missed when you are in the area.
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