Tour information for 2018 Annual Meeting in Wetzlar

May 8, 2018  By Richard Rejino

Optional Marburg Tour (Saturday, October 6 – $80 USD)*

You can look forward to a visit to a very charming old city with LHSA!

Marburg, only a short distance from Wetzlar by bus, is a very interesting old city with a rich history.  It was one of the great pilgrimage centers of the West since it was the home of Saint Elizabeth, canonized in 1235 for her work for the poor and unfortunate. 

Our first stop on the tour is the Elizabethkirche (St. Elizabeth Church), built between 1235 and 1285.  This church is the first truly Gothic church in Germany.  In addition to containing the shrine to St. Elizabeth, it also contains the tomb of Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934), a leader of the German army during WWI and second president of Germany.  The Hindenburg Zeppelin, which caught fire and exploded upon arrival in the US in 1937, was named after him.

We plan to have a group lunch (restaurant capacity limited to 100 guests) at Buckingsgarten restaurant, following our visit to the church.  If we are more than 100, restaurant seats will go to the first 100 signing up; there are other restaurants in the area, and the tour price will be reduced accordingly if the restaurant cannot accommodate you.

A visit to the Schloss Landgrafen (castle) is scheduled for just after lunch.  From the 13th C to the 17th C this castle was the home of the Landgraves, descendants of St. Elizabeth and her husband, Ludwig.  In addition to a Regional Art History Museum, there are many rooms to visit, including a Gothic chapel and Gothic Knights Hall.

Following our visit to the castle, we plan a photo walk through the old section of the city, which features the Marktplatz, with its grouping of ancient half-timbered houses, some dating from the 16th C.  You will also see the Rathaus (town hall), built in 1524, and the Marienkirche, late 13C, and nearby the Kugelkirche, a small late Gothic church built in the late 15C.

We will return to Wetzlar in plenty of time for you to attend the Saturday evening banquet.

Optional Rhine River Cruise (Sunday, October 7 – $105 USD)*

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, LHSA has planned a pleasant day of sightseeing on the Rhine River.  This tour is limited to 100 guests unless demand is sufficient to warrant a third bus. 

We will depart at 6:45 AM. After a bus ride lasting a little over one hour from Wetzlar, we board a K-D line riverboat at Koblenz.  Lunch is included and will be served on board. Along the way south, you will encounter a world-famous variety of beautiful castles and quaint towns on both shores of the river.

Highlights of what you will see as you cruise leisurely down the river:

  • Stolzenfels Castle: Reconstructed in 1842 by Friedrich-Wilhelm IV
  • Rhens: A town of pretty color-washed houses
  • The towns of Boppard and St. Goar
  • Burg (castle) Rheinfels: Formerly the most powerful fortress in the valley until the French conquered it in 1797
  • Oberwesel: Features the Liebfrauenkirche, a beautiful Gothic church dating from the early 14C
  • Schönberg Castle: a block of three fortresses with a common defensive wall
  • Bacharach: Once the property of the Counts of the Palatinate, is a beautiful collection of vineyards and ancient towers
  • Sooneck:  A restored fortress, tiered to suit the terrain
  • Reichenstein:  A neo-feudal castle situated at the mouth of a rural valley
  • Rheinstein: (see picture above) this castle is perched on a perpendicular rock spur above the river; parts of which are quite well restored
  • Mäuseturm: A unique tower in the middle of the river
  • Bingen: A river port founded by the Romans

At about 3:15 PM, the riverboat will arrive at Rüdesheim and you will board a bus back to Wetzlar, a little over one-hour en-route.  Sunday evening dinner is on your own.

*Please note that exact itineraries are subject to change as we get closer to October.

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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