This past weekend was wonderful. First, we visited FingerHaus' Building Information Day. Second, we visited some beautiful towns, Frankenberg and Wetzlar. Third, we had a wonderful Valentine's celebration.
The trip on Friday night was a little unnerving. About 20 minutes into our drive, it started to snow. We only had 3 hours and 40 minutes to go at this point. For the most part, the snow did little to slow us down. Once we got near Frankfurt, the radio stations started broadcasting all these reports of horriffic snow in northern Hessen, exactly where we were going. The reports used terms like "snow-chaos" and ominously spoke of autobahns being closed due to jack-knifed tractor trailers and cars hopelessly stuck in the ice and snow. Jörn decided that we should continue driving, and if we reached a situation that was too bad, we would find a hotel. As we neared our destination the reports came over the radio that driving in the county of Frankenberg had become impossible. We were headed right into Frankenberg for the night. About 20 kilometers outside of our final destination, the snow started to become heavier, and the road was indeed icy. Yet, trucks were driving with no problem, and most certainly, no roads were closed around us. Odd.
However, we got in to Frankenberg at 11:30, just as Jörn predicted as we left Neckartailfingen. FingerHaus put us up for the night at the Ratsschänke guest house. It was a clean hotel, typical of a guest house in Germany, located in rooms above a restaurant and bar.
Our breakfast at the hotel was also great. Jörn was particularly excited with the small pot of schmalz, or lard, which Germans love to spread on a slice of bread, and enjoy for breakfast. YUCK!
It turned out that Frankenberg town center was extremely adorable! I had to take some pictures before we headed out to the factory tour.
On Saturday afternoon, after our amazing day, and visits to model homes, we headed to Wetzlar, which is a to the northwest of Frankfurt. We stayed at the Mercure hotel right outside the old city center. The hotel was your standard business class hotel, but sometimes, it can be difficult to find a fantastic hotel in Germany (that is not $500 per night.)
Once we relaxed for a little while, we headed into the old city center. Turns out Wetzlar is fantastically adorable, and I'm already scheming to get Jörn to take me back!
We decided on the restaurant Bömisches-Eck, or Bohemian Corner. It turned out to be a wonderful decision! The service was great, and the food, delicious! Jörn had Bohemian Schnitzel, which was like a cordon bleu. I had the vegetable crepe with a gorgonzola sauce. The meals were both out of this world, and it was such a cozy, romantic restaurant for a great Valentine's meal.
On Sunday morning, we returned to the old city center for breakfast. I had to snap a few pictures of the adorable center in the day.
I was also able to get a much better look at the cathedral. What was most interesting about the cathedral was that it appeared to have been built in different time periods. After some research, it turns out that indeed. Construction began on the cathedral in 1230, and some of this cathedral remains. The tower in the front comes from the 1500s. The concrete color in the back is the result of rebuilding after heavy bombing during WWII.
We found an adorable bistro across from the cathedral. It was the perfect place to enjoy our breakfast.
It was the best way to start off our day of looking at houses.
I absolutely loved both Frankenberg and Wetzlar. I secretly hope we build with FingerHaus, simply to return to both wonderful towns!