Photo credit: Ralf Weiser, Hämelschen Burg Castle in Northern Germany
On my recent trip to my German home village in Northern Germany I visited a small little castle again that made me think about the headline above. As you can see by the photos it is a small yet very pretty little castle with a lot of rich history. The little chapel below the castle is the oldest Protestant one in Germany. Even Tilly stopped by during the 30-year war. The castle is still owned by the same family that has resided here since 1437. It is an absolute gem located close to the Pied Piper city of Hameln, which lies around one hour South West of Hannover.
Why am I telling you about this? I missed visiting this beautiful structure and all of its history and even more so magnificent Christmas market for most of my life. It was not until I had moved out of the country and had lived in different countries that I actually visited it for the first time. The only reason I had gone back then was because I had travelled with other visitors from America who wanted to get to know my old stomping grounds. They were astounded to learn that I had not been to this place even though I had lived within 10 minutes driving time by car. Boy did I feel stupid and since that faithful trip about 15 years ago I have vowed to make a change.
The reason why I missed out on this was that I was so used to seeing it almost daily for years. Preventing missing out on all these hidden treasures located nearby you is actually really easy in principle. All you have to do is to start planning visiting the most local sights to see in your area. If you have kids, invite them to help you out with finding sightseeing sights in your town, county, state, and surrounding states. Google should help make this really easy. Now on to the tough part: You actually have to plan seeing at least one of these sites per summer. Most of you will probably say that this is a piece of cake. Well, it is tougher than you think, especially if you have not done this before.
Share your experience with your family and friends. Share it at work. Invite visitors to come with you on these trips. There is so much to see and explore. Just remember that it is not the things, the stuff we clutter our lives with that really matter in life – it is the experiences we help create for others and ourselves that are priceless. We are all blessed beyond measure with the richness of these sites and the people that we get to meet on the way there and back.