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Explore The Half Timbered Village Of Monschau Germany

Explore The Half Timbered Village Of Monschau Germany
Monshau black and white timbered houses

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Monshau Museum Rotes Haus

Want to travel like a European? Try visiting the small towns neighboring a large city. You might even stumble upon an enchanting and picturesque village like the one found in Monshau, Germany. Nestled along the Rur River valley among verdant hills, this quaint town features wonderfully preserved half-timbered houses, narrow cobble lined streets and a relaxed atmosphere to soak it all in.

Monshau is located in the North Eifel region in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is situated within the High Fens Eifel Natural Park (or Naturpark Hohes Venn Eifel in German), an international nature park extending from Eastern Belgium into Western Germany.

We drove from our village outside Antwerp, Belgium to Monshau, Germany covering 175km in 2 hours. There is limited parking in the town centre so it is best to pay for parking outside the centre of town and take a healthy short walk into town. Who wants to drive in pedestrian dominated streets anyway, it’s not convenient, easy or fun!  

A great start..

We tried to find space in a parkade but other visitors had parked so poorly that we decided to go elsewhere. As we were leaving we heard a crunch sound come from underneath our car. We looked at each other in alarm as we exited. We parked a few hundred metres away and checked our tires. Sure enough we had a flat tire! The next hour was spent with a quirky Dutch man who lived and worked in Monshau who came to our aid and assisted us in changing our tire. We lost an hour from our day but we were determined not to let it get in our way of enjoying the rest of the day! 

A great start..

We tried to find space in a parkade but other visitors had parked so poorly that we decided to go elsewhere. As we were leaving we heard a crunch sound come from underneath our car. We looked at each other in alarm as we exited. We parked a few hundred metres away and checked our tires. Sure enough we had a flat tire! The next hour was spent with a quirky Dutch man who lived and worked in Monshau who came to our aid and assisted us in changing our tire. We lost an hour from our day but we were determined not to let it get in our way of enjoying the rest of the day! 

Monshau's narrow cobbelstone roads

Where To Eat

We’ve noticed that German food is cheaper than Belgian food on average and we never miss an opportunity to eat German cuisine when we hop over the border. Smaller towns usually offer large portions of food and beer for a great value. Monshau is popular with Benelux visitors and we assumed we would pay the touristic price inside the center but we were pleasantly surprised. We stopped opposite the Museum Rotes Haus and checked out the menu prices and lunch special outside the Eifelstubchen. Prices were reasonable and upon peering inside the restaurant, interior appeared cozy. We weren’t disappointed! Service was amiable and the food was delicious.

Monshau Eifelstubchen resturant
Hungry traveller

Wander around town

Monshau has a beautifully preserved historic center with numerous half-timbered buildings that German is so famously associated with. This town escaped the World War I and II unscathed so the narrow cobblestreets you wander through today have remained relatively unchanged the last few hundred years.

Monshau red and black half timbered house
Red and black half timbered house

I couldn’t help but smile at the seemingly crooked facade of this house. Black painted bands stretch and jut out awkwardly around the red window frames. I suspect the interior is organized if the neatly arranged curtains in the windows are any indication. 

Over the River Rur

The Rur river travels through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It must be invigorating throwing open the windows and taking in the fresh air from one of the classic German houses built overlooking the water. If you want to stay in one of the old timbered houses with a view over the on the water, consider booking a room at the Horchem hotel with an attached restuarant, cafe, and bar or the Bürgerhaus hotel.

Monshau half timbered fire department
Monshau's half-timbered fire department

Even the fire department matches the style of the rest of town. I love the trend Germans have of decorating windowsills with flowers. The splash of red stands out against the green entrances.

Monshau Half Timbered houses along the Rur River
Charming half-timbered houses line the Rur River.

Plenty of accommodation can be found both outside of and within the town center. Our personal pick would be to stay in an Airbnb accommodation in one of the timbered houses lining the Rur River canal facing the markt square.  You will be right in the center of town with quick access to numerous German restaurants, bars and shops. Don’t miss out on the delicious printen from the Hensch Bäckerei und Konditorei bakery . Try not to eat it all in one sitting!

Monshau floral arrangements
Alte Herrlichkeit Hotel

The Alte Herrlichkeit hotel caught our eye with its decorative floral arrangements. How inviting does this hotel, bar and restaurant look to you?!

Monshau view from above
Monshau from above

We ended our time in Monshau with a bird’s eye view of the town. East of the town center we climbed up the short, steep hill and meandered along the path overlooking the market square. We bid goodbye to the clean slate grey roofs, the delightful timbered houses and the cool autumn weather.

East of Monshau, the beautiful German Eifel National Park is a short drive away and ripe for exploration all year round. You’ll be spoiled for hiking opportunities in these well-maintained parks.

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Nestled along the Rur River valley among verdant hills, the quaint town of Monshau, Germany features wonderfully preserved half-timbered houses, narrow cobble lined streets and a relaxed atmosphere to soak it all in.

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This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. The architecture and cobblestoned streets are so beautiful! I hope to be able to visit Europe sometime in the near future! Thanks for sharing your travels.

  2. I would love to visit. The architecture looks so amazing to see

  3. I love how the streets are and the buildings are really pretty, their architecture is quite unique and pleasant to look at.

  4. This is such a cute town. I would love to explore it one day. That food looks tasty too!

  5. Ah! The curse of the flat tyre! By I believe this enabled you to explore the village further.
    German food is amazing, I am so jealous of your experience

    1. These things happen..could have been worse! It makes for a funny story later though. Agreed, German food is delicious, in appropriate quantities! Hope you get the opportunity to go sometime if that’s what you’re interested in!

  6. I had no idea that German food is cheaper than Belgian food on average, but it is great to hear that you can eat for cheaper in Germany. What a stunning village, I love how rustic it feels!

    1. Oh yes! When we go on vacation to the East of Belgian with the family we hop over the border for groceries and big meals out! Monshau is such a lovely, quaint village to visit!

  7. That village looks like a lovely place to explore and i love that food 😀

    1. Monshau is easily explored on foot! Mmm I agree, the food definitely filled us up!

  8. What a cute little town in Germany. Germany is definitely on my bucket list – now even more so.

    1. I thought I would have to go to Bavaria to see a half-timbered village but luckily Monshau gave me just that! It’s a delightful village to visit that’s for sure!

  9. I haven’t been in this part of Germany. i was just there few weeks ago. I will visit Monshau soon. Maybe next year.

    1. Yeah for sure, I don’t think Monshau is on the radar for a lot of international tourists. Usually there’s too much to see already and not enough time to do it all eh!

  10. I haven’t been here but I like the look of the buildings. There was a little city in Michigan that was charactered after Germany and it was so awesome to visit.

  11. What a lovely little village. You really capture its beautiful and I can imagine myself enjoying a afternoon walk with my husband.

    1. Fantastic to hear! Wandering around Monshau was a relaxed and enjoyable experience for us and we hope it would be for you two as well!

  12. Such beautiful paved streets. I love how small they look. I’m glad you were able to experience this side of Germany.

    1. The cobblestone streets are always narrow in Europe which is fine for walking but terrible for driving! The small towns of Germany are quite charming!

  13. This looks so cute and quaint. One of my highlights for this year is solo travel! Will add this to my list of places to visit.

    1. Great to hear that Brianne! There is a hostel in Monshau as well if you go and are looking for a place to stay and meet other travellers like yourself.

    1. Our stomachs were also rumbling at the time too! Monshau is a lovely village to visit, go for it if you have the opportunity!

  14. I have never been there but it looks lovely! I bet my husband would love to visit with me and my daughter!

    1. We saw plenty of families in Monshau when we were there, particularly because it was a holiday and kids were out of school!

  15. I am so jealous. I have never been there, but it looks absolutely beautiful!

  16. I have roots in German culture and have always wanted to visit. The food would be so much better than what I attempt to make at home. Sounds like an amazing place!

  17. A visit to Europe is in my bucket list. Loved every picture, I felt like I was there too.

  18. Looks like you had a great trip in this region in Germany! Love the photos.

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