Römerlager Hedemünden, Hann. Münden

During the Roman campaigns in Germania (12 BC-16 CE) the Roman Empire tried to defeat the Germanic tribes, secure the border at the river Rhein and extend its reign to the river Elbe in the east. Germanic people had crossed the Rhein several times and invaded Gallia which the Romans had declared their territory. To prevent this in the future Nero Claudius Drusus, stepson of emperor Augustus, commanded the Roman army and took control of Germania for nearly ten years.

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Dransfelder Rampe

Dransfelder Rampe, Hannöversche Südbahn, Dransfeld

If you look at satellite data of the area west of Göttingen, Germany, you can see some unusual slopes of trees. It is the track of the former railway connecting Göttingen to Kassel (Hannöversche Südbahn). via Dransfeld and Hann. Münden – a route that was suboptimal because of the very high inclination in a section called Dransfelder Rampe (‘Dransfeld ramp’). It was nevertheless built because it was the only route from Göttingen to Hann. Münden without leaving the territory of the Kingdom of Hannover. The new route opened in 1876 switches between the German federal states Lower Saxony (formerly Kingdom of Hannover) and Hesse (formerly Kurfürstentum Hessen) several times.

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Niedersachsen-Eck, Staufenberg-Speele, Germany

The most beloved racing track for cyclists at Kassel, Germany, seems to be the one from Kassel to Hann. Münden along river Fulda. It is one of the few tracks that is rather flat and long, it leads to a beautiful town with a city centre full of half-timbered houses and you will pass a valley with nice forests next to the water. One way the length is about 25 kilometres which you can do within 1.5 hours if you’re going fast or about 2 hours if you’re riding more relaxed or have a break in between. It is a good option to easily spend a day on tour.

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Städtisches Museum

Städtisches Museum, Hann. Münden

I’m always a bit hesitant when it comes to local museums in small towns. They’re often seen as a must-have independent from the question whether there is something to exhibit or not. The Städtisches Museum of Hann. Münden, Germany, is a place I would nevertheless recommend if you’re interested in local history. It feels like a wild mix of topics and some sections look very old-fashioned but it offers enough content for an informative visit.

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Eiscafé Renata

Eiscafé Renata, Hann. Münden

People coming to Hann. Münden, Germany often search for good ice cream in the city center and of course there are some good options in the pedestrian zone. But the expert knows that you get the best ice cream somewhere else: in Neumünden, at the Eiscafé Renata. It is no shiny new ice cream parlor with freaky variations, the location is not the best and inside the time seems to have stopped long ago.

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Taste of India

Taste of India, Hann. Münden

Getting delicious Indian food at Hann. Münden, Germany is quite an issue. During the last years there was a very good restaurant called Bollywood Palace that set the bar pretty high – but is now closed again. Then there is an Italian restaurant (the Rialto) that offers some Indian dishes. One restaurant that we’ve simply not seen before is the Taste of India in the Lange Straße, the pedestrian zone.

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Da Carmelo

Pizza Mia da Carmelo, Hann. Münden

The restaurant ‘Pizza Mia Da Carmelo‘ at Hann. Münden, Germany can be found near the beginning of the pedestrian zone in the Lange Straße – on the side with the Rotunde. It is inside a building that has seen continuously changing usages during the last years. It was the Turkish restaurant Lokanta and afterwards the local Subway sandwich restaurant. Now a friendly guy with Italian roots sells pizza there.

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