The Westerwald is a heavily forested highland region that hugs the right bank of the Rhine Valley as it cuts through a series of small mountain ranges. To a large extent unsuitable for agriculture, the region did not develop instep with nearby regions, leaving a heritage of medieval towns, castles, and monasteries.
Heidelberg's offers a small but highly concentrated dose of old-town architecture and old-world charm in Southern Germany. Its worth a visit, even with its reputation for tourists.
Why do the houses in Munich look different than those in Stuttgart? Forgotten historical borders still contribute to regional identity, even when these ancient regions are only footnotes in history. This series sets out to uncover these ancient borders, and draw connections between places that may now seem separated.