When Elizabeth came from Canada to Germany to get married with me everything was new and strange for her.
But I had friends who were a great help to get very fast accustomed to the Bavarian life style.
Because none if them spoke any English Elizabeth learned very fast some Bavarian.
I had many vacation days accumulated and so we had time to travel and do sightseeing. This was mostly to the mountains and the lakes.
The Dillingen region is not blessed with those but with lots of history and culture. I only will mention the Romans and the Jews.
When we traveled trough this district we got a little bit of an impression of that.
For over four hundred years this area was a part of the Roman Empire. You still can find many traces from this time. If you are interested ask for detailed information at any local tourist office. You probably can spend days just to visit all the different places.
We promised ourselves to come back but we never could do that because I was called back to Canada where we settled down for good.
Gundelfingen - many thanks to "Veit Feger" and Wikipedia
Peaceful settlers in this region were Jewish people. Many of them lived in the community of "Binswangen". This is documented back to the year 1525. In 1864, 38.4% of the people living in Binswangen were Jewish.
Later many of them emigrated to the USA and the Jewish population was down to 4.1% in 1933. All of them have been deported until 1942.
In Binswangen, you still can find the synagogue which has been built between 1836 and 1837.
After the renovation in 1996 the synagogue is used as the meeting place. It is called now the "Alte Synagoge".
In Buttenwiesen lived many Jewish people and they created already at the beginning of the 17th century their own cemetery.
The show gravestones date back to the beginning of the 19th century.
Elizabeth was always interested in visiting cemeteries from the past.
A Jewish Cemetery in Buttenwiesen - many thanks to "GFreihalter" and Wikipedia
The "Alte Synagoge" in Binswangen
The "Alte Synagoge" in Binswangen
This synagogue could be visited every 2nd. Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm or with advanced notice.
Please check this because my information may be outdated!
You also will find an old Jewish cemetery in Binswangen.
Even when the catholic church is the dominant, certain villages are Lutheran. The Lutheran church in Hausnheim was built between 1606 and 1609.
If you have a chance listen to the recently renovated organ. We did this in a few other places and it was always something which you do not forget easily.
The cemetery with its equal looking graves demonstrates that all humans are equal in heaven.
Lutheran church in Haunsheim
"Friedhof" Haunsheim - many thanks to "Johannes Bae" and Wikipedia
Naturally, you must not only visit ruins from Roman times and churches. There are local events where you can have fun and clean entertainment. You can go biking, hiking, do other of sort activities or just enjoy the scenery.
Many thanks for some pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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