Nestled in a picturesque pocket of one of Germany’s most beautiful regions, the provincial town of Lahr is a verdant vision of sun-drenched vineyards, mystical woodland and picturesque pastures. The scenic surroundings impose a sense of tranquillity upon the culturally rich town, which is home to a medieval myriad of historic houses and impressive monuments. A wander around the town’s atmospheric old town allows a cheerful and lively past to re-establish itself in the present, and during the spring and summer months the centre bursts and blooms with the evocative colours of thousands of chrysanthemums.
Lahr’s most legendary landmark is the Stork Tower, a defensive and dynamic structure that has endured a number of bloody battles and violent sieges. At the tower’s entrance, close observers can see ancient carvings from old wardens that add a tangible sense of history to the structure.
An integral sight on any itinerary is the New City Hall, a remarkable renaissance building whose classical splendour creates an air of authoritative affluence. Manicured gardens surround the sophisticated structure, which is home to the town’s social and cultural dealings.
The town’s exceptional artistic expressions are represented in the historic City Gallery with the aesthetically arresting collection housed in the Old City Hall. Works from prominent European painters neighbour the painting of Lahr residents, all of who have been inspired by the cultural, historical and natural wealth of this special place.
Hailed as one of Lahr’s finest restaurants, the Gruener Baum serves regional specialities with an artistic flair. Drawing inspiration from the bounteous natural surroundings, the gourmet offerings include beetroot Carpaccio with caramelised goats cheese and tender veal steak with asparagus risotto. (Burgheimerstrasse 105, 77933 Lahr, Germany)