It was a wonderful time with friends during that trip.We had a short stop-over in Xanten to tank the car for the last time in Germany before we enter Netherlands. My very good friend, Joy was driving that time. Our GPS showed us the way to this historic town. After finding the perfect parking lot, I guess the parking was for free, we proceeded for a bit sightseeing in this lovely medieval town.
Our feet brought us first to Xanten Cathedral, called in German as Xantener Dom, sometimes called as St. Victor’s Cathedral. It is a Roman Catholic church and considered as the biggest cathedral between Cologne and the sea. We also went inside this magnificent building which was really worth it.
If we have more time in Xanten, I wish to visit the Archaeological Park. It is one of the largest archaeological open air museums in the world. We actually had a view of this park from the outside but since we have to catch up our next sightseeing in Keukenhof garden in Holland, we decided not to go inside.
Xanten is famous for its medieval picturesque city centre, museums and its large man-made lake for various watersport activities. Some of its famous events are the Xantener Sommerfestspiele, a prestigious classical music festival every summer, the annual Xantener Montmartre where artists from all over the world show their latest works as well as the annual German sandcastle-building championship.
It was only a short stop-over in Xanten but I am contented to be there once in my life. If even given the chance to visit it again, I will surely grab the opportunity!
Take care folks and keep warm in Germany!