Places to visit

Merten Castle

The building known as Merten Castle houses a former Augustine monastery, originally founded from the neighbouring hilltop fort. The monastery, believed to have been founded by Countess Mathilde von Sayn is first referred to in a document belonging to Otto von Kappenstein and his wife Kunigunde, dating back to 1217. The entire complex includes a small neo-baroque castle-like structure, the so-called ‘Orangery’, built around 1909 by the Counts of Droste zu Vischering von Nesselrode-Reichenstein following their purchase of the monastery buildings. The entire estate today houses a residential care and nursery home for the elderly. The grounds including the park and the Orangery are open to the public.

Cafeteria in the Orangerie
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.      Saturday/Sunday/national holiday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: +49 (0) 2243  – 86276

 

Adress:  Schloßstraße 14 – 53783 Eitorf-Merten

St. Agnes church

Part of the historical estate of Schloss Merten castle, the former monastic church of St. Agnes is a Romanesque flat-roofed basilica, dating from the late 12th century, which is visible from a great distance, towering over the Sieg valley.
Outside the hours for church services, the church can be visited from the inner courtyard of Merten Castle.
hours outside church services:

Summer months:  Tuesday to Friday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guided tours of the church for groups of 10 visitors or more can generally be organised given 14 days notice by Ms Elisabeth von Köckritz, Tel. +49 (0) 2243 – 5974

Adress:  Schloßstraße 14 – 53783 Eitorf-Merten

Sculpture garden Vetere

The 11,000 m2 sculpture garden with examples of the work of the Italian painter and sculptor Giovanni Vetere is located in the heart of Eitorf. The garden also regularly hosts visiting exhibitions from the neighbouring Galerie Incontro. The gardens can be visited by appointment.

Opening hours Galerie Incontro:
Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.a. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Adress:
Schümmerichstr. 1 – 53783 Eitorf
Telephone +49 (0) 2243 – 840086
For more information, surf to: www.giovanni-vetere.de and www.galerie-incontro.de

Halft suspension bridge

In 1946, shortly after the end of World War II as part of a community project, the local residents built the suspension bridge over the Sieg using any material available to them. The cables, for example, were salvaged from a former cableway.

The bridge is located on the L333 rural road between the town centre and Eitorf-Alzenbach.
  

Basalt quarry nature conservation area

The quarry has been disused for a considerable time. Around 19 million years ago, at the end of the Tertiary period in mid to late Miocene, the basalt columns still visible today were created as the result of a volcanic eruption. The lava travelled in a southerly direction from a volcanic funnel in the north-western corner of the site. After cooling, a 15 to 20 metre-thick layer was formed, including the impressive basalt columns. The top layer was directly connected to the underground lava source. A deeper basalt stem is located close to the location of what is today an information panel.If you take your time to visit the information panel, you will find yourself at the centre of the volcanic funnel which is still dormant, in other words not completely extinct. The quarry today is a refuge for rare plants and animals. For that reason, and because of the risk of falling rocks, the quarry can only be visited as far as the information panel.

Adress: Eitorf-Stein, located on the road known as ‘Backesweg’