***image1***Otterberg is one of the nine union communities of Kaiserslautern County. The
medieval town is located in the center of the “Pfälzerwald,” Palatinate Forest, about 10 kilometers north of Kaiserslautern and includes the villages of Heiligenmoschel, Niederkirchen, Schallodenbach and Schneckenhausen.
Ulrich Wasser is the mayor of the union community with about 10,000 inhabitants. Back in 1140, Duke Siegfried von Kesselstadt gave his castle, called Otterburg, to Cistercian monks from the Eberbach Abbey in the Rheinau. The monks started building a monastery with the church located at the bottom of the castle in 1168. In 1254, Bishop Arnold from Luettich consecrated the abbey church. Today the church is the second biggest sacral building in the Pfalz. The cathedral in Speyer is the biggest.
The late Romanesque and gothic-styled church is worth a visit. Tonight at 8 p.m. the Rhein-land-Pfalz Youth Choir and the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz perform a church concert in the sacral building.
Besides the historic church, Otterberg has several other venues to offer the KMC including a local history museum in the “Stadthaus,” the old pharmacy which is now used as a tourist office and library, and the restaurants nestled inside historical buildings.
The union community of Otterberg can also be discovered by 120 kilometers of bicycle paths. There are tennis courts, riding stables, a public swimming pool and barbecue parks.
If you are in Otterberg Oct. 28, you can take advantage of special Sunday shopping offered 1 to 6 p.m. in conjunction with a carnival.
I hope you all get a chance to enjoy Otterberg and all the wonderful communities around the KMC.