Otterberg presents illuminated buildings

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Just like last year, the Abbey Church will be illuminated from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday during “Otterberg Illuminated.” — Photos by Dominik Troester

For the second time, the city of Otterberg will present “Otterberg illuminated,” from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

“We are happy to continue this successful event from last year. This time, even more historical buildings will get illuminated,” said Carola Ibrom from the Otterberg Tourist Information office. “Twenty prominent framework and sandstone houses, parts of the abbey facility and important buildings of today will be part of this illumination, which has been planned in detail.”

Guided tours, in German and English, will take visitors through the chapter house from 1173, the old pharmacy from 1608 and the town hall from 1753. Light cones will show them the way. Interested participants of the guided tours should meet at the information desk at the bus stop.

The event will begin with an organ concert at 5 p.m. in the Abbey Church. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

“After the organ concert, the church bells will ring and start illuminations,” said Ibrom.

The Altstadt, or old town, which is the historical part of Otterberg, will turn into a pedestrian area, where children can have fun without having to watch for vehicles. There will be various booths and stands, where visitors will get food and beverages.

Visitors pass several illuminated buildings such as “Blaues Haus,” which houses a restaurant, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Local restaurants and caterers will serve a variety of food specialties such as pumpkin-, chestnut- and potato soup, homemade burgers and spicy bratwurst.

“Visitors will be able to experience a lot of local history and enjoy a special atmosphere in Otterberg’s historical part of town when walking through the narrow streets,” said Ibrom.

Visitors of “Otterberg Illuminated” get to see Abbey Church and other important buildings from above the village.
The former Lutheran house is one of many framework buildings illuminated in colors Saturday in Otterberg during “Otterberg Illuminated.”