Story and photos by Kelly
Old town Ottweiler dates back to medieval times. Since it’s only 30 minutes from my house, I decided to make a trip and walk the winding streets of Baroque stone and half-timbered buildings.
Things to See
There are a number of museums in the town including a Municipal Museum, Apothecary Museum, Bakery Museum and School Museum. I checked out the School Museum (open Tuesday and Thursday 10- 5 p.m.and Sundays 11- 5 p.m.). The one room school house gives you a glimpse into life from the early 1900s. Behind the school house is the small playground where only the male students were allowed to play. (Girls were busy learning to stitch and cook).
Also near the train station is a well kept rose garden perfect for a short stroll and some photo opportunities in the spring and summer.
Historic Railway “Ostertal”
A popular historic railcar (ran by the town) is located on the opposite side of the main bahnof’s tracks. The train serves as a museum taking riders back to the 1950s travel as miners and steel workers did through the German countryside. Timetables and ticket information can be found here and also at the tourist office in Ottweiler.
There are a number of restaurants in the village, including several with outdoor seating in the town’s main square. The local recommendation I received was the Greek restaurant called Restaurant Hellas. Although the place was closed on my trip to the city, I’m promised that it’s worth a trip. It’s located right near the train station.
Visit the tourist office and sign up for an English tour of the city conducted by a night watchmen dressed in historical garb. For only 3 Euros per person, it’s hard to beat the price!
How to Get There
By car Ottweiler is approximately 45 minutes west of Kaiserslautern, 1 hour and 40 minutes southwest of Wiesbaden and 2 hours and 30 minutes northwest of Stuttgart.
Click on DB Bahn for train schedules to Ottweiler. It’s also worth noting that the village’s main attractions are a short distance from the Ottweiler (Saar) train station.
Author’s Profile: Kelly is a DOD wife, devoted dog-mom, a mediocre cook, a whiskey aficionado and an avid traveler who’s exploring the Kaiserslautern area with dog and husband in tow.