Sometimes you don’t need to take a long road trip or a flight to visit someplace unique and full of history in Europe. Sometimes you just need to pop over to the town at the next autobahn exit. That is exactly what we did as we spent an afternoon in the neighboring town of Idstein.
One of our friends lives in Idstein and helped give us the grand tour. We walked through town to admire the church and the half timbered houses.
My favorite has to be Schiefes Haus or Crooked House.
The highlight of our tour though was the Hexenturm or Witches’ Tower.
Before making the climb up the tower, we had to stop at the information office in town to get the key. Even this building was gorgeous.
After getting the aptly named skeleton key, we headed through the gatehouse to the tower.
Once we reached the tower, we had to unlock the door, head inside and then lock ourselves inside. Not even kidding. You have to lock yourself inside the witches tower. Those are the rules. After taking it all in for a minute, we started the climb up.
There are a variety of stair types that become steeper as you get to the top with the final ascent being basically a ladder. The climb isn’t strenuous but you do have to be careful.
You can see all of Idstein from the top.
Idstein is a great day trip particularly from Wiesbaden or Frankfurt. It is history and beauty all wrapped up in a nice little compact package.
For your trip
When you get the key to the tower from the information office, you have to give them something in exchange like your car keys or cellphone. They are limiting the visits to the tower due to COVID so it would be best if you go during the week.
If you don’t have a lovely friend to give you the tour around town, don’t worry! The city of Idstein has 2 self guided walking tours listed on their website. The map for the half timbered houses can be found here: House Map
The map for the historical buildings can be found here: Historical Building Map
After our walkabout, we had a delicious lunch on the patio of Idsteiner Brauhaus. It was a nice way to finish an outing. The brewery also offers growlers of their beer to go. You can find their information here: Brauhaus
Off to our next adventure!