Rietberg, Germany

We've been in The Husband's hometown of Rietberg, Germany, for slightly over a week now, and while it's been mostly cold and grey and drizzly, we've thankfully also had a few hours of sunshine every now and then, during which we quickly bundle both boys up and head outdoors so they can burn all their pent up energies.

It's been a long journey to get here, and our lives in Germany is just beginning. But for now, we're taking a much needed pause to regroup and to get re-acquainted with Germany, before embarking on the next stage of the journey, which is to settle in whichever city we decide to build our lives in over the next month or two.

The boys did great on the flight over, considering everything they've already been through the last few weeks. They're also adapting much better to the cold weather here than they did to the heat and humidity of Malaysia. 

I love this little town where my husband spent the majority of his growing up years. It is quaint, charming, with plenty of historic buildings that have withstood decades of time, and makes me feel like I've stepped into a fairy tale, so different it is from my own childhood and the area I grew up in.

Rietberg is a town in the district of Gütersloh in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and has a population of only about 30,000. The heart of the town is the historical town centre, which is also known as the 'town of beautiful gables', due to the old, carefully renovated and restored, beautiful half-timbered houses located around it.

According to the official website, Rietberg also nestles in large nature reserves extending over 500 hectares, a haven for those who enjoy cycling through picturesque routes or taking a long stroll through rambling pathways. More information on excursions, visitors programs and leisure activities can be found on the website here.

It is really not a big town at all, and the town centre itself is easily walkable within an hour or two. There are many beautiful parks surrounding the area, from smaller riverside pathways to a large garden park filled with various play spaces also called the 'Landesgartenschau', which is one of our favorite places to take the children, rain or shine. More about that on a separate post!

A must-see building in Rietberg is the Rathaus, or the Town Hall, which was build in the 1800s. Some of the older buildings in the area dates back to the 1600-1700. The dates they were built are often etched on the buildings themselves.

This beautiful town has a special place in my heart not just because it is where my husband's family lives, but because it is also one of the first German towns I've been to, and remains quintessentially the idea of how I pictured a German town to be as a little girl, before ever expecting to live my life here one day.

Rietberg is relatively unknown to the international audience, and it certainly does not rely on tourism as an economy. There are not many 'attractions' in the town itself, although the larger towns of Paderborn and Bielefeld are only a short distance away.

But this little town has plenty of charm on its own, and if you ever find yourself in this part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, it is definitely worth a stop to admire the historical buildings, walk through the beautiful cobbled streets or perhaps dine at the now iconic 1643 restaurant in Rietberg.


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