Fall is a time of festivals in my part of Germany. It’s possible to visit a different one every weekend with each having a unique theme. On a dry sunny day recently, we visited the Chrysanthemum Festival set in Lahr, a historic village situated on the edge of the Black Forest. This festival appears to draw people in droves, perhaps due to good advertising on the part of the planners. Before noon on a Saturday morning, there were already half a dozen tour buses parked on the outskirts of Lahr. While there was no shortage of ‘official’ guides providing tours of the festival itself as well as the historic city center, it was possible to simply wander at leisure enjoying the various displays.
In addition to figures covered in Chrysanthemum blossoms which appeared to have been adhered with glue, there were themed gardens with Chrysanthemums artfully placed throughout.
What I found most appealing however, were Fall displays using Chrysanthemums and other Fall-blooming flowers, bales of straw, and colorful gourds.
Most businesses and many homes also had baskets of Chrysanthemums sitting at the front door. This is a village that truly embraces the beauty of Fall.
Aside from the Chrysanthemum Festival, Lahr is picturesque with parts of the old city wall still intact, historic buildings, and half-timbered houses. What’s not to like?