I have been asked numerous times where a Fritz Wunderlich fan should go when travelling Germany. This list surely is not comprehensive, but gives a start. For more information, have a look at the Links Page!
How to reach Kusel
- By train
- Kusel is connected hourly to major railway lines by Kaiserslautern and Landstuhl. For details see Deutsche Bahn.
- By car
- from Koblenz: A 61 to Bingen, then B 50 to Bad Kreuznach, then B 428 to Frei-Laubersheim, then B 420 to Meisenheim, Lauterecken and Kusel
- from Mainz: A 63 to Wörrstadt, then B 420 to Meisenheim, Lauterecken and Kusel
- from Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Kaiserslautern: A 6 direction "Saarbrücken" until "Autobahndreieck Landstuhl", then A 62 direction "Trier", exit for Kusel
- from Trier: A 62 direction "Landstuhl", exit for Kusel
- Click here for a more detailed map about how to reach Kusel.
- Kusel Tourist Information: Trierer Straße 41, 66896 Kusel. Telephone: +49 (63 81) 42 42 70, Fax: +49 (63 81) 42 42 80.
Where to go
- First, you should visit the Museum at Marktstraße 27, just opposite the church, which has a special Wunderlich collection maintained by the Fritz-Wunderlich-Gesellschaft. For details and a picture see F. W. Societies page. There are always some special souvenirs available such as postcards, booklets and some CDs. The museum is open daily (except of Mondays), 2 - 5 p.m.
- Nearby, there is the Rathaus (town hall) with its Glockenspiel. The melody played is the "Kusellied", written and composed by Fritz Wunderlich (see also discography entry for his own recording of the song).
- The house where Fritz Wunderlich was born is the former "Emrich's Braustübl" inn at Trierer Straße 27. Look for the commemorative plaque.
- There is a Wunderlich monument at the Benzinopark.
- Another, older, monument is to befound near the VDK-Heim.
- In the hills above Kusel, there is the Fritz-Wunderlich-Halle, a modern multi-purpose hall.
- A wandering trail, leading from Kusel to St. Wendel, is called "Fritz-Wunderlich-Weg". Please follow the links for a map or more detailed info about the trail (in German language).
- If you want to have a personal souvenir, simply tank up your car at the BP gas station. The receipt has "Fritz-Wunderlich-Strasse" on it, which is a main thoroughfare road. :-)
Andreas Praefcke, 1996-1998.
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