Enjoy a relaxing vacation in Uslar

Categories: Family and Kids, Sports, Sightseeing, Cultural and History, Shopping, Dining, Entertainment

Uslar's market square
Uslar's market square

[ source: Wikipedia]

Uslar in Lower Saxony is certainly no metropolis or holiday hotspot but a great destination for a relaxing vacation. With its quaint city center, great restaurants, several museums and interesting landscape, this town of only about 15,000 inhabitants has much more to offer than one might expect.

The existence of Uslar (Uslar vacation rentals | Uslar travel guide) dates back to 1006/1007, and the town has kept its medieval flair until today. The landmarks of Uslar are certainly the town hall as well as the St. Johannes Church, which were both built in the Late Middle Ages in the Gothic style. Walking through the picturesque city center on red cobblestone streets and lined with timber—framed houses makes you feel like the past is still alive and is a joy for every historian. The town is not plastered with the usual high—street shops you can find in any bigger city, but has a number of small shops and boutiques where you can buy anything for your everyday needs.

There is no great holiday without great food, and in Uslar you can enjoy plenty of it. Despite its relatively small size, it is the home of many fabulous restaurants that satisfy whatever tastes you might have.

More on the sophisticated side is the Hotel Menzhausen, which is not only a restaurant but also a four—star hotel. It is located one of Uslar’s oldest and most charming buildings directly across the town hall. The kitchen offers both regional dishes and international cuisine. A vaulted wine cellar provides guests with a cozy, candlelit wine tasting experience. Guests can relax in the modern spa oasis, overlooking a beautiful park with its romantic lake.

This small town has more to offer than the typical German food. You can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Bella Napoli, a rustic pizzeria in the town centre, and get an idea of what the less known Baltic cuisine is all about at Baku—Caspian Café—Restaurant.

If you are more of a sweet tooth, then you should pay a visit to Gasthaus Collart Landcafe, which offers delicious cakes and hand—brewed coffee. Guests enjoy a cozy, personable atmosphere with family pictures from the last two centuries, lace doilies and fresh flowers on the tables. There is also an outdoor area with a fantastic view. Located only 2.5 miles from Uslar in the village of Kammerborn, visitors can embark on a walk from the town to the café, and later reward themselves with a large piece of cake without feeling guilty.

If you feel the need for some cultural stimulation, Uslar and its neighboring towns have plenty to offer.

First of all, there is the Museum Uslar, an urban and regional history museum featuring 1,000 square meters of exhibits detailing the history of everyday life in the town of Uslar and the Solling region. Visitors will encounter displays featuring pipe and cigar makers, lathe operators, spinners, market women, coal miners, glassmakers, carpenters and casters. Additional exhibits cover contemporary political history in the region, including Jewish life, the history of National Socialism and the aftereffects of the Second World War on the people of the region.

In Volpriehausen, a neighboring town, you can find the Kali-Bergbaumuseum, which documents the history of stone and salt mining. Exhibits include photo displays and many of the original tools, lamps, and machines used by regional workers in the mines. Colorful salts from around the world are available for purchase as mementos.

Uslar is quite close to the former inner-German border. More than 20 years after the Fall of the Wall, the borderland is hardly recognizable as such anymore, but there is a highly informative museum in Eichsfeld, only about 30 miles from Uslar, where you can get a grasp of what it meant to live so close to the former DDR.

A much happier place certainly is the Alaris Schmetterlingspark, a butterfly reserve featuring over 120 beautiful species of butterflies. Visitors can observe all stages of a butterfly’s life, from egg to caterpillar, and pupa to butterfly — all in a lush, tropical garden with thousands of exotic plants and flowers.

Finally, some more practical but nonetheless equally important information: Uslar might be a small town but it still is home to a modern hospital and three pharmacies, where all potential injuries and diseases can be taken care of. The nearest airports are Hanover, Paderborn—Lippstadt and Kassel—Calden and the town is accessible via interstate highway A7 and A44. Of course, Uslar also has a train station. Should you want to hire a car to explore the surrounding area, you should contact Autohaus Siebrecht at www.Autohaus-Siebrecht.de or call 0 55 71/ 92 30 0.

Enjoy your vacation in the lovely town of Uslar and don’t forget to try to live like a German!

For more information about how to vacation in Uslar, see [ source: uslar.de ]

About this Article

Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

Find and book quality Germany Vacation Rentals and Holiday Apartments ...

By Vacation Theme: Alpine Villages, Beach Vacations, Farm Vacations, German Castles, Historic Old Towns, Lake Vacations, Metropolitan Cities, Small Villages, Spa Towns, Themeparks, [ + ] more ...

By State: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bavaria, Berlin (region), Bern (Canton), Brandenburg, Bremen (region), Burgenland (Austria), Canton of Jura, Canton of Uri, Carinthia (Austria), Fribourg (Canton), Geneva (Canton), Glarus, Graubünden, Hamburg (region), Hesse, Lower Austria, Lower Saxony, Lucerne (Canton), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Obwalden, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Salzburger Land (Austria), Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schaffhausen (Canton), Schleswig-Holstein, Schwyz (Canton), Solothurn, St. Gallen (Canton), Styria (Austria), Thurgau, Thuringia, Ticino, Tyrol (Austria), Upper Austria, Valais, Vaud, Vienna (Austria), Voralberg (Austria), Zug (Canton), Zürich (Canton), [ + ] more ...

Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Uslar, Germany

[ view larger map ]

Additional travel info

Restaurant contacts:

  • Hotel Menzhausen; Mauerstrasse 2, 37170 Uslar; www.hotel-menzhausen.de
  • Bella Napoli; Neustädter Platz 35, 37170 Uslar; Tel.: +49 (0) 5571 2126
  • Baku-Caspian Café-Restaurant; Graftplatz 2, 37170 Uslar; www.baku-caspian.de
  • Gasthaus Gollart “Landcafé”; Sollingstraße 19, 37170 Uslar-Kammerborn; www.landcafegasthausgollart.de

Related Links

Alaris Schmetterlingspark




Museum Uslar


Nearby Destinations Where You Can Find Nice Germany Vacation Rentals



With almost 500,000 residents, Kassel is located on the Fulda River in northern Hesse. This city is home to numerous parks and palaces, including Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having first been mentioned in written sources from…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Kassel Vacation Rentals



Paderborn is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, capital of the Paderborn district. The name of the city derives from the river Pader, which originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius is buried.  [ + ] More Details

Related: Paderborn Vacation Rentals



With a population of over 500,000 (2007), Hannover is a major center in northern Germany. It is known for hosting popular annual commercial expositions, such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT. Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Hannover Vacation Rentals



Göttingen is a college town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Göttingen. The Leine river runs through the town. In 2006 the population was 129,686.  [ + ] More Details

Related: Göttingen Vacation Rentals



Hildesheim is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located in the district of Hildesheim, about 30 km southeast of Hannover on the banks of the Innerste river, which is a small tributary of the Leine river.  [ + ] More Details

Related: Hildesheim Vacation Rentals

Feedback, comments, questions?

Bettina Kraft

If you have visited here please share your experiences with our readers on Facebook. Or, if you have other cool trip suggestions and would like to contribute a travel guide here, please drop me an email. We also are encouraging free-lancers, travel guide writers or publishers who have great Germany related content to send us an email and get in touch with us.

Subscribe to the latest Germany travel guide articles in a reader (RSS)

Ask a Local for special travel insider tips!

We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.

Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!

Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!Register for our free monthly Germany travel newsletter and download as a gift this valuable eBook: "10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation" - written by Bettina Kraft, owner of the Live Like a German site.
[ + ] More Details

Add the "Best of Live Like a German" to your web site or blog!

Best of Live Like a German Badge

Get the Best of Live Like a German badge, which shows the latest Germany travel tips, popular vacation packages, special trip plans, and a selection of travel guides. It can be integrated easily into your web site or blog.
[ + ] More Details