When I first arrived at Spangdahlem AB in 1983, I lived in hotels while waiting for an apartment in Bruch to be ready, and often took “walking tours” of the local villages where I was staying.
Village life in the Eifel is reminiscent of an earlier time, when life was lived at a much slower pace.
Many villages in the area were being renovated and improved in the early 1980’s when I first arrived in the Eifel.
People were building new homes in the local area, and village streets were in the process of being repaved and improved.
Many of the villages in the Eifel had not changed very much over the years.
The need for apartments back in 1983 by Spangdahlem AB, influenced many building and renovation projects in the local villages.
My father-in-law often explained to me the history of the Eifel, Germany and Europe, as he was a school teacher, school principal and historian; as well as a village band founder, conductor, music teacher and musician.
This is a picture of one of the two hotels I stayed in, nestled in a peaceful and scenic Eifel valley.
This hotel was the one where I spent the most time, while waiting for our apartment to be ready in Bruch.
This is the Bruch “castle,” which is actually a private residence with a beautiful “fairytale” setting in Bruch.
The two towers of the Bruch castle recall an earlier time in Germany – the land where the Grimm Brother’s Fairytales originated.
Farmers in the Eifel usually live in the village and graze their livestock in the surrounding fields throughout the summer months.
There is a simplicity to life that is lived in a rural and natural setting, away from the hectic pace of the “outside” world.
Bruch is the village of my wife’s family, and here the Bruch church sits high above the center of the surrounding village.
Bruch itself is situated in a valley alongside the Salm River, about half way between Spangdahlem AB and Wittlich. (Some photos in this collection are damaged and show their age.)
Workers begin to widen and beautify the Salm River where it flows through Bruch.
In 1987 Bruch was awarded the “Most Beautiful Village in the Trier Region” award, and this particular photo looks out across fields at a neighboring village off in the distance.
Bruch went on to compete in the “Most Beautiful Villages of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz” competition that year (1987) and was a finalist.
Here you can see Bruch’s idyllic and secluded location in the Salm River valley, as if it was the only village in the entire area.
The village of Bruch is surrounded by pastures, fields and forests; and the walking paths and farmer’s tractor paths allow you to explore the entire region on foot or by bicycle.
This view is taken over a shed’s roof from up the hill, and shows how Bruch is nestled quietly in the peaceful Salm River valley.
My father-in-law worked for over 26 years to help Bruch emerge as one of the area’s most beautiful villages.
I will show you through my photographs, the progression and progress that helped Bruch evolve into one of the region’s nicest little villages.
This was my landlord’s house in Bruch, still under construction at the time; and after selling my Honda Prelude in the States before arriving in Germany, I bought this Audi K-70 in “high visibility safety orange.”
This is another view of my landlord’s house, where Jeff and I shared the downstairs apartment.
This was the house directly across the street from my landlord’s house in Bruch.
This house was just down the street from my landlord’s house in Bruch; you can see the newly built sidewalk along with the resurfaced street.
My neighbor across the street pauses for a picture while working on his house.
The brick pavers have arrived, and await installation as new sidewalks in Bruch, just down from my landlord’s house.