|copyright Durhamonthecheap - Picture from the train ride|
|copyright Durhamonthecheap - the train station at Bad Muenster|
Bad Muenster used to be a thriving spa town, not as well known as Baden Baden, but it employed a lot of people and still retains significant income from health-related services to rehab services. But today, more and more businesses, even in the town center, are closed and the lack of jobs is evident. The economic downturn has hit people and towns all over world, even in North Carolina unemployment has increased, but towns like Bad Muenster and the whole area of the Hunsrueck experienced the downturn years before it hit the rest of Germany. Problems in city planning and lack of infrastructure, such as roads, hit the area back in the 80s and have become magnified through the economic downturn of recent years.
|copyright Durhamonthecheap - view from the train on some vineyards|
Even without rapeseed, the naturally rugged landscape has its charms. It is great for hiking because the of the many mountains and the rural character of wide stretches. You can see the hilly, mountainous nature of the landscape in the picture below.
|Copyright Durhamonthecheap - view from the train|