>> Burg Adendorf, Wachtberg
Adendorf literally stands on feet of clay, meaning on huge deposits of Tertiary clay at the edge of the Kottenforst. Due to its abundance of mineral and burnable raw materials, Adendorf has been a natural home of potter’s trade for more than 250 years now. Its advancement to a Rhenish pottery centre began with the newcomers from the Westerwald in the middle of the 18th century. It was Ferdinand von der Leyen, the former Lord of the Castle from Koblenz, who wanted them to come as he knew about the need of the potters from the Westerwald and the excellent preconditions for their potter’s trade in Adendorf: good clay in just little depth, enough wood from the Kottenforst nearby and a good traffic situation. The pottery was transported from Adendorf to the Netherlands and Great Britain by boat. Most of the purchasers of the pottery though came from the markets in Cologne and Bonn or were farmers from the Voreifel and wine growers from the Ahr Valley. Today, artistically high-grade unique pottery is designed on the potter’s wheel, baked in the fire, salt-glazed and then sold in the stores of the Adendorf potters (some stores are even open on Sundays).
Telephone: +49 (0)2 28 / 95 44-0
Information on the Adendorf Pottery Days in October can be obtained under:
Telephone: 02 28 / 954 41 77 or 954 41 78
Source: Tourismus&Congress GmbH Region Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler