At age 87, landlady Hildegard Schweinsberg is still behind the bar every day. Her pub “Zur Börse” is the heart and soul of the small village of Neuhaus. People meet here to drink, relax and catch up. What will happen if this tradition dies out?
A church, a cemetery and a pub surrounded by fields and forests – the scene of a typical, idyllic German village. But it’s becoming increasingly rare. Many people are moving to the cities, and in the villages there are fewer places to meet and catch up. The pub has always been an integral part of country life, and for one lucky village of 1500 people, it’s still a thriving tradition. In Neuhaus on the river Elbe, Hildegard Schweinsberg has been running “Zur Börse” for nearly 60 years. And at age 87, she still can’t imagine ever giving up, despite often needing a walker to serve her customers. And there’s no one to take over anyway. A report by Linda Vierecke.
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