We arrived yesterday at the second ancestral village, although the woman who I spoke to at the hotel assured me it was almost impossible to get there without a car. Actually, trains and busses run there regularly, although a change or two is necessary.
In any case, we arrived and we were happy to get there on a Monday night, because the Rathaus (town hall) is only open from 9-12 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Imagine our disappointment when we saw this notice on the board:
This tells everyone that due to vacation during the Kalendar Week 22 (this week), the office will only be open on Monday. (By the way, this notice was not posted on the website!)
So, we are now at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. We hope the museum will still be open as scheduled and we were informed by our waitress last night that there are still "lots" of people in town with our surname, but we know of only one. We have to muster our bravery and make a phone call.