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Alsfeld Overview

Alsfeld is a town in the center of Hesse. Large towns nearby are Bad Hersfeld (Bad Hersfeld vacation rentals | Bad Hersfeld travel guide) about 33 km to the east, Fulda (Fulda vacation rentals | Fulda travel guide) 36 km to the southeast, Gießen 47 km to the west and Marburg (Marburg vacation rentals | Marburg travel guide) an der Lahn about 36 km to the northwest.

Alsfeld is located on the upper part of the Schwalm in the northern Vogelsberg Mountains and just to the south of the Knüll Mountains at the western edge of the Alsfeld basin. Different interests group Alsfeld with different regions, but it is easy to find the town right in the heart of Germany. Alsfeld borders on the following towns, listed here clockwise starting in the north: Willingshausen, Schrecksbach, Ottrau (all Schwalm-Eder district), Breitenbach (Hersfeld-Rotenburg district) and Grebenau (Grebenau vacation rentals | Grebenau travel guide), Schwalmtal, Romrod, Kirtorf and Antrifttal (all Vogelsbergkreis).

Things to See in Alsfeld

The town is known for its Altstadt, or historic center of town, featuring uninterrupted blocks of historic buildings. The Altstadt has a rather typical layout for a medieval town. The marketplace is the center around which, at some distance, the town wall was built in an almost perfect circle (for strategic reasons). The wall has gateways where even older roads lead into town. From the town gates the roads lead mostly straight to the center of town and from there back out. In Alsfeld, the location of the town wall remains imaginable from the small and crammed streets that have not been modified to accommodate regional and long distance travelers and transport. The bends and curves in those small streets follow the original town wall and are quite picturesque throughout the year.

Regionalmuseum Alsfeld located in the former Patrician homes Neurath-Haus (built in 1688) and the Minnigerode-Haus (built in 1687) provides a certain ambiance to speaking events and other occasions and often puts on small and select exhibitions

The Walpurgiskirche is located behind these three buildings. It was built in the second half of the 13th century. The church choir was built in 1393, the tower was rebuilt in 1394 after an earlier collapse. It was not finished until 1543 however and reduced by one floor in 1836. The gothic long house was remodeled into a church nave from 1472 on. The extensive stained glas art in the church was created in 1963 by Charles Crodel.

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More about the History of Alsfeld

In the 5th century the Huns under Attila came through the region around Alsfeld as the higher than average occurrence of the Mongolian spot around Alsfeld evidences to this day. Alsfeld was first mentioned in an official document in 1069. Excavations in the Walpurgiskirche have discovered that a Roman church existed here already in the 9th and 10th centuries. It is therefore estimated that the town was founded in Carolingian times. Between 1180 and 1190 the Counts of Thuringia built a castle along the historic trading route of the Kurze Hessen. That location favored the development of Alsfeld and it was subsequently documented as a town as early as 1222.

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Alsfeld is a town in the center of Hesse. Large towns nearby are Bad Hersfeld about 33 km to the east, Fulda 36 km to the southeast, Gießen 47 km to the west and Marburg an der Lahn about 36 km to the northwest.

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