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"Why should someone do a vacation in Eschwege? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Eschwege, which everyone visiting Eschwege should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Eschwege that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 05/15/2014)

Not easy to answer in just a few words. For active people: cycling on the Werratal bike path or mountain bike trails; hiking on 15 premium hiking trails and on the Hoher Meissner; orchid hikes; hikes on the Burgen-Steig (castle trail); hikes around the poppy fields; rowing and canoe tours on Werra or Werra valley lake; for music lovers, a visit to the Open-Flair-Festival Visiting the tin figure museum and the Sophiengarten (Sophie’s Garden) in Eschwege Trip to Roman monastery church in Germerode Eschwege is also a good starting point for tours to various cities of interest that are 30 - 60 km distant
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In Eschwege, with approximately 22,000 inhabitants and 1,000 half-timbered houses in the old town, the world is still alright. No noise, no hassle, friendly people, lots of historical and cultural events. Extensive network of bike and hiking trails, canoeing on the river Werra, climbing, water sports activities on Werra valley and Meinhardsee lake. Eschwege is situated between Eisenach (Wartburg, Martin Luther), Kassel (Herkules castle park Wilhelmshöhe World Heritage Site), Göttingen (university town), Bad Hersfeld (festival). Excursions to the nearby Eichsfeld and the Thomas Müntzer city of Mühlhausen with its seven churches. Special excursion suggestions are to be found on the website of the Tourist Office. Guided city tours also on offer. Eschwege is just pure relaxation. Marketplace and environs offer numerous places to stop and relax. In Wanfried (historic port 10 km) and Bad Soden Allendorf you can sit in cozy country pubs near the Werra. - Every weekend, many events in the surrounding villages. - I could go on and on, but the rest you can explore yourself, especially if you live centrally in one of my apartments, from where a majority of these and other places can be reached on foot. Just come and make yourself comfortable.
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Eschwege Overview

The nearest city in Hesse is Kassel (Kassel vacation rentals | Kassel travel guide) (roughly 52 km to the northwest), and the nearest in Lower Saxony is Göttingen (Göttingen vacation rentals | Göttingen travel guide) (roughly 55 km to the north). Eschwege borders in the north on the town of Bad Sooden-Allendorf (Bad Sooden-Allendorf vacation rentals | Bad Sooden-Allendorf travel guide) and the community of Meinhard (Meinhard vacation rentals | Meinhard travel guide), in the east on the town of Wanfried (all three in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis), in the southeast on the town of Treffurt (in Thuringia’s Wartburgkreis), in the south on the communities of Weißenborn and Wehretal, in the west on the community of Meißner, and in the northwest on the community of Berkatal (all four in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis).

Things to See in Eschwege

Museums

  • Stadtmuseum Eschwege (town museum)
  • Eschweger Zinnfiguren- und Miniaturenkabinett (tin figures and miniatures cabinet)
  • “Freunde der Eisenbahn” (railway museum)
  • Heimatmuseum in the scenic Old Town, has a marketplace surrounded by timber-frame houses.

Buildings

  • Neustädter Kirche St. Katharina (church)
  • Marktkirche St. Dionys (market church)
  • Eschwege Landgraves’ Palace (Schloss Eschwege), since 1821 seat of the district administration (1386 built as a castle, expanded into a palace in 16th and 17th centuries), with Frau Holle well and Dietemann tower, containing the Dietemann, the figure of a man with a horn, the symbol of the Eschweger, which is located in the castle tower and appears every hour to blow its horn. Also scenic are the views along the river Werra.
  • Hochzeitshaus (“Wedding House”, a municipal community centre from 1578)
  • Schulberg (Cyriakusberg, mountain) with the Karlsturm (tower, last remnant of a “women’s foundation” built in the 11th century)
  • Nikolaiturm (former church tower from 1455)
  • Bismarckturm (tower) on the Leuchtberg (from 1903)
  • Schäferhalle (Pavilion on the west slope of the Leuchtberg)
  • Former synagogue, today a New Apostolic church
  • Hospital chapel
  • Monastery, seat of the Eschwege monastery brewery
  • Hexenkeller (“Witches’ Cellar”)

Parks

  • Palace garden
  • Botanical garden
  • Sophiengarten
  • Leuchtbergpark (with paths in and around the Greater and Lesser Leuchtberg)
  • Werratalsee (lake, a local recreation area between Eschwege and Schwebda)

Regular Events

  • Weekly market at the Obermarkt (“Upper Market”) every Wednesday and Saturday morning
  • Johannisfest, traditionally on the first Sunday in July, but if summer holidays in Hesse begin in June, held on the last Sunday before they begin. Friday: town festival with traditional Kränzewickeln (“wreath winding”); Saturday: Maienzug (parade) of Eschwege school classes; Sunday: festival parade of Eschwege school classes with the Dietemann (a local mascot); Monday: festival conclusion and lantern sendoff by the Eschwege Rowing Club, fireworks.
  • Open Flair Festival (so called, even in German) usually on the second weekend in August
  • Pub festival in the inner town with live music in spring and autumn
  • Brewery festival (Eschwege monastery brewery)
  • Wurschtfest in Eschwege in September (sausage festival)
  • Eschweger Puppen-Festtage (dolls), first weekend in November
  • Eschwege Automobile Exhibition in the inner town in May
  • Hüttenzauber, impressive before-Christmas event at the marketplace
  • Christmas market at the marketplace/Obermarkt (“Upper Market”)
  • Eschwege Spring festival
  • Eschwege shooting festival, first weekend in September
  • Fritz Jordan memorial rowing; late September on the Werra
  • WerraMan - Eschwege popular triathlon (400 m swimming, 23 km cycling and 5 km walking), late August/early September

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More about the History of Eschwege

In 974, eskinivvach had its first documentary mention. This name stems from an old Germanic language and means “Settlement near the ash trees at the water”. This origin is noteworthy for showing that the town arose before Franks overran the area, which was some time between 500 and 700. As far back as Merovingian times, a Frankish royal court arose here, which kept watch as a border defence over the ford (crossing) on the Werra leading into Thuringia, and which still stood in the 10th and 11th centuries. At this time, Saint Denis was still the foremost saint, having been the Merovingians’ main saint, to whom the church in the Old Town is consecrated.

The first documentary mention is found in a document from Emperor Otto II, in which he bequeathed the royal court and the settlement to his wife Theophanu. Their daughter Sophia founded on the Cyriakusberg about 1000 a canonical foundation for women (in which women did not take vows, but nonetheless lived in a conventlike environment) consecrated to Saint Cyriacus, which existed until the introduction of the Reformation into Hesse in 1527. All that is left of it now, though, is the Karlsturm (tower). Market rights were granted about 1188, and town rights followed by 1249. It was in this time that the groundwork was laid for the cloth- and leathermaking that flourished on into modern times.

Beginning in 1264, as a result of the Thuringian-Hessian War of Succession, Eschwege belonged, under Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse, to Hesse. On 12 May 1292, he offered King Adolf of Germany the town of Eschwege as an Imperial fief and was given it straight back along with the Imperial castle Boyneburg as an hereditary Imperial fief, thereby raising Henry to Imperial Prince, greatly strengthening his power in Hesse.

In 1936, Niederhone was amalgamated, and in 1973 in the course of municipal reform, the other six communities named above were also amalgamated.

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Eschwege is the district seat of the Werra-Meißner-Kreis, is a town in northeastern Hesse, Germany. The town lies on a broad plain tract of the river Werra at the foot of the Leuchtberg (mountain) northwest of the Schlierbachswald (range) and east of the Hoher Meißner. The valley basin where the town is located includes a series of small lakes along the southern side of the river.

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