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Herborn Overview

Herborn is a historic town on the Dill in the Lahn-Dill district of Hesse in Germany. Before World War I, it was granted its own title as Nassauisches Rothenburg. Scenic attractions include its half-timbered houses. The symbol or mascot of this town is a bear.

Culture and sightseeing

Museums

  • Museum Herborn in der Hohen Schule (Herborn Museum in the "High School")
  • Heimatmuseum Herborn-Seelbach (local history)
  • Heimat- und Industriemuseum Burg (local history and industry)
  • Heimatstube Hörbach (local history)
  • Infozentrum der EAM (information centre)

Buildings

  • Town hall with arms frieze: This was built in the 16th century and built anew after a fire in the 17th century. Particularly worthy of note is the frieze around the building showing local family coats of arms.
  • Evangelical town church from the years 1598-1609
  • Many half-timbered houses from the 17th and 18th century.
  • Market fountain from 1730
  • Paulshof from 1606
  • The "High School" (with the local history museum) from the years 1591–1599, remodelled in 1645
  • Town wall with some preserved towers
  • The stately home (Schloss)

Parks

The constituent community of Uckersdorf has a widely known attraction with its bird park.

Natural monuments

The Old Town is not the only attraction in Herborn. The surrounding countryside features the low mountains of the Westerwald range.

Regular events

  • Sommerfest (summer festival), July
  • Bärenkirmes ("bear fair"), August
  • Martinimarkt (market), November
  • Ponyfest in Herborn/Schönbach (May/June)

Holiday roads

Herborn lies on the Deutsche Fachwerkstraße, featuring many places with many half-timbered houses, and on the Solmser Straße, a scenic road leading through many historic and artistically important places in Hesse.

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More about the History of Herborn

Herborn had its first documentary mention in 1048 and was granted town rights in 1251 by the Counts of Nassau (Nassau vacation rentals | Nassau travel guide).

After the Congress of Vienna, Herborn ended up in a border area next to Prussia and its economy suffered as a result of import tariffs. Only in 1836 did Hesse-Nassau join the Zollverein (Customs Union), and in 1866 it was wholly annexed by Prussia. In the Second World War, Herborn was mostly spared by the bombers, but its Jewish community was obliterated in 1942, and many of the patients at the psychiatric clinic were deported and murdered.

Herborn is a historic town on the Dill in the Lahn-Dill district of Hesse in Germany. Before World War I, it was granted its own title as Nassauisches Rothenburg. Scenic attractions include its half-timbered houses.

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