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Schloß Wolfsgarten is a former hunting seat of the ruling family of Hesse-Darmstadt, located in the German state of Hessen, approximately 15 kilometers south of Frankfurt am Main. The hunting lodge was established between 1722 and 1724 by Landgrave Ernst Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt. Ernst Ludwig's purpose in establishing Wolfsgarten was to pursue his passion for hunting with dogs which he introduced into Hesse in 1709. The original building corresponded to the usual pattern for hunting seats of that era with a rectangular yard around which was grouped housing for gentlemen, the stables for the houses, and kennels for the dogs. After Ernst Ludwig's successors abandoned hunting with dogs in 1768, Wolfsgarten was abandoned until the 1830s when the grand ducal family began to restore and expand the property. From 1879, Wolfsgarten became a favorite country retreat for Grand Dukes Ludwig IV and his son Ernst Ludwig.
In the twentieth century, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig extensively modernized Schloß Wolfsgarten and rearranged its park. After the abolition of the monarchy in 1918, Wolfsgarten became the principal residence of the former grand ducal family. Today, Schloß Wolfsgarten is the property of the Hessian House Foundation (Hessische Hausstiftung), the family trust that holds ownership to the property belonging to all branches of the House of Hesse. The property is open to the public only on two weekends in May during the annual Rhododendrenblüte (Rhododendron festival) and again for a weekend in September for the The Schloss Wolfsgarten Garden Festival.
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Langen is a town of roughly 36,000 in the Offenbach district in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) in Hesse, Germany, between Darmstadt and Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main. Langen is headquarters to Deutsche Flugsicherung, and is also home to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, a Federal serum- and vaccine-making institution.
Langen borders in the north and northeast on the town of Dreieich (Dreieich vacation rentals | Dreieich travel guide), in the south on the community of Egelsbach and in the west on the town of Mörfelden-Walldorf (Groß-Gerau district). Well known outside the town is above all the Langen Ebbelwoi-Fest, to which tens of thousands of visitors come each year on the last weekend in June. Moreover, the Langener Waldsee (Waldsee vacation rentals | Waldsee travel guide), a favourite outing destination among dwellers of the nearby Main agglomeration, is within town limits. Since 2002, the swimming competition Ironman Germany (so called even in German) has been held there.
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The town museum is found at the Old Town Hall in the Old Town. However, it opens only for special exhibitions, such as the one between May 2008 and March 2009 for the show Blick(e) zurück (“Looking Back”) for the 125-year jubilee of town rights.
On the town’s outskirts is found the former hunting palace of Schloss Wolfsgarten, which is owned by the House of Hesse.
Quite a few orchestras and musical groups frame Langen’s cultural makeup. Among the most important are the Langen Orchestra Club and the TV 1862 Langen’s (sport club) wind orchestra. Both groups furnish accompaniment to many of Langen’s public events.
Langen’s most successful sport team are the TV 1862 Langen’s basketball players, who are represented in Pro A, Germany’s second highest playing class. Home games are played at the Georg-Sehring-Halle.
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More about the History of Langen
The earliest community here may have arisen about AD 500 or 600, settled by Frankish migrants. Langen had its first documentary mention in 834 in a donation document from King Ludwig II to the Lorsch (Lorsch vacation rentals | Lorsch travel guide) Abbey under the name Langungon. In 835, he had the extent of the Mark Langen (a communal area shared by a number of villages) delineated with Drieichlahha, today’s Dreieich (Dreieich vacation rentals | Dreieich travel guide), as a neighbouring community to the north. To the Dreieich Royal Hunting Forest (Wildbann Dreieich), which in the king’s name was governed by the Lords of Hagen (Hagen vacation rentals | Hagen travel guide) (later of Münzenberg) as Vögte, also belonged in the Middle Ages the woodlands around Langen. Two of the Royal Hunting Forest’s 30 Wildhuben (farming estates whose owners were charged with guarding the king’s hunting rights) lay in Langen. Since the Lorsch Abbey hardly worried very much about their landholdings, the Lords of Hagen-Münzenberg came over the course of time to be the land’s effective owners.
When the Hagen-Münzenberg family died out in 1255, the place passed to the Lords of Falkenstein (Falkenstein vacation rentals | Falkenstein travel guide). In 1414, the village burnt down in the midst of a dispute between the city of Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) and the then owners of Langen, the Archbishop of Trier (Trier vacation rentals | Trier travel guide), Werner von Falkenstein. When the Lords of Falkenstein, too, saw their male line come to an end in 1418, the County of Isenburg inherited the lordship over Langen. Surviving from the Middle Ages are, among other things remains of the fortifications with the spitzer Turm and the stumpfer Turm (“Sharp Tower” and “Blunt Tower”) from Falkenstein times (1336), and from the Renaissance the Vierröhrenbrunnen (“Four-Pipe Spring”) from 1553.
In 1600, Langen, along with the whole Amt of Kelsterbach was sold by the Counts of Isenburg to the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt. Langen has belonged to Hesse since then. With the partitioning of the Länger Mark in 1732, whose main estate Langen was, the community got two thirds of the land, and Egelsbach the other third.
In 1812, Langen was raised to market community and in 1821 to seat of the Landratsbezirk, practically making Langen a district seat, although in 1832 it had to yield this function to Groß-Gerau and Offenbach. In 1834, Langen had 2,368 inhabitants. In 1846, the Main-Neckar Railway was built with a railway station in Langen. In 1862, the Offenbach district was formed. In 1883, the community was granted town rights by Grand Duke Ludwig IV.
After the First World War, Langen was – as part of the Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) bridgehead – occupied by French troops until 1930. In 1959, the first new town development, Oberlinden, was built. The population figure rose from 9,077 in 1939 to 28,500 in 1983.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Langen is a town of roughly 36,000 in the Offenbach district in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany, between Darmstadt and Frankfurt am Main. Langen is headquarters to Deutsche Flugsicherung, and is also home to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, a Federal serum- and vaccine-making institution.
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