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Montabaur Overview

Montabaur is a town and the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. At the same time, it is also the administrative centre of the Verbandsgemeinde of Montabaur – a kind of collective municipality found only in Rhineland-Palatinate – to which 24 other communities belong. The town is known throughout the country for its strikingly yellow castle and its InterCityExpress railway station on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line.

Montabaur lies in the Westerwald, roughly 20 km northeast of Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide). About 13,000 people live in the city, while the district is home to about 40,000. Montabaur has seven outlying centres. In the north lies Eschelbach, and in the west lie Horressen and Elgendorf. Stretching south along the Gelbach valley are the pilgrimage centre of Wirzenborn, and, farther along still, Reckenthal, Bladernheim and Ettersdorf.

Things to See in Montabaur

Montabaur’s Old Town (Altstadt) distinguishes itself with its neo-Gothic Roter Löwe (Red Lion) town hall, many timber-frame houses from the 16th and 17th centuries and the great Late Gothic Catholic parish church. The mediaeval town wall is preserved in parts, among them the so-called Wolfsturm (Wolf’s Tower).

The Montabaur Stadthalle (literally town hall, but actually an event venue) is intended for various functions such as sessions, conferences, concerts, theatre and events. The historic Wolfsturm is at the townsfolk’s disposal and can be hired for their own ends.

Schloss Montabaur was until 1945 the seat of the district administrator’s office of the old Unterwesterwaldkreis, and then seat of the Montabaur regional government. Today it is owned by the Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften (Academy of German Cooperatives), which has expanded it for use as a 4-star conference hotel and schooling centre for the Raiffeisenbanken and credit unions. It stands well in sight on the Schlossberg (321 m above sea level).

Wolfsturm (Old Town Wall)

St. Peter in Ketten. The earliest forerunner of the building nowadays used as a Catholic parish church was a wooden church built in 940. In 959 followed another church building on this spot, this time with a stone foundation. Today’s church was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. The oldest parts of the building display Romanesque style elements, although the church’s overall character is Early Gothic. Peculiarities in the décor are a Doomsday painting above the quire arch and a stone Madonna, both remnants of the original décor, as well as a wooden Madonna from about 1450. The parish church has been lavishly renovated and now shines with a new radiance.

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More about the History of Montabaur

The town has a history that can be traced back to the year 959, with the Montabaur fort castellum Humbacense. The Archbishop of Trier (Trier vacation rentals | Trier travel guide), Dietrich von Wied, who came back from a Crusade in the Holy Land about 1217, had the humbacense castle newly built and named it Mons Tabor for its similarity to Mount Tabor in Israel, said to be the place of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Out of this grew Montabaur. In 1291, King Rudolf von Habsburg (1218-1291) granted Montabaur, as well as Welschbillig, Mayen, Bernkastel and Saarburg (Saarburg vacation rentals | Saarburg travel guide), town rights, so that the village became a town with its own coat of arms and a town wall. Montabaur was until 1968 the administrative seat of one of the five Regierungsbezirke instituted when the Bundesland of Rhineland-Palatinate was formed in 1946. Until early 2004, Montabaur was furthermore a Bundeswehr station with the Westerwaldkaserne, where the Raketenartilleriebataillon 350 (RakArtBtl 350) and, later, maintenance units were stationed.

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Montabaur is a town and the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. At the same time, it is also the administrative centre of the Verbandsgemeinde of Montabaur – a kind of collective municipality found only in Rhineland-Palatinate – to which 24 other communities belong. The town is known throughout the country for its strikingly yellow castle and its InterCityExpress railway station on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line.

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