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Taunusstein Overview

Taunusstein lies roughly 10 km northwest of Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden vacation rentals | Wiesbaden travel guide) and about 10 km west of Idstein (Idstein vacation rentals | Idstein travel guide) and the Autobahn A 3. It is part of the Untertaunus (lower Taunus) range. Taunusstein itself is a rural area and is about 30 km from the river Rhine. The lowest point in Taunusstein is 310 m above sea level, and the highest 613.9 m.

Things to See in Taunusstein

In 1995, the Museum of the Town of Taunusstein, with permanent rooms at the Schloss in Wehen, was established. Since then, there has been a thematic emphasis on more recent regional history as seen in a permanent exhibit featuring this, which lately has also presented information about Taunusstein’s condition in, before and after the Second World War. This it does mainly by exhibiting everyday culture in the first half of the 20th century. A second and equally valid pillar is the displays in the series Kunst im Schloss (“Art at the Palace”) through which contemporary art – not only from the local region – is offered a forum in Taunusstein.

Wehener Schloss- Formerly used for, among other things, a widow’s seat and a hunting palace, it now houses the Taunusstein Museum.

Wehen Evangelical church- This was built by using stones from the old town fortifications, with a black marble altar brought from the Idstein (Idstein vacation rentals | Idstein travel guide) palace church in 1722 and furnishings from the secularized monasteries at Marienhausen and Eberbach. The historic Voigt organ is one of the few instruments by Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden vacation rentals | Wiesbaden travel guide) organ builder Heinrich Voigt still preserved in its original state. It was built in 1890 for the Old Catholic congregation of Wiesbaden and acquired by the Wehen congregation in 1899. In October 1999 it was restored to its original condition.

Former Wehen school- Built about 1900, this building is transitional in design between the Gründerzeit and Art Nouveau.

Former monastery with church, Bleidenstadt- (nowadays parish church of the Catholic parish of St. Ferrutius). Above the church’s main door is the statue of Saint Ferrutius, the patron saint, from the 17th century. Inside the building are a wall tabernacle from High Gothic times, made of sandstone and built into the quire, a baptismal font from 1696, a Late Baroque Madonna and an organ remodelled in the Baroque style. In the belfry are two bells from 1309 and 1411.

Evangelical church, Bleidenstadt (formerly Catholic parish church of Saint Peter on the Mountain, after 1530 relinquished to the new Protestant community)

The church has the constituent community’s oldest stone memorial, a tomb slab commemorating the Minister Johannes von Spangenberg, who died in 1363. The lower part of the churchtower is of Romanesque Revival origin and built with a decorative rose window with sandstone ornamentation.

Regular Events

  • Bleischter Kerb (kermis)
  • Orlener Markt (market)
  • Orlener Kerb (kermis)
  • Hahner Kerb (kermis)
  • Zentrumsfest (“Centre Festival”)
  • Weher Markt (With this market it is a tradition for companies in Weher to take their employees for brunch at the market)
  • Weher Kerb (kermis)
  • Wingsbacher Kerb (kermis)
  • Neuhofer Kerb (kermis)
  • TIGA (Taunusstein industrial and business exhibition; in even-numbered years)
  • Waldweihnachtsmarkt Hahn (“Forest Christmas Market”, at the Altenstein Forest House)

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More about the History of Taunusstein

The town of Taunusstein came into being on 1 October 1971 through the merger of the formerly self-governing communities of Bleidenstadt, Hahn, Neuhof, Seitzenhahn, Watzhahn and Wehen, whereupon Taunusstein was also given town rights. On 1 July 1972, the communities of Hambach (Hambach vacation rentals | Hambach travel guide), Niederlibbach, Orlen and Wingsbach were amalgamated into the town of Taunusstein.

In 1991, Dr.-Peter-Nikolaus-Platz, a square in the constituent community of Hahn, was dedicated and named after Taunusstein’s longtime mayor. Fronting onto it are the “Taunus” community centre, the Catholic church centre of St. Johannes Nepomuk and the New Town Hall, whose functions together make the square into the new town centre. The “Taunus” community centre was opened in 1989, the church centre in 1991, both designed by the Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) architect Bernhard Hirche, from whom also sprang the whole concept of planning the new town centre. It was not until 1998, on the other hand, that the Town Hall, designed by another architect, could be dedicated.

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Taunusstein is with more than 29,000 inhabitants the biggest town in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany.

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