Weilburg Travel Guide
Weilburg, as Goethe once noted, is "a pearl high above the River Lahn." Indeed, its old town and castle sit on a rock overlooking the Lahn, with the river all but encircling it. In fact, since the completion of the Weilburger Tunnelensemble – a set of three 19th-century tunnels that are unique in the world, with one of them a shipping tunnel – Weilburg's old town has been rendered practically an island. The town itself exudes a Baroque elegance, in sharp contrast to the medieval, half-timbered look of the other Lahn Valley towns, with its rambling Renaissance-Baroque castle complex, the residence of the dominant Nassau family for over 500 years and now the centerpiece of Weilburg, occupying a huge part of the old town. There are several interesting buildings in town, including one that is the tallest loam building in Germany, and a handful of old churches and museums that are well worth visiting. Besides which, the town offers superb, all-round views of the Lahn Valley from its lofty perch.
Weilburg is situated in the Lahn Valley, at an elevation of approximately 500 feet (152 m), in the German state of Hesse. It is 35 miles (56 km) north of Frankfurt, and just to the west of Braunfels and Wetzlar, 5 miles (9 km) and 12 miles (19 km), respectively.
Famous Events and People
Weilburg's most (in)famous daughter is Ulrike Meinhof of the 1970s' militant Baader-Meinhof Gang, who did her Abitur at the Weilburg Gymnasium Philippinum in 1955. And the town's most popular event is the annual Freienfelser Ritterspiele, a living history extravaganza featuring knightly games, famous throughout Germany, held at the beginning of May.
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