The best sights in Limburg
Limburg (or Limburg an der Lahn) is a wonderful town located in Hesse, in the district of Limburg-Weilburg. It is a beautiful old town with innumerable things to see and to do. The Old Town, the Limburger Dom (cathedral), the Limburger Schloss (castle), the old Lahn Bridge, Saint Hildegard’s Church, the museums and theatres are just some of the town’s visitor attractions. In case you are planning a journey to the state of Hesse, willing to visit a truly astonishing town, I suggest you to choose Limburg. Visiting the town is like stepping back in past. It surely makes a memorable experience. If you would like to find out more about the best sights in Limburg, read the following guide.
The Old Town
The wonderful Old Town of Limburg is characterized by a large number of astonishing half-timbered houses. The Old Town is under preservation order which is not surprising at all if we think of the cultural heritage seen here.
The cobblestone streets and medieval buildings will make you feel like you’re stepping back in past. The atmosphere is unique and the views are breathtaking. Some of the buildings are even decorated with inscriptions and wonderful carved figures. Besides the half-timbered houses, there are other buildings on the Old Town dating from different centuries.
Limburger Dom (Limburg Cathedral)
The breathtaking cathedral of the town, Limburger Dom is another majestic landmark and visitor attraction of the town. It sits on a rock, overlooking the town and the Lahn River.
The 66 m high cathedral is a breathtaking example of late Romanesque architectural style which has 7 steeples. Its highlights are the wonderful Romanesque paintings housed inside the cathedral. There are guided tours at the following hours: Tuesday to Friday at 11:00 and 15:00, on Saturdays at 11:00 and on Sundays at 11:45. (June 2013)
Limburger Schloss (Limburg Castle)
The original castle is considered to date from around 800. In the first century there was some kind of castle on the rock which used to serve as a protection. Beginning with the 13th century, the castle served as home to Limburg’s masters and actually became a manor house. In the 14th century the castle became the property of the electorate of Trier, serving as the administration centre for the town.
Today Limburg Castle is a quite well-preserved medieval building and serves as an important landmark and visitor attraction of the town. Of course, there was need for some reconstruction works over the last centuries.
The Old Lahn Bridge
Last, but not least attractive is the wonderful Old Lahn Bridge (Alte Lahnbrücke) of Limburg. As the town used to play an important role in commerce, there was need for a stone bridge which crosses the Lahn River. Damaged several times over the centuries, the bridge needed reconstruction works. Today it is an important landmark of Limburg.