Rising above Herborn is a seminarium and the Stadkirche (church).
The towers are interesting. They were used as prisons. Bad students of the "Hohe Schule" were put in the Karzerturm, heavy criminals were put in the Hexenturm and those citizens that broke the law were put in the Bürgerturm.
The coat of arms all around the town hall were put there from around 1650. They were all family coats of arms of the town mayors and councillors. It was restored in 1914 and shows a kind of "who's who" of those who held power some 300 years ago.
Inside the town hall is a large entry hall with an early baroque staircase. Along the staircase are paintings which were gifts by the Nassau-Dillenburg family who ruled this region some four centuries ago.
We were expected in Herborn for brunch in the Marktcafé on the central market square. To our surprise this turned out to be a very nice little town and we took a bit of time to stroll around on a quiet, early Sunday morning.
Here's the Leonard Tower as part of the old fortifications.
The pedestrial central area houses some lovely shops in the old buildings.
There was a great fire in 1626 and since the houses were rebuilt.
Building started in 1589 but it got its current form in 1630. It was used as town hall, weigh house, court house, weapon arsenal, wine cellar, and even as dancing.
I didn't quite catch that typical green Bayerisches costume that the old gentleman wore. But the view is nice too.
A good sign in Herborn is that a lot of attention is paid to how it looks. This little detail on the bridge. Flowers and duck sculptures around it.
I can't quite make out the text and I suspect the door covers a bit of it.
Rechtmas und gewicht
gefelt Got wo.........nd p...gericht