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The Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) is a beautiful half-timbered building with a clock tower in the center of town across the platz from the King’s Hall. Today it is the Tourist Information Office on the ground level so visitors are able to go inside of the building. On the day we were there, the lady at the TI office was ever so helpful, providing...more
I visited the Lorsch Museum on my second trip to Lorsch with VTer Trekki, who was so helpful with her knowledge of local history and legends and shared many facts with me about what we were looking at. We did not have time to see the entire museum, so we focused on the first floor which consisted of geological history of the area and the tobacco...more
The Lorsch Abbey was founded during the Carolingian period in 764 as a Benedictine abbey. A year later it obtained a relic of Saint Nazarius, which made Lorsch a popular pilgrimage site bringing revenue to the abbey as pilgrims made donations during their visits. The arrival of the relics was cause for a great celebration, so much so that...more
The entrance to the abbey from the town center is the King’s Hall, which I have yet to really have a good look at since it is being renovated and is wrapped in scaffolding. However, I was able to get some peaks through the scaffolding at the exterior of this small two-story building that has three arched passageways on the lower level.The exterior...more
On various tourist literature I have read of King's Hall or King's Gate or even The Lorscher Gate the gates origins and purpose seemed to be lost in time. I can only tell you it is a UNESCO building since 1991. The Gate is not mentioned in any early Middle Ages documents, the only mention is of a "ecclesia varia" = a colourful church which was...more
In the early sixties of the eighth century Count Cancor and his mother Williswinda founded the little monastery here in Lorsch. The Monastery was later given to the Count's relative a Chrodegan Archbishop of Metz, he was a great follower of the Carolingian dynasty. The Relics of Saint Nazamus, a gift from the Pope to show the loyalty and ties...more
I spotted this Protestant Church = the Evangelische Kirche on the way back to the car and heading for Schwetzingen. I didn't go in = I would never have found a way through the thick forrestation surrounding the Church but to my surprise it was open. The Church stands on Wingertsber the northern cloister area, these grounds were a former vine yard....more
The Benediktin Plaz is a pedestrian area which included the Cloister and Market Place. I was surprised to learn it was included as a tourist attraction as recently as 1982 when on the 18th. September of that year Dr. A. Ohlemeyer, the Abbot of Neuburg, which is the only Daughter Cloister of Lorsch, officially opend the Market Place. I loved the...more
The King's Hall Museum has three departments which individually trace the history of Lorsch. This is the tobacco museum - a bright modern building. The museum has so many artistically displayed tobacco items from highly decorative clay and wooden pipes, pretty hand painted snuff boxes, the huge cigars which were manufactured here in Lorsch and my...more
The old town hall of Lorsch is a pretty half-timbered building, dated 1715. The ground floor is massive, the upper floors were built in timberwork with elaborate patterns. The gable front is directed towards the square and the monastery at the far end of the main street. Two oriels on the corners contain the staircases. The front gable is topped by...more
The old town centre looks like a quaint place for a little stroll and a rest. I did not have time for more than a quick glance, unfortunately. Around the main square you will find a number of restaurants, pubs and cafes with outdoor seating that look very pleasant. The square is surrounded by several 18th century half-timbered houses.more
The museum centre is located in a modern building next to the Gate Hall and the abbey grounds. It unites three museums under one roof:1. the exhibition about history of the monastery, owned by department of the administration of palaces and gardens of Hessen,2. the folklore department of the Landesmuseum Darmstadt,3. the tobacco museum and...more
The ornaments of the facades cannot deny their ancient Roman origins. However, the Carolingian master builders developed their own way of dealing with the rules of ancient architecture. The surface is covered in a pattern of hexagonal red and yellowish stones, alternating with white stones in between. This derives from an ancient Roman technique of...more
Nobody knows when exactly the gate hall has been erected, probably around 790/800. Nobody knows its original purpose, apart from being a representative entrance to the church and abbey grounds. The hall on the first floor indicates there was more to it. The building is also known as Königshalle (King’s Hall) – it may have been used by kings and...more
A first Benedictine monastery was founded after 760 in the location now named Altenmünster on the bank of the river Weschnitz. The first monks came from Gorze near Metz. After a few years the monastery moved 600 m further west onto the top of a low hill, so the birth date of Lorsch Abbey is 767. Due to quarrels among the founders’ heirs about the...more
Behind the Torhalle you can see the ruins of the church of the monastery. As you can notice only a small part of the original building is erected nowaday. The original building has got three naves on high pillars and it was about 100 meters long and only the first three arches of the central nave survive today. Inside the church there is the museum...more
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It took me a little over two years but I think I just found one of my favorite brewery restaurants in Germany and, to my surprise, it is only 11 miles from my house and next to an UNESCO World Heritage site. Drayß Back- & Brauhaus is located in the small town of Lorsch which is also home to the Abbey of Lorsch, one of the most renowned monasteries...more
Sitting outside at Cafe am Kloster on a sunny autumn day with great views of the pretty Market Place and the stunning King's Gate, sipping a coffee. What better way to relax, have a chat and still admire the beauty that is Lorsch. We had stopped at a bakery in Darmstadt & purchased some munchies before coming to Lorsch, so we were not hungry. We...more
Having been to Lorsch twice now, I can say that it is very easy to find parking in the town. On our first visit, we easily found free street parking near the town center, next to the Altes Rathaus. The second visit we came in from a different direction and found a long row of free parking spaces just down the road from the Lorsch Museum on...more
Drive to Lorsch -- situated between the A67 and the A5 near Bensheim. Once you get to town, park the car and walk. It is a small town and easy to get around. There is street parking along with parking lots.The main toilets in the town are just around the corner from the Tourist Information Center and in one of the parking lots. Most of the town...more
The museum's two sections on 'Folklore' and 'History' has a wealth of displays which charter the every day life of the people and the monks who lived here in Lorsch during the early centuries. I particularly liked the model of the village and the Four Gospels, a hand written book beautifully illustrated in painstaking detail by the devout monks...more
If you plan on visiting the Lorsch Abbey you may want to wait until the Summer of 2012 since everything is under renovation and everything is covered in scaffolding. According to the lady at the Information Center the gatehouse renovations will be completed in the Spring and the church renovations will be completed in the Summer.
Be sure to take a walk to the old abbey!
While exploring the Kloster near the city centre, you will learn that it was the second abbey built by the Benedictine monks. To find the old abbey, head out the gatehouse and turn right. You will begin to see signs to the "Altes Munster" - just 1,000 meters from the gatehouse. Continue to walk down the road, passing the tobacco field on the right. Once you get to the bridge, you should see a sign directing you to turn right towards the Altes Munster. Walk down this pathway (watch for cyclists!) and the old abbey will be on the right.
The canal you walk along is the waterway used by the monks and others from the town to get to the Rhein.
(The wild bee house is just before the old abbey.)
Most market centers in Germany have fountains, but Lorsch's fountain is very unusual and gives the viewer lots to look at. The primary focus is the girl with the tobacco leaf, demonstrating the importance of the crop in the local area. There is a young boy that is playing with pebbles, marbles, or small balls that he keeps in a bag, along with a...more
We wandered around Lorsch's pretty but tiny streets, which all lead into the Market Place, spending time admiring the many half timbered houses. Most of the colourful houses were designed and built in the first half of the eighteenth century. I was interested in the many details which draw the eye to the different forms of patterns. I had to laugh...more