Lorsch Travel Guide

  • Abbey Gatehouse in scaffolding
    Abbey Gatehouse in scaffolding
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  • Schnitzel with a baked cheese sauce
    Schnitzel with a baked cheese sauce
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  • Their Entrance
    Their Entrance
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Lorsch Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quiet = Relaxing & Laid Back 

  • Con
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     Train in and out takes time 

  • In a nutshell
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     A World Heritage site 

Lorsch Things to Do

  • The King's Hall or King's Gate - a...

    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...

  • The Monastery under scrutiny

    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...

  • Visit the Church if you can negotiate...

    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....

  • The Market Place

    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...

  • Lorsch Museum - The Life of Tobacco

    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...

  • Town Hall

    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...

  • The Town Centre

    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.

  • Saint Benedict the Guardian

    A modern statue in the main street, not far from the Gate Hall and the museum centre, represent Saint Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine order. Obviously people in Lorsch have faith in Saint Benedict. Somebody entrusted him his bike to watch...

  • Lorsch Museum Centre

    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...

  • Gate Hall: Architecture of the Facades

    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...

  • Torhalle/Königshalle: The Gate Hall or...

    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...

  • Lorsch Monastery

    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...

  • City Hall

    The small village of Lorsch has got nice example of half-timbered houses. The city hall is probably the best example of this kind of building. It is also the home of the Tourist Information Offiice.

  • The church

    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...

  • Torhalle: the facade

    The external decoration of the Torhalle is a clear reference to the pre-Romanesque art organized on two orders: semicolonnes surmounted by composite capitals sustain a lintel with vegetable motives, on which it support ten exiles columnes with eardrums. According to the archaeologists the building entertained the Carolingian emperors during their...

  • Torhalle: interior

    On the ground floor of the Torhalle there is an open arcade on pillars, while on the first floor you can see a rectangular room covered with frescos showing a classic loggia. Very interesting is the fresco on the small wall showing the Mary (above on the left) and many angels.

  • Torhalle

    The Torhalle (Entrance gateway) is the only building that survive of the important Carolingian monastery of Lorsh. It was built in the seventh century and destroyed at the end of the 17th century. According to the archaeologists, the door raised isolated in the courtyard in front of the abbatial church, of which it constituted the amazing entry...

  • Some of history

    The abbey of Lorsch was built in 764 by the Frankish Count Cancor who dedicated the monastic buildings to Saint Peter and Chrodegang, Archbishop of Metz, became the first abbot.To make the abbey popular as a shrine and a place of pilgrimage, Chrodegang obtained from Pope Paul I the body of Saint Nazarius, martyred at Rome and the abbay was renamed...


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  • Great Locally Brewed Beer

    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...

  • Just a coffee or perhaps some cake

    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...

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  • Lorsch - its people & its past

    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...

  • The Lorsch Orchestra

    During my visit of the town I attended to a rappresentation of music made by local orchestra. You can see a short video on my Video page.

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Lorsch Warnings and Dangers

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    by TomInGermany Written Oct 23, 2011

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    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.

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 when looking at the web site on Lorsch I saw the writers had described the X's as "wild men" As far as I remember I didn't see any 'wild men' only some fairy tale houses. How wonderful it would be to live in a scenic place like Lorsch.

    Fondest memory: Lorsch was uncrowded, scenic, interesting, the weather was perfect and the company of Ingrid and her guiding skills delightful.

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