Weilburg Travel Guide

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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Weilburg Things to Do

  • Game park "Tiergarten Weilburg"

    There's a nice game park outside of Weilburg, near the village Hirschhausen. You here find deer, bears, elks, otter, wolves, boars and other animals. It's a bit hilly, with lots of forest, and I enjoyed to stroll around. it's a popular place, not only for families, and I think all the animals are used to it as you still could see plenty of them,...

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  • Schlosskirche: Church, Town Hall and...

    The large new parish church for court and town was begun in 1707. It substituted the medieval Stiftskirche which was old and crumbling, and did not match the big plans of Count Johann Ernst for a modern baroque residence. As a protestant ruler he was at the same time the bishop of the protestant church in his country, hence the central church had...

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  • Schlosskirche: My Favourite Church

    The church in Weilburg is, sort of, my favourite baby in my work as art historian. Protestant church architecture in the region of Hessen and Nassau has been the topic of my dissertation and a lot of further research. I will better not mention here that I wrote the guide booklet and a couple of other things that can be found on the book table in...

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  • Schloss: Former Stables and Riding Hall

    One step lower than the main palace a large building complex was added to accommodate the stables for horses and cattle and most of the court's economy. A part of it was later transformed into residential quarters for members of the noble family, hence the name Prinzessinnenbau. The side wing towards Langgasse is the former riding hall. Two...

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  • Schloss: The Gardens

    The gardens behind palace and church are a public park now and can be entered for free during the daytime (the gates are closed at night). In former times, though, access was limited to the members of the court. The citizens of the town were not allowed to enter.The gardens are part of the big plan Count Johann Ernst and his court architect Julius...

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  • Schloss: Upper Orangerie

    The orangerie wing between palace and church was built during the era of Count Johann Ernst in 1703-1705, designed by court architect Julius Ludwig Rothweil. The concave facade forms the background of the gardens. The orangerie served not only as greenhouse for sensitive plants in winter, it had a couple of other purposes. It was used as festival...

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  • Schloss: The Courtyard

    The prettiest architecture Weilburg has to offer is the courtyard of the palace. While the outside facades are all pure renaissance, the courtyard is a mix of styles. In here, Johann Ernst's big reembellishment project for the residence town after 1700 has left its marks, too. The two large towers, the irregular facades of the different wings, the...

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  • Schloss

    Weilburg's palace has been the residence of the Counts of Nassau-Weilburg since the middle ages. The history of the dynasty of Nassau is rather complicated as it is divided in two main and countless side lines, so I won't go into details. Nassau-Weilburg ruled a medium-sized territory with property along the middle Lahn valley and up into the...

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  • Only shiptunnel in Germany

    The only shiptunnel of Germany can be found in Weilburg. It was built to boost the economy in the Lahn region around Weilburg and in a greater thought to connect economically the Rhein with the Elbe. Finnished in 1847 it already lost importance in 1862 due to the upcoming railroad connection between the towns Koblenz and Giessen.On a map you can...

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  • City and mining museum

    Very close to the market square in downtown Weilburg you will find the city and mining museum. The region around Weilburg was heavily mined in the past. In the museum you will get a good idea about this part of the towns past. To make this easier for you, you will find a rebuilt part of a mine.In the part of the museum depicting other aspects of...

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  • Visit the castle

    Being around Weilburg you should come into town and visit the castle. It is dominating the city with its beautiful location on top of a hill. Built in the 16th century and expanded in the 18th century it is a good example as a small absolutism styled castle.Beside the beautiful interior I like the garden very much. Due to the integration of the...

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  • Terrakotta Army

    In Weilburg you can visit an exhibition of the chinese Terrakotta-Army. These are replicas of the original figures and the largest permanent exhibition of the army outside of China.

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  • Open says me

    I'd recommend either traveling in a group or having someone with you who is able to open the lock doors,otherwise you might be sitting in a hole for who knows how long :-)

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  • The Lock

    I found it to be interesting the way the water would rush into the lock to fill it.It kind of made me think about a turd in a toilet,just before it goes down the drain.

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  • Canoe Trip

    I've done all kinds of boat trips in different parts of the world,but i must say the day i spent in a canoe with my wife and daughter on the Lahn was a day i will not soon forget.There was alot more to do than just paddling down a river.For example...see the pictures attached.O! Why am i adding this to my Weilburg page?Because Weilburg is one of...

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  • Wildpark

    If you've made it to and through the caves,then you might as well go around the corner and pay the Wildpark Tiergarten Weilburg a visit.It's a nice way to put some fresh air back into the lungs after being so deep underground for such a long period of time ;-)

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  • Museum

    Before or after the tour,take a few minutes to walk through the museum.It's included in the price of the ticket and it was cool to see the camera they used way back then.

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  • Breakfast

    For the early risers who may decide to skip breakfast before going to visit the caves on a Sunday morning,dont worry the resturant next to the entranceway offers a breakfast buffet for €3.90 p.p. from 09:00-11:30.

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  • Entrance

    Cameras and Photographing are allowed inside the caves.A small few of €1.00 must be paid at the entranceway.

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  • Rollschiff - ferry boat

    This ferry boat is called 'Rolls boat' and is moved by a wire rope. The wire rope goes from one side of the river Lahn to the other side and the ferryman pulls the boat manually over the Lahn, using this rope. It's only used to transport persons.If you are on the opposite site of Weilburg center at the jetty, you'll see a little path that goes up...

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  • Footbridge over the river Lahn

    In earlier times there had been a bridge for the water supply, which was made up of several chains. Therefore the bridge is also called "Chain bridge". Officially, it is called "Ernst Dienstbach Footbridge" as Ernst Dienstbach has left lots of money after his death 1932 to build a footbridge at this place.If you come from Weilburg center and cross...

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  • Palace garden

    There's a beautiful garden next to the palace which just has been renovated. The garden was built in a baroque style, and there is a part with lots of old lime-trees.The garden can be visited without admission and is open from 8 am until dawn.

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  • Mining and city museum

    The city museum of the "Bergbau- und Stadtmuseum" is not very special, but the tunnel is worth a visit! The museum mostly concentrates on the local history, and there are also some information on the history of mining in this area. If you go downstairs, you will find a reproduced tunnel where you can walk through. It's about 200 m long, has some...

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  • Cave: Kubacher Kristallhöhle

    This cave is the only calcit cave in Germany. You need to visit this cave with a guided tour which takes about 45 minutes. After you got a helmet, you will have to go down lots of stairs (that can be a bit slippy)... you will already fear the way back! I have counted 346 stairs on the way up! If you are finally in the cave, you will see the glitter...

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Weilburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre

    Heilig-Grab-Kapelle (Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre) is a small church within the cemetery outside the old town. It was built after the model of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Count Johann Ludwig of Nassau-Saarbrücken, guardian of the still minor Count of Weilburg, had done a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to Jerusalem in 1495/96 and probably gave...

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  • Post Office Building

    Weilburg's post building has even made it onto a postage stamp as one of the prettiest historical post offices in Germany. Already in the early stages of post services Weilburg was a hub of several lines. In 1786-1787 a new post office was erected outside the old town at the opposite end of the Lahn bridge, in a location perfect for traffic. It...

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  • Crystal Cave - the only one in Germany

    Very close to Weilburg city the only crystal cave of Germany is located. In the 300 Million years old stone you can see also the highest for visitors accessable cave hall in Germany. It is 30 meters high.Its history is pretty interesting. In the region of Weilburg mining was part of the industry. In the 19th century miners found during their work a...

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Weilburg Favorites

  • The Baroque Residence

    Weilburg is an excellent example for a small residence town and palace of a baroque prince within the Holy Roman Empire. The town had been the seat and capital of the Counts of Nassau-Weilburg since the middle ages. The main palace is a 16th century renaissance building. Around 1700 Count Johann Ernst decided to modernize his capital. He hired the...

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  • Save money with the Weilburg Card

    If you plan to visit several sights in Weilburg, think about getting the Weilburg Card. This costs 8,50 Euro (4,50 Euro for children) and gives you ONE free access to EACH of the following:- game park- calcit cave- castle- mining museum.It is a valid for one year, you can get it at the tourist information (address: Mauerstrasse 6-8).You can also...

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  • The river Lahn and the ship tunnel

    There are nice walking and biking ways along the river Lahn. In summer it can be a bit busy there! What is very nice is to walk to Odersbach on the one side and back on the other side of the Lahn. There's a small bridge only for pedestrian in Weilburg and also in Odersbach, so there's no problem to cross the Lahn.You can also rent a canoe or kayak...

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