Groß-Zimmern — Historicity And Modernity In Perfect Union

Groß-Zimmern is an unpretentious Hessian town located just south of Dieburg.

Also considering its proximity to the Odenwald, to say that the countryside is more than pleasant is an understatement. It’s a place where history and the modern world are in perfect union.

This isn’t more true than at the Glöckelchen, once a 19th century school house and used as the town’s city hall from 1929 to 1976. It does more than triple duty as Groß-Zimmern’s library, local history museum, holds countless art exhibits, musical concerts, and is even used as a wedding venue.

After a trip to the Glöckelchen, a visit to the nearby Hessian Federal State Museum might be a good idea. Opened in 1820, this museum is filled with Greek and Roman collections of art, medieval ivory and alter paintings, and even the fossils of prehistoric animals found in the region.

You’ll find more prehistoric history over at a UNESCO World Nature Place in neighboring Messel.

This rustic town also holds an annual Kirchweih festival. Starting with an early morning church service (it is a religious festival, after all) you’ll find plenty of music, food, and even a parade. Here thousands of local residents party with much fanfare at the largest celebration in town.

If the kids aren’t entertained with all that, let them run around any number of playgrounds conveniently placed around town.

If the family wants a fantastic way to see the countryside, get out on the horse riding trails. Groß-Zimmern’s neighbor, Rossdorf, is known for horse breeding so you’ll have the chance to ride some excellent animals.

You’ll love all that Groß-Zimmern has to offer from its prehistoric fossil finds, to its religious art and celebrations. This town truly has a unique mixture of old and new, natural and man made history, making it truly a great union.

 

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