Hohenahr — Traditional, Humble, Modern

Life here in the town of Hohenahr isn’t particularly exotic or, dare I say it, even cosmopolitan. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t like it. So, if you accept it for what it is — a traditional, humble, small German town — you’ll absolutely enjoy yourself.

For the most part, Hohenahr isn’t a place where you’ll find one medieval church after another. What you will find is its own medieval castle, albeit in ruins these days. High up on the Altenberg is Burg Hohensolms, built back in the second decade of the 14th century. I gotta tell you, the views from this 442-meter vantage point are well worth the ten minute walk from the bottom of the mountainside.

Once you’ve gotten to the peak you’ll be able to see clear on over to the Rothaarbirge, the Westerwald, and the Taunus. So be sure you’re got plenty of batteries in the camera to take lots of pictures.

To make things even more beautiful, Hohenahr lies right in the Naturpark Lahn-Dill-Bergland.

Making an even bigger argument for spending time in the great outdoors, starting with the traditional (notice I didn’t say typical) hiking routes and cycling trails. Then you’ve got the Aartalsee, a fantastic spot to enjoy such activities as sailing, fishing, and swimming. But I would have to say they’re better activities for the warmer months, along with grilling some grub at one of the barbecue areas.

Winter sports can also have fun around here, with such fun activities like skiing (including the cross-country kind) and tobogganing. Not too shabby, is it?

While I said the place isn’t chocked full of old churches, doesn’t mean you won’t find one or two. Seriously, the village of Erda (one of Hohenahr’s six) is over twelve hundred years old, so you’re gonna find some old architecture.

Ohh, I know, the old Rathaus (Town Hall) at Freithofstra├če 2, and the Evangelical Pfarrkirche (that used to be known as the Church of St. Nicholas) are intriguing, too. Hohenahr even has its very own Jewish cemetery and some half-timbered houses, if you’re interested.

As old as Hohenahr actually is, it’s also a town of modernity — with both a solar farm and a wind farm, producing enough electricity to power over 12,000 homes. Not too bad for a town that doesn’t even have 6,000 residents.

Again, Hohenahr isn’t what you call the most continental place in all of Germany, yet it’s lovely and enjoyable — wouldn’t you say?

 

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