Lörrach — The Gate To Switzerland With Cultural Events

Lörrach is found in southwestern Germany near the borders with France and Switzerland. Ancient writings first mention the town as a settlement in 1102.

The Rötteln Castle stands guard on a hill overlooking the town and is at least as old as the town itself. The castle fort was one of the most powerfully built of its time and afforded the Lord of Rötteln good protection. Its strength was put to the test in 1332 when the people of the city of Basel besieged the walls.

It seems that the Margrave of Rötteln was accused of stabbing their mayor, and a riot resulted.

Today you can still find crossbow remnants, arrowheads, and other artifacts that give evidence of the siege. The Black Forest Society of Baden has spearheaded an effort to preserve the remains of the castle. If you visit today you will find that it has been restored to the condition it was in at about 1678 when it was attacked during the Franco-Dutch war.

The castle holds festival evenings several times during the summer when its courtyard is turned into a cultural center with artistic displays, music, and dancing.

The International Voice Festival is also held in Lörrach each year from late June through early August. This gathering attracts choirs and vocalists from a wide area and provides public concerts that are enjoyed by all.

Lörrach is known for its picturesque marketplaces and shopping in the Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). You can find many types of local products, and arts and crafts. Its main industry is a chocolate factory, Milka, so be sure that you sample some of its delectable pieces.

The town is conveniently located near the beautiful Black Forest, the Alsace region of France, the city of Basel, Switzerland, as well as in the mystic Margraves’ Land. Public transportation is easy to obtain and there are many museums and cultural attractions available for a reasonable price.

 

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