Lohra — Epic Journey Through 5000 Years

For me, sometimes learning about who lived in a spot is just as good (if not better in some cases) as what there is to see or do in a town. And while St. Elisabeth of Thuringia didn’t actually live here, she came through on her way to the Kloster Altenberg way back in the 1200s.

Her epic journey made a mark in Lohra; and you, too, can follow in her footsteps on the Elisabethpfad, as you take your own steps through its ten districts.

For those of you who don’t know her, she used to live in the Wartburg Castle, dedicating her life to the sick and poor after being widowed at the tender age of 20 — and dying just four years later.

I guess it makes visiting the many village churches here in Lohra extra special, I’d say. One of Lohra’s oldest churches predates Elisabeth’s trek by centuries. Originally built in the 9th century, the “Horseshoe” Church keeps its Romanesque core despite having to be rebuilt in the 1720s.

Another Romanesque church awaits your visit in the hamlet of Kichvers; as well as offering a Campingplatz (Campground) and outdoor pool. The villages of Rodenhausen, Rollshausen, and Weipoltshausen are a few other villages with some 16th century churches to see.

It wouldn’t be right not to come see the blue half-timbered church in the village of Seelbach; a hamlet that has quite a few other half-timbered houses throughout.

Before you start mulling over how old these sites are, imagine what you’ll think when I tell you there was a prehistoric grave found here from about 3000 B.C. (known as the Steinkammergrab von Lohr). Yup, the final resting place of some 20 men, women, and children is like 5,000 years old — and only discovered in the mid-20th century.

If you visit the Hessian State Museum you’ll find some of the grave’s artifacts on display. If you want a museum without going that far, I’d suggest the Natural History Museum in the village of Damm.

Between its famous visitor, its exceptional sightseeing, and its lovely countryside — Lohra is memorable town where you can make your own epic journey.

 

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