Wabern — Mixture Of Formidable And Pleasant German History

A lot of thought goes into these Web pages on MyGermanCity.com. Oftentimes it’s difficult to condense hundreds (sometimes thousands) of years of German history and German culture onto a single page.

Such is the case about Wabern in Hesse.

Wabern is a town of nine villages, one with only 81 residents (Rockshausen), and one of the oldest, even though it was a “ghost town” during the Thirty Years’ War. Literally, as it was totally abandoned.

I’d say the oldest one would be Harle, whose Christian church stands on the site of a prehistoric worshipping site from 2,000 years ago.

Kind of makes the early 12th century Church of Simon Peter (in Utterhausen) seem like a mere baby in age, huh?

Simon Peter isn’t the only other church to see. Over in Unshausen there’s a half-stone, half-timbered constructed one; and another stone village church in Hebel, this one established in the 8th century.

Oh yeah, speaking of framework houses, one half-timbered farmhouse (in Niederm├Âllrich) was the birthplace of Ludwig Schneider (in 1893) who was a bigwig politician and former Deputy Mayor of Magdeburg.

A good deal of sightseeing is to be found in Falkenberg, a village of less than 900 people. Its got the ruins of a 13th century castle (which aren’t accessible, BTW), and a Jewish cemetery and former synagogue.

One castle that is accessible is the Landgrave Palace (a Landgrave was a title given to some princes), built in 1701.

What’s most remarkable about Wabern is its countryside. It lies along what’s known as the Gro├čenengliser Platte, a nature and agriculture area along between the River Schwalm and River Eder.

It was here (in the village of Udenborn) in 1936 that a gargantuan military parade came passing through under the direction of Adolf Hitler.

Close to here was also the site of an epic battle, known as the Battle of Fritzlar, in 1427.

My time here in Wabern is done. Time to board the Main-Weser Railway — and where I get off is anyone’s guess. That is, until I write about it. ;-)

 

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