Willkommen in Aßlar, Thanks!

Aßlar’s slogan on the town’s official website is Willkommen in Aßlar and you’ll really have that feeling once you’re here.

This diminutive town of seven boroughs has, besides history spanning more than 1200 years, a thermal salt bath to relax after all the sightseeing around this Hessian town.

You’ll be happy to know that there are many old historic buildings around this medieval town and quite a few are within the borough of Werdorf (Who Village). For example, Werdorfer Schloss not only houses a local history museum (open 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month) but also popular for holding wedding ceremonies.

What bride wouldn’t want to get married in a heavenly Baroque manor house from the 17th century? Well, maybe unless they would rather do it over at the exquisite Protestant Parish Church built in 1253. Either way, you need to see both even if you’re not there looking at wedding venues.

Werdorf has also been known for its Jewish history. This town’s Jewish population dated back to the 17th century with its own synagogue and ritual bath known as a “mikvah.” On Breitenbach Road there’s an old Jewish Cemetery used from 1888 through 1941, when the last Jewish burial took place here.

Another place that was once of great historical importance was the Kloster Altenberg, a 12th century monastery where many a noble resided. What you’ll find there today is a 13th century church and many 17th century farm buildings.

While religion was big in the Middle Ages, so was mining. A huge boon to the economy, the mining of iron ore went on here until 1983. After that, Aßlar opened the Pit Fortuna, a museum telling all about the town’s mining history.

After a day of strolling the streets and sites of Aßlar, there’s no better place to relax than in the thermal salt baths at Laguna Aßlar. If you’ve brought the kids with you, they’ll have a jolly good time on the twisting waterslide.

This town’s slogan might be that you’re welcome in Aßlar, but you’ll just be saying, “Thanks, Aßlar!”

 

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