The Hersfeld-Rotenburg District is found to the east of Hesse and offers some amazing experiences. To see this hilly landscape with its whitewashed houses sitting on grassy river banks as clear water flows by is a sight not easily forgotten, and rightly so.
Hersfeld-Rotenburg District Map
Towns & Villages in the Hersfeld-Rotenburg District
- Heringen (Werra)
- Kirchheim (Hesse)
- Nentershausen (Hes.)
- Neuenstein (Hesse)
For example, Rotenburg castle in the town of Rotenburg an der Fulda offers a glimpse of the past. Its crumbling ruins date back from 1470 and are now gently concealed within a lightly wooded landscape.
Bebra has an interesting history as the most important checkpoint for railway traffic passing across what would have been East Germany. Today this importance, and what it represents to the German people, is remembered in the form of a railway museum which is sure to fascinate.
If you like the real thing, one can take a trip on the narrow gauge railway here which provides fun for children of all ages.
Bad Hersfeld itself though is without a doubt the best loved of all the towns in this district. It is home to the Hersfeld abbey which astonishingly dates back as early as 769 and is now famed as being the largest Romanesque ruin in Europe!
Each year it plays host to the Bad Hersfelder Festival which draws visitors from across Europe for a range of plays and musical events put on in the amazing surroundings of the abbey ruins.