At the narrowest point in the Fulda valley is the old Landgrafenstädtchen Rotenburg, a fortified with walls and towers from the 11th century.
Rotenburg was probably founded in the 11th century by the Landgraves of Thuringia. From the year 1197 comes the reference to a reigning 'mayor'. For the first time, the city was called a city in 1248. In 1290, the Hessian landgrave Heinrich I of Hesse renewed the town fortifications. On the right Fuldaufer was built in 1340 the new city, which was only in 1607 officially united with the old town.
If you walk through the streets and alleys, you will enjoy the many colorful half-timbered houses everywhere. Apart from the town hall, the castle and the churches, almost all Old Rotenburg today consist of such buildings. Most of them date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, but a few survived the great city fires in earlier times. They are particularly interesting, because you can also follow the development of timber-frame construction.
Since the establishment of the castle in 1470 Rotenburg was a.d. Fulda at times one of the residence of the Landgrave. After the division of the county Hesse-Kassel resided between 1627 and 1834, the so-called Quartfürsten in Rotenburg Castle.
Due to the decline of the linen weaving mill since 1840 many inhabitants of Rotenburg and the surrounding villages lost their livelihood. In some villages, up to a third of the population has left their homes and emigrated.
Even in the neighborhoods there are interesting things, such. the ancient village church (built before 1134) in Braach, the moated castles in Lispenhausen and Schwarzenhasel, magnificent village villages, also the very old village churches in Seifertshausen and Dankerode.
June 28, 2017
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