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Lorsch is a tiny town in southern Hessen and most probably overlooked by many German and foreign tourists alike. At least I don?t see many tourists when I am here from time to time. But it is definitely worth a little detour,because it is home to one of the oldest remains of an abbey of early Medieval ?Germany? (well, where today?s Germany was part of).
Lorsch Abbey was founded in 764 and soon became cultural and spiritual centre in the Carolingan empire. Today not much is left of the abbey but the beautiful King?s Hall (or entrance hall) is still there. Every source describes it as ?the oldest and most beautiful monument of Franconian Romanesque? (this quote is from Wikipedia). I cannot judge, as I am not a history expert, but this building is really most magnificent. One can wander through the premises of the former abbey (excavations are still ongoing) and admire the old herbal gardens. Of course they are not left from the old days, but they have been replanted according to the monks? descriptions.
Lorsch should not only be visited for this King?s Hall (which is UNESCO listed) but also for its excellent museum next to the gate. It is three museums to be precise:
which explains the role, this region played and is still playing in tobacco industry with many very old exhibits related to tobacco and smoking and a very good explanatory section about tobacco, harvesting and cigar making.
Abbey History Museum:
this museum explains the meaning of Lorsch Abbey during the Carolingan Empire and has some very interesting and cute dioramas of how the life was during these days. Emphasis is given to life at a river, which I personally always find most interesting.
Museum for local folklore:
this part of the museum is dedicated to the past life of the region, with emphasis to traditional handicraft professions. Many beautiful carved wood objects are displayed as are replicas of houses interiors.
As I didn?t write about Lorsch yet, please check Joan?s page (@scottishvisitor) for more information (see website link below).
Region: west of Bergstraße
Nearest airport: Frankfurt International (code FRA) or Karlsruhe (FKB, for Ryanair)
King?s Hall, Lorsch, on Google Maps
© Ingrid D., June 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
Directions: Lorsch is situated between motorways A5 and A67, approx. 60 km south of Frankfurt.
Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
49°19?02,06?? N; 08°26?20,37?? E
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