Welcome to Alsfeld
Alsfeld is a town located in the Vogelsbergkreis district of the state of Hesse, Germany. It has a population of approximately 17,000 people and covers an area of 76.84 square kilometers.
Alsfeld has a long and rich history, dating back to the early Middle Ages. The town was first mentioned in historical records in the year 1069, and has since then developed into an important center of trade and commerce. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Alsfeld became known for its flourishing cloth industry, which brought great prosperity to the town.
One of the most notable features of Alsfeld is its well-preserved historic town center, which has been designated as a protected historic monument. The town’s many half-timbered houses, which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, give it a charming and picturesque atmosphere. Some of the most famous buildings in Alsfeld include the town hall, the Alte Kanzlei (Old Chancellery), and the Walpurgiskirche (St. Walpurga’s Church).
In addition to its historic buildings, Alsfeld is also known for its annual Alsfelder Märchen- und Sagenfest (Alsfeld Fairy Tale and Legend Festival), which takes place every September. The festival celebrates the town’s connection to the Brothers Grimm and their collection of fairy tales, many of which are set in the surrounding area.
In the world of fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood plays a special role in Alsfeld. It is said that the Brothers Grimm were inspired by the traditional costume of Schwalm with its red cap.
Today, Alsfeld is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over Germany and beyond. It is also an important center of commerce and industry, with a thriving economy and a strong sense of community.