Hessisch Lichtenau: The Complete Guide

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Hessisch Lichtenau is a small town located in the northern part of the state of Hesse, Germany. It is situated on the edge of the vast forested area known as the Kaufunger Wald, and is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside.

Hessian Lichtenau, the gateway to Frau Holle-Land at the foot of the Hoher Meißner and on the German Fairy Tale Route, presents itself as a romantic half-timbered town and ideal holiday home in the middle of an enchanting landscape. The closed half-timbered ensemble of the city center with the old town hall (1665), in which our Frau Holle Museum, the so-called “Holleum” has been located since 2011, and the Gothic town church (1415) inspire visitors again and again.

The Brothers Grimm’s most famous fairy tale, Frau Holle, revolves around the majestic Hoher Meißner mountain. According to the story, Frau Holle shook her beds from the mountain, causing snow to fall on the ground. Today, the legend lives on through the many fairy tales, myths, and sagas that recount the adventures of Mother Holle, who is revered as Hulda, Perchta, Freya, and Frigga, among other names, as an ancient female earth deity.

Visiting Hessisch Lichtenau for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Hessisch Lichtenau on the first visit. To help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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