Gatehouse at Katzensprung

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The gatehouse at Katzensprung has been used in many ways in its hundred-year history

In 1921, a residential building at this point was demolished to make room for a connecting path to Neue Straße. In order to create new apartments, the road was bridged in 1922/1923 with a gatehouse designed by the city architect Leopold Scherman. However, this initially served as an office building for Eisenschmidt AG, which paid four billion marks in rent for the last quarter of 1923. In 1926 the town's local history museum was opened in the building; For many years it housed a private doll and toy museum.

In the area of the cat's jump there are memorial plaques for the Jewish victims of the National Socialist racial policy and the synagogue. The presence of Jews in Holzminden has been documented since 1557. In the 18th and 19th centuries there was a flourishing community here, which in 1838 built its synagogue in close proximity to what is today "a stone's throw". Nothing remained of it: the people were expelled or murdered, the church was destroyed in 1938 and finally demolished in 1968. This is remembered in the passage through the gatehouse; To the east, on November 9, 1999, a memorial plaque with the names of the victims was erected. The gatehouse is now used by Stadtmarketing Holzminden GmbH for its fragrance and aroma seminars.

Immerse yourself in the great world of fragrances and flavors! Have you always wanted to become a perfumer yourself and create your own perfume? Would you like to learn more about the effects of our native herbs and the powers of Indian spices? Explore the variety of flavors of French wines or experience the gold of the Weser Uplands in a very special way? No matter whether you want to enjoy special tea and coffee, mix your perfect gin and tonic with a gin tasting or become a soap artist of the passpartout soaps; our fragrance and aroma seminars literally have the right offer for every taste.

General information


Holzminden is embedded in the Weser Uplands and can be reached via various federal highways (from Kassel via the B83, from Göttingen via the B241 and B49, from Kreiensen and Paderborn via the B64 and from Hanover via the B3 and B240). Idyllic routes, which are particularly popular with motorcyclists, lead you through our beautiful city and make the journey a feast for the eyes.


By train to Holzminden from:

North: from Hanover or Hildesheim via Kreiensen

East: from Braunschweig and the Harz via Kreiensen

South: from Göttingen via Kreiensen or Ottbergen

West: from the Ruhr area and the Rhineland via Paderborn

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