Hessisch Lichtenau - Gate to Mother Hulda country

Located at the foot of the High Meissner on the German Fairy Tale Route, Hessisch Lichtenau is the gateway to Mother Hulda country, and is a romantic half-timbered town and ideal holiday home in the middle of an enchanting landscape. The town centre's closed ensemble of half-timbered houses with the old city hall (1665), which also contains our Mother Hulda Museum since 2011, and the so-called “Holleum” located in the Gothic town church (1415), delight our visitors time and again.

Hessisch Lichtenau for friends of fairy tales
The probably best-known fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm, Mother Hulda, is at home round about the High Meissner. She shook the beds from her mountain, the High Meissner, which then snowed down on the earth. They still come alive here, the fairy tales, myths, legends, and fascinating stories about Mother Hulda, who in other forms as Perchta, Freya or Frigga is present the entire year as the ancient female earth goddesses. A visit to the Holleum or a guided tour on the Mother Hulda thematic walk makes the topic “Mother Hulda” a live experience. With QR code videos in German sign language, even the deaf can enjoy the thematic walk as well as with an interpreter.

Hessisch Lichtenau for holiday tourists and day visitors
Also those who come for sporting activities in Hessisch Lichtenau are not short-changed: with hiking boots, a bicycle or on the back of a horse, there are plenty of possibilities to explore the region, which to this day could preserve its native character and silent beauty and boasts rare plants and animals.
Furthermore, the over 700-year-old town has much more to offer:
Town and topical guided tours, an indoor swimming pool, bicycle and hiking trails, annual cultural calendar, sailplaning, squash, tennis, recreational centre, fitness programme, well-prepared cross-country skiing in the winter and two lifts for alpine sport, angling, riding, a tightrope garden park, motor caravan parking, youth hostels, campsites, former monastery and Teutonic Knights Church (1207) in Reichenbach with an archaeological area and keep at the Reichenbach ruin, High Meissner (Mother Hulda pond, Kitzkammer etc.) and much more.

Events & Guided Tours

A special note for guests who do not speak German:
Some of the guided tours and audiences offers or events presented here are currently only available in German,
some are offered regularly, others on demand in different languages.
In many cases, fairytale magic and fabulous seductions do not need spoken language to be properly experienced.
Let yourself be surprised or inquire directly at the address given in each case.
And please understand that for technical reasons some descriptions are shown here only in German. Thank you very much!

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