Lahntal - fairytale idyll

The community of Lahntal is real fairytale country! Mysterious places, mystical elves' houses, gnarled trees, legendary stories as well as fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, which are closely linked to Lahntal through the fairy tale illustrator Otto Ubbelohde. In Goßfelden you can visit the cosy original studio and house of the famous painter. The municipality of Lahntal was formed in 1974 from the formerly independent villages of Brungershausen, Kernbach, Caldern, Sterzhausen, Goßfelden, Sarnau and Göttingen and is only about 10 minutes away from the beautiful university town of Marburg.

Lahntal for friends of fairy tales

Plan a fairytale tour through the picturesque districts of the municipality of Lahntal!

Near Brungershausen, the so-called "Wichtelhäuser" (gnomes' houses) are idyllically situated in the forest and well worth a visit. This is a stone formation where gnomes are said to have dwelt.  According to legend, humans and gnomes once lived peacefully side by side. The gnomes dug for gold and exchanged it with the humans for everything they needed. However, the people's greed for gold made the gnomes so angry that they disappeared forever. You can also climb up the rock formation and have a great panoramic view of the surrounding natural scenery.

In Goßfelden, the famous painter and graphic artist Otto Ubbelohde built himself a house which is still in its original state. In the studio you will find numerous drawings and paintings with scenes from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm as well as constantly changing exhibitions. The picturesque garden is very charming and invites you to linger.

Lahntal for holiday tourists and day visitors

The municipality of Lahntal has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. Beautiful Lahn meadows and wooded areas characterise the scene and invite you to take extensive cycling and walking tours.

Discover the oldest building of our community - the convent house. This structure is situated in Paradise, the former monastery garden, which is located next to the church of St. Nicholas. From there, a hike to the Rimberg, the highest hill in the municipality of Lahntal, invites you to climb its lookout tower and be rewarded with a magnificent view. Below the Rimberg you will come to the dreamy town of Kernbach with its small church. At the old Lahn bridge there are small resting places and at the old Lahn weir you can wade barefoot in the river - a joy for young and old. In the Wollenberg – a hiking paradise with manageable gradients - the Gnome Home Stones are waiting for you. In Sterzhausen, the 12th-century church is also well worth a visit.  It’s also possible to experience a hike with alpacas from here. In Goßfelden, "in the footsteps of Otto Ubbelohde", you can learn interesting facts about the life of the famous artist at 16 stations along the circular route. The next village is Sarnau and its very nice resting place on the river Lahn. If you then travel one town further, you  come to Göttingen and have travelled to all members of the Lahntal community.

We wish you a relaxing and enchanted time in Lahntal!

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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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