Schwalmstadt - Confirmation City Schwalmstadt

Fairytale half-timbered houses with legendary figures in the middle of Little Red Riding Hood Land. Schwalmstadt consists of the two former towns of Ziegenhain and Treysa and eleven other districts.

Schwalmstadt for friends of fairy tails

The folk dress is known far beyond Schwalm. Perhaps the red cap (Betzel) of the young girls in the traditional costume of Schwalm inspired the Brothers Grimm to write down the famous fairy tale of "Little Red Riding Hood". These and about 200 other fairy tales were collected by the two brothers on their travels. In Little Red Riding Hood country they often travelled to visit their brother Ludwig Emil Grimm in the neighbouring painters' colony of Willingshausen. Every year, the traditional costume of Schwalm can be admired at the parade of the Ziegenhainer Salatkirmes (traditional fair), which is celebrated two weeks after Whitsun, or at performances by various folk dance groups, as well as in the Schwalm Museum. Some fairytale sculptures can be found in the shopping street of Treysa and invite you to a photo shooting together. This is yet another enchantment you will experience through the fairytale landscape and dreamy forests.

Schwalmstadt for holiday tourists and day visitors

Ziegenhain became known as the birthplace of confirmation through the "Ziegenhain Church Disciplinary Regulations". Surrounded by the historical water fortress, Ziegenhain Castle is located in the middle of the fortress complex. Today, parts of this area are home to one of the most modern prisons in Germany.

The old town of Treysa is characterised by the imposing ruins of the Church of the Dead and numerous half-timbered houses. Let yourself be enchanted by its special atmosphere, stroll through the small alleys with the partly well-preserved city fortifications between the Church of the Dead and the Witch’s Tower. Numerous cultural events are held every year in the enchantingly old-fashioned setting of the Church of the Dead.

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!

Schwalmstadt Historical tidbits

Besides the fairytale and dreamy aspects, Schwalmstadt has also written great history:

  • Ziegenhain
  • Birthplace of confirmation
  • Ziegenhain water fortress
  • Subsidy agreements with Great Britain on the American War of Independence - Trade in soldiers
  • Treysa
  • Ruin of the Church of the Dead
  • Town hall with Ruland Well at the centre of a closed half-timbered ensemble
  • Parts of the old town fortification between the Totenkirche (Church of the Dead) and Hexenturm (Witch’s Tower)

 

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