Limburg an der Lahn is a gorgeous town situated on the banks of the Lahn River. A proud member of the Deutsche Fachwerk Straße (German Half Timber-Framed Road), the old town is bursting with history, beauty and is considered to be one of the best preserved half timber-framed towns in the Lahn Region.
Enjoy an afternoon strolling Its quiet, narrow alleyways, admiring its beautiful houses and a its striking Cathedral. Only a 50 min drive from Frankfurt-am-Main and 1.5 hours from Köln (Cologne), (even faster on the ICE train), make Limburg an der Lahn a perfect day trip destination.
Here are my 10 Must See Sights in Limburg an der Lahn
1. Alte Lahnbrücke (Old Lahn Bridge)
As you enter the old part of the town, you will cross over the beautiful Alte Lahnbrücke. The bridge dates back to 1315, making it one of the oldest bridges in Hesse! This bridge served as part of the important trade route between the cities of Köln (Cologne) and Frankfurt.
- Make sure you stop and enjoy the spectacular view of the Cathedral from the bridge.
2. Dom St George (Limburg Cathedral)
Limburg’s star attraction is the stunning Dom St Georg built in 1180 and consecrated in 1235. It’s twin-tower facade is typical of the Rhineland region and is an excellent example of late Romanesque architecture. Located up on a hill above the Altstadt, the seven-towered cathedral is visible from miles away. Make sure you go inside, the interior is just as breathtaking as the exterior. The stainless windows are beautiful and take time to look at the medieval frescoes dating from 1220 to 1235!
Location: Domplatz 1
3. Schloss Limburg (Limburg Castle)
The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century for Gerlach I, Master of Limburg and Lord Protector of the convent. Other building structures were added over time. In 1255, Gerlach I had a daughter, she grew up in the castle and in 1270 married Adolf von Nassau. After his election to be King of Germany of 1292, she became Queen.
Location: Mühlberg 3
4. Oldest Free-Standing House in Germany
This beautifully preserved house was built in 1289. It is actually one of the oldest surviving half timber-framed, free-standing houses in Germany!
Location: Altstadt, Römer 2-4-6.
The Werner-Senger-Haus, although older than the house mentioned above, was first documented in 1274, but actually built about 20 years earlier. Unfortunately, it was mostly destroyed in a large city fire in 1289. For centuries the house was owned by wealthy Limburg merchants, today it is a 4-star restaurant serving traditional German fair and regional specialties.
Location: Altstadt, Slipper 5
Cost: €€, check website for additional information HERE
6. Haus der Sieben Laster (House of the Seven Deadly Sins)
Built in 1567, this unusual half timber-frame house is decorated with carvings showing Christianity’s seven deadly sins (pride, greed, envy, lust, gluttony, wrath and sloth).
Location: Altstadt, Brückengasse 9
7. Haus Trombetta
A beautiful assembly of a half-timber framed houses, dating back from the 17th century. From
1769 to 1960, it was occupied by the Trombetta trading family.
Location: Altstadt, Frankfurter Straße 2
8. Houses on the Fischmarkt
A charming small square surrounded by a beautiful collection of half timbered-frame houses. Most of these buildings date back from the 14th and 15th centuries. This was actually the location of the original city center.
Surprisingly, the market held at this square never sold “fish”, but rather wool and cloth. The old name Fismart came from the old word Fizza, which means thread. Within the older population it is still common to hear the word “Fitzchen“, which means the little thread remnant.
Location: Altstadt, Fischmarkt 8 and surrounding buildings
9. Haus Kleine
Don’t miss this interesting piece of history! During the 13th century Limburg an der Lahn was located on the very important and busy trade route between the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt. Next to this house was the narrowest point along the route. When the wagons were first loaded in Frankfurt or Köln, they were packed to specifications that they would be able to pass this section without getting stuck or having to unload. Some wagons of course did not heed these warnings, so check points were located several blocks down the road on either side of the passage to inspect the wagons before they attempted the squeeze.
Location: Altstadt, Rütsche 4
10. The Dancers
The wooden sculpture, called the Dancers, commemorates the end of the plague time that ravished the town from 1347 through 1351.
How to Get There
Limburg an der Lahn is located on the A3 Autobahn, about halfway between Bonn and Frankfurt-am-Main.
Frankfurt (55 min), Bonn (1 hr 15 min), Cologne (1 hr 25 min)
The ICE (bullet train) is the fastest, and most expensive of the train options. The ICE train will stop at the station Limburg Süd, which is about 1.5 km (.9 miles) east of the old town. The high-speed trains run frequently from most Cities. From Frankfurt-am-Main (35 min), Cologne (50 min). You can either catch a bus, or walk to the historical centre from the station.
RB (Regional train) is the slower/cheaper option. Limburg (Lahn) Station is just south of the old town. It has regular trains to nearby destinations, including Koblenz (55 min), Wiesbaden (65 min), and Frankfurt-am-Main (70 min).
You can check for more detailed options on the RMV website or mobile app.
Travel Planning Resources
Planning a trip? These are some of my favourite travel planning and booking resources!
- Tourist Information: located at Barfüßerstraße 6. Website is only in German
- Hotels.com: The best place to book hotels and hostels
- Get your guide: One of my favorites for booking day tours and tickets!
- Germany travel books: – My favorite are the DK Eyewitness travel guides
- RMV.de: Find time tables and buy tickets all from your phone. Available in English, as a website or App
- Moovitapp.com: A great resource that lists exactly step by step which bus, U-bahn, or S-bahn or combination of them you need to take to get to your destination! In English and available as a website or App
- Rentalcars.com: Free cancellations on most bookings, world’s biggest car rental booking service, with over 60,000 locations worldwide
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