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Culture and sights

in Hann. Münden

Historical Hann. Münden

Magnificent buildings close together. Atmospheric alleys. Imposing half-timbered buildings. This is how visitors still experience the medieval half-timbered town of Hann Münden in the Weserbergland region. Founded between 1155 and 1183, the town quickly achieved prosperity and wealth thanks to the "Stapelrecht" (right to stack) granted by Duke Otto I of Brunswick in 1247. The particular wealth of half-timbered forms and styles dates back to this time. Thanks to intensive restoration efforts, Hann. Münden is now a half-timbered town of European standing. Numerous awards, such as the gold medal in the federal competition "Stadtgestalt und Denkmalschutz in Städtebau" (Urban Design and Monument Protection in Town Planning) or the "Europa Nostra" award confirm this.

Since the 1960s, and as one of the first cities in Germany, the city of Hann. Münden has employed voluntary and full-time city image and monument conservators. The idea of the "German Half-Timbered House Route" was co-founded in Hann. Münden.

Since 2000, interactive water art has become part of the townscape with the recognised Expo project "Wasserspuren".

Stroll through atmospheric alleys and streets, discover magnificent half-timbered buildings with their inscriptions, oriels, historic doors and portals. Take a break in a traditional pub or follow one of the guided tours of the town. History comes alive in Hann. Münden. You'll be amazed by the diversity and the cohesive half-timbered architecture of the old town.

Gimundi is given away to the imperial abbeys of Fulda and Corvey

First documentary mention of the town of Münden

Münden receives the stacking right

Münden is the residence of the Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Calenberg-Göttingen

Reformation by Duchess Elisabeth and Bishop Corvin

Reconstruction of the Gothic town hall, construction of the northern Rennaissance ornamental facade

Tilly conquers Münden in the 30 Years War

Doctor Eisenbart dies in Hann. Münden

Grotefend, decipherer of the cuneiform script, is born

Sculptor and poet Gustav Eberlein is born

Hanover-Münden-Cassel railway line is opened

Forestry academy founded; a forestry training college preceded it from 1844 onwards

First police school, then for Hessen-Cassel

Ernst Dörfler saves the city from destruction and the old Werra Bridge from being blown up

Münden is awarded gold nationwide in the "Urban Design and Monument Protection in Urban Development" competition

The official name of the town is now Hann. Münden

Major fire in the city centre of Hann. Münden - 7 half-timbered houses affected

Hann. Münden -

City of Doctor Eisenbart

It was rather by chance that Hann. Münden came to have its legendary advertising figure when the itinerant doctor died in 1727 while passing through the then inn "Zum Wilden Mann". Today he is commemorated by the carillon in the gable of the town hall, the statue on his death house and other statues on the Doktorwerder and at the entrances to the town, his gravestone at the Aegidien Church, guided tours in costume, musical performances by the court musician and special events.

© Hann. Münden Marketing GmbH, Photo Burkhardt

Discover our historic Weserbergland too

Under the umbrella of Weserbergland Tourismus e.V., 16 historic towns and 10 historic sites in the Weserbergland decided to take part in a marketing project unique in Germany - the "Historic Weserbergland". In the following years, numerous workshops were held to work together on the realisation of the project.

All the towns have committed themselves to meet uniform quality standards, which in future should promise guests added value during their stay in the respective historic town. Whether it is consistent tourist signage of the historical potential of the city centre, an optimisation of the quality of stay on-site or the provision of accessibility information - the quality standards were and continue to be high.

The campaign aims to professionally process the history of all participating cities/sites for tourism and to make it experienceable for "everyone".

Together with all the towns and sites involved in the project, we are endeavouring to compile for you the most exciting adventures and stories from a long-forgotten time. So immerse yourself in the past and follow our motto: "Traces of time - real experience".

Tour through the historic old town

© Hann. Münden Marketing GmbH, Paavo Blafield

City and experience tours

© Hann. Münden Marketing GmbH, Y-Site

Arrival information

© Hann. Münden Marketing GmbH, Paavo Blafield

Guided city tour "Short Paths"

© Hann. Münden Marketing GmbH, Photo Burkhardt
© Naturpark Münden e.V., Ralf König

Further information

Weserbergland Tourismus e.V.
Deisterallee 1
31785 Hameln
Tel. +49 5151  9300 0


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