frauenORTE Niedersachsen

Hann. Münden - Duchess Elisabeth

In the footsteps of important women

Lower Saxony has a lot to offer, including a rich history of women. This special treasure is presented to you by the initiative frauenORTE Niedersachsen of the Landesfrauenrat Niedersachsen e.V. (Lower Saxony Women's Council). On your discovery tours on the traces of historical women personalities in the towns and communities of the state, you can discover many a previously unknown, surprising and extraordinary thing in addition to the long-forgotten everyday. With the initiative frauenORTE Niedersachsen, whose original idea came from Saxony-Anhalt, the Landesfrauenrat Niedersachen e.V. is opening up new paths in cultural tourism. 

Since the initiative was launched in 2008, 47 frauenORTE Niedersachsen (as of October 2021) have been created. More are in the planning stage. The Landesfrauenrat Niedersachsen e.V. has been able to win Daniela Behrens, Lower Saxony's Minister for Social Affairs, Health and Equality, as patron for its initiative.

frauenORT Hann. Münden

Duchess Elisabeth - Regent | Reformer | Counsellor

On the initiative of the Landesfrauenrat Niedersachsen e.V. (Lower Saxony State Women's Council), Hann. Münden has been the 13th women's place with Duchess Elisabeth since 2011. She was born in Cölln (Spree) in 1510 and died in Ilmenau in 1558. Regent, reformer and advisor - these three attributes characterise the work of Duchess Elisabeth. From the Guelph castle in Münden, the wife of Duke Erich I of Brunswick-Lüneburg led the guardianship government for her minor son after his death. She reformed the court administration as well as the poor and court system and in 1542 was the first and probably the only known woman in the 16th century to introduce the teachings of Martin Luther in the principality. In a government textbook, she warned her son against wasting money and expensive wars. In addition to hymns and prayers, she also wrote a marriage book for her daughter and a comfort book for widows.

The women's place Herzogin Elisabeth in Hann. Münden was created in cooperation with the municipal equal opportunities commissioner and the Lutheran city church congregation and was opened in May 2011.

For more information on all women's ORTEs in Lower Saxony, please contact:

Landesfrauenrat Niedersachsen e.V. 
Hilde-Schneider-Allee 25
30173 Hanover
Tel: 0511 321031
Fax: 0511 321021


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