The city tour contains 18 stations steeped in history. Visit the museums in the Villa Grün and the Wilhelmsturm and learn more about the history of Dillenburg. The casemates, one of the largest defensive fortifications in Western Europe, are also worth a tour!
Dillenburg Castle was first mentioned in 1130 and received its town charter in 1344 from Emperor Ludwig IV the Bavarian. Dillenburg was the ancestral seat of the Oran branch of the House of Nassau. In the 16th century, Dillenburg Castle was built as the main residence of the Counts of Nassau-Dillenburg, which from 1536 onwards was simultaneously expanded into a contemporary fortress and given a strong, approximately 20-metre-high fortification wall, which still gives the castle hill its imposing appearance today. In 1760, during the Seven Years' War, the French fired red-hot bullets at Dillenburg Castle and destroyed it. In 1768, the fortifications were dismantled by demolishing most of the buildings and filling in the casemates. With the stones of the destroyed castle, a new government quarter was built in Wilhelmstraße.
Combine the Dillenburg city tour with a visit to one of our events in the region.
Experience the history of the Oranienstadt Dillenburg at first hand! The historical stations of the Historical Trail are marked by signs. You can access further information on the respective stations directly via the marked points on the tour (text and audio file).
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The Oranienstadt Dillenburg is located directly on the A45 motorway, but is also easy to reach via the B277.
From Dillenburg railway station to the starting point, the tourist information office, it is a 15-minute walk (1.1 km).
Free parking at the Dillenburg stadium (Stadionstraße 8, 35683 Dillenburg).
The tour starts at the Old Town Hall, today the headquarters of the Dillenburg Tourist Information. The last of the 18 stops is the Dill Tower at the Zwingel.
If you are planning a tour of the casemates, take sturdy shoes and a jacket with you.
From the Wilhelmsturm you have a beautiful view of the Oranienstadt Dillenburg and the surrounding countryside.