Germany

Urban Walk

Dillenburg historic trail

Route profile

Difficulty
Moderate
Length / Distance 3,2 km
Rise 84 hm
Descent 82 hm
Duration 0,9 h
Highest point 284 hm
Lowest point 227 hm

Notice

In the tour planner we inform you under the tab "Current info" about temporary route changes, closures and detours.

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Description

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.

Brief description

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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Approach

The Oranienstadt Dillenburg is located directly on the A45 motorway, but is also easy to reach via the B277.

Public transport

From Dillenburg railway station to the starting point, the tourist information office, it is a 15-minute walk (1.1 km).

Parking

Free parking at the Dillenburg stadium (Stadionstraße 8, 35683 Dillenburg).

Directions

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.

Equipment

If you are planning a tour of the casemates, take sturdy shoes and a jacket with you.

Tips

From the Wilhelmsturm you have a beautiful view of the Oranienstadt Dillenburg and the surrounding countryside.

Destination

Dillturm Tower from 1597

Starting Point

Old Town Hall

More information & GPX download

Notice

In the tour planner we inform you under the tab "Current info" about temporary route changes, closures and detours.

To the Tour Planer