Hello, everyone and welcome! I’m sorry for missing last weeks post, but today I’m back and I wanted to share about a little day-trip we took last week to visit Limburg, Germany!
When we first set off to Limburg I didn’t actually know where we were going! Thankfully, I can trust my husband to always take us somewhere interesting. All I knew is that it was a 2 1/2 hour trip (one way!), which turned out to be over 3 hours since we had to stop and feed the little one. It was a long day, but also a short visit to the city. Nevertheless, the day was enjoyed and I look forward to when we can go back and explore some more!
If you’re thinking about travelling through Germany by car you may think that everywhere you want to go is not far given the unlimited speeds on the Autobahn. However, that is really not the case. There are many stretches of Autobahn now that actually do impose speed limits. But also, there is always construction and the amount of traffic may inhibit you from driving fast anyways. With that being said, when time allows we usually like to get off the Autobahn and travel the scenic route!
Where is Limburg?
Limburg is located in western Germany, about an hour north-west of Frankfurt. It sits right near the border to the state of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland Palatinate) and is roughly a 40 minute drive to the city of Koblenz.
The city of Limburg, which was first documented in the year 910, is situated on the Lahn river which flows into the Rhine south of Koblenz.
Visiting the Altstadt
One of the things I love about Germany is the clear signage everywhere while driving. When we arrived in Limburg, it was easy to find parking right in the Altstadt (old town).
It was really cool navigating our way through the crooked half-timbered buildings and up the hill to the Limburger Dom (Limburg Cathedral). There were so many shops to look into as well as café’s and bars to enjoy. While there seemed to be quite a few tourists even in January, I can imagine it’s quite lively in the summer!
As well as the unique shops to explore, one of the interesting things about Limburg is that the old trade route from Cologne to Frankfurt runs through the Altstadt. From the little information I found online, the trade road dates back to the 1100’s. With the history and architecture, it really makes you feel like you’ve been transported back to the medieval times.
The Limburg Cathedral
After the first time my parents took me to Europe, I thought that I had seen enough Cathedrals for my lifetime. But now, I actually really enjoy visiting them. The church is always the first thing that is built in a town, as a foundation, while everything else follows. There is so much history to discover as well as the unique architecture to enjoy.
The Limburger Dom (Limburg Cathedral) had its start likely as a small chapel before the town became official, but the exact date is not known. Also known as St. Georges Cathedral to whom it was dedicated, the construction of the church you see today began around 1180. I didn’t know anything about Limburg before arriving and I originally thought the cathedral was a castle! With it built on a hill, it reminds me of the castles dotted along the hill tops of the Rhine valley! To read more detailed history on the cathedral, you can find it here.
The walk up to the Cathedral wasn’t difficult at all and there was no entrance fee to get inside. They even have new paving stones in place throughout a lot of the Altstadt that are smooth for people who have disabilities.
Visiting the Surrounding Area
We’ve travelled to this area a few times now and I always really enjoy it. You can read about one of the day-trips we took to Koblenz in the summer here. If you’re planning a trip to Germany, I highly recommend to keep the Koblenz area in mind!
I hope you enjoyed this look into Limburg an der Lahn. It seems whenever we visit somewhere new it becomes my new favourite place to visit! Is there anywhere in Germany that’s on your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments!
See you next week!