Exploring Places LIII: Kirchhain, Germany

Postcard 32 has been sent to Kirchhain, Solveig’s hometown.

Night view of Kirchhain Markt. Wikimedia Commons


Location of Germany. Wikipedia
Location of Kirchhain within Germany. Wikipedia

Kirchhain is a town with a population of over 16,000 located in the heart of the state of Hesse in Marburg-Biedenkopf district, in west central Germany. Geographically, it is surrounded by the Amöneburg Basin on the southeast edge of the Burgwald (a low mountain range) about 15 km east of Marburg on the rivers Ohm and Wohra.


…being the gateway to “Gateway to the Burgwald,” a low mountain range, which is home to of its 12 municipalities or districts. Prehistoric trails in the area show a continuous settlement from at least the New Stone Age. In the Middle Ages, Kirchhain was an important stop on the old trade route from Cologne to Leipzig.

Burwald Trail. Alamy Stock Photo
… being the birthplace of Leo Strauss (1899-1973), a German Jewish émigré to the United States who specialized in political philosophy and excelled in his attempt to apply the philosophy of Plato and  Aristotle to contemporary political theory.

Leo Strauss. Wikipedia



Kirchhain Town Hall. Wikipedia
The Rathaus (Town Hall) is  the town's landmark, built in 1450 with timber framing.

The Haus "Zum blauen Löwen"

Happel Haus. My Heimat.de
 Built in 1612, this landmark was the birth house of the author Eberhard Werner Happel, who wrote teatrises on natural science as well as fiction works in which he included many aspects of contemporary knowledge in encyclopaedic form and dealt with historical and current political themes, compilations of anecdotes about famous people.

Werner Happel. Wikipedia

Evangelische Stadtkirche St. Michael

Stadkirche St, Michael Kirchhain. Flickr
This is the oldest remaining church in Kirchhain, its construction dating back to the 15th century.

We’ve found this 15-minute video that includes a walking tour around Kirchhain, watch it to see what street life is like in Solveig’s hometown.


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