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Nina Gerlach (from left), Mayor Alexander Hetjes, Dr. Peter Lingens, Dr. Bettina Gentzcke and Dr. Astrid Krüger presents the app. © Kob

The new program in the Bad Homburg app provides information on 60 historic places, divided into four different routes.

Bad Homburg – On July 23, exactly 400 years ago, the Landgrave Frederick I received his office and palace, and thus the history of the Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg began. The city and the palace administration commemorate the origins and history of the district in the jubilee year with a variety of exhibitions, lectures and guided tours. Currently, Mayor Alexander Hetjes (CDU), head of the Culture Bureau, Dr. Bettina Gentzcke, Nina Gerlach with director of municipal marketing and city archives, Dr. Astrid Krueger and Dr. Peter Lingens of the City Historical Museum presented the “Landgraviate Places” online tour to around 60 Landgraviate Hessen-Homburg sites as the latest project to be obtained as a new program in the Bad Homburg app.

“This digital tour opens up completely new opportunities for users to get to the heart of Landgraviate’s history,” said Mayor of Hetjes. The application is primarily intended for walkers who want to use a smartphone to search for historical traces. Not only are the well-known places related to the history of the Landgraviate shown, but above all the “hidden places” and monuments where the connection with the Landgraviate is not immediately recognizable.

An example of this is the distance stone, which stands somewhat inconspicuously in a hedge bulge in the immediate vicinity of the Gothic House and marks exactly half the distance between Homburg Castle and Elisabethenstein on the Elisabethenschneise. It probably comes from the 1820s, i.e. from the times of Landgrave Frederick VI. Joseph.

Contacting the virtual guide is easy: after downloading the free Bad Homburg app, click on the “More” menu item and then on the “Guided Tours” section. Under the heading “Landgraviate Places” there is first a brief introduction and a map showing all the monuments. The application presents four routes of different lengths.

Immerse yourself in the late baroque era

The “Kurpark / Brunnensälchen” route, which focuses on the individual fountains, takes around half an hour. During the tour “The Castle and the Castle Park” in about half an hour you can also learn about places in the immediate vicinity of the Landgraf Castle. The “Tannenwaldallee und Parks” tour to historic sites and monuments takes a little longer – approximately 90 minutes. The fourth tour, “Gotycki Dom / Duży Tannenwald” takes visitors within two hours to places such as the Leopold Bridge, the horse tomb near the Gothic House and the “Kirdorfer Allee”, which used to be the visual axis of Rabenstein near Kirdorf in their imaginary extension should. Short, concise texts were written by prof. dr hab. Barbara Dolemeyer, dr. Astrid Krüger, Lena Liebau, dr. Peter Lingens, Andreas Mengel, Eva Schweiblmeier and Elisabeth Weymann. The photos were taken by Christian Müringer.

In addition to the application, employees of the city and state palaces and gardens have planned other offers for the district’s jubilee for the second half of the year.

The special exhibition “Showing our brotherly love and affection – Establishment of the Landgraviate Hessen-Homburg in 1622” with three original documents from the time of foundation can be seen until August 14 at the Wertheimber Villa in Gistavsgarten.

More information on this and all other anniversary events can be found on the Internet at www.schloesser-hessen.de and www.bad-homburg.de (city archive). (Author: Ulrike Koberg)

The online tour also has interesting information about lesser-known places like this
The online tour also offers interesting information about lesser known places such as the “Stone to Remove” in the Gothic House. © nn

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