Historic town centre – in the heart of the Lion Town
Among the reddish-brown half-timbered façades, at the foot of the majestic Baroque castle that towers above the town, the Old Market Square radiates peaceful tranquillity out into Hachenburg.
Originally a trading centre for regional agriculture and livestock, it now forms the flourishing historic town centre. After 700 years, grain stalls and cattle traders have given way to peaceful cafés and inviting eateries that lend the Old Market Square the charm of an idyllic former royal town.
Full of colourful half-timbered buildings, basalt and slate, the heritage-protected town centre is dominated by the historic castle church and the Baroque Franciscan church. As the town’s most famous landmark, the two-tailed golden lion guards the Old Market Square, giving it a princely splendour, a nod to the name of the cultural metropolis of the Westerwald (Lion Town).
But amidst all the impressive architecture, the Old Market Square also has lots of little hidden details: the famous pendulum clock is unique in the world and sits in one of the square’s numerous windows, a beautiful reading garden slumbers amongst the winding alleyways and the town centre reveals a surprisingly diverse history through its beautiful monuments.
Packed with culture and culinary delights
In December, the Old Market Square looks more like the setting for a wintry fairy tale than a town centre. Against a backdrop of brightly coloured lights, snow falls on the roofs of the Christmas market. Market stalls tempting you to sample various Westerwald delicacies surround the fountain. But as soon as the snow is replaced by warm sunshine, it’s time for the summer of culture in the Old Market Square. During the hot summer months, the Old Market Square is the place to be for cultural events, open-air concerts or a meal served with a side of the Westerwald’s traditionally friendly hospitality.
Today, the Old Market Square is a place where old meets new, a historical setting for a range of different events, from innovative festivals to cabaret, always with plenty of heart and spirit. Once upon a time it would have been where the mayor made announcements, today, international and local artists gather to fill Hachenburg’s town centre with life. This abundance of art and culture makes Hachenburg’s town centre the place to be for locals, tourists and visitors alike.
For a sociable get-together in one of the Hachenburg restaurants or cafés, you’ll always find a relaxing atmosphere in the Old Market Square. Once you get a feel for the rhythm of the town, you won’t be able to resist its charms.