Warburg: gem right on the a44


Warburg: jewel right on the A44

In Warburg we land like in so many small German cities: on the car journey from A to B we need an intermediate destination. We look at the track on the map and choose something that is on the route and sounds interesting. With Warburg we have done a real stroke of luck.

It is the last day of our autumn holidays. For a good week we toured across Bavaria and have had a great time in the Bavarian Forest, in Bad Reichenhall and Munich. One last night we indulged in Fulda (also such a great chance discovery). Now we are on our way home to Schaumburg Land. But before we reach that, we need another break to stretch our legs and have a bite to eat.

Warburg is right on the A44, and while this is far from being its greatest asset, it is the point that makes the difference for a short visit.

In the winding streets of the old town a bit stretched legs – that is our plan, which rises wonderfully in Warburg.

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Warburg – what kind of city is that??

First and foremost, we throw on Wikipedia. After all, we want to know where we’ve gotten here.

We are in Kreis Höxter on the southeastern edge of North Rhine-Westphalia. The town has 24,000 inhabitants, was earlier Hanseatic city and may splurge with richly preserved medieval fabric.

Warburg in the Middle Ages and early modern times

Since the 13th century Warburg divides into old town and Neustadt. Both had their own town hall with their own mayor. For half a year, one, half a year, the other had the say. Only in 1568 was a “Town Hall between the cities“Built into which then a single full-time mayor moved.

In the Thirty Years’ War Warburg suffered a lot. The population sank from 16,000 to under 2,000 inhabitants in 1648. The last debts from this period could settle the city only at the end of the 19th century.

There are also many beautiful half-timbered houses in Warburg.

Warburg in the Third Reich

National Socialism took a long time to gain a foothold in Warburg. In 1928, only eight individual votes were attributed to the NSDAP, and in 1933 it was just under 22 percent, while the Center Party (a forerunner of the CDU, one can simplistically say) still had a whopping 67 percent. Nevertheless, the Nazis pushed through one of their own as mayor. The center politicians were intimidated or put off. The significant Jewish community who dispersed, who did not fled in time, was deported and died in the concentration camp.

There is also a Jewish cemetery in Warburg, which you can visit. Unfortunately, we only passed by the ordinary Christian, but he was also pretty.

Warburg today

Good news for strollers and others who are restricted in their freedom of movement: After a long time of construction, the historic center of Warburg is now one Model project of accessibility become.

Interesting too: Warburg is German Seat of the Syrian Orthodox Church. The Christian minority of the Arab-influenced state moved into a disbanded Dominican monastery in Warburg in 1997 and expanded into a bishopric to take care of those of their flock who had fled to Germany. About 60 Syriac Orthodox families live in Warburg today, says Wikipedia (probably more since the outbreak of the Syria war, I would guess).

View from the Neustadt up to the old town. The large building complex is the Marianum, the traditional high school of the city.

Attractions in Warburg

We did not do any serious sightseeing on our short visit. In the Café Blome (see below) we have received a very good flyer, which describes a tour of all highlights. The leaflet with 32 sights in Warburg is also available free of charge in the Tourist Information on the market square of the Neustadt (Main street 55).

The climax for the boys was definitely the (very comfortable) “tower climb” of the Chattenturm, from where you have a great view over the new town.

In particular, Warburg has to show old buildings. A few highlights:

  • Castle Desenberg definitely worth a visit. The castle ruin is freely accessible. There is a walk-in keep.
  • Of the sack tower with its associated sack gate dates back to 1443. It is the tallest of the five surviving Warburg towers.
  • Of the chat tower is even older (13th century) and offers a wonderful view of the old town. To get to it, we stroll over the also pretty and worth seeing graveyard.
  • The other three towers are called Johannisturm, Frankenturm and Biermann storm. We only saw her from afar. Then there is the Efeuturm, which is preserved only as a pretty overgrown stump.
  • The Museum in the “Star” shows the city history (we have it le >Martin and the boys in front of the sack gate at the sack tower.

Nice cafe in Warburg: Café Blome

I’m a confessed coffee aunt (though I only drink cappuccino and tea). A stop in a nice café is part of a successful trip for me. I have a special soft spot for plush-old-fashioned cafes.

One of the kind in which time seems to have stopped 30 years ago is Warburg. Café Blome is a traditional pastry shop with ample seating. The decor reminds me of the old coffee houses in Vienna and Prague: simple, lots of wood, lots of history. On the tablecloth is a small vase of real flowers next to the old-fashioned stout sugar shaker. At the cloakroom the current local press hangs on newspaper sticks. The toilets are tiptop clean, but time machines in the late 70s.

Wonderfully old-fashioned and cozy: the Café Blome in Warburg.

And the cake is the hammer: really delicious and just like grandma’s times. Janis gets glowing eyes when he discovers the Frankfurt wreath in the display. “I love Frankfurt wreath,” he reveals the owner in the best granny age – and promptly gets a particularly generous piece cut off.

Address: Café Blome, Sternstraße 39, Warburg.

That’s a piece of Frankfurt wreath! And also the Sachertorte tasted very good.

Conclusion of our short visit in Warburg

We are really happy to have discovered this pretty little town! For a break off the highway Warburg is ideal. A half – or with museum visit probably even whole – day one can certainly spend well here.

If it fits again, we will gladly come back!

The view of the Neustadt with the Johannisturm.

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