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Schlossstr. 18
32657 Lemgo

Weser Renaissance Route
Romance and Renaissance along the river Weser

View of the market square and Bremen town hall

Welcome to the Weser Renaissance Route. But what exactly is "Weser Renaissance"? The Weser Renaissance museum at Brake Castle near Lemgo illustrates and explains the term, which can be misleading as it might suggest a separate regional variant of the Renaissance style. Actually, the Renaissance buildings in the Weser region are evidence of the connections that existed throughout Europe at that time, and which made it possible for the architecture and the ideas of the Renaissance to spread from Italy to the countries north of the Alps. Today, no other region in Germany has as many Renaissance buildings as can be found along the Weser Renaissance Route between Hannoversch-Münden and Bremen.

Stone memorial plaque on the banks of the Weser

For 350 kilometres this cultural route runs though the federal states of Hessen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen, linking their architectural monuments from the 16th and early 17th centuries. This magnificent style of building - named after the river - is a real art-historical treat. Both the landed gentry and townspeople adorned their residences with elaborate facades. The Weser Renaissance Route includes palaces and stately homes, town halls and town houses, stone-built or timber-framed, all bearing witness to the economic and cultural boom of the period before the Thirty Years War. Comprehensive signposting makes it very easy to follow the route.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    The Renaissance, Romanticism, culture

Highlights in brief

  • Bremen
    Hanseatic city, town hall, Roland statue, Rhododendron Park

  • Minden
    Bückeburg Palace, waterways intersection, castle where Saxon duke Widukind took refuge
  • Lemgo
    Weser Renaissance architecture of Castle Brake, Hexenbürgermeisterhaus (witch finder's house and municipal museum)
  • Hamlyn
    Timber-framed buildings, Pied Piper, Hämelschenburg Castle
  • Lipperland
    Hermann the Cheruscan Monument, Externsteine natural monument
  • Paderborn
    Imperial and episcopal town, Neuhaus Palace
  • Höxter
    Burial mounds
  • Uslar
    Butterfly park Hannoversch
  • Münden
    Weserstein monument, bridge over the Werra, old quarter
  • Kassel
    Wilhelmshöhe Palace, statue of Hercules