Lauterbach, Hesse

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Lauterbach Chateau
Lauterbach Chateau
Coat of arms of Lauterbach
Coat of arms
Lauterbach  is located in Germany
Location of Lauterbach within Vogelsbergkreis district
Mittelhessen Vogelsberg Lau.png
Coordinates: 50°38′16″N 9°23′40″E / 50.63778°N 9.39444°E / 50.63778; 9.39444Coordinates: 50°38′16″N 9°23′40″E / 50.63778°N 9.39444°E / 50.63778; 9.39444
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Gießen
District Vogelsbergkreis
 • Mayor Rainer-Hans Vollmöller
 • Total 102 km2 (39 sq mi)
Elevation 272-499 m (−1,365 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,110
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 36341
Dialling codes 06641, 06638 Wallenrod
Vehicle registration VB

Lauterbach is a town in the Vogelsbergkreis district of the federal state of Hesse in central Germany. In 1983, the town hosted the 23rd Hessentag state festival.


Lauterbach was founded between 400 and 800 AD. In 812 the town was mentioned for the first time in a document of the church in Schlitz. In the Middle Ages, Lauterbach belonged to the cloister in Fulda. Then in the 12th century Lauterbach became a fief of the count Ziegenhein from the cloister in Fulda. In 1266, Lauterbach received municipal rights. In the same year, Lauterbach started to build the castle (Burg) and the city wall.

Over the following centuries, ownership rights of Lauterbach changed often and were complicated. Lauterbach became Lutheran following the Reformation. With a pact in 1684, Lauterbach came under the control of the Riedesel zu Eisenbach (Riedesel). Up to 1806, the Riedesels had a small but independent territory. Following the Napoleonic Wars and Congress of Vienna, Lauterbach belonged to the grand duchy of Hesse. In 1852, Lauterbach became the seat of the new founded district (Kreis) of Lauterbach. In 1972, local governments were re-organized, and the new, larger district Vogelsberg was founded of which Lauterbach remains the seat of government.

Villages that belong to Lauterbach

In 1972, several villages were incorporated into the town of Lauterbach: Allmenrod, Frischborn, Heblos, Maar, Reuters, Rimlos, Rudlos, Sickendorf, Wallenrod and Wernges.



The 'Ankerturm' is the only remaining tower of the city wall. It was used to be an observation tower. Temporarily it was also used as a prison.

Lauterbacher beer

Lauterbacher beer is the oldest beer in Hesse. The brand has existed since 1527.

Schrittsteine (Stepping stones)

The stepping stones were used as a shortcut to get to the local water fountain.


The Hainigturm is a tower between Lauterbach and Angersbach. This tourist attraction was built in 1907.


People born in Lauterbach

  • Friedrich Adolph Riedesel (born June 3, 1738, died January 6, 1800 in Braunschweig) -- general who commanded a Brunswick regiment on behalf of the British during the American Revolutionary War
  • Fritz Selbmann (born September 29, 1899, died January 26, 1975 in Berlin) -- writer, minister and official member of the party in the GDR

People who lived in Lauterbach


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). January 2018. 

External links

  • Home page of Lauterbach
  • 'Hohhaus' museum Lauterbach
  • Over 900 old and new pictures of Lauterbach
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