Englischhausen—Walking Field Trip

One of the activities that I always look forward to when I volunteer for Englischhausen is the walking field trip into the town of Laubach. It takes about 15-20 minutes for the group to walk from our hotel to the center of town. Once there, we were given a tour by a local man who has had family living in the Laubach area for over 500 years. With a bit of pride in his voice, he also told us that Laubach is three times older than the United States.

In medieval times poor, sick, and elderly people who could no longer care for themselves could live in this building—an early form of welfare.

The Solms library holds over 100,000 books and once was the home of one of the original Gutenberg Bibles (gray building pictured above). The bible was sold and is now housed in Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. The profits from the sale were used to replace the roof tiles of the royal buildings.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church (pictured below) dates back to the 12th century.

I love the candy-striped decor of the church–it’s so beautiful and unique!
These houses are located near the front entry of the church–you can’t really tell from this picture, but they are quite narrow.
The Englischhausen Crew–August 2019

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