Eschwege (ˈɛʃveːgə) is a town in the state of Hesse, Germany, situated on the river Werra. It is the capital of the Werra-Meißner-Kreis district.


The town is lies in the Werra valley, at the foot of the Leuchtberg, north west of the Schlierbachswald and east of the Hoher Meißner mountain. The valley basin where the town is located includes a series of small lakes along the southern side of the river. The nearest large cities are Kassel 52 km to the north west and Göttingen 55 km to the north.

Main sights

The Heimatmuseum, located in the scenic old town, has a market place surrounded by timbered houses.

The old castle of the Landgrafen of Hesse today houses the district administration. The castle is also famous for the Dietemann, the figure of a man with a horn, the symbol of the Eschweger, which is located in the castle tower and appears every hour to blow its horn. Also scenic are the views along the river Werra.

Cultural events

Eschwege is the home of a famous four day music and drinking festival called the Johannisfest, which attracts several thousand visitors and is said to be the best showcase of the quaint town besides the Open Flair, the largest music festival in the region.

Military history

Eschwege is also home to an old barracks, formerly used by the Germany Army during World War II. It was occupied by US Army troops for a short time after the war and is now a training centre for the German Federal Police.

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