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In 980, Korbach was first mentioned in a document as ‘Curbecki’. There was a Frankish royal court in Korbach, from which the town developed in the Middle Ages. In 1188, it was granted town rights under Soest law. It was the only Hessian town associated with the Hanseatic League.



The well-preserved old town with numerous half-timbered houses and Gothic hall churches and warehouses testifies to Korbach’s great past. Worth seeing are the St. Kilian Church with its figurative south portal, the late Gothic St. Nicholas Church and the museum with its valuable art treasures. Between the well-preserved double ring of the medieval city wall are now well-kept green areas.

The city, with 14 districts in the countryside, is located 303615 meters above sea level and covers 124 square kilometers of total area.

Korbach currently has about 24,000 residents, of whom about 18,500 live in the city center.

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In winter, guests can enjoy the surrounding hills with cross-country skiing trails, downhill slopes in Willingen (15 km) and a luge track in Winterberg (30 km) or relax in the warmer season with hiking and biking or swimming in the nearby Eder, Diemel and Twiste reservoirs.

As you can see, Korbach is worth it. We look forward to your visit!

Let yourself be guided by the “Korbacher Goldspur”, get inspired and take a journey of discovery to the only Hanseatic city in Hessen with our beautiful old town with winding streets, beautifully restored half-timbered buildings or charming neighborhoods!

Narrow tunnels and wide vistas - a golden trip to Korbacher Eisenberg

Destination Eisenberg

Seen from afar it rises almost “majestically” like an island from the Korbach plateau – Eisenberg, a local Korbach mountain with the picturesque village of Goldhausen. Rich discoveries await you – not only on the mountain, but also under the ground….

In the footsteps of gold prospectors

Eisenberg offers much more than just a beautiful view: it is home to Germany’s largest gold deposit. Some 20 kilometers of shafts and tunnels pierce the ground. Over the centuries, miners have extracted about 1.2 tons of pure gold from the deposit! Helmet on, rubber boots on your feets, and you too can experience historic mining up close at the “Unterer Tiefer Tal-Stollen” visitor mine.

The crowning glory

At the top of the Eisenberg, the ruins of the Waldeck Count’s Castle and the 24-meter Georg-Viktor lookout tower with panoramic plaques and impressive views of Waldeck Land invite you to explore further. And if you’re a real gold seeker, you’re also really hungry: the Eisenberg-Hütte offers hearty refreshment with its spacious sun terrace, panoramic scenery and rustic cottage atmosphere.