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Rauschenberg (Hesse)

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Rauschenberg is a town in the north of Marburg-Biedenkopf district in Hesse, Germany. Rauschenberg lies at the southern edge of the Burgwald, a low mountain range, near Marburg and Kirchhain. Its population in 2004 was 4,809 with an area of 67.33 square kilometers. Its population density is 71 per square kilometers with an elevation of 227 meters. Rauschenberg borders in the north on the town of Rosenthal as well as on the communities of Wohratal and Gilserberg, in the east on the town of Stadtallendorf, in the south on the town of Kirchhain, in the southwest on the community of Colbe, and in the west on the town of Wetter.
Even as far back as 1000, a castle was built in what is now Rauschenberg. After a fire about 1250, almost the whole settlement was destroyed. Shortly after Rauschenberg was founded by the Counts of Ziegenhain, it was granted town rights. When the von Ziegenhain family died out in 1450, the castle and the town fell to the House of Hesse. In this time, the castle was expanded and made into a hunting lodge. During the Thirty Years' War, Rauschenberg was mostly destroyed and thoroughly plundered by Swedish troops. Ever since the castle was blown up at a Kassel colonel's behest two years before the war ended, there has been nothing left of it but a ruin. Rauschenberg is connected to the road network by Federal Highway B 3 between Frankfurt and Kassel, and by Bundesstrasse B 62. As for public transportation, there is a bus connection to Kirchhain which runs many times daily.

Rauschenberg is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Germany. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Germany.

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