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The Old Duchy of Arenberg in Present Times

Rediscover an ancient duchy

The old duchy of Arenberg and its 11 villages as visitors see it today:

ancien duché


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Ahrhütte
Stretching along the banks of the river Ahr, this village of 270 people marks the site at which ore from the surrounding mountains was worked.


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Antweiler
Mentionned in 975, this is a village of 600 inhabitants with a good infrastructure (school, kindergarten, local businesses)


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Aremberg
Birthplace of the House of Arenberg, this village of 260 inhabitants lies at the foot of Mount Arenberg (623 metres), the third highest peak in the Eifel mountains. A look-out tower and the ruins of the mediaeval fortress are still visible. Magnificent panorama.


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Dorsel
First mentioned in 1149, this village was part of the former duchy of Arenberg until 1794. Today only 212 people live here, but there was a population of over 1,500 when it was the duchy's principal iron mine.


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Eichenbach
Today this is an idyllically peaceful hamlet with only seventy inhabitants, but in 1590 it was another iron working centre.


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Freilingen
A document dating from 1397 is the first mention we find of this village. Today it has a population of 850, some in the village proper and the remainder in the holiday centre, both close to a magnificent lake.


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Lommersdorf
Capital of the duchy of Arenberg, Lommersdorf first appears in History in 975. Today the former capital town has 680 inhabitants, a school, a kindergarten and a variety of vigorous businesses. The church dates from the 12th century.


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Mülheim
A dispute between the House of Arenberg and the Archbishop of Cologne in 1300-1304 was the first time this village of 480 people was mentioned.


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Ohlenhard
A village of 168 inhabitants whose history dates from 1481. In 1987 it won the German national "Beautiful Villages" competition.


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Reetz
First refered to in 1148, Reetz today has a population of 433, mostly young and dynamic families.


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Wershoven
First mentioned in a document dating from 1395, this village was built along a Roman road and is certainly much older. Wershofen today has over 900 inhabitants and a fine infrastructure of tourist services.

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