A place called “Höllrich”
Long time ago I saw a photograph of my dad and my aunt Monika in front of a city sign that read “Höllrich”. The photo was taken long before I was born. Here is some more information about this little town in Germany.
Let’s start with the “big picture”. Marked with a red circle and plus sign, you can see the location of “Höllrich” on the partial Europe map:
Now let’s zoom in a bit more and put it on the map in Germany and you can see it’s about 40 km north-north-west of “Würzburg” and 100 km east of “Frankfurt”:
And at the final zoom-level you can see that “Höllrich” is right next to the city of “Karsbach”:
If you want to play yourself with the map, use this “Yahoo Routenplaner” link: Yahoo! Routenplaner (Warning: Interface is in German!).
Now that we put it on the map, let’s try to find some more information about this little town.
A search on German search engines reveals that “Höllrich” is district of the city of “Karsbach” (in German: Ortsteil). Karsbach has at least one (german) presence on the web at: http://www.vgem-gemuenden.de/html/_karsbach.html.
And clicking on the “district” link (german: “Ortsteile”) on that page, reveals an entry for “Höllrich”, which leads to this page: http://www.vgem-gemuenden.de/html/ortsteil_hollrich_.html
There’s a long, long blurb about the history of Höllrich on this page and I’m not going to translate it entirely, but will only grab some important facts (you may be able to get a somewhat ok translation through AltaVista’s Babelfish via this link: Babelfish translation German->English of http://www.vgem-gemuenden.de/html/ortsteil_hollrich_.html):
- Höllrich was first mentioned as “Holderich” in 1189
- in 1331 a few family members of the “von Thüngen” family build castle “Reussenburg”
- Bishop Johann II (unsuccessfully) tries to occupy the castle in 1438 because of disagreements with the “von Thüngen” family
- 1525 during the peasants-wars the castle is burnt to the ground
- 1562 the “von Thüngen” family finishes a new castle on the water in the town of Höllrich
- the castle was sold to the National Musem in Berlin in 1883
- nobody lived in the castle since 1961; a private party is trying to renovate the buildings at the moment
- since 1978 Höllrich is officially part of the city of Karsbach
And here’s a view of the water castle of Höllrich (took it from the web site above to make sure it stays around):
As much as I tried, I could not find a correlation between the town (or district) of Höllrich and our last name. I’ll keep looking and post an update when I find something.