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Altes Rathaus in the Marktplatz

Lorsch is a city in the state of Hesse in Germany.

Not to be confused with Lorch.


Lorsch is a small town, with a picturesque town square (Marktplatz) and a historic cloister which is a UNESCO site.

Lorsch is in the Bergstraße region even though it is a few kilometers west of the Bergstraße, the region's namesake road.

Get in

By train

Germany's regional train system is extensive, including a stop in Lorsch. About a 15-minute train ride from Mannheim.

The railway station no longer has a ticket office.

Bensheim is served by the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (VRN) public transportation network. If you purchase a VRN day pass to Lorsch from some other town on the Bergstraße south of Zwingenberg, then that ticket would also be valid to visit Zwingenberg, Bensheim and Heppenheim which all have an Altstadt. You may need to change trains in Bensheim to reach Lorsch.

Rail-fans should look into the bay window of the railway station to see the old-fashion levers that the station operator once used to control the settings of switches and signals on the rail line.


Fountain in the Marktplatz
Königshalle (Kingshall) of the abbey
  • Marktplatz. has half-timbered buildings including the town hall (Rathaus) with a fountain.
  • Abbey and Cloister (located near the Marktplatz). is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • half-timbered buildings, along Bahnhofstraße (between the railway station and the Marktplatz.).



There is a small retail district on Bahnhofstraße near the Marktplatz.


The Marktplatz has cafes and ice-cream parlours (Eiscafe).



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