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The town of Limburg (officially Limburg an der Lahn) lies in western Hesse between the Taunus and the Westerwald on the river Lahn.

The town lies roughly centrally in a basin within the Rhenish Slate Mountains which is surrounded by the low ranges of the Taunus and Westerwald and called the Limburg Basin (Limburger Becken). Owing to the favourable soil and climate, the Limburg Basin stands as one of Hesse’s most bountiful agricultural regions and moreover, with its convenient Lahn crossing, it has had great importance to transport since the Middle Ages. Within the basin, the Lahn’s otherwise rather narrow lower valley broadens out noticeably, making Limburg’s mean elevation only 117 m above sea level.

The derivation of the name “Limburg” is not quite clear and may well hearken back to a castle built here (Burg means “castle” in German). In 910 the town was first mentioned as Lintpurc. Two of the popular theories are:

The name was chosen because of the closeness to the Linterer Bach, a former brook in Linter that has now run dry and that emptied into the Lahn at the Domfelsen (crag). Linda is the Gaulish word for water.

Rather unlikely but very popular is the connection to a dragon saga (see Lindworm) and the connection with the monastery of Saint George the “Dragon Slayer” founded in Limburg. However, the monastery was built after the castle and founded around the time of the first written mention of the name.

(Source: Wikipedea)

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