The Castel- Grafenschloss Diez
The idyllic little town of Diez, set by the Lahn holiday route, can look back on a fascinating history. There has been a particularly close connection between the so-called "Golden county" of Diez and the Netherlands, which contributed to the fact that Diez is also well-known as "Oranierstadt" ("Town of Orange"). Among the monuments reminding of these historical ties are the Castle of the Counts of Diez and the Oranienstein Castle. Going back as far as the 11th century, the Castle of the Counts now accommodates a highly frequented modern youth hostel. The beautiful baroque-style Oranienstein castle was built in the 17th century. Besides serving as headquarters for the German army, it now houses the Nassau-Orange museum, and offers its chapel and real flair for weddings and the "Oraniensteiner Konzerte", a series of concerts of classical music in which international top artists give their performances. In the old historical part of the town, old and picturesque half-timbered houses and the remains of the medieval town walls are very popular with day trippers. Diez offers many ways to spend one's leisure time. A great number of paths and rambling routes in and around Diez lead up to the densely-wooded slopes of the Taunus and the Westerwald. Whatever sport activity you may want to exercise, you can find room for it in the generously laid-out grounds - tennis, swimming, ice-skating, biking, rambling, and a vast number of other sporting activities. Water sports have not been forgotten either - both a water-ski course and a quay for motor boats and cabin cruisers are available. Boat excursions on the river Lahn help visitors discover the picturesque Lahn valley with its magnificent countryside on both its banks.
The efficient gastronomic trade of the area has made a fine art of catering for guests in cosy pubs and pleasant restaurants, including comfortable holiday homes. Coach parties are also well taken care of. Trips into the surrounding countryside, e.g. to Balduinstein and the Schaumburg castle, Cramberg and the Gabelstein, to Holzappel, Laurenburg or Holzheim with its ruin of the Ardeck fortress, give some impression of the beauty of the Lahn valley and its side valleys with all their attractions.