Nieder-Weisel is located south of the Wetterau, Butzbach in the German State of Hessen. The village was once one of many small, peaceful communities that became deeply troubled by the events that occurred during the mid-nineteenth century. High taxes, religious differences, over population and the devastating crop failures in the 1840s forced many farm workers off the land and to leave their villages in search of work. Desperation led them to consider joining the tens of thousands of mostly unemployed people from Britain, Ireland, Continental Europe and China who were attracted to the fabulous gold strikes in North America and far-off Australia.

Many descendants of the original families can still be found living in the village and it is probable that many Australia descendants will be directly related to their Nieder-Weisel cousins.

GETTING THERE
Train - From Frankfurt Main Railway Station
Regular trains run from Frankfurt (Main Hbf) to Butzbach – then connecting bus (500 / Ostheim) from outside Butzbach railway station bus terminal back to Nieder Weisel
Frankfurt to Butzbach train : 40 min Butzbach to Nieder Weisel bus : approx 10 min
Air - From Frankfurt Airport
If you arrive by plane into Frankfurt Airport you will have to catch a train at the Airport into Frankfurt (Main Hbf) Station (Free with valid air ticket - approx 10 min). From Frankfurt Main Hbf catch another train to Butzbach (approx 40 min) then connecting bus (500 /
Ostheim) to Nieder Weisel.
Car hire - From Frankfurt
There is no car hire in Nieder-Weisel or Butzbach – Closest car hire is in Friedberg, only 10 minutes by train from Butzbach.
Europcar - Friedberg - Approx $A.196.00 for total of 4 day car hire.
www.europcar.com/car-rental-FRIEDBERG.html

 

 

Map

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Scenes from Nieder Weisel