The Town
The village of Schwalenberg was probably founded in the tenth century.  The early history of the town is linked to the fortunes of the Graf (Count) of Schwalenberg, the medieval lord of the castle or Burg.

In the municipal reorganization of the early 70's, Schwalenberg joined forces with its neighbor Schieder to form the town of Schieder-Schwalenberg.  It is popular with tourists, who come to the rolling hills to see the Burg (now a hotel-restaurant), the 16th-century Rathaus or town hall, and the half-timbered houses lining the cobblestone main street.

There haven't been people named Schwalenberg in the town for at least 200 years.

Schwalenberg is located in northwestern Germany, in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia), in what used to be the principality of Lippe.  It's near Paderborn, a medieval university town, and Hameln, the home of the legendary Pied Piper.

Right: Detail of carved archway in the center of Schwalenberg

Below: Map from http://www.castle-schwalenberg.com

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