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The “Lahnpförtchen” or small gate to the Lahn River, also known as the Tränkpforte or Trough Gate, was a small passageway through the mediaeval town wall which gave local craftsmen access to the water they needed, either from the mill stream or from the Lahn River. Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl’s novel Der stumme Ratsherr was set here in mediaeval Wetzlar.

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