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Miltenberg in Bavaria, a Charming Town along the German Half-Timbered House Route

About an hour of driving from Frankfurt am Primary, Miltenberg in Bavaria is a delight to discover. The Miltenberg previous city lies on the remaining financial institution of Primary amongst the Spessart and Odenwald ranges. Its dominating overall look is all those fifty percent-timbered houses dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. Almost at each and every flip, you will see mad half-timbered households.

The outdated city of Miltenberg in Bavaria has 1 primary street, the Hauptstraße amongst the two metropolis gates, the Mainzer Tor and the Würzburger Tor. Most sights are together the Hauptstraße near Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), Schnatterloch (Outdated Sector Sq.), and Engelplatz close to the town hall. From both the aged marketplace sq. or Engelplatz at the rear of the city corridor, you can stroll up to Miltenberg Castle. It took me a whole working day to discover the outdated 50 percent-timbered properties and charming squares, walk up to the Miltenburg Castle and was so fascinated by its intimate ambiance, purely natural landscape, and culinary highlights.

Now follow me to investigate the aged city of Miltenberg in Bavaria:

  • Wandering via Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)
  • Interesting the fifty percent-timbered houses in Schnatterloch (Outdated Sector Square and fountain)
  • Take a look at the Engelplatz in the vicinity of the City Hall
  • Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle
  • Strolling along the River Promenade

Wandering via Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)

I started off my going for walks tour in the vicinity of the Mainzer Tor and walked in direction of the Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), an location at the intersection of Mainzer Road and the Hauptstraße. Schwarzviertel is the oldest element of Miltenberg that has several beautiful 50 %-timbered properties together the slim Hauptstraße. Since the hill casts its shadow about the Schwarzviertel, the sunlight rarely reaches the floor in the wintertime months, therefore, the title Black Quarter (Schwarzviertel).

Amongst the fifty percent-timbered homes in the Black Quarter, the Alte Bannhaus constructed-in redbricks caught my eye. It employed to be a personalized setting up, and later on from the 19th century to the commencing of the 20th century, it was a municipal jail. Next to it is the Brauhaus Faust brewery which produces Faust beer specialties. Its Eisbock has received the Environment Beer Cup 2 times. It is achievable to acquire a tour inside the brewery all through the weekend.

At the stop of Schwarzviertel is the St. Jakobus church, whose neoclassical towers from 1830 dominate the cityscape and can be found from the Miltenberg Castle hill.

Interesting the 50 percent-timbered properties in Schnatterloch (Outdated Industry Square and fountain)

Though the heart of the metropolis is the aged current market square with the sector fountain, the emphasize of this region is the outstanding 50 percent-timbered homes with slanted flooring and tilting partitions. 

Possibly you have read of the famed German 50 percent-Timbered Property Route, a highway that back links about 100 medieval cities dotted with fifty percent-timbered residences. Whilst they are all timber-frame constructions,

the architectural style, such as shapes or colors, differs between the regions. For case in point, the 50 %-timbered buildings in Quedlinburg have colourful walls among uncovered beams. But most of the 50 %-timbered structures in Miltenberg have dim purple or brown beams. 

Other intriguing buildings are the Schnatterloch tower, the Renaissance archway at the entrance to the castle, and the Renaissance fountain. All historic properties type a magic ensemble, a single of the most photographed sights in Germany. 

The Museum Stadt Miltenberg (city museumHauptstraße 169 – 175) is a further most important fifty percent-timbered property developing in the outdated current market square. As opposed to all half-timbered properties, the museum building is not so eye-catching, but it properties a abundant assortment with many treasures, specific exhibitions, and functions choose area routinely.  

Walkway to the riverside next to the St. Jakobus church

Examine the Engelplatz near the City Hall

From the aged market, alongside the Hauptstraße, much more half-timbered residences line future to each other. The floor flooring are shops, dining places, bakeries etcetera. On my way to the Engelplatz, I handed the Aged City Hall developed in pink limestone common of the location, which is now obtainable for occasions of all kinds. The markings on the outer facade even now bear witness to previously flood levels.

At the crossing of Hauptstraße and Riesengasse stands the Giant Inn (Zum Riesen), which promises to be the oldest princely hostel (Fürstenherberge) in Germany and housed many well-known men and women. The hotel has a restaurant serving Franconia food stuff and beer from Brauhaus Faust in the Schwarzviertel. You can book this resort on the net.

The Engelplatz acquired its identify from the lodge “Zum Engel’, which is aspect of the town hall making. The Vacationer Data office is inside the city hall. I acquired a city map and queried a couple of concerns. The pleasant team from the vacationer workplace would answer any thoughts about guided excursions, lodging, functions, and tour guidelines with person suggestions. And tourist facts is also available in English. There is also a community toilet within the building.

Opposite the city corridor is the church Franziskaner Klosterkirche. The Franciscans, who experienced been in the metropolis because 1630, in the beginning lived in the clinic. Due to the fact of the 30 Years’ War, the church development did not commence right until 1660. And from 1667, the church was created according to the plans. The central portal donated by the Archbishop of Mainz, Johann Philipp von Schönborn, and the Baroque interior design and style of the church is especially truly worth seeing.

Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle

Driving the town hall at the corner of the Burgweg stands the Evangelical church designed in 1897, a monument worthy of viewing because of to its architectural model and the decision of supplies. The colorful windows with depictions from the Bible are also worthy of checking out.

The avenue Burweg is a silent and simple walkway subsequent to the old town wall. On the way, I noticed the Jewish Cemetery on the remaining aspect, which seems to be cluttered upcoming to the wall. It took me only a number of minutes to get to Miltenberg Castle.

The Miltenburg Castle was constructed all-around 1150 by get of the Hohenstaufen King Konrad III. The castle acquired its recent physical appearance in the 16th century. In the 19th and 20th generations, the castle modified hands quite a few situations. It also partly received expanded and modernized the advanced.

In 1979, the metropolis of Miltenberg in Bavaria obtained the setting up. Immediately after considerable development get the job done, the Mildenberg Castle is open to the community all over again. Old icons (concerning the 17th to 19th generations from Russian and Greek) and modern artwork have been presented in the Miltenberg Castle Museum.

For the reason that the castle was partly underneath renovation, I gave up the strategy of discovering the inside of the castle. As a substitute, I relished the beautiful check out over the Principal valley and the metropolis. It is the most effective place to seize the two towers of St. Jakobus church, the bridge, the Main River, and the previous town!

Strolling along the River Promenade

From the castle, I walked back to the Schnatterloch and Schulstraße avenue to the promenade of the Major River. The new route is an attractive route together the Principal. It consists of two concentrations, an upper paved terrace with a perspective of the Major and lessen open space together the river connected by stairs and ramps.

The flood protection is made up of a concrete wall up to 2.20 metres higher with sandstone cladding on each sides. These measurement aims to management the flood that had harmed the previous town many instances in history. At street level, nonetheless, the wall only has a highest top of .9 metre. The homogeneous shade outcome of the Miltenberg sandstone underlines the twisted condition of the flood security wall.

I walked alongside the river aimlessly until eventually I saw the bizarre pink sandstone fountain Staffelbrunserbrunnen (The Stair Piddlers’ Fountain) with a few peeing gentlemen. Just after my analysis, I discovered that the Staffelbrunserbrunnen depicts the habits when defecating throughout a flood.

Travel ideas for Miltenberg in Bavaria

Where to stay

Some of the hotels in Miltenberg in Bavaria have dining establishments and easy destinations, for illustration: 

  • Schmuckkästchen: a lodge with a wine house and is at the Outdated Marketplace Square (Schnatterloch)
  • Big Inn: the aged resort I talked about above and in the center of the outdated town

How to get there

If you would like to go to nearby villages such as Michelstadt (a tiny city with a lot of websites and 50 percent-timbered houses), I advise leasing a car or truck to enable you more flexibility and leisure. Coming from Frankfurt, the finest route is to consider Highway A3 in the path of Wurzburg/Aschaffenburg and then modify to B469 towards Miltenberg at the exit of Aschaffenburg-Stockstadt. The driving time is about one particular hour. There are plenty of paid parking sites together the Main River.

The Miltenberg Coach Station is about just one kilometre of walking distance from the old town centre. If you get the quicker intercity trains IC (Inter City) or ICE (Inter City Categorical), you need to have to transform trains in Aschaffenburg. You can also take the regional trains (RE, Regional Express) or RB (Regional trains). Remember to test connections on the DB Bahn. The journey is about one and a fifty percent hours.