September 22, 2023


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

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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 Key, Miltenberg in Bavaria is a delight to examine. The Miltenberg outdated town lies on the still left financial institution of Major amongst the Spessart and Odenwald ranges. Its dominating appearance is all those half-timbered properties relationship from the 15th to 18th hundreds of years. Nearly at just about every switch, you will see insane half-timbered households.

The outdated town of Miltenberg in Bavaria has just one major street, the Hauptstraße amongst the two city gates, the Mainzer Tor and the Würzburger Tor. Most sights are alongside the Hauptstraße around Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), Schnatterloch (Outdated Marketplace Sq.), and Engelplatz around the town corridor. From either the previous marketplace square or Engelplatz powering the metropolis hall, you can stroll up to Miltenberg Castle. It took me a whole day to discover the aged 50 percent-timbered houses and charming squares, stroll up to the Miltenburg Castle and was so fascinated by its intimate ambiance, normal landscape, and culinary highlights.

Now adhere to me to examine the outdated town of Miltenberg in Bavaria:

  • Wandering by way of Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)
  • Fascinating the half-timbered houses in Schnatterloch (Previous Marketplace Square and fountain)
  • Check out the Engelplatz around the Town Corridor
  • Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle
  • Strolling together the River Promenade

Wandering as a result of Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)

I started my walking tour near the Mainzer Tor and walked toward the Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), an place at the intersection of Mainzer Street and the Hauptstraße. Schwarzviertel is the oldest element of Miltenberg that has several beautiful fifty percent-timbered homes together the slim Hauptstraße. For the reason that the hill casts its shadow in excess of the Schwarzviertel, the solar hardly reaches the ground in the winter season months, that’s why, the identify Black Quarter (Schwarzviertel).

Between the fifty percent-timbered houses in the Black Quarter, the Alte Bannhaus designed-in redbricks caught my eye. It made use of to be a personalized building, and afterwards from the 19th century to the starting of the 20th century, it was a municipal prison. Future to it is the Brauhaus Faust brewery which makes Faust beer specialties. Its Eisbock has won the World Beer Cup twice. It is doable to just take a tour within the brewery during the weekend.

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

Intriguing the 50 percent-timbered houses in Schnatterloch (Old Sector Square and fountain)

When the heart of the metropolis is the outdated market place sq. with the industry fountain, the highlight of this area is the spectacular 50 percent-timbered residences with slanted floors and tilting partitions. 

Maybe you have read of the famous German Fifty percent-Timbered Residence Route, a street that back links above 100 medieval towns dotted with half-timbered properties. Though they are all timber-body constructions,

the architectural type, such as styles or colors, differs among the the regions. For example, the half-timbered buildings in Quedlinburg have colourful partitions involving exposed beams. But most of the 50 percent-timbered buildings in Miltenberg have darkish crimson or brown beams. 

Other appealing buildings are the Schnatterloch tower, the Renaissance archway at the entrance to the castle, and the Renaissance fountain. All historic buildings variety a magic ensemble, 1 of the most photographed views in Germany. 

The Museum Stadt Miltenberg (city museumHauptstraße 169 – 175) is a further primary fifty percent-timbered property constructing in the previous sector square. In comparison to all 50 %-timbered homes, the museum creating is not so eye-catching, but it residences a abundant assortment with many treasures, specific exhibitions, and activities consider area frequently.  

Walkway to the riverside next to the St. Jakobus church

Examine the Engelplatz in the vicinity of the Town Hall

From the outdated market, together the Hauptstraße, more half-timbered houses line up coming to every single other. The floor floors are outlets, dining places, bakeries and so on. On my way to the Engelplatz, I handed the Aged Town Corridor constructed in crimson limestone usual of the location, which is now offered for gatherings of all sorts. The markings on the outer facade nevertheless bear witness to earlier flood levels.

At the crossing of Hauptstraße and Riesengasse stands the Big Inn (Zum Riesen), which statements to be the oldest princely hostel (Fürstenherberge) in Germany and housed lots of well known individuals. The hotel has a cafe serving Franconia foods and beer from Brauhaus Faust in the Schwarzviertel. You can book this hotel online.

The Engelplatz acquired its title from the resort “Zum Engel’, which is section of the town hall constructing. The Vacationer Data business office is inside of the city hall. I received a city map and queried a couple thoughts. The helpful workers from the tourist business office would respond to any questions about guided excursions, accommodation, situations, and excursion strategies with person guidance. And tourist information is also offered in English. There is also a general public rest room inside the setting up.

Opposite the city corridor is the church Franziskaner Klosterkirche. The Franciscans, who had been in the city due to the fact 1630, to begin with lived in the clinic. Due to the fact of the 30 Years’ War, the church design did not commence right up until 1660. And from 1667, the church was created according to the designs. The central portal donated by the Archbishop of Mainz, Johann Philipp von Schönborn, and the Baroque inside layout of the church is especially really worth seeing.

Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle

Powering the city hall at the corner of the Burgweg stands the Evangelical church crafted in 1897, a monument value observing because of to its architectural design and the selection of supplies. The colorful windows with depictions from the Bible are also worthy of going to.

The avenue Burweg is a tranquil and effortless walkway following to the outdated city wall. On the way, I noticed the Jewish Cemetery on the remaining facet, which appears cluttered next to the wall. It took me only a couple minutes to reach Miltenberg Castle.

The Miltenburg Castle was crafted about 1150 by order of the Hohenstaufen King Konrad III. The castle received its current physical appearance in the 16th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the castle improved palms a number of instances. It also partly obtained expanded and modernized the complex.

In 1979, the town of Miltenberg in Bavaria obtained the developing. Right after extensive construction function, the Mildenberg Castle is open up to the public once again. Previous icons (between the 17th to 19th centuries from Russian and Greek) and modern day art have been offered in the Miltenberg Castle Museum.

For the reason that the castle was partially underneath renovation, I gave up the strategy of discovering the inside of of the castle. Instead, I liked the beautiful check out over the Major valley and the town. It is the ideal area to capture the two towers of St. Jakobus church, the bridge, the Principal River, and the old town!

Strolling along the River Promenade

From the castle, I walked back again to the Schnatterloch and Schulstraße avenue to the promenade of the Most important River. The new route is an appealing path together the Primary. It is made up of two levels, an upper paved terrace with a watch of the Primary and reduce open place along the river linked by stairs and ramps.

The flood security consists of a concrete wall up to 2.20 metres large with sandstone cladding on each sides. These measurement aims to manage the flood that had weakened the aged city various periods in background. At road stage, even so, the wall only has a highest top of .9 metre. The homogeneous colour result of the Miltenberg sandstone underlines the twisted shape of the flood security wall.

I walked together the river aimlessly right until I observed the weird pink sandstone fountain Staffelbrunserbrunnen (The Stair Piddlers’ Fountain) with 3 peeing gentlemen. Soon after my exploration, I uncovered that the Staffelbrunserbrunnen depicts the conduct when defecating during a flood.

Travel strategies for Miltenberg in Bavaria

In which to keep

Some of the lodges in Miltenberg in Bavaria have dining establishments and convenient areas, for example: 

  • Schmuckkästchen: a resort with a wine dwelling and is at the Aged Current market Sq. (Schnatterloch)
  • Huge Inn: the aged resort I described over and in the middle of the outdated town

How to get there

If you would like to go to nearby villages these as Michelstadt (a modest city with lots of sites and fifty percent-timbered homes), I endorse leasing a car or truck to let you far more flexibility and leisure. Coming from Frankfurt, the best route is to just take Highway A3 in the route 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 a good deal of compensated parking destinations along the Major River.

The Miltenberg Educate Station is about just one kilometre of strolling distance from the previous town centre. If you get the a lot quicker intercity trains IC (Inter City) or ICE (Inter Metropolis Categorical), you have to have to alter trains in Aschaffenburg. You can also just take the regional trains (RE, Regional Convey) or RB (Regional trains). Be sure to check out connections on the DB Bahn. The ride is about 1 and a 50 percent hrs. 

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