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

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 examine. The Miltenberg aged town lies on the still left financial institution of Most important concerning the Spessart and Odenwald ranges. Its dominating look is all those 50 percent-timbered properties dating from the 15th to 18th generations. Almost at each and every turn, you will see insane 50 percent-timbered households.

The aged city of Miltenberg in Bavaria has one particular main street, the Hauptstraße among the two city gates, the Mainzer Tor and the Würzburger Tor. Most sights are alongside the Hauptstraße in the vicinity of Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), Schnatterloch (Previous Sector Sq.), and Engelplatz in close proximity to the town hall. From both the previous sector sq. or Engelplatz powering the town hall, you can walk up to Miltenberg Castle. It took me a complete day to examine the outdated half-timbered homes and charming squares, walk up to the Miltenburg Castle and was so fascinated by its intimate ambiance, normal landscape, and culinary highlights.

Now abide by me to explore the old town of Miltenberg in Bavaria:

  • Wandering by means of Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)
  • Intriguing the fifty percent-timbered properties in Schnatterloch (Previous Sector Square and fountain)
  • Investigate the Engelplatz in the vicinity of the City Corridor
  • Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle
  • Strolling alongside the River Promenade

Wandering via Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)

I started out my strolling tour near the Mainzer Tor and walked towards the Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), an spot at the intersection of Mainzer Avenue and the Hauptstraße. Schwarzviertel is the oldest component of Miltenberg that has quite a few stunning half-timbered homes together the narrow Hauptstraße. For the reason that the hill casts its shadow in excess of the Schwarzviertel, the sun hardly reaches the ground in the wintertime months, that’s why, the title Black Quarter (Schwarzviertel).

Among the 50 percent-timbered properties in the Black Quarter, the Alte Bannhaus built-in redbricks caught my eye. It applied to be a customized building, and later on from the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, it was a municipal prison. Subsequent to it is the Brauhaus Faust brewery which creates Faust beer specialties. Its Eisbock has received the World Beer Cup 2 times. It is probable to take a tour inside the brewery throughout the weekend.

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

Fascinating the 50 percent-timbered properties in Schnatterloch (Outdated Market Square and fountain)

Even though the heart of the city is the outdated market place sq. with the current market fountain, the emphasize of this location is the outstanding half-timbered properties with slanted flooring and tilting partitions. 

Possibly you have heard of the famous German Fifty percent-Timbered Household Route, a highway that one-way links in excess of 100 medieval cities dotted with 50 %-timbered residences. Even though they are all timber-frame constructions,

the architectural type, such as styles or colours, differs amongst the locations. For example, the half-timbered properties in Quedlinburg have vibrant partitions amongst uncovered beams. But most of the 50 percent-timbered structures in Miltenberg have darkish red or brown beams. 

Other intriguing structures are the Schnatterloch tower, the Renaissance archway at the entrance to the castle, and the Renaissance fountain. All historic structures sort a magic ensemble, 1 of the most photographed sights in Germany. 

The Museum Stadt Miltenberg (town museumHauptstraße 169 – 175) is an additional major half-timbered house making in the outdated marketplace sq.. Compared to all half-timbered residences, the museum constructing is not so beautiful, but it houses a wealthy collection with many treasures, distinctive exhibitions, and events take position routinely.  

Walkway to the riverside next to the St. Jakobus church

Explore the Engelplatz in close proximity to the Town Corridor

From the old market, along the Hauptstraße, extra half-timbered residences line up coming to every other. The floor flooring are stores, dining places, bakeries etc. On my way to the Engelplatz, I passed the Outdated City Hall built in pink limestone normal of the region, which is now offered for functions of all kinds. The markings on the outer facade nonetheless bear witness to earlier 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 numerous famous people today. The resort has a cafe serving Franconia foodstuff and beer from Brauhaus Faust in the Schwarzviertel. You can ebook this hotel on line.

The Engelplatz acquired its title from the resort “Zum Engel’, which is section of the city hall creating. The Vacationer Information workplace is inside the city hall. I got a city map and queried a handful of questions. The helpful team from the vacationer workplace would remedy any questions about guided tours, accommodation, gatherings, and tour ideas with individual suggestions. And tourist info is also available in English. There is also a general public toilet within the making.

Reverse the city hall is the church Franziskaner Klosterkirche. The Franciscans, who experienced been in the metropolis considering the fact that 1630, in the beginning lived in the clinic. Mainly because of the 30 Years’ War, the church construction did not begin until eventually 1660. And from 1667, the church was developed according to the plans. The central portal donated by the Archbishop of Mainz, Johann Philipp von Schönborn, and the Baroque interior style and design of the church is particularly worth looking at.

Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle

At the rear of the city corridor at the corner of the Burgweg stands the Evangelical church constructed in 1897, a monument value looking at due to its architectural type and the alternative of supplies. The colorful windows with depictions from the Bible are also value visiting.

The avenue Burweg is a peaceful and effortless walkway upcoming to the previous metropolis wall. On the way, I noticed the Jewish Cemetery on the still left facet, which appears to be cluttered upcoming to the wall. It took me only a number of minutes to get to Miltenberg Castle.

The Miltenburg Castle was designed around 1150 by buy of the Hohenstaufen King Konrad III. The castle bought its latest visual appearance in the 16th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the castle modified arms various occasions. It also partially bought expanded and modernized the complicated.

In 1979, the town of Miltenberg in Bavaria acquired the building. Immediately after considerable building perform, the Mildenberg Castle is open to the community yet again. Previous icons (involving the 17th to 19th centuries from Russian and Greek) and up to date art have been offered in the Miltenberg Castle Museum.

Mainly because the castle was partially below renovation, I gave up the thought of exploring the inside of the castle. Alternatively, I savored the beautiful watch over the Most important valley and the town. It is the greatest area to seize the two towers of St. Jakobus church, the bridge, the Key River, and the previous town!

Strolling along the River Promenade

From the castle, I walked back again to the Schnatterloch and Schulstraße avenue to the promenade of the Primary River. The new path is an appealing route along the Primary. It consists of two ranges, an upper paved terrace with a look at of the Principal and reduced open area together the river related by stairs and ramps.

The flood safety consists of a concrete wall up to 2.20 metres substantial with sandstone cladding on each sides. These types of measurement aims to handle the flood that had broken the outdated city various moments in record. At street level, however, the wall only has a most height of .9 metre. The homogeneous colour influence of the Miltenberg sandstone underlines the twisted shape of the flood defense wall.

I walked alongside the river aimlessly till I noticed the bizarre pink sandstone fountain Staffelbrunserbrunnen (The Stair Piddlers’ Fountain) with a few peeing gentlemen. Right after my analysis, I realized that the Staffelbrunserbrunnen depicts the habits when defecating during a flood.

Journey tips for Miltenberg in Bavaria

The place to stay

Some of the motels in Miltenberg in Bavaria have dining places and practical destinations, for example: 

  • Schmuckkästchen: a lodge with a wine residence and is at the Aged Market Sq. (Schnatterloch)
  • Big Inn: the old hotel I pointed out higher than and in the center of the old city

How to get there

If you would like to go to nearby villages these kinds of as Michelstadt (a tiny city with lots of sites and half-timbered homes), I suggest leasing a motor vehicle to permit you additional liberty and leisure. Coming from Frankfurt, the finest route is to just take Highway A3 in the route of Wurzburg/Aschaffenburg and then alter to B469 in direction of Miltenberg at the exit of Aschaffenburg-Stockstadt. The driving time is about a person hour. There are loads of compensated parking areas along the Primary River.

The Miltenberg Teach Station is about 1 kilometre of going for walks distance from the previous town centre. If you just take the more rapidly intercity trains IC (Inter Metropolis) or ICE (Inter Town Convey), you need to have to adjust trains in Aschaffenburg. You can also consider the regional trains (RE, Regional Express) or RB (Regional trains). Remember to verify connections on the DB Bahn. The ride is about 1 and a half hrs.