September 21, 2023

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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 Key, Miltenberg in Bavaria is a delight to examine. The Miltenberg aged town lies on the still left bank of Key among the Spessart and Odenwald ranges. Its dominating visual appeal is those people 50 percent-timbered residences dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. Virtually at each and every transform, you will see mad 50 %-timbered properties.

The aged town of Miltenberg in Bavaria has a person key street, the Hauptstraße amongst the two town gates, the Mainzer Tor and the Würzburger Tor. Most sights are alongside the Hauptstraße around Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), Schnatterloch (Previous Market place Sq.), and Engelplatz in the vicinity of the town corridor. From both the aged market square or Engelplatz at the rear of the city hall, you can wander up to Miltenberg Castle. It took me a entire working day to discover the aged 50 %-timbered properties and charming squares, walk up to the Miltenburg Castle and was so fascinated by its intimate ambiance, all-natural landscape, and culinary highlights.

Now stick to me to take a look at the old city of Miltenberg in Bavaria:

  • Wandering through Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)
  • Fascinating the fifty percent-timbered homes in Schnatterloch (Outdated Market Square and fountain)
  • Explore the Engelplatz around the City Corridor
  • Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle
  • Strolling along the River Promenade

Wandering by way of Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter)

I began my walking tour close to the Mainzer Tor and walked in direction of the Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), an spot at the intersection of Mainzer Road and the Hauptstraße. Schwarzviertel is the oldest portion of Miltenberg that has many wonderful half-timbered residences along the slender Hauptstraße. Simply because the hill casts its shadow above the Schwarzviertel, the sun hardly reaches the floor in the wintertime months, consequently, the name Black Quarter (Schwarzviertel).

Among the 50 %-timbered houses in the Black Quarter, the Alte Bannhaus crafted-in redbricks caught my eye. It used to be a customized making, and afterwards from the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, it was a municipal prison. Future to it is the Brauhaus Faust brewery which produces Faust beer specialties. Its Eisbock has received the Environment Beer Cup twice. It is attainable to just take a tour within the brewery for the duration of the weekend.

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

Intriguing the half-timbered residences in Schnatterloch (Aged Industry Sq. and fountain)

When the coronary heart of the city is the aged market place square with the current market fountain, the highlight of this place is the outstanding 50 percent-timbered properties with slanted floors and tilting partitions. 

Possibly you have heard of the famed German 50 %-Timbered Property Route, a road that backlinks about 100 medieval cities dotted with fifty percent-timbered properties. Even though they are all timber-body constructions,

the architectural style, this kind of as styles or colors, differs among the areas. For instance, the half-timbered buildings in Quedlinburg have vibrant partitions in between exposed beams. But most of the 50 %-timbered structures in Miltenberg have darkish purple or brown beams. 

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

The Museum Stadt Miltenberg (city museumHauptstraße 169 – 175) is a different key 50 %-timbered residence constructing in the old marketplace square. When compared to all half-timbered houses, the museum making is not so interesting, but it homes a wealthy selection with many treasures, distinctive exhibitions, and functions consider position routinely.  

Walkway to the riverside next to the St. Jakobus church

Examine the Engelplatz around the City Hall

From the outdated market place, together the Hauptstraße, more 50 percent-timbered properties line next to every single other. The ground floors are shops, dining places, bakeries etc. On my way to the Engelplatz, I passed the Previous City Hall designed in pink limestone typical of the location, which is now available for functions of all kinds. The markings on the outer facade still bear witness to before flood stages.

At the crossing of Hauptstraße and Riesengasse stands the Giant Inn (Zum Riesen), which statements to be the oldest princely hostel (Fürstenherberge) in Germany and housed numerous renowned persons. The hotel has a cafe serving Franconia food and beer from Brauhaus Faust in the Schwarzviertel. You can e-book this lodge on line.

The Engelplatz obtained its name from the hotel “Zum Engel’, which is aspect of the town hall building. The Vacationer Facts business is inside of the town corridor. I bought a town map and queried a number of questions. The pleasant staff from the vacationer business office would answer any inquiries about guided tours, lodging, activities, and excursion strategies with person suggestions. And vacationer info is also offered in English. There is also a public toilet within the constructing.

Opposite the city hall is the church Franziskaner Klosterkirche. The Franciscans, who had been in the town considering that 1630, initially lived in the medical center. For the reason that of the 30 Years’ War, the church design did not start out until 1660. And from 1667, the church was built according to the strategies. The central portal donated by the Archbishop of Mainz, Johann Philipp von Schönborn, and the Baroque inside style and design of the church is specifically truly worth seeing.

Climbing up the Miltenberg Castle

Driving the city hall at the corner of the Burgweg stands the Evangelical church designed in 1897, a monument truly worth observing owing to its architectural design and style and the decision of resources. The colorful home windows with depictions from the Bible are also well worth viewing.

The street Burweg is a tranquil and uncomplicated walkway subsequent to the previous metropolis wall. On the way, I noticed the Jewish Cemetery on the still left aspect, which appears to be cluttered up coming to the wall. It took me only a handful of minutes to achieve Miltenberg Castle.

The Miltenburg Castle was crafted close to 1150 by get of the Hohenstaufen King Konrad III. The castle received its present overall look in the 16th century. In the 19th and 20th hundreds of years, the castle modified hands many instances. It also partially received expanded and modernized the advanced.

In 1979, the city of Miltenberg in Bavaria obtained the building. Soon after in depth building function, the Mildenberg Castle is open to the public all over again. Aged icons (among the 17th to 19th hundreds of years from Russian and Greek) and present-day artwork have been offered in the Miltenberg Castle Museum.

Mainly because the castle was partly beneath renovation, I gave up the concept of discovering the inside of of the castle. Alternatively, I savored the beautiful perspective above the Main valley and the metropolis. It is the greatest spot to seize the two towers of St. Jakobus church, the bridge, the Principal River, and the outdated city!

Strolling alongside 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 eye-catching path along the Principal. It is made up of two levels, an upper paved terrace with a watch of the Primary and decrease open up area along the river related by stairs and ramps.

The flood security is made up of a concrete wall up to 2.20 metres high with sandstone cladding on both sides. This kind of measurement aims to control the flood that experienced destroyed the aged city numerous moments in heritage. At road level, even so, the wall only has a highest top of .9 metre. The homogeneous color impact of the Miltenberg sandstone underlines the twisted form of the flood safety wall.

I walked along the river aimlessly until eventually I saw the bizarre pink sandstone fountain Staffelbrunserbrunnen (The Stair Piddlers’ Fountain) with 3 peeing males. After my exploration, I learned that the Staffelbrunserbrunnen depicts the habits when defecating during a flood.

Journey recommendations for Miltenberg in Bavaria

Where to continue to be

Some of the motels in Miltenberg in Bavaria have places to eat and effortless destinations, for case in point: 

  • Schmuckkästchen: a lodge with a wine residence and is at the Outdated Current market Square (Schnatterloch)
  • Giant Inn: the previous resort I mentioned higher than and in the center of the previous city

How to get there

If you would like to go to close by villages such as Michelstadt (a smaller town with several internet sites and half-timbered properties), I advise leasing a car to permit you additional independence and leisure. Coming from Frankfurt, the finest route is to acquire Freeway A3 in the direction of Wurzburg/Aschaffenburg and then alter to B469 to Miltenberg at the exit of Aschaffenburg-Stockstadt. The driving time is about 1 hour. There are a good deal of compensated parking destinations along the Most important River.

The Miltenberg Coach Station is about one particular kilometre of going for walks distance from the aged city centre. If you consider the faster intercity trains IC (Inter City) or ICE (Inter Town Categorical), you will need to improve trains in Aschaffenburg. You can also choose the regional trains (RE, Regional Express) or RB (Regional trains). Be sure to look at connections on the DB Bahn. The trip is about one particular and a 50 percent hours.