Aschaffenburg Travel Guide

  • Schloss Johannisburg, Aschaffenburg
    Schloss Johannisburg, Aschaffenburg
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    Schlossgarten, Aschaffenburg
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  • Sundial, Aschaffenburg
    Sundial, Aschaffenburg
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Aschaffenburg Things to Do

  • Pompeiianum

    Another possibly unique sight in Aschaffenburg is the Pompeiianum - a complete replica of an ancient Roman villa transported to central Germany. It's based on the House of Castor and Pollux, a painting of a villa found at the entrance to Pompeii. There's probably nothing quite like it north of the Alps, and it's not just a front like the Italian...

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  • Main Promenade

    A walk along the riverside is a highlight of any visit to Aschaffenburg, but only on the east bank of the Main. The east bank curves under the old town and palace, and is protected from the noise of passing river traffic by a narrow and wooded island. The west bank is a car park disturbed by noisy barges.The promenade stretches from Willigis bridge...

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  • Schloss Johannisburg

    Palaces in Germany are typically a long way from any town, or at least far from the centre of a big city. They are pastel layer cakes surrounded by acres of parks and landscaped gardens. They are elegant, imperial monuments to the country's former nobility. But in Aschaffenburg the colossal Schloss Johannisburg is none of these. It sits right in...

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  • Stadttheater

    Aschaffenburg may be small, but it has its own theater - and one with quite a history too. Founded in 1811 it's a sign of how wealthy and cultured this town is, and continues to be, that they originally built the theater with seating for a thousand people. Even today, rebuilt after allied bombs severely damaged it, the theater seats nearly five...

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  • Church of our Lady the Mother of God

    This is Aschaffenburg's oldest parish church, and contender for longest church name in the world. It's most striking feature is its magnificent baroque facade, which I neglected to photograph. But you can at least see the fine Romanesque-Gothic tower which overlooks Theaterplatz.

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  • Sundial

    In the granite Theaterplatz is a sundial created by artist Christian Tobin. The shadow casting gnomon stands six meters high and carries a silver orb which tracks the time - not always easy in cloudy Germany.

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  • Stiftplatz

    The central Stiftplatz is overlooked by Aschaffenburg's oldest church: The Collegiate Church of St. Peter and Alexander. It's a grand building, mixing Gothic and Romanesque features that blend perfectly with the meticulously laid out square. It was founded by the crusading Duke Otto of Swabia, before passing into the hands of the the powerful...

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  • Schlossgarten

    A thin strip of grass stretched along a rocky outcrop above the Main river, the palace gardens contain two of Aschaffenburg's most important sights, and some of the best views of the palace itself. Here you can find the pleasant St. Germain Terrace, perched above a small vineyard, the bright yellow Pompeiianum and the whitewashed Capuchin...

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  • Herstallturm

    The Herstall Tower is dated 1545 and carries the coat of arms of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg who died that year. It's one of only two remaining towers from the town's original fortifications. Today it marks the beginning of Aschaffenburg's pedestrianised shopping area.

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  • Johannisburg Palace and Museum

    The Johannisburg Palace dominates the city and overlooks the Main river. The former second residence of the Mainz electoral archbishops (until 1803) the Palace was built in a four-winged structure but it retained the Keep of the old castle that was previously on this location. While the palace is impressive it loses some of it historic glory when...

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  • Reigersberger House

    Nikolaus Georg Reigersberger lived in this house. He was executory officer in the city of Mainz and responsible for litigation on witches. In 1648 he became chancellor of Mainz and on October 24 in the same year he was joint signatory of the treaty called the "Peace of Westphalia".

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  • Sandkirche

    The Sandkirche was built in 18th century and is the only church that has not been destroyed in World War Two. The interior is in Roccoco style. The high altar made of marble and the ceiling frescoes worth a visit.

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  • Stifskirche St. Peter und Alexander

    The Stifskirche "St. Peter und Alexander " is the oldest building in town. It was erected in 10th century but experienced numerous reformations. In 19th century it was symbol of the arcbishops and electors of Mainz. Do not miss to visit the church - the decorative ornaments and the stainted windows are overwhelming.

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  • Schönborner Hof

    In the centre of Aschaffenburg is this baroque palace from the mid 17th century. The castle hosts today the Scientific Museum as well as the town archieve. In the ground floor varying exhibition of local and regional artis can be visited. In the upper level is the town library where you can read scripts of the past centuries.

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  • Johannisburg

    The current castle was build on the ruins of the former mediaeval fortress which was destroyed in 1552. Elector Johann Schweickard von Kronberg gave the order in 1604 to build a gorgeous castle of red and yellow sandstone.In World War Two the castle was heavily damaged and it took almost twenty years to rebuilt. Now you can visit the castle.Go...

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  • Old Town

    Achaffenburg attracts visitors with a beautiful and romantic old town centre. Between Town Hall and Castle you find half-timbered houses, hundreds of years old churches and narrow cobblestone alleys. Here you find little cafes, restaurants and small gift shops.

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  • Schonbusch Park

    My favorite area of this nice park was the small lake with the ruins of an old castle in the center, on an island. There is a small pedestrian bridge leading to the stone remnants. The bridge and the ruins, along with the surrounding red vines and weeping willows, formed my best photo from Aschaffenburg...

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  • Stiftskirche (St Peter & Alexander...

    The Church of St Peter & Alexander was constructed in the 1100s on a hill overlooking the Aschaffenburg old town. This beautiful structure is a unique combination of construction styles from Romanesque to baroque, as it is the product of many centuries of building and modification. Inside there is a crucifix from 980 AD.

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  • Schloss Johannesburg

    Along the edge of the Main River, you will find beautiful Schloss Johannesburg. This palace was built in 1605-1614 for the prince-electors of Mainz. These prince-electors, or archbishops, typically held regional power from the larger cities such as Cologne, Mainz, Prague, Trier, Vienna, and Salzburg. The archbishops ruled under authority of the...

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  • The Castle (Renaissance, 1605-1614)

    Just half an hour away from Frankfurt, the 1000 year old impressive town of Aschaffenburg, bordered by the mountains of the Spessart and located on the river Main.Beside the castle you can see the "Pompejanum", roman villa rebuilt on plans discovered in Pompeii are only two of the many examples for the long and rich history of this town.

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  • Johannisburg Castle

    Johannisburg Castle is a beautiful 16th century castle in Aschaffenburg. Situated on the bank of the Main River, the castle was the residence of the archbishops of Mainz, who acted as well as imperial Lord Chancellor and prime elector. The big medieval castle was mostly destroyed in the "Markgräfler War" in 1552. Under the archbishop Johann...

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Aschaffenburg Hotels

  • Zum Goldenen Ochsen

    Karlstr. 16, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, 63739, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Dalberg Aschaffenburg Hotel

    Pfaffengasse 12-14, Aschaffenburg 63739

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Pfaffenmuehle

    Glattbacher Strasse 44a, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, 63741, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Aschaffenburg Restaurants

  • German Cuisine with a Difference

    Amid the traditional, conservative old town of Aschaffenburg you'll find this little cafe reinventing the German cuisine and giving it a modern twist. The result is excellent: German food that is lighter, tastier, and more varied that you might expect. In other words - German food which I like. They even have a number of vegetarian options -...

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  • Good German food cheap

    You know you have a pretty good place when the restaurant is packed Two thirty in the afternoon on a rainy Saturday in January with folks eating and drinking. When I tried to say we wanted to eat and drink our waitress brought us English menus which shows how bad my German is. The menu consisted mainly of traditional German fare and the beer is...

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Aschaffenburg Transportation

  • Train

    Aschaffenburg has a very central station which is well served by regional trains running between Frankfurt (40 minutes) and Wurzburg (1 hour). Being so close to Frankfurt it is part of that city's regional metro system (RMV), despite being in Bavaria, and so you can buy tickets from that system or Die Bahn, depending on which is cheaper or suits...

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  • Getting there

    You can easily and comfortably reach Aschaffenburg by trains from Frankfurt. Timetables can be found here.Aschaffenburg is situated on Autobahn A 3 (Cologne - Passau) - Just take the exit "Aschaffenburg Zentrum"Note: Parking is quite expensive in the centre - you better use the park and ride offer

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Aschaffenburg What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 8 – 18°C ( 47 - 64°F ); min: -1 - 7°C ( 30 - 45°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 73°F ); min: 10 - 12°C ( 50 - 52°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 4 – 17°C ( 39 - 63°F); min: 0 - 8°C ( 32 – 48°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 2°C ( 34 - 36°F); min: -5 - -1°C ( 23 - 30°F )

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Aschaffenburg Off The Beaten Path

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    by charlesracine Written Apr 14, 2008

    If you are in town in early August stop in to hear the Carillon Festival at the Johannisburg Castle.
    Carillon players demonstrate their talent on this very unusual instrument. On a trip years ago it caught us by surprise. Normally a fan of rock, this very pleasant music is a must hear. Also visit the Arts and Crafts Market.

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  • Parking in Aschaffenburg

    If you can walk an extra 10-15 minutes I suggest you park across the Main river from Palace and downtown area. One the weekend there is plenty of free parking along the streets and it is a pleasant walk down the river and across the bridge. You also get a nice view of the Palace from the bridge. I parked on Magnolienweg Street and walked along the...

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  • Centre

    Aschaffenburg is a quite unknown and underrated place in the northwestern corner of Bavaria. It lies on the banks of the Main river and is the gate to the Spessart. Have a walk through the wounderful old historical centre and enjoy the picturesque architecture and great flair of the town.Aschaffenburg was the location of several United States Army...

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  • Mespelbrunn

    Not far away from Aschaffenburg you can see this castle (1419-1432). This small medieval castle is one of the beauty spots of the Spessart forest south-east of Frankfurt. Around the castle are various opportunities for walks. The castle itself is still inhabited but some parts can be visited.

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