The one really unusual thing about Frankfurt is that just outside of town there is this “Mariengrotte” (Marian grotto), an artificial cave with an altar inside, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Second photo: Side view, so you can see the words “Ave Maria” in fancy metal letters at the top of the grotto.
Third photo: The altar with the words “MARIA bitte für uns”, which means “Mary, intercede for us”.
Fourth photo: Entrance to the Mariengrotte from the road to Markt Taschendorf.
Fifth photo: A crucifix in the village of Frankfurt, which is evidently a Catholic village -- unlike Markt Taschendorf, 3 km away, which is predominantly Protestant. As I have explained in a few other places, for instance in one of my Kassel tips, the inhabitants of a German village all tend to have the same religion, because in earlier centuries they were forced to believe whatever their local ruler believed. This rule may sound outrageous today, but actually it made sense at the time because it was an important component of the Peace of Augsburg that was negotiated in 1555, to put an end to religious strife within the loosely-knit "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation".
GPS 49°41'0.78" North; 10°31'46.10" East
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Gasthof zur frohen Einkehr
This is the only restaurant and pension that I noticed in Frankfurt. I passed by here twice on my bicycle on two different days, but I didn’t sleep or eat here so I can’t say how it is.
On their website they say that the inn was founded in 1922 and has been run by the Schwab family ever since. They have seats for 56 people in the restaurant and in the summer 50 more out in the beer garden at the back. For overnight guests they have four double rooms and two single rooms upstairs. (No word about prices on the website, but I’m sure they are reasonable in a small place like this.)
The name “Gasthof zur frohen Einkehr” is a bit hard to translate. It means something like “Inn for Joyous Refreshments”.
GPS 49°40'55.89" North; 10°31'38.19" East
There are three roads coming in to Frankfurt, one from Lachheim to the southeast, one from Markt Taschendorf to the northeast and one from Kornhöfstadt to northwest. Where they meet, logically enough, is the middle.
Second photo: The road to Markt Taschendorf.
Third photo: My bicycle in downtown Frankfurt. I rode over from Scheinfeld via Thierberg and went back the next day by a different route, via Kornhöfstadt.
Fourth photo: A barn in Frankfurt.
Fifth photo: The big weeping willow tree in downtown Frankfurt.
GPS 49°40'49.01" North; 10°31'31.93" East
On the outskirts of Frankfurt, on the road to Markt Taschendorf, is this mysterious bunker of the sort that used to be used for ammunition or military equipment.
But this one has such a flimsy wooden door that I doubt there is anything very dangerous or valuable inside.
GPS 49°40'59.95" North; 10°31'42.76" East
Roofed-over map of the eleven villages
At the crossroads in the middle of Frankfurt there is a roofed-over map of the eleven villages of the municipality of Markt Taschendorf, with advertisements of some of the businesses that are located in this area.
GPS 49°40'48.64" North; 10°31'32.39" East
House built in 1925
This is the only house I noticed with a year on it, saying when it was built.
Second photo: The year 1925 on the house, with the initials N.J.
Third photo: Barn adjoining the house.
GPS 49°40'50.02" North; 10°31'31.02" East
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