Kulmbach Travel Guide

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    Plassenburg Castle
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    Plassenburg Castle
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    Kulmbach sculpture
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Kulmbach Things to Do

  • THE LUITPOLD WELLS

    This 1898 Fountain in the marketplace in Kulmbach, was built by Luitpold and the sculpture's were done by Edward Beyrer.During the Nazi era, the Fountain was placed in storage, and in 1994, the Kulmbach resident's asked for it to be put in its original place again.It's located in the Market place in the old part of Kulmbach

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  • BUDDY BEAR

    I had just finished reading about "Buddy Bear's," when I actually saw my first one at Kulmbach.The Buddy Bear was in front of the Rathaus Charlottenburg Berlin for one year, before being purchased by the district Mayor of Kulmbach to spend the rest of his life here. The Bear had Plassenburg Castle painted on his side's.These Bear's are a great idea...

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  • THE WHITE TOWER

    The White Tower of today dates to the 17th century, even though it was originally built in the 14th century as part of the town wall's and medieval defence. The tower was used until the 19th century as a debtor's prison. The White Tower is a double-towered gateway, and is located next to the Burgerloch part of the double tower gate with outer...

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  • INTEREST FIELDS WELL

    What a "different" name for a Well/Fountain!There is a painted statue on the Well, who is wearing the insignia of his dignity, Interest fields coat of arms and a short-handled Hohenzollern flag as the 17th Century was often used for flag waving. Built in 1660, this octagonal pedestal with decorated relief work and pots of Geranium's in full flower...

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  • WALK THE TOWN WITH A TOURIST MAP

    A visit to the Tourist Information Centre in Kulmbach is where you can receive a detailed walking map of the Old Town. This is very handy and easy to follow, and I knew when I had reached the historic sight, as there was a Notice with the number and information.The trail starts at the info centre, then took me to the White & Red Tower's,...

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  • HOSPITAL CHURCH

    A Church I came across in the old town, was named the Hospital Church. It was built in 1738 on the site of St. Elizabeth's Chapel. In the Middle Ages there was an Elizabethan hospital with a chapel at the site of the current public hospital. In the church are ceiling paintings and murals and a Pulpit built in the 17th century.

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  • THE RED TOWER

    The old Red Tower dating to the 1300's, was part of the old towns fortifications. If you have a look, the roof is constructed with a curved spire. Also, the top floor is the Town Whistler's flat.

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  • PLASSENBURG CASTLE

    If you visit Kulmbach, then you will not miss seeing the Plassenburg Castle that overlooks the Town.It is a massive Fortress that belonged from 1338 to 1791 to the Burgraves of Nuremberg and then, Margraves of Brandenburg, members of the Hohenzollern family. The arcaded courtyard is richly decorated with relief work, is one of the finest examples...

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  • Plassenburg Castle

    Plassenburg Castle had first been mentioned in 1135 when Count Berthold II von Andechs entitled himself "Comes de Plassenberch". The castle used to be the seat of the noble family of Andechs - Meran for more than 200 years until it fell to the mighty Hohenzollern dynasty. Until the late 16th century Plassenburg castle remained their main seat and...

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  • Oberestadt

    Just back of the market square there is another long square, simply called Oberestadt, upperr town. There are again many nice old houses, all with the breweries flags, and just up on the hill there is Kulmbach castle. There's a steep small street going up the castle, but also walking there around the uppert town is really nice and quiet.

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  • Langgasse

    Langgasse is one of the nicest streets in Kulmbach, it's a pedestraian area, and it's particularly nice during the Bierwoche since, as you can see on the picture, there are all the breweries flags on the houses. It's a big festival there indeed! ;-)The Langgasse is also the main road which leads to the Marktplatz and is very close to the Bierwoche...

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  • Rathaus and Marktplatz

    The very heart of Kulmbach old town is, as usual in Germany, the Marktplatz, the market square, where the Rathaus (town hall) is the most important building there.There are very nice old houses, all is perfect, clean, with flowers on the windows and really very picturesque.During the Bierwoche there are also 4 HUGE barrels in front of the Rathaus,...

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    Heaven for beer fans!

    by Carletto76 Written Sep 13, 2004

    During the Bierwoche most of the restaurants and bars are closed! Yes, that's normal, since all the people from Kulmback go to the "Bierstadel", the huge "tent", painted like an old fachwerkhaus, and inside it there's the paradise of beer lovers!
    Wooden tables and benches everywhere, a big stage in the middle, with traditional Bavarian music, and along the sides all the beers and food!
    We stayed there from 6pm to midnight, when the fest ends and you have to go out.
    We ate very good schweinshaxn, bratwürst, brez'n, and drank really a lot of beer, having a GREAT time! ;-)

    The price depends on you, the more you drink the more you pay, and maybe the more you enjoy yourself! ;-)

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Kulmbach Transportation

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    Plassenburg Castle

    by balhannah Written Dec 20, 2011

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    You can easily walk to the Plassenburg and enjoy the view, BUT it is uphill all the way, so much better to walk back down!

    Better still, take the express Plassenburg Bus Service.

    The Bus departs from the central parking area
    April to October ....every 30 minutes since 8:50am to 5.50pm
    Nov. - March ...every 30 minutes from 9:20am

    Departure Plassenburg
    April to October every 30 minutes from 9:25am to 6.10pm

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Kulmbach Off The Beaten Path

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    Rodach Valley Railway

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2011

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    As we were enjoying our scenic drive through the Franconian Forest, we happened to notice railway track's. It wasn't long before we came to the Rodach Valley Railway (Rodachtalbahn) at Nordhalben.
    All that remains now, is the 11kms between Steinwiesen and the terminus of Nordhalben.
    The Rodach Valley Railway Society has operated a museum railway since 15 September 2007. It does Train ride's on Sundays and public holidays in summer and autumn.

    We saw the old Train's there, and the Museum building's.

    Near the border of Bavaria and Thuringen

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