Sometimes called the Obere tower, the Kronacher gate tower was built around the beginning of the 15th century and formed part of the medieval town wall. The top floor and dome was added in the 19th century and was lived in by the tower keeper for a hundred years. Underneath the tower there is a dungeon.
The impressive Catholic church of Mariä Himmelfahrt stands astride the smaller, but equally distinctive, Kronacher Turm. The oldest part of the church, the spire, dates back to the 14th or 15th century. It dominates the town and is a stand out landmark when you pass by on the train.
When Casper von Sternberg built Lichtenfels Palace in 1555, it didn't go down too well with the locals. They saw it as a fortress built to control them in the name of the Bamberg bishopric. It never was used as a fortress, and instead had a mixed history. Sometimes a residence, sometimes a granary, then a wine warehouse and a drying room for herbs. It was finally used as a material store for the basketmakers of the town.
In 1970 the town bought the building and resurrected it to its former glory. Now it sits pink and proud above the town, and while not the most stunning palace in Germany, it does give great views across Lichtenfels to Vierzehnheiligen Basilica.
August-bebel-strasse 1, Lichtenfels, 9577, de
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Bahnhofsplatz 5, Lichtenfels, 96215, de
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Alte Poststr. 4, Lichtenfels, Bavaria, 96247, Germany
MittelstraÃ?Å¸e 2, Lichtenfels, 35104, de
Lichtenfels sits on the super fast ICE express route from Berlin to Munich, making access to both these cities very easy and quick. The same line also passes through the Bavarian cities of Bamberg and Nuremberg. Local lines also service the same station, taking you to Wurzberg, Coburg, and Bayreuth (of Wagner fame).
Be careful of the toilets here, though, as they are not the kind of thing you'd associate with German cleanliness and engineering...