Miltenberg Travel Guide

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    The square
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    Market's held along here.
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Miltenberg Things to Do

  • Claims to be oldest Gasthaus

    This is again something for our soon-to-be-Germans, Richie and Doreen. It is called “Riesen” (giant) and claims to be the oldest inn of Germany. Gasthaus or inn in the old sense of housing guests. The claims are that it was mentioned as early as 1158, but by then it was another building (style) of course. The first publician mentioned was “Trestam...

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  • Old city hall and storage

    I think I have described earlier that Miltenberg was (and still is) famous for the sandstone quarries in the surrounding and that’s why it was and still is used as a prime building material. A fine example of an old building is Altes Rathaus (old city hall), opposite of the earlier mentioned underground well. It was built in mid 14th century, as a...

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  • Staffelbrunnen, part of old water system

    Miltenberg had a huge system to supply fresh water in the past. The location at Main River made access to fresh ground water quite easy. Most of the underground wells are gone though, except one. This is close to the city hall, on the other side of the street and can be visited upon request. We didn’t do it during our guided tour though but had a...

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  • Schwarzviertel, full of half timbered...

    Apart from the old market place this is maybe the most charming part of Miltenberg’s old town, especially in summer when its main street (name: Hauptstrasse) is jammed with tables and chairs from the breweries and cafes and when the houses are over and over covered with plants and flower pots. The entrance to this street and the quarter is next to...

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  • Charming piazza and interesting statue

    Very close to the beautiful market place is another piazza, actually I think it is considered part of the market place. When I was in Miltenberg in summer the trees were in full juicy green and it was heavenly refreshing on this little piazza. It is a perfect place to sip coffee, have ice cream and watch the world go by. The magnificent pink...

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  • Excellent awarded museum

    This museum is a gem! Not only it is located in a beautiful old house but also for his excellent and informative exhibition. It is devoted to Miltenberg’s history, from early Roman times on, with emphasis on the trade business on the river, the fishing industry, the Jewish past and the daily life in the past (“Living and working in a civic town”)....

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  • Funny fountain and old mint sign

    Two other sights at the old market place are worth to have a closer look at. First of all there is this magnificent pink sandstone fountain with pillar and a statue of Justitia on top. I was amazed to see a fountain which has not St. George-killing-the-dragon on top which is the most favourite decoration object otherwise in German cities and towns....

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  • One of the most charming market places

    Without doubt the old market place – Alter Markt – is the most beautiful part of Miltenberg. It is a wide open space, with a slight slope to the hillside. It is surrounded by magnificent half-timbered houses and a funny fountain in the middle. When I arrived here I immediately felt like being transported back in time, into a Carl Spitzweg painting....

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  • Magnificent little church with painted...

    I am adding this little chapel to Miltenberg although it is in the neighbour village of Bürgstadt. But the interior is so magnificent that anyone who visits Miltenberg should try and visit this little church as well.When I was travelling in Sweden in summer 2009 I was fascinated by the many old churches with beautifully painted interiors. Those...

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  • GERMANY'S OLDEST TAVERN

    Is.....Gasthaus Zum Riesen.[Giant's]On my walk around Miltenberg, I came across this beautiful building from the 12th century.It is said to be the oldest in Germany, perhaps I should have gone inside for a look, certainly the outside was nice! There still is part of the original gothic building standing today.Important people have stayed at this...

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  • HAUPTSTRASSE

    In my opinion, the Hauptstrasse is a MUST WALK Even if you do nothing else, take a walk down this beautiful street. The Hauptstrasse runs parrelel with the main road, and is covered on both sides by an amazing array of Fachwerk building's.I was there when a festival was on, so it was a little cramped with table's and chair's everywhere, luckily, it...

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  • SATURDAY MARKET'S

    We happened to be at Miltenberg on a Saturday, when the market's are held.It was bad luck we were too early, as the Stall's were only being set up on the lawn by the River Main. There were many stall's, and I believe it is a mix of old and new for sale.

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Miltenberg Restaurants

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    Haha, this was somehow the continuation of my “from cake to cake” trip through Sweden in summer 2009. Only 3 days after I came back from Sweden, I visited Miltenberg and of course had to find a place with excellent cake. Cafè Sell served this very well. They are the oldest patisserie in Miltenberg, in business for 175 years. They have excellent cake and also (filled) chocolates to die for. I can guess this only from what I saw in the showcases, because again, I did not dare to buy some during this hot summer day. But I had a cake and coffee and yes, I can testify that the cake was excellent! For coffee and cake I paid 5 Euro, which I found very reasonable. And yet another reason to come back and try their chocolates.

    Directions:
    Cafe Sell is conveniently located in Miltenberg’s main street, a few metres to the east of Alter Markt (old market place).

    Unfortunately they do not have a website :-(

    Favorite Dish: I should mention that another good place to have some coffee and cake is the museum courtyard. This is a more quiet place to sit and enjoy the day and the coffee is ridiculously cheap.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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Miltenberg Transportation

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    Miltenberg is located roughly between Frankfurt and Würzburg, at Main River, where it makes a bend in its flow. I came by car but Miltenberg has easy and quick train connections from Frankfurt and Würzburg via Aschaffenburg. The main train station is outside of the town centre, on the other side of the river, but that’s an easy walk of approx. 20 minutes.
    Parking is dirt cheap; I almost dropped my jaw when I saw the prices. I paid 2 Euro for my almost 6 hours (0,30 Euro per hour and 2 Euro maximum per day). That car park is at the eastern end of the town, close to Würzburger Tor (Würzburg town gate) and it took me 10 minutes to walk from there to the tourist office.
    Boats also land here, but I haven’t found out which boat company runs these. There must be touristic ones, because when I was in Miltenberg, I saw a lot of Americans in town and overheard conversations where their boat tour was mentioned. If of interest, I can find out more.

    The link below leads to Miltenberg’s website. It is in German only but if you click (left menu) on “Anreise und Parken” (= how to get to M. & parking) and then scroll down to the bottom, you can download a map of Miltenberg and the two neighbourhood villages of Bürgstadt and Kleinheubach. Just click on where it says “Unseren Ortsplan finden Sie hier” (= find our town map here). Bürgstadt, by the way, is the little town with this magnificent church I described in the to-do section.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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Miltenberg Shopping

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    This is one of these shops which are exactly my cup of tea, well, coffee in the case of MIKA (= Miltenberg-Kaffee). A young family has set it up and they offer freshly ground coffee to sell and to drink. They get the coffee beans from organic plantations and roast them in the house. You could smell this even from the outside – divine! From what I could see they have approx. 20 different flavours. I bought half a kilo of a Brazilian blend and all the way back home my car was filled with this aroma. No need to mention that the coffee tasted very good! I wish someone would open such a coffee and roasting in the town where I live, but that’s obviously not likely to happen.

    In addition to coffee they also had little goodies for the house, coffee related of course. And many other organic food, mostly chocolate.

    Opening hours:
    Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m; Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    My coffee was very reasonable for such a shop, I paid 5 Euro for my half kg.

    What to buy: .
    Directions:
    It is located in Miltenberg's main street (Hauptstrasse), approx. between the inn Riesen and the former city hall on the northern side.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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Miltenberg Local Customs

  • Half-timbered details and strange beam

    Many of the half-timbered houses have exceptionally beautiful carved and often coloured corner beams, like the ones in my photo (close to Riesen Gasthaus). One detail I would have missed if our guide wouldn’t have pointed it out to us: one of the window beams has an inscription, but it is upside down (photo 2 and 5). Maybe the carpenter was drunk?...

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  • Half timbered houses galore :-)

    Miltenberg is full of half-timbered houses, and can easily compete with oh-so-famous Rothenburg (which doesn’t even have a river next to it, haha). The old town is simply a pleasure to walk through, especially in summer when the house inhabitants have decorated their houses with plant pots and everything is green and colourful. I liked the one in...

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  • Dreamy gardens and house entrances

    The thing which fascinated me maybe more than the half timbered house galore when I strolled through Miltenberg were the charming and dreamy little gardens. This is especially atmospheric since many of these are contored and bent, just like the back streets of the town. Just like out of a fairy tale book :-) It also somehow reflects the characters...

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Miltenberg Warnings and Dangers

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    Miltenberg is a very easy walkable town, especially the town centre along the main street (= Hauptstrasse). But then the charming market place with its location at the hill slope is slightly “dangerous” for high heels. It has cobble stones and this strange “drain”, which is most possibly a remains from earlier days, to make (rain) water flow off easily. The backstreets, especially the ones in the south-western part of town (Jewish Cemetery and around) have many stairs and these can get slippery in rainy weather.
    Bring comfortable shoes and look down sometimes.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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Miltenberg What to Pack

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    by Trekki Updated Mar 28, 2010

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable clothing and shoes are a must for Miltenberg; your feet will be grateful in the evening after extensive walks over cobblestone. A sweater or something warm is also of help, since several streets are quite tiny and it can get chilly even in summer when the sun does not shine into the streets.

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Miltenberg Off The Beaten Path

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    From the outside, this church does not look very interesting, but it has beautiful stained glass windows inside. They are modern ones but still very nice to look at. The church is a protestant one and was built end of 19th century, in the typical Miltenberg sandstone.
    What is maybe even more interesting is that parts of the city wall are here and it is rewarding to start walking the backstreets from here. The Jewish cemetery is around the corner and from here there are also quite nice views over Miltenberg and the other side of Main River. The church is located at the hill slope.

    Directions:
    Rather easy to find: from the tourist office, walk south (= uphill) and it comes directly into view. It is open during the daytime. The door is at the southern end, so walk up the stairs and then half way around the church.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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Miltenberg Favorites

  • Excellent guided tours:...

    Before I went to Miltenberg, I looked up some information on their website. This is how I actually found out about this gorgeous church in the neighbour village of Bürgstadt. And I saw that they offer special tours which the call “Stadtverführungen”. That’s a twisting of words, Stadt-führung means guided city tours, but with the “ver” in the middle...

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  • Sandstone is the prominent building...

    If you have read my to-do tips you already read me mentioning sandstone quite often. This was the most prominent building material in Miltenberg’s early days, because the pink sandstone quarries are just outside of town. The masters did some excellent work, not only for the houses but for the carvings at the facades and especially the little...

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  • Old city gates with characteristic names

    Like many of the other old towns with city walls, Miltenberg also has its city gates and towers. The two most prominent ones are east and west of town, notifying the direction where the streets were leading to: Würzburger Tor leads to the east, to Würzburg, and Mainzer Tor leads to the west, to Mainz. Of course there are other cities in between...

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