Erbach Travel Guide

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Erbach Things to Do

  • Church St. Sophia

    On our walk from Michelstadt to Erbach, we came across the church St. Sophia. This Catholic church was built in 1842 and is dedicate to Saint Sophia of Rome. It's a small church and inside it looks rather modern. I liked the windows, each of them is showing a different town, with a coat of arms. It looks like one is showing the castle in Malbork,...

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  • Lustgarten (pleasure garden)

    The Lustgarten was constructed around 1540 and is found near the palace on the other side of the Mümling river. Originally it was designed as renaissance garden, but redesigned as baroque garden in 1722. At the northern end you find the former orangery from the late 16th century, built in red sandstone. It's unbelievable that there were plans to...

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  • Stadtkirche (Parish Church)

    The Protestant Parish Church was built 1747 on the place of an earlier church from which only few parts are left. The church is transverse rectangular, and I found it pretty weird to find the altar in the middle of the long side instead of having it at one of the smaller ends. Rather unusual! Above the baroque style altar is the organ from 1899,...

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  • Städtel – the old part of Erbach

    "Städtel" is a street next to the town hall with several old half-timbered houses. It's the medieval centre of Erbach, with houses that were used by the knights of the castle. One of the houses is the House Pavey which adjoined to the town wall. Unfortunately not much is left from this wall, but you can see one of the towers, which was integrated...

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  • Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

    The old Town Hall was built in 1545 and is located at the market square at the Mümling river. One of the wings is the gate building, which was built 50 years later and is the entrance to the "Städtel", the old part of Erbach. Today, the old Town Hall is housing the tourist information, which includes a shop for souvenirs and Odenwald products.

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  • Schloß Erbach (Erbach Palace)

    Erbach Palace is the castle of the Counts of Erbach. It was built in the 12th century and converted to a renaissance palace in the 16th century. It was dismantled in 1736 and replaced with the current building, which got its neo-baroque facade around 1900. Next to the palace and partly integrated into it you can find the castle keep. It still has...

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  • Market square

    The market square is a nice place with several half-timbered houses as well as the huge palace. At one side the square borders the Mümling river where you find several benches. Unfortunately the square is no pedestrian area, and I was surprised how many people drove there. There are also several parking lots on the square.On the square opposite of...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    The Tourist Information centre is located next to the lovely old Rathaus.I found postcard's here, and picked up a walking map. The staff were helpful and friendly.They also have hiking maps, souvenirs and Odenwald products. It is the information center for the Geo-Odenwald nature park mountain road. OPEN...November to March: 11.00 - 4pm......April...

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  • ERBACH MARKTPLATZ

    The Marktplatz in Erbach is really nice!It is here, the Schloss, the Old Rathaus and the Tourist Info centre is.Located out the front of the Old Rathaus, is the statue in my first photo. At the other end of the Marktplatz, is where the Shop's and Cafe's are located. There are some interesting sign's, another "Bear" Fountain, and some nice decorated...

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  • Städtele to Buckenstrasse

    Now, we have just seen the Church and I didn't want to go back the same way, so I headed along two street's, the Städtele and into the Bruckenstrasse.First, around the Städtele are many interesting half timbered homes and some shop's. I found a shop selling some wonderful big Basket's I would have liked, but too big to take home! There was a...

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  • EVANGELICAL CHURCH

    I thought the Old Rathaus was very nice in the Marktplatz! From where I was standing, there was a tall Tower, and this wasn't attached to the Rathaus, it was behind the Rathaus.There is an archway at the Rathaus, and this is where I wandered through and came out at the Evangelical Church, built in 1370. This was where the Tower was!Another building...

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  • THE LUSTGARTEN OF ERBACH SCHLOSS

    The Orangerie and Lustgarten are located just by the Schloss. The Orangerie is built in the same red sandstone and colour's of the Schloss.There are now Cafe's here, and people were enjoying the sunshine and the garden. It is secluded by the surrounding high Hedge's, but is a nice spot for enjoying some downtime, whilst viewing the garden and...

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  • ERBACH SCHLOSS

    Located close to the Tourist Information Centre in the Marktplatz, it the impressive Schloss.Part's of this Schloss were built in the 12th Century, some, like the Gothic Spire, were added in the 15th century. It was a small Romanesque castle in the 16th Century, then turned into a larger Renaissance castle, but was damaged during the Thirty Years'...

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  • Walk alongside the River Mümling

    This River, which is little more than a stream running through Erbach, is a tributary to the River Main.I went for a walk alongside it, and thought it pretty. The water was clear and shallow in place's, I saw weir's and lot's of nice home's along the way.

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  • BENEDICTINE ABBEY CHURCH

    Located just 20kms from Erbach, this and the Town of Amorbach are well worth a visit.The Church is one of Germany’s most important Baroque churches. It was built between 1742 and 1747, incorporating parts of the previous Romanesque church, including the two west towers, into the new design. I didn't get inside as you have to be on a tour, but have...

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Erbach Transportation

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    by himalia11 Written Aug 16, 2014

    The old town of Erbach is rather small and easily can be reached from the train station which is just a few minutes away. The only sight which is a longer walk away is the Elfenbeinmuseum (ivory museum). It's about 1km from the palace. I guess the CityBus will also go there.

    At the train station also is the bus terminal. There are ticket machines of the RMV (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, the transport network of the Rhine-Main region around Frankfurt), these tickets can be used for both the trains and buses. We had walked over from Michelbach to Erbach which took about 30-40min., but took the bus back which did cost 1,90€ per person. It was really funny: The driver did ask where we wanted to go and obviously decided that he'll skip the other stops and drive us first to the train station in Michelbach. The two boys in the bus were a bit confused and were asking if he doesn't go to their school. They were on their way to their school leaving exam! But the driver had planned to go there, only after dropping us off...

    Train station Old train in front of the station Bust terminal

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Erbach Shopping

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    by Trekki Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    Koziol is a fantastic company, a good example of how creative the people in Odenwald are. Everything started approximately middle of last century when the father of the actual owner drove through the winter landscape in his old beetle car. He suddenly saw something in the rear window: deer coming out of the snow-capped forest. And then he had the idea to produce snow globes, with deer inside. Since then, the little fawn is the company’s trademark and is still part of the articles they produce. They produce household goods and giftware, all made in plastic (thermoplast) only. The things they make look very funny and absolutely unusual, but that is the trick. Each article has a name, of course also a funny one. For example there is the lemon squeezer “Ahoi”, the lunch box Boskop (Boskop is the name of an apple), tea filter Audrey and of course the cheese grater Kasmir. More things of course are available. Unfortunately they have not yet activated the English website, but have a look at their list of kitchen articles.

    Koziol has been certified as one of the most ecological companies in Odenwald, because they use ecologic electricity, recycling material etc and the plastic raw material they use is thermoplastic and does not use any further softener etc (and is melamine free).

    In 2010 Koziol faced a law suit for “infringing” names. They had produced a funny little egg cup and called it Eipott (“Ei” is the pronounciation of English “i” and “pott” sounds like “pod”). But then Goliath stroke poor little Odenwald David and Koziol had to rename it “Pott”. Their only intention was homage to this famous gadget, but obviously Mr. Job’s level of humour is very low. Have a look at the cute egg cup and read the story.

    They call their company “Glücksfabrik”, happiness company. The store is huge and open on Sundays which is very much unusual in Germany. On a sunny Sunday afternoon I went here with a colleague from Australia and we did some shopping. My main intention was to buy these Kasimirs, and those who know my pages and my favourite town, will see why I have selected these three colours plus red. I’ll bring them as gifts and moreover I love the idea to bring something 100%-made-in-Germany for something so Italian like cheese grating.

    Directions:
    Koziol company is in the middle between Erbach and Michelstadt. I am sure that a bus stops nearby but don’t know exactly (sorry, I came by car). Unfortunately their website does not mention busses.

    Koziol Glücksfabrik on Google Maps

    © Ingrid D., May 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

    Kasimir cheese graters for Gubbio people :-)
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Erbach Off The Beaten Path

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    by balhannah Updated Jan 5, 2012

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    The Einhard Basilica is located close to Michelstadt at Steinbach.

    We were lucky that Ingrid [Trekki] new about this extremely old Carolingian church built between 824 and 827, which is one of the very few Carolingian buildings that have survived.
    It was built by Einhard, a Frankish scholar and courtier who housed the stolen Saint Peter’s and Marcellinus’s relic's here, stolen from Rome on his instruction's.

    We walked into the large Basilca, onto a sandy floor. It is quite bare, and open, with some old gravestone's located along the wall's. How priveliged were we to be standing in a building this old!
    I was really surprised at the condition of the Bascilica.

    The Einhard Basilica has been converted, enlarged and dedicated many time's. It has been used as a Hospital and in the 17th century as a barn. Once it was rediscovered in 1873 as being Carolingian, then it was decided to save the building from destruction, and it is now owned by the State of Hesse.

    Einhard Bascilica Inside Einhard Bascilica
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