Despite fairy tales that always feature castles surrounded by moats, it was much more common to build castles on mountain tops. Since they were built primarily for defense, this was the best position to try and defend. Because of its position and size, the castle changed hands many times during its history to finally be destroyed by a French army in the Seven Years' War (circa 1762). The first historical notice of this water castle was in 1302. By the end of the 14th Century, Friedewald became a Hessian administrative district and the water castle was rebuilt between 1476-1489.
Coming from southern Germany - let's say at exit Wuerzburg, drive onto A3 in direction of Kassel then at exit Biebelried take A7 stay in direction of Kassel, then at exit Kirchheimer Dreieck drive onto A4 in direction of Berlin/Dresden/Erfurt/Bad Hersfeld, then after about 20 km take exit Friedewald.
This bakery provids with very tasty bread rolls either sweet or salty (say Laugenbroetchen), and a small but nice selection of pastry, baked with butter and vanilla. Also it's possible to have a seat there and have some hot coffee right there. Saleslady (or owner not sure) is very friendly.
Not in Friedewald's center yet still a typical, German grocery (Edeka/Neukauf) can be found there with the store's known general high quality standard whether it comes to fruits, vegetables or other groceries. Nice selection, and even postcards, stationary or items for handcrafting/scrapbooking can be purchased there. And: They have Jelly Belly's!! Their parking lot is big & convenient. Petrol station right beside. Not in walking distance to town.
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Given that an observatory is a location used to observe stars and their distance, or whatsoever of events (since there are phenomena like any thing climatology, geology, volcanology etc. related ) one can say this closed, little building probably can't be more than simply housing some astronomical equipment? Anyway, if one follows the sign saying Sternwarte, the way leads visitors over lovely, little paths out of Friedewald's town and along corn fields, and a local marksmen place, to that little observatory.