The grave if St. Boniface is in the basement of the Cathedral (Dom) in Fulda. It is not a dreary place and there are statues of saints in the room that are interesting to look at, also. As I explained before, St. Boniface brought Chrisitanity to the area in 744 C.E. so he is very well-known in this area and the greatest of German saints, although Boniface was a monk from Ireland!
A stroll through the old core of Fulda is always worthwhile...
You should start off at the "Universitaetsplatz" heading towards the old city hall- don't get distracted by the shops, though :o))!
Then towards "Unterm heilig Kreuz" a very nice church and from there you can either head towards the castle or stroll through the "Marktstrasse" and watch the people from one of the nice coffee- shops...
...before you head towards the "Bermuda- Triangle" and enjoy a nice german beer :o))
You always dreamed of becoming a fire fighter? Then visit this relatively new museum and have a look at fire fighting equipment dating back to Renaissance times, check the progress made of the centuries, and admire modern day equipment.
A further Baroque building is home to Vonderau Museum .
It contains three permanent exhibitions: The cultural history department presents an overview of Fulda's history from early times to the present. For example models of ancient tombs, reconstructions of rooms of different centuries, and the reconstrucition of the pharmacy Krokodil.
The natural history department deals with the geological development of easter Hesse region as well as its eco-systems with fauna and flora presented in large showcases. The exposition of paintings and sculptures shows works by local artists from the Middle Ages to modern times.
In the small planetarium ,that is part of the museum, presentations on various astronomical subjects take place.
The beautiful Stadtschloss (city palace) in Fulda! Built on behalf of the prince abbots between 1706 and 1721 as an extension of the previous Renaissance castle. For centuries Fulda`s rulers were prince abbots - spiritual heads of the famous abbey in Fulda and secular leaders of the town and surroundings.
The most famous prince abbots were Balthasar von Dernbach, Johann Bernhard Schenk zu Schweinsberg, Placidus von Droste, Adalbert von Schleifras, Konstantin von Buttlar, Adolf von Dalberg, Heinrich von Bibra and Adalbert von Harstall.
You have to go on a guided tour through the palace - for example to visit the Chamber of Mirrors, also the private chambers of the prince abbots and a collection or rare Fulda china.
The Dom (Cathedral) in Fulda is probably its most famous building. Built between 1704 and 1712 in the (then) modern Baroque style it was restored a couple of years ago. Prince abbot Adalbert von Schleiffras had it built by the famous Johann Dietzenhofer, who took St Peter`s Church in Rome as a model. It replaced the Ratger Basilica which had been built in the middle ages and had been the biggest Carolingian building north of the Alps. Every summer there`s a big open air concert on the square in front of the Dom, they started with Montserrat Caballe a few years ago, they had Joe Cocker, Chris de Burgh, Andre Rieux ...
The Paulustor marks the entrance to Fulda`s Baroque Quarter. From here it`s streets with cobblestones, beautiful palaces, the cathedral, tree-lined streets... The gate was built by Johann Dietzenhofer, it shows figures of saints, knights and coats of arms. Come and see it for yourself!
In three exhibition halls, you can see fire fighting equipment that goes from the Renaissance up until what is used today in Germany, as well as how fire fighting techiques progressed through the centuries.
Many visitors wish that they could look just once at everything the musuem has, but hasn't put on display (because of the lack of space). As of Spring 2001, pre-registered groups can take a look at all the interesting stuff the musuem doesn't have room to display.
You can call the number below to arrange a special group tour.
Everyday except Monday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Adults 3 €, Fire-Fighters, Youths, Children, Seniors, Students, and Groups up to 10 people 2 €, Family Ticket 10 €, Groups or Pre-registered tours 18 €, Children under 6 get in for free.
In 1626 the Abbey St. Maria was founded in Fulda and is still a Benedictine Abbey today. The abbey church is a plain building with late Gothic and Renaissance elements. Especially worth seeing in the interior where the altar is and where the nun choir is, where you can see the work from the former Mother Superior Lioba Munz, who passed away in 1997.
They also have a shop in the abbey, where you can buy hand-made things that were made by the nuns.
In the center of the City of Fulda is the "Baroque Quarter", which includes the City Castle building group, and runs from the St. Paul's Gate through the Orangery, the castle gardens, the cathedral and the cathedral chancellory to the Baroque
Looking out from the St. Boniface Plaza, directly over to the City Castle, you can get a great view of the Baroque Noble Palace, which the castle is grouped around. There is a whole group of little palaces, such as the Buttlar Palace, the Buseck Palace, the Altenstein Palace, the von der Tann Palace and the royal guard station. These royal buildings were housing for the royal administrators and were are designed by the same master builder, Andreas Gallasini. He designed this Baroque building group, which is very ornate.
The old part of town is near the so-called "Baroque Quarter", with it's medieval half-timbered houses, remnants of it's walls and towers, which are still in use today, even if their are no longer guards and gatekeepers living in them.
You can see the Witch's Tower in the Kanalstraße, which is still the best kept-up tower remaining from the old walls. Directly next to it is the birth house of Ferdinand Braun, who invented Braun Tubes, the forerunner for the television tube. The Severi Church (Severi Hill) is the only remaining Gothic Church in Fulda. Well-kept half-timbered houses that can still be seen in the Pfandhausstraße and on the "Unterm Heilig Kreuz" Square. This is where the old Rathaus is located, which was built before the 16th century, and added on to in 1531. These are just some of the more interesting buildings in the older part of town, which have lots of little shops and pubs.
Built in 1531 and a very very beautiful building. You can't visit however, but you can buy clothes inside today.