The old town hall (altes rathaus) is the most striking half-timbered building in the old town of Konigstein. Passing through its gate is like walking back in time, the alley behind expands out into a street lined with medieval buildings. It no longer functions as a political building, and instead hosts the town's museum, a fitting role for a...more
The French blew it to smithereens in 1796 during their Revolutionary Wars. Up until that point it had served as a stalwart defence of the town, fusing its lofty position in the Taunus mountains with solid local stone to protective barrier against all invaders. All invaders except the French that is. Napoleon would have his way with the westernmost...more
Konigstein has always been a Catholic city, but it has Protestant ties that date back to the Reformation. At the end of the 19th century its small Protestant population decided to build their own church, instead of walking all the way to Kronberg for their congregations on the other side of the valley. The result of their labour was the charming...more
Konigstein's Altstadt sits in the protective shadow of the castle, and isn't much more than a short strand of high street that runs from the marketplace to the town hall. The narrow streets that lead off from it are also pretty, especially those that lead up the hill to the castle and stretch out behind the town hall.more
The spire of St. Marien's church stands proudly above the Altstadt from its home on Kirchstrasse - the most prominent church in the old town. Inside the nave is a high alter created by master German architect, Johann Peter Jäger, who is responsible for a number of beautiful Rococo buildings around Germany, like the Palais Kesselstadt in Trier.more
Given it's beautiful sunshine, then it feels great to take a break & seat at Opel Zoo's dining place Sambesi. It's close to the elephants' camp, and a nice place right at the playground too.We've had fries, sausage, and the German specality Gruene Sosse & boiled eggs. It's a meatless meal, very German, very special, very healthy, very traditional...more
Within Opel Zoo, there are two special sections. The first section contains a petting zoo where children can feed and pet the animals and the second section contains various play areas. These areas include slides, trampolines and a miniature railway system. The dining places are very nice and neat. The restrooms are very clean and very accurate for...more
Not too sure what to think about zoos yet The Opel Zoo is one awesome place for any animals. And there for a truly beautiful and fun place to visit with or without kids. Opel Zoo is about 5 mns from Koenigstein town, and about a 20 mns drive from Frankfurt. Unlike other zoos the Opel Zoo is less about fenced in animals but like enbeded the Taunus...more
Very much recommend a walk to, or around, the Falkenstein Fortress not just because I personally do love fortresses, castles, ruins, towers but because this place is indeed an extra ordinary one. Whether yes or no, one loves fortresses and castles, there it does feel and does look like a fairy tale. Meanwhile Falkenstein Fortress is also a location...more
I think this place is a lively bar by night, or at least as lively as it can get in a small German town. The food is perfect for drinking beer - it's salty, tasty and filling. You need a copious amount of beer to wash it down. The service is quick and friendly, the menu is reasonably varied with stomach warming potato röstis a speciality. It has a...more
Had a most delicious salad with sun flowers and honey at restaurant Leimeister. Delicious beyond words. Ambience there was very quiet, guests were talking in distinct tone only. Some slow jazz music played, and atmosphere seemed not too joyful for my taste. Yet their food was absolutely fantastic (and expensive, worth the price though). We were...more
Konigstein is connected to Frankfurt by the R12 train which runs every half hour during the week, and once an hour on weekends. The journey takes about 30 minutes. There are also bus services, a couple of useful ones run to nearby Kronberg (#261) and another (#57) to the peak of Grosse Feldberg, the highest point in the Taunus mountains, and on to the final stop of the U3 line on the outskirts of Oberursel.
All lines run within Frankfurt's public transport system, so can be visited on a local ticket.
Shopping at Koenigstein's pedestrian zone is rather about expensive, high quality, specialty shops, antique shops, boutiques, high-end shops. No low price - outlets, drugstores or chain stores. However it's a most lovely, friendly, quiet area which one should not just pass by in a hurry.
13 April 2006, quoting from http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com
Brazilian flags have been flying over Koenigstein im Taunus ever since the most instantly recognisable team in world sport chose the small town 13 miles from Germany's financial capital as its base for the early stages of this summer's FIFA World Cup.
The Brazilians have booked all 50 rooms at the Kempinski Hotel Falkenstein, which overlooks an idyllic town of cobbled streets and wood-framed houses where more than 100 millionaires have made their home...
The excitement in the pretty town of 18,000 people is palpable, although it is tinged with concern about a possible influx of noisy football fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
"It's the most important event since Kaiser Wilhelm II came to visit," said Karl-Gustav Schramm, one of the town officials responsible for the Brazilians' visit.
Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last emperor of Germany, inaugurated a convalescent home for high-ranking soldiers in the town in 1909. Almost a century later, the very same neo-classical building, now converted into one of the few hotels in Europe to be classified five star plus, will be home to Brazil team from 5-16 June..
The hotel staff have already been preparing for weeks for their very special guests. "We are taking courses, not only in Portuguese, but also to learn about Brazil as a country and Brazilian customs," said hotel manager Cyrus Heydarian...
Koenigstein residents will have to make do with fashion parades, beach soccer tournaments and samba dance shows being organised by the local authorities...
One of the unknowns is how many visitors will come to the town. Five thousand Brazilian tourists have already booked hotels in Cologne, but some are expected to spend a day or two in Koenigstein...