Kronberg's castle is perched on a steep hillside halfway up the Taunus mountains. Its prodigious Burgturm stands above Kronberg like a beacon, advertising the castle and the difficulty of reaching it. It was in its day a formidable obstacle for any would be conqueror, and probably, just by its existence, saved the town from the armies that marauded...more
The centre of the town is the Schirn and here you will find a fountain dedicated to one of Kronberg's most important and oldest associations: The Shooting Society (Schützengesellschaft). Guns weren't readily available at the time of its founding in 1398, so it's likely that the society was formed by archers or crossbowmen - nobody is really sure....more
The Altstadt makes up only a small part of the entire town of Kronberg, and while beautiful it's not entirely practical. The main part of the city centres around Berlinerplatz, a former Mayor's House and car park that has been transformed into a wide square with a modernist city hall, fountain, colonnade and an attached park built on a former...more
The original city walls stretched along the south side of Kronberg, not surprisingly forming a solid barrier between the town and Frankfurt down in the plains. Some of that medieval wall remains today, and evidence of it can found Altes Stadttor (Old City Gate) at Eichenstraße 35, down Steinstrasse and the suitably named An der Stadtmauer (On the...more
The Hellhof marks the original yard of the castle Kronberg, which lay beneath its walls. The building was a residential quarters of some of the Knights that defended the town. It is around 600 years old, dating back until at least 1424. Today it is owned by culinary personality Dieter B. Schmidt, and hosts cultural and gastronomical events.more
There's a strong British connection in Kronberg, and it's not just its popularity with expats. The park is named Victoria, in honour of a beloved British royal. It's not Queen Victoria, but her daughter, fathered by the German Prince Albert, who was married off to Emperor Frederick III of Prussia. Despite the forced nature of the marriage, the pair...more
The church dates from the 14th century, but all that is left of the original building is the choir, after the fire of 1437. It was at the behest of one of Kronberg's great Knights, Frank "der Reiche", that the nave was built and the church restored. The church became a resting place for the knights and their wives, symbolised by the epitaph of...more
Kronberg's Altstadt is a steep climb from the plains to the cool air of this mountainside respite. It was once encircled by formidable medieval walls, and some of these remain in good condition. The cobbled streets of the Altstadt are narrow and lined with half-timbered buildings. It retains a lot of its old world charm, yet there's plenty of...more
The Opel Zoo is about 10 mns from Koenigstein, in the town of Kronberg right in the middle of the Taunus hills. And about 20 mns from Frankfurt. Unlike other zoos the Opel Zoo is less about fenced in animals but like enbeded the Taunus hills & forest animals. The cages are not really cages, but large enclosures where the animals can live in a more...more
A fun castle, easy and amusing tour. As Wikipedia relates, "When Kronberg Castle was built (about 1220) it was shared by the Knights of Askenburne (Eschborn), who owned a towered castle there." A century and a half later though greatly outnumbered the forces of Kronberg castle with assistance from Hanau and Electoral-Palitinate routed a huge...more
Just like in most cities in Germany - Kronbeg has its' Christmas Market. In case of bigger cities it lasts for the whole month before Christmas. In Kronberg it's just one weekend. And exactly this determines that the people make sure everything goes perfect on this weekend. The market is quite big and the situation in Kronberg's narrow streets...more
Viktoriastrasse 7, Kronberg im Taunus, Hesse, 61476, Germany
Good for: Couples
Green, green everything green. There's a pleasant lime green ambiance to this cafe bar restaurant - it can't seem to make up its mind what it is so hey go for broke. The menu can't make up its mind either, swinging recklessly from pasta to curry in the space of a few mouthfuls. I'm guessing the pasta is there to appease the often unadventurous Germans, because it was pretty bland. The curry on the other hand tasted good.
I felt a bit cheated by the pasta - it tasted remarkably like a pasta stirred in a jar of barlauch pesto I once bought and didn't like. With a couple of cherry tomatoes thrown in it didn't seem very good value. The service was good, though, and friendly. It was pleasant to sit in the cool green interior of the cafe on a hot day and feel the mountain breeze as it pushed in through the thick curtains across the wide open windows. I think next time I'll order a curry.
The easiest way to get to Kronberg is to take the S-Bahn from Frankfurt (S4) which goes from the Südbahnhof, passing through central Hauptwache on its way to the town. It takes about a little over 20 minutes from central Frankfurt. The station is quite centrally located, but you still have a bit of a walk uphill to get to the old town.
Another option for travel in Kronberg is the bus. From the station Bus 85 leaves for Königstein, a similar town in the mountains to Kronberg about 25 minutes across the valley. You can take in both neighbouring towns in one trip.
The S-Bahn to Kronberg is a brand new, fully air conditioned train that is so quiet it's like floating on air.
Kronberg climbs up the side of a steep hill. It can get quite tough at times, especially when making the final push to the castle. There are lots of steps, but everywhere is accessible to people with prams and wheelchairs. The cobbled roads are well maintained, and the pavements are smooth.
Kronberg is a short journey from Frankfurt and its famous skyline, and from the slopes of this hillside town you can get some wonderful panoramic views of the skyscrapers, from the Europaturm to the Messe. The best place to view the skyline is probably the castle, but there are clear views everywhere, and sometimes you can see one or two...more
A romantic German town in the Frankfurt Area, only 20 Minutes from Airport - Pleasure, culture, history & business! Easy to visit when you plan a short stopover in the Region.Actual information on www.twitter.com/TheKronberger or www.facebook.com Great view on Frankfurt and the Odenwald from Kronberg Castle, romantic old town and the Victoria-Park...more