Michelstadt Things to Do

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    Church door handle (locked!)
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    Castle and Basilica

    by TomInGermany Written Jan 8, 2012

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    Furstenau Castle from the hill
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    A visit to Michelstadt would not be complete without visiting their castle and Basilica. You can take a 10-15 walk from the Rathaus or you can jump in your car and drive there. If you trained to the town it is less than a 5 minute walk.
    Furstenau Castle is privately owned but they allow you to walk around the courtyard and there is a path you can take to view the exterior. I'm told there is a small museum but I didn't see it during my visit. Take a look at the huge arch which was added in 1588 and the way they put in the stairway (the windows are at an angle). Once you are done wondering around the courtyard take a walk around the outside of the structure. You can see what I think is the old toilet that empties right in the moat (it is more of a drainage ditch but water was running through it the day I visited).
    As you walk around the area notice all the interesting modern art sculptures. Not sure how they fit is with a 500 year-old building but I'm not an art critic.
    Near the castle is the Basilica which was built in the 9th century (according to my guide book). There is a small admission fee to get onto the grounds and they do take a short window holiday and close the place. Of course, with my luck I tried to visit during this time.

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    Picture Taking in the Center of Town

    by TomInGermany Written Jan 7, 2012

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    If you love to take pictures (like my wife) take some time and visit the town. There are a number of great buildings you can photograph. You might want to pick a better day than the one I choose (light rain and windy).

    Rathaus - According to my guide books this is one of most photographed buildings in Germany. You really do have to see it to believe how neat it is and why everyone likes to have their picture taken in front of it. It is what people picture when they think of Germany. The ground floor is open and it is supported by huge beams. The extremely steep roof and oriel windows (bay windows that don't reach the ground - I had to look it up) make it a very unusual Rathaus.

    Stadtkirche - This church was started in 1461 and I've read that there are some beautiful old tombs inside. I'll have to take their word on this since both times I've visited the town the church has been locked tight.

    Thieves Tower (Diebesturm) and dry moat - I guess this is where they locked up the thieves?

    There is also a Toy Museum and the Odenwald Museum. Almost every town seems to have some type of museum. If you skip these you won't be missing a lot. If it is raining out I highly recommend them.

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    Another view of the Town Hall

    by grimbolero Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Town Hall, Michelstadt

    There are other pictures of the stunning town hall, from this very angle on VT, but i thought I would add my own, taken during the Easter decorations.

    Note the bunnies in front of the hall, sitting in front of the wooden animals...

    ... my wife is going to kill me.

    I've no idea who the two older ladies in the foreground were. And the strange vehicle behind them is a pedal-powered car for rent.

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    More half-timbered buildings

    by grimbolero Written Jan 29, 2005
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    Michelstadt has some of the most beautiful half-timbered buildings I have seen (even coming from Cheshire, where this architecture is king). Clustered in the streets around the old town square, the age, colours and levels of restoration are simply excellent.

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    Bicycle-drawn carriage

    by grimbolero Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Bicycle-drawn carraige, Michelstadt

    Possibly to prevent horses spoiling the pristine streets of Michelstadt, the carriages are drawn by cyclists.

    The cyclists seemed to be having enough trouble pulling these children. They would have had no chance with me....

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    Easter Egg Market

    by grimbolero Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Easter Egg Market, Michelstadt

    The Easter Egg Market is held in the Sportshall, oustside of the historic centre, just before Easter. The displays of hand-painted, fillagreed, bejewelled and simply boiled eggs is amazing.

    There are works of art, decorations for sale, and (for my wife the most important) chocolate.

    The hall itself is unexciting, unlike the town centre, which is spectacular.

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    It's a must during Christmas time

    by chicabonita Updated Jul 30, 2003

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    X-mas merry-go-round

    In the streets around the old town hall the Christmas Fair takes place. This year from 29 November - 22 December 2002. The market is open till 8 p.m except Monday and Thuesday. In the streets are many small stalls which are nicely decorated.

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    Toy museum

    by chicabonita Updated Jul 30, 2003

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    Entrance of the museum

    Small but fine! You can see different ancient toys. Amazing!
    Opening hours:
    1 March - 31 October:
    Tuesday - Friday 10am - 12am, 2 pm-5pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 5.30 pm
    1 November - End of February
    Friday - Sunday and on bank holiday: 11 am - 6 pm

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    Odenwald- und Spielzeugmuseum

    by challenger Written Oct 7, 2002

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    This is a wonderful local history and toy museum that is well worth a visit. Part of the regional attractions also include local ivory artwork. Just down the road you will also find another museum dedicated entirely to ivory.

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    Town Square

    by grimbolero Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Town Square, Michelstadt

    The centre of Michelstadt's remarkable architecture. Surrounded by beautiful half-timbered buildings, including the stunning town hall

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    Restuarants

    by grimbolero Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Don't know the name of this restaurant, as I spent so long taking photos that we didn't go inside.

    Looks good, though, doesn't it.

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    Michelstadt - City Hall

    by challenger Written Oct 7, 2002

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    Michelstadt’s City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the country still standing in its original medieval glory.

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