Michelstadt Travel Guide

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    One of Michelstadt
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    Church door handle (locked!)
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Michelstadt Things to Do

  • Einhardsbasilika (Einhard Basilica)

    The Einhard Basilica was built between 815 and 827 by Einhard who had worked in several positions for Charlemagne. Originally Einhard had planned to put there the relics of Saint Peter and Marcellinus which were stolen from Rome, but then he had them transferred to Seligenstadt where he also did built a basilica. Therefore the church in...

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  • Schloß Fürstenau (Fürstenau palace)

    The palace of the counts of Erbach-Fürstenau is a moated castle and found in the village Steinbach. It was built in the 14th century as castle and converted to something more like a palace or manor in the 16th century. At that time, a huge impressive gateway arch was built which was replacing the former gate & wall. Also several other buildings...

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  • Castle, Town Wall and Thieve's Tower

    Michelstadt Castle originally was a Frankish manor and was converted to a castle in the 10th century. It was destroyed later and had to be rebuild in 1307. Then in 1400, the Town Wall was built, and the castle was integrated into the defense complex. Several buildings were added to the castle, one of them now housing the "Odenwald- und...

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  • "Zum Grünen Baum" ("To the Green Tree")

    The guesthouse "Zum Grünen Baum" was one of the first houses that were built 1685 outside of the town wall. It used to be a brewery for a long time and now is a hotel & restaurant. We had lunch there and enjoyed a delicious asparagus toast. It's a rustic restaurant with a lovely beer garden.

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  • Schwiegermütterbrunnen...

    The Mother-in-Law-Fountain was built in 1541 and is one of the oldest in town. It was located on the market square until 1575 and then was placed in a side street in front of the former inn "Reichskrone", another nice half-timbered house.The fountain was donated by Georg I, Count of Erbach. It shows the coat of arms of Erbach, together with the...

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  • Zum Goldenen Löwen ("To the Golden...

    The "Goldener Löwe" is a former inn and the only solid building of red sandstone on the market square. It was built in 1755 and for this, three other houses had to be pulled down. It served as postal station and offered accommodation as well as barns for the horses and shelter for carriages. If you enter the yard you can get a good impression on...

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  • Marktbrunnen (Market Fountain)

    The Market Fountain is located opposite of the town hall and was built 1575 by George II, Count of Erbach. It shows the archangel and Patron Saint Michael. With a flaming sword and scales he's supposed to hold off the evil. While you could think that Michelstadt is named after Saint Michael, this is not the case – the original name "Michlinstadt"...

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  • Town church

    Next to the town hall is the town church which dates from 1461 and was completed in 1537. It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and Saint Kilian. It's a rather small but nice and bright Late Gothic church. It also has a carillon from 1913 which you can hear each day at 7:30, 11:30, 15:30 and 19:30.

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  • Historic town hall

    The town hall was built in 1484 in Gothic style and has three towers. The first floor sits on mighty wooden beams, while the ground floor is open to three sides. This rather unusual design makes it an interesting sight. The building was used by the town administration, and later also served as military hospital and school. Today it rather has...

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  • Castle and Basilica

    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...

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  • Picture Taking in the Center of Town

    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...

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  • Town Square

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

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  • Another view of the Town Hall

    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...

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  • More half-timbered buildings

    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

    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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  • Restuarants

    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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  • Easter Egg Market

    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...

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  • It's a must during Christmas time

    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

    Small but fine! You can see different ancient toys. Amazing!Opening hours: 1 March - 31 October: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 12am, 2 pm-5pmSaturday & Sunday: 11am - 5.30 pm1 November - End of FebruaryFriday - Sunday and on bank holiday: 11 am - 6 pm

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  • Odenwald- und Spielzeugmuseum

    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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  • Michelstadt - City Hall

    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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Michelstadt Hotels

  • Michelstader Hof

    Rudolf-Marburg Strasse 41, Michelstadt, Hesse, 64720, Germany

    Good for: Business

  • City Hotel Mark Michelstadt

    Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 83-85, Michelstadt, Hesse, 64720, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Nibelungen Hotel Restaurant

    Taunusstrasse 12, Michelstadt, Hesse, 64720, Germany

    Good for: Couples

Michelstadt Restaurants

  • Brewing and Dining Under One Roof

    Their motto says it all: "Brewing and dining experience under one roof". This restaurant pub brews several different beers to include a Pils, Dunkel and Marzen (these are ones I tasted) as well as serves excellent food. While most of the menu was your typical German fare there was at least one item that was a first for me in Germany - Ostrich...

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  • Authentic Atmosphare

    Down in an old cellar is this nice pub. You can choose between about 20 different wines. The most wines are from near wineries in Germany but also foreign wines. The food is traditional-style. The plate with traditional sausage and cheese is supposed for two persons but we were four and had enough with it. Many habitués were there this evening. At...

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  • Michelstadt Hotels

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Michelstadt Nightlife

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    by challenger Written Oct 7, 2002

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    “Zum Elephanten”

    I am know longer sure about the exact address and name of this pub. It was, however, located pretty centrally close by a church. If you’ve made it already as far as Michelstadt, I am sure you’ll be able to also locate this place. If in doubt all the locals will be able to help find it: Michelstadt, after all, is just a small town.

    This pub is a really nice, friendly bar where it is easy to touch base with other people. The owner has collected elephant related memorabilia from all over the world: paintings, cartoons, figures, toys, and and and…. Great atmosphere! The pub also serves food.

    If anyone from VT can help me provide the exact address and contact details, please drop me a line.

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Michelstadt Transportation

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    by himalia11 Written Aug 16, 2014

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    Michelstadt has a train station of the Odenwald Railway. The railway starts in Eberbach on the Neckar River (south of Michelstadt) and splits in Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach (north of Michelstadt) with one branch going to Darmstadt and the other one to Hanau. Trains go about every hour.
    The railway is part of the RMV (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund) which is transport network of the Rhine-Main region around Frankfurt.

    Odenwaldbahn Train station Train station

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